Funds Industry Focus: Efficiency And Costs Will Sharpen In 2018

Author:Mr Nicholas Blake-Knox

Nicholas Blake-Knox, former Senior Legal Counsel of PIMCO's EMEA funds business who took up the role of head of investment funds at Walkers Ireland on January 1 assesses the economics of the asset management industry and the forces that are reshaping it. He also analyses the regulatory pipeline and potential Brexit complications facing the European and Irish funds industry.

To put it mildly, 2017 was an eventful year for the asset management and investment funds industry. Yet, despite the various geopolitical and regulatory headwinds that the industry has faced throughout the year, the number of Irish authorised investment funds and the respective assets under management have increased compared to 2016, based upon the latest available data.

Although increased AUM levels have been helped in part by record equity valuations, the number of new Irish fund authorisations...

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