We wrote a few weeks ago about our upcoming attendance at the ALFI European Alternative Investment Funds Conference, one of the biggest annual gatherings of private equity, hedge fund and real estate professionals in Central Europe.
It’s a very important event for eShare. So many of the world’s biggest financial services (FS) firms have a strong presence in Luxemburg, and as we seek to grow our Central European business this sector will be critical if we are to succeed. That’s why we are delighted to report that the event was an unqualified success.
The eShare stand was managed by a team of two – Daniel Tin, Regional Sales Manager DACH and Luxembourg, and events executive Cara Simmons – who fielded a number of queries about BoardPacks throughout the two day event. The calibre of delegate at the event was like a ‘who’s who’ of global financial services, and everyone that came to learn about BoardPacks went away highly impressed.
Brexit – opportunity or threat?
The event was split into four broad streams: a general look at the state of the alternative investment fund industry; the investor’s point of view; a focus on the regulatory and tax agenda; and a focus on the operating model.
As you’d expect, one of the main topics of discussion, both formally and informally, was Brexit and what its impact might mean for the alternative investment fund industry. One of the key speeches addressed this, but it was also what nearly everyone was talking about during coffee breaks, lunch and beyond. For those living in the UK it can be easy to focus on Brexit purely on how the UK will be affected, but it will also have a significant impact on consumers and businesses in mainland Europe too.
This is particularly true within FS and alternative investment. A number of firms have at least discussed the possibility of relocating from the UK when Brexit takes place, and while no-one knows what will actually happen, nothing can be taken for granted.
The good news from an eShare perspective is that the role of smart platforms to manage the board meeting process will be even more important, post-Brexit. What emerged from the conference is an even greater need for boardroom transparency, something that plays to BoardPacks’ strengths especially well.
Daniel Tin felt that this year’s conference was the best yet, and that BoardPacks is now firmly established with many in the FS and investment community:
“This our third year at the conference and it was our best yet. Not only did BoardPacks remain hugely popular but there was also a lot of interest in our new products EntitySquared and MeetingSquared. Our data security and privacy measures were of particular interest and the investment community has grown to know eShare and what we stand for, which hopefully means we are set for a great year in 2017.”
Daniel was interviewed at the show here, and if you’d like to learn more about how we are helping organisations in Central Europe with governance, compliance and the meeting process generally, please get in touch directly with Daniel.
Daniel Tin +49 (0) 151 5720 2980 firstname.lastname@example.org