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An interview with FinTech company

Luxembourg’s first FinTech awards drew nearly 80 applications from around the world, including lending and crowdfunding platforms, RegTechs, digital banking products, robo-advisors, and big data solutions. The winner of the grand prize (€50k, four months’ hosting at the Technoport, and a one-year membership at the KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurship) was, an oversight and control product for investment fund professionals. I sat down with CEO Bert Boerman to get a closer look.

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Worldwide variances in family business ownership transfers

A recent study by KPMG yielded some interesting insights on tax laws worldwide in the area of family business wealth transfers. Specifically, the study looked at how different countries


Artificial intelligence set to wow the finance sector’s traditional intelligence

You may have heard of IBM Watson already, but in case you haven’t: it’s a cognitive computing capability that is commercially available. Named after IBM’s first CEO, Watson beat two champions of the game-show Jeopardy back in 2011, and more recently has

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Investition in gute Laune

Die alte Leier vom Niedrigzinsumfeld und den damit einhergehenden Herausforderungen von Versicherungsunternehmen und Pensionskassen wurde bereits mehrfach abgespielt, und erklärt anschaulich den Boom alternativer Assetklassen wie Immobilien oder Beteiligungskapital, die damit fast schon Mainstream geworden sind. Heute möchte ich die Aufmerksamkeit des geneigten Lesers daher auf eine Assetklasse lenken, die das Attribut „alternativ“ wahrlich verdient hat.


T2S is up and running, but what’s next?

Europe’s infrastructures for securities settlement have always been fragmented. As a remedy for this, the Target2-Securities project (T2S) was launched in 2007 with the aim of reducing the barriers to cross-border security settlement in Europe. Almost ten years later,


New MiFID delegated acts

Last night, 18 May, the European Commission published its last set of delegated acts (also in the form of regulation – directly applicable across Member States).

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OECD and EU race ahead in tax matters with a flawed plan

The two most influential people in international tax matters are the head of Tax Affairs at the OECD, Pascal Saint-Amans, and the EU Tax Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici. The two are working together towards an unprecedented


The credit card bites the dust: the next generation of payments

Why hasn’t the credit card changed in the last fifty years? Besides the addition of a chip and the glamorously-named secret code on the back, the credit card can hardly be said to have been


It’s not too late… yet! Get cracking on VAT refund claims

Companies established outside the EU now have under two months to submit refund claims in most EU Member States[1] for VAT paid in 2015 (EU-based businesses have until the end of September).


Blockchain in the fund industry: your actions today will bring tomorrow’s brand new world

There has been plenty of hubbub about blockchain technology thus far in 2016, but a lot of the commentary has revolved around two things: