Looking for breathing room: manufacturers in 2016 and beyond

Our recent global survey about manufacturing points to one main truth: for manufacturers, it’s currently all about growth. An astounding 97% of the survey respondents ranked “exploiting opportunities for growth” as

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Healthcare actors need next-level collaboration

Healthcare services everywhere are becoming more complex by the hour—and so are the population’s demand patterns. Massive amounts of data must be collected and analysed to gain insight on what healthcare professionals are doing and whom they are working with. To meet these needs,


The RAIF: for investments of any colour

On 14 July 2016 Luxembourg added the eagerly awaited Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF) to its alternative investment fund structuring toolbox.


PRIIPs and grandfathering: where’s this debate headed?

With the PRIIPs Regulation’s implementation date approaching—31 December 2016—there are still some questions unanswered for the insurance industry. Specifically,

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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).