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Author: Shiv Taneja & Catherine Battershill

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Fund Boards Council is a specialist membership organisation set up to create insight and provide best practice thought leadership on corporate governance for mutual fund boards. We work with authorised fund managers and independent Non-Executive Directors (iNEDs) to help them navigate the complexities of fund board governance, providing opportunities to hear from and network with industry experts, not just from the UK asset management industry but from other major international mutual fund markets facing or who have faced similar challenges.
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Ensuring the voice of the customer is heard effectively in the boardroom is not an easy task, particularly in a heavily-intermediated industry such as asset management. And yet, in the course of FBC’s Board Advisory work, we’ve been pleased to uncover many positive examples of how fund boards are endeavouring to put the customer at the heart of decision-making.In this Digital Meeting, we looked at examples of good practice in this area and examined how the effective use of research, data and customer-centric processes are influencing the work of fund boards.
FBC’s Senior Adviser, Brandon Horwitz spoke with a panel of experts assembled for their knowledge and understanding of liquidity risk mitigation. As liquidity continues to be a hot topic for fund boards’ agendas this meeting took a deep dive into the role of liquidity risk oversight, with discussions of the following topics:Authorised funds’ management of liquidity risk across all asset classesThe progress that firms have made with executing FCA’s expectations, as set out in their ‘Dear CEO’ letter to AFMs in November of 2019Best practices in the space of liquidity risk management for authorised fundsAFM Boards oversight of effective liquidity risk, including the role of Liquidity CommitteesThe respective roles in regard to managing liquidity risk between the AFM Board vs. the depositary vs. the investment manager
In this podcast, we looked at the evolving regulatory environment across Europe and the implications for effective governance for directors of London, Dublin and Luxembourg-based funds. We examined recent regulatory updates – in areas such as substance and accountability – and firms’ responses to them as well as discussing the implications for directors, particularly those with roles on boards in multiple jurisdictions.
In this Digital Meeting, we examined the interaction between fund boards and Management Company, Operating Company or PLC boards.We explored what an effective working relationship looks like including areas such as effective and efficient delegation, conflicts of interest and the importance of culture.
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