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From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Financial centres: Cities stand on verge of new era

A handful of financial centres look set to battle it out as the base for banks and companies, with a skilled workforce and low cost base among the key differentiators 

Eric Syz, Banque SYZ & CO SA
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Switzerland struggles to find new role in post-secrecy world

The Swiss must play to their strengths as well as develop new expertise if they are to have any chance of regaining former glories

Patrick Rivière, La Française
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Brexit provides Paris with new lease of life

While the French government has not always been supportive of growing its financial services sector, Paris is gradually waking up to opportunities for expansion

Marty Dobbins, State Street
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Funds and fintechs find Luxembourg an attractive base

Asset managers have long been using Luxembourg as a base for cross-border fund distribution but the Grand Duchy has found a new lease of life as a haven for tech-based start-ups

Ana Claver, Robeco
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Regulation and technology lead Madrid’s transformation

The Spanish capital’s financial landscape has been transformed in the last five years with consolidation in the banking sector and asset managers using the city as a springboard to Latin America

Fabio Innocenzi, UBS
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Milan ripe for a private banking renaissance

With half of all Italian private wealth managed by retail banks there is huge potential for private banks to expand domestically

Joe Bannister, MFSA
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Malta’s growth challenged by custody conundrum

Increased regulatory costs have seen asset managers moving fund management operations to Malta, although global custodians tend to look elsewhere

Cyprus shipping industry
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Recovering Cyprus believes calmer waters lie ahead

Cyprus is changing and learning from past mistakes. The banking sector has halved in size while there are great hopes for the shipping and funds industries

James Mulholland, Carey Olsen
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Middle Eastern and European elites seek Jersey’s protection

Jersey is becoming something of a centre for alternative investments while there are also signs of private banks returning to the island

David Waldron, PWC
From Financial Centres June 22, 2016

Guernsey a haven of stability for jittery international clients

Clients from Russia and the Middle East head to Guernsey to protect their wealth, while the island is also becoming a hub for illiquid invesments

German real estate has long been a popular asset class among the country's retail investors, but the word is now spreading to international institutions, family offices and wealthy private clients.

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