Asset Management on the Rise in France

February 24, 2016 Boudewijn Neijens

Travelling around the world I often hear the comment that Asset Management is an Anglo-Saxon invention of little interest in other countries. It is true to say that Australia, Britain and New Zealand all contributed significantly to the inception of this new discipline, but judging by the success of the latest CIFRAMI conference in Paris, it’s safe to say asset management has now squarely been adopted on the other side of the Channel.

Copperleaf has been present at every CIFRAMI event since its creation four years ago, and at this latest edition we witnessed a true sea of change: most large French asset owners were present, and the level of the discussions and workshops was on par with conferences in London or Sydney. The wider francophone world was well represented with attendees from Switzerland, Canada, Morocco and beyond, attracted in part by the launch of the first francophone certificate in asset management CEPAMI.

These developments are crucial, as they prove┬áthat vibrant asset management communities can be created in non-Anglophone markets despite the burden and cost of translating the wealth of materials originally published in English. Other examples of strong international asset management communities are Japan and the Netherlands—both of which have adopted ISO 55001 for entire industries.

Regulatory regimes, political systems and cultures might be different, but the core principles of asset management apply equally well in any part of the world!

About the Author

Boudewijn Neijens

Boudewijn is the CMO at Copperleaf, Chair of the Canadian chapter of the Institute of Asset Management, and Convener of asset management working groups at the International Organization for Standardization ISO and at the International Council on Large Electric Systems CIGRE.

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