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BlackRock raises share in Belgian financial group

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 19 Jul 2017

Brussels-headquartered financial group KBC has reported that asset management giant BlackRock has crossed the 5% threshold as shareholder on 11 July 2017, following a net purchase of…

FERI funds reaches €1bn on LRI Ucits platform

By: Ridhima Sharma | 17 Jul 2017

The FERI funds OptoFlex and EquityFlex on LRI Group’s Ucits platform have achieved a total of €1bn in total assets over all share classes. Carsten Hermann, head…

The power of dividends

By: Jérémie Fastnacht | 14 Jul 2017

Between 1930 and 2016, on the US market, the dividend yield alone contributed to almost half of the total return from equities. “Really?!” In fact, the dividend…

Esma clarifies Opinion as it affects AMs post Brexit

By: Jonathan Boyd | 14 Jul 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) has provided further information relating to its broader Opinion, published in May (see below), that more precisely outlines its thoughts…

Esma consults on suitability requirement under Mifid II

By: Jonathan Boyd | 14 Jul 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) has issued a consultation document on its draft guidelines around aspects of the suitability requirement demands under Mifid II. Originally…

Aberdeen appoints head of Luxembourg

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 13 Jul 2017

Aberdeen Asset Management has appointed Steen Foldberg as head of Luxembourg and managing director of Aberdeen Global Services, the company’s principal cross-border management company. He will report…

Avignon acquires hotel in Amsterdam

By: Ridhima Sharma | 13 Jul 2017

Avignon Capital, the European property investment firm, acquired the Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport Hotel for €53.8m, expanding the firm’s footprint in the Netherlands. The Hyatt Place Airport…

Artisan Partners appoints Marc Peterzens for Nordic, Benelux push

By: Jonathan Boyd | 12 Jul 2017

Artisan Partners, the $109bn (€95bn)AUM US manager, has announced that Marc Peterzens has joined its EMEA Distribution Team as a director, based in London, to support business…

“Buy art for pleasure, not for investment,” says Degroof Petercam expert

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 07 Jul 2017

Global art market data researcher ArtPrice reported that three paintings were sold for over $30m (€26.3m) at Christie’s impressionist and modern last sale on 27 June in…

Luxembourg lists first reserved alternative investment fund

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 07 Jul 2017

The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) has listed the first ever reserved alternative investment fund (RAIF). The RAIF is managed by Finexis and has been listed on the…

Natixis AM completes blockchain transaction in fund distribution

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 06 Jul 2017

Natixis Asset Management has announced that investors have purchased shares in the firm’s funds through a blockchain-dedicated fund distribution platform for fund managers, FundsDLT. FundsDLT results from…

CBRE refinances Dutch retail fund

By: Ridhima Sharma | 06 Jul 2017

CBRE Global Investors secured a €120m new term loan for the CBRE Dutch retail fund. The loan is financed by ING Bank and runs for a period…

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