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Successful second edition for Finance & Technology Symposium

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Publié le mercredi, 14 juin 2017

The Luxembourg School of Finance (LSF) held its 2nd Finance & Technology Symposium around the topic of technology-enhanced investment platforms on 30 May.

Hosted at Sofitel Kirchberg, the event was chaired by Dr Zsofia Kräussl who specialises in finance and technology at the LSF. She was joined by prominent representatives of the financial sector who added valuable insights and contributions to the debates.

The first panel discussion, led by Prof. Andreas Hackethal’s keynote presentation, gave an in-depth overview on the current status of robo-advisory services as well as an outlook for their applicability for the future. Prof. Hackethal (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) argued that the automatisation of investment advice could help currently underperforming retail investors optimise their performance and thus achieve higher returns. The following debate therefore focused on the driving factors as well as on the existing concerns of the acceptance of technology-enhanced services in the sector. The panel discussion was moderated by Julian Presber (LSF) and was supported by Rolf Bachner (Managing Director, Product Management at BNY Mellon), Geoffroy de Schrevel (CEO, GAMBIT Financial Solutions), Achim Unger (Head Wealth Investment Advisory EMEA, Deutsche Bank) and Kris Wulteputte (CRO, StateStreet).

The second panel discussion, led by a keynote presentation by Dr Mark Bell (Managing Principal, Diversified Trust, USA), gave valuable insights into the marketplace lending market. Dr Bell approached the topic from the investor point of view starting a debate on the future of marketplace lending with his peer panellists: Do we witness the emergence of an alternative asset class, or will marketplace lending platforms become technology front-ends for the banking sector? The panel also touched upon the differences between the US and  European markets. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Roman Kräussl (LSF) and was supported by Stephan Leccese (COO, FundThatFlip), Prof. Hakan Lucius (SciencesPo Paris and Welch College of Business) and Luc Sales (Head of Securitisation, Legal Service, European Investment Fund).

We thank all of our speakers and guests for making the 2nd LSF Finance & Technology Symposium another success. This event is in line with the LSF’s long-term strategy on starting a constructive, scientifically-grounded discussion on the impact and consequences of financial innovation. Further events on this topic will follow in future.

Photo: Participants of second panel discussion © Sophie Margue
Top photo: Prof. Andreas Hackthal © Sophie Margue