28 episodes

Alternative Insight brings together the Aztec Group's expertise across the alternative investment sector's hottest topics, from structures and regulation to ESG, technology, fund operations and market insights.

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Alternative Insight brings together the Aztec Group's expertise across the alternative investment sector's hottest topics, from structures and regulation to ESG, technology, fund operations and market insights.

    Future Operating Models: from outsourcing to partnership

    Future Operating Models: from outsourcing to partnership

    How are fund managers adapting their operating models amid evolving market conditions? In the latest episode of the Alternative Insight podcast, our host Ore Adegbotolu is joined by Andrew Muscat, Global Head of Finance and Accounting at Lasalle Investment Management, to speak with him about his experiences and advice on establishing the right operating model for your business.  

    During this episode they discuss:
    What they key considerations are when implementing any changes to your operating model.How changes in the marketplace have impacted finance and back-office operations.The pros and cons of co-sourcing.How your choice of an outsourcing partner can impact investor decisions.How to address the increased need for better data.

    • 13 min
    Luxembourg 2024: Private markets and the lure of Luxembourg

    Luxembourg 2024: Private markets and the lure of Luxembourg

    In the last episode of this three-part Alternative Insight podcast series, our special guests discuss what makes Luxembourg so attractive for global fund managers and investors who are planning to market their funds in the EU. Our host Stephanie Atnas is joined for the final time by Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, Claire Burke, Managing Director of Luxembourg at Bluegem Capital, and Peter Brown, Jurisdictional Head of Luxembourg at Aztec Group. During this episode, they discuss: 
    The key attractions of Luxembourg to overseas investors The advantages of setting up funds in Luxembourg Regulatory considerations for fundraising in Europe How the EU corridor works for US managers Key considerations for Asian investors when looking to access Europe

    • 20 min
    Luxembourg 2024: How innovation is transforming private markets

    Luxembourg 2024: How innovation is transforming private markets

    In the second episode of this 3-part Alternative Insight series, our host Stephanie Atnas is joined again by Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, Claire Burke, Managing Director of Luxembourg at Bluegem, Capital, and Peter Brown, Jurisdictional Head of Luxembourg at Aztec Group. During the discussion, they talk all things ‘innovation’ – and how the alternatives market in Luxembourg is rapidly transforming to deliver a better experience for investors and investment managers.During this conversation, they discuss:
    How innovation can enhance Luxembourg’s position as an important international finance centreHow businesses are embracing AIHow ELTIF 2.0 could attract wider pools of investors into private marketsThe importance of sustainable finance in Luxembourg.How the private markets industry is evolving through digitalisation and tokenisation.

    • 17 min
    Luxembourg 2024: The economic outlook

    Luxembourg 2024: The economic outlook

    In the first episode of this 3-part Alternative Insight series, our host Stephanie Atnas is joined by Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, Claire Burke, Managing Director of Luxembourg at Blue Gem Capital, and Peter Brown, Jurisdictional Head of Luxembourg at Aztec Group. During the discussion they explore the economic outlook for Luxembourg in 2024, and how this will play into the the wider alternatives market globally.

    During this conversation, they discuss:  
    The current state of the economic environment in Luxembourg.How the Luxembourg economy has been impacted by global economic trends.Opportunities and challenges in the wider alternatives market today.How the Luxembourg government is supporting the funds industry to retain the Duchy’s position as a leading European jurisdiction.Key trends in the regulatory and tax environment and what investors and investment managers need to keep in mind.

    • 26 min
    The AI advantage: how to transform your business

    The AI advantage: how to transform your business

    In this episode of Alternative Insight, we discuss generative AI and explore use-cases with leaders actively working with AI within today's modern business model.

    Tom Bennett, Head of Innovation, is joined by Steve Steinberg, Co-founder and CEO at Responsum and Dr Andreas Kemper, Managing Director at Gordon Brothers, for what promises to be a fascinating discussion around the recent steep trajectory of AI influencing operational decisions.

    In this conversation, they explore:
    What's the difference - Gen-AI vs. AI?Industry use-cases - how is AI being used within the industry today?How will people and AI co-exist effectively?What are the risks associated to AI integration?AGI singularity – some of this tech is not as new as some people might think

    • 35 min
    Infrastructure: Responsible Investing and ESG Factors

    Infrastructure: Responsible Investing and ESG Factors

    In this episode of the Alternative Insight podcast, we’re discussing responsible investing and ESG factors within private infrastructure investing.

    Our host, Joane Koko Eineke, is joined by industry infrastructure leaders for an insightful conversation:
    Isela Bahena – Managing Director, Infrastructure Investments – NuveenMelisa Simic – Senior Director, ESG Integration, Private Infrastructure Investments – NuveenJordi Francesch – Head of Asset Management and Chief Risk Officer – Glennmont Partners
    During this conversation, they discuss:
    The role of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors within private infrastructure investingBenefits and challenges of integrating ESG considerations into infrastructure investments.The role of private infrastructure as an asset classChallenges in the industry

    • 39 min

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