QED Conference on
the AIFMD review
15 March 2022
14:00-14:30 Registration, virtual and in-person networking
14:30-14:35 Introductory remarks by the moderator
14:35-15:10 Introductory remarks by speakers
15:05-16:10 Panel discussion and Q&A
16.10-17.00 Virtual and in-person networking
•How do we ensure investor protection in the case of delegation? How do we create greater clarity on these rules? How do we ensure coherence across the EU?
•How can the availability of depositories be improved in concentrated markets?
•How do we create a smoot functioning of the custody chain?
•How can the Liquidity Management Tools (LMT) be harmonized so as to better facilitate the liquidity risk management?
•How can the reporting to the supervisory authorities become more efficient?
•What new rules for loan-originating funds would be appropriate?
Member of the European Parliament
Mr. Mikuláš PEKSA is a Czech biophysicist, political activist, and an elected member of the European Parliament. His work falls under the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy, as well as Budgetary control, Economic and Monetary Affairs and Tax matters. He started his political career with the Czech Pirate Party where he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. Mr. Peksa also chairs the European Pirate Party and the Tibet Interest Group in the European Parliament.
Principal Legal Officer, Asset Management, European Commission
Lina is a principle legal officer in DG FISMA with 17 years of experience in drafting and enforcing EU laws. She is leading the AIFMD review and has been working on EU asset management regulation for the past 8 years.
Head of Government Relations Europe, Capital Group
Agathi Pafili is head of Europe government relations at Capital Group. She has 17 years of industry experience and has been with Capital Group for one year. Prior to joining Capital, Agathi was a senior policy advisor at the European Funds and Asset Management Association. Before that, she worked in the European Parliament as a cabinet member of the Chair of the Culture and Educations Affairs Committee and a policy advisor to a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She holds a master's degree in international and European law and a bachelor's degree in law, both from the Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is a member of the Athens Bar Association and a member of the ECB's group on Euro risk-free rates. Agathi is based in Brussels.
Senior research and policy officer, Better Finance
Stefan Voicu is Senior Research & Policy Officer at BETTER FINANCE. He specialises in Financial Services Regulation and Capital Markets Research, with a focus on packaged investment products (mutual funds and insurances), retirement provision and market infrastructures. He coordinates four BETTER FINANCE Working Groups on Pensions, Insurances, Packaged Investments and Audit & Reporting. Stefan shadowed the works of the High-Level Forum on the Future of the Capital Markets Union and closely follows all derived topics of concern for individual, non-professional investors.
Global Regulatory Counsel, Allianz Global Investors
Thorsten Ziegler is Global Regulatory Counsel and Managing Director at Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), a global investment manager operating in numerous European countries, the Asia-Pacific region and the US.
Mr Ziegler has extensive experience in the international fund industry and has dealt with a multitude of legal, regulatory and policy issues at European and global level. He joined Allianz Group in 1996, and since then has been holding a number of senior positions within the Legal & Compliance organisation of AllianzGI, such as General Counsel Germany & Luxembourg, General Counsel France, Head of Corporate & Products Legal Europe, and Deputy General Counsel Europe.
Mr Ziegler is chairman of the Legal Committee of BVI, the German investment fund association, and vice-chair of EFAMA’s Supervision Standing Committee. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a corporate members’ representative on EFAMA’s Board of Directors. Being a German qualified lawyer, Mr Ziegler is member of the Frankfurt bar. He holds an honours degree in law from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University at Frankfurt.
Mr Ziegler speaks German, English and French.
Executive VP, Head of Global Government Affairs, Managed Funds Association
Jillien Flores serves as Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Head of Global Government Affairs at Managed Funds Association (MFA).
Flores joined MFA after six years at Vanguard, one of the world’s leading asset managers. There, she advocated before Washington policymakers on a range of issues related to US capital markets, tax, and retirement policy. Leveraging policy depth, strategy, and relationships, Flores achieved policy outcomes beneficial to Vanguard’s clients on issues including equity market structure, ESG and corporate governance, and systemic risk.
Throughout her career, Flores has sought opportunities to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the financial services sector, serving in leadership roles of related efforts at Vanguard.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Flores was Director of Government Relations at Porterfield, Lowenthal, Fettig & Sears, where she represented clients before Congress and the federal financial regulators in the asset management, insurance, securities, and biotechnology sectors. She was involved in the legislative and rule-writing process for several US financial services laws and regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Flores earned a B.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Financial services senior correspondent, MLex
Fiona Maxwell is a financial services senior correspondent at MLex in London. She began her career as a reporter for Risk.net, writing about EU post-crisis regulation, and later worked for POLITICO in Brussels, covering the intersect between financial policy and politics. Prior to joining MLex, Fiona worked at the Bank of England as a policy adviser in the prudential policy directorate.