QED Virtual Conference on the AIFMD review


Julie Patterson

Wealth & Asset Management, EMA FS Regulatory Insight Centre, KPMG

Julie has specialised in the asset management and funds sector for over 20 years. She leads on asset management regulatory change for KPMG EMA. She produces thought leadership and knowledge-based analyses of global and EU regulatory proposals and of the evolving political and regulatory context. In particular, she leads on the impact of Brexit on the sector and the increasing regulation of sustainable finance. She co-authored KPMG’s report for the European Commission on implementation of the AIFMD.

Before joining KPMG, she worked for 15 years at the UK’s Investment Association, covering a wide range of issues. In the last few years, she focussed on all aspects of investment funds – product regulation, distribution, fund administration and financial reporting, tax and legal. She was actively involved in the formation of the AIFMD Level 2 rules.

She has extensive knowledge of the EU regulatory process and the increasing role of international bodies such as IOSCO. She has worked with the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) for many years and has acquired a broad knowledge of the different fund and distribution structures around Europe and more widely. She chairs EFAMA’s Distribution and Client Disclosures Standing Committee.


Vanessa Casano

Head of Asset Management Policy Division, AMF

Vanessa Casano started her career in 2002 in alternative asset management at Lyxor Asset Management. She then joined CASAM (now AMUNDI) where she participated to the set-up and launch of its managed account platform. In 2006, she was a structurer dedicated to leverage solutions for funds of hedge funds in the equity-derivatives department of BNP Paribas London branch. In 2010, she joined BNP Paribas prime brokerage platform, as a business developer. Vanessa has been working at the AMF since 2015, as deputy head to the Asset Management Policy Division and from January 2018, as head of this division. She is as well Vice-Chair of the IOSCO Committee 5 and is in addition co-heading the IOSCO subgroup on leverage.

Vanessa holds a post-graduate degree in political sciences and an MS in International Business low and management from ESSEC Business School.”

Eve Finn

CEO, Legal & General Investment Management Europe Ltd

Ms Finn is the CEO for LGIM (Managers) Europe Limited and is LGIM’s Managing Director in Ireland, appointed in October 2017 and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of LGIM’s Irish office and European entities based in Dublin. Ms Finn was previously Head of Solutions based in London. In her Head of Solutions role, Ms Finn has been responsible for the design and management of objective-driven investment solutions that bring together the best of the LGIM Group’s investment capabilities to meet our clients’ needs. Previously, Ms Finn was Head of LDI Portfolio Construction and had overall responsibility for the structuring and portfolio management of the LGIM Group’s UK and European LDI portfolios. Ms Finn joined LGIM in 2009 and is a Trustee of both the Legal and General Group Pension Scheme and the Pension Fund. Prior to joining the LGIM Group, she worked in the Global Pensions Strategy Group at Deutsche Bank developing liability management solutions and multi-asset strategies for a variety of global pension schemes. Ms Finn began her career as an investment consultant at Watson Wyatt. She has a first-class honors degree in financial and actuarial mathematics from Dublin City University and is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Sven Gentner

Head of Unit C4 – Asset Management, DG FISMA, European Commission

Sven Gentner is the head of the unit for asset management in the European Commission's directorate-general for financial stability, financial services, and capital markets union.

Sven joined the European Commission in 2004 and has served in various positions in its Brussels headquarters and abroad. From 2004-2006 he was responsible for the coordination of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, in 2006 he served as a member of the private office (cabinet) of the Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market, from 2007-2011 he was executive assistant to the director-general of Directorate General Internal Market and Services with special responsibility for financial services. In 2011 he was seconded to the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to advise the AUC on building an African internal market. From 2012 to 2013 he was head of the unit for human resources and planning in DG Internal Market and Services. From 2013 to 2015, Sven was a counselor in the Economic and Financial Affairs Section of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. He dealt with EU-US regulatory issues and TTIP negotiations in financial services.

Sven started his professional career in the private sector where he worked for an insurance company.

Sven holds master's degrees in economics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the University of York, UK.

Aleksandra Mączyńska

Executive Director, Better Finance

Biography coming soon.

Agathi Pafili

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.

Michael Pedroni

Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Head of Global Research and Markets, Managed Funds Association

Michael Pedroni is MFA’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global Research and Markets, reporting directly to MFA’s President and CEO. Michael leads the analysis that underpins MFA’s global advocacy and policy engagement. Michael also guides MFA’s research on financial markets, runs MFA Insights—a platform for examining relationships between policy-making and investments—and directs MFA’s work on credit.

Michael draws on 25 years of experience in international affairs, financial policy, markets, regulation, central banking, and U.S.-EU relations. Prior to joining MFA in 2017, Michael served under four Treasury Secretaries, beginning his tenure at Treasury as the first Director of the re-established Markets Room, just as the financial crisis was unfolding in the summer of 2008. Michael was deeply involved in helping the White House and Treasury Secretary to assess the financial markets during the Global Financial Crisis and the Euro Crisis.  Michael subsequently directed Treasury’s Western Hemisphere Office before moving to Brussels for three years as the U.S. Financial Attaché and head of Treasury’s office in Europe.

In 2016, he was detailed to the National Security Council and National Economic Council, acting as Senior Director for Global Economics and Finance for the Obama White House, before rejoining Treasury in late 2016 as Senior Executive Director for International Economic Analysis. Michael has also worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the inter dealer-broker, ICAP.

Michael graduated from Yale University and received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and is conversational in German, Italian, and French. Michael is an adjunct professor in the department of economics at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on managing global financial crises.

Chiara Sandon

Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, EFAMA

Chiara has joined EFAMA in January 2018 as Senior Regulatory Policy Officer. She is in charge of financial stability and issues related to funds’ risk management, liquidity management and ESG risks.

Prior to joining EFAMA, Chiara was leading the asset management team at FleishmanHillard, a Brussels based consultancy firm. In 2011, she was policy officer at Confcommercio International, the Italian General Confederation of Enterprises, Professional Occupations and Self-employment where she dealt with different taxation policy, property rights and international trade issues. She gained work experience at the European Commission as ‘Blue Book’ intern well as with the government relations and communications firm, APCO Wordwide. Chiara holds an MSc in Financial Regulation from the London School of Economics concentrating on EU banking and securities regulation. She also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations and a Master’s in Public Administration from Luiss University in Rome. Chiara is Italian and speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of German.

Olaf Weeken

Adviser, ESRB Secretariat

Olaf Weeken is an Adviser in the ESRB Secretariat, responsible for steering and overseeing the work of the Secretariat on non-banking topics. He joined the ESRB on secondment in 2012 from the Bank of England, where he managed teams in the Bank of England’s market operations and economic directorates. Prior to joining the Bank of England in 1998, he had been working for a financial market consultancy in London. Olaf has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA Charterholder.