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The world has changed dramatically since our last conference in London. This panel session covered the key issues and topics affecting advisers operating across Europe, including: threats and opportunities, over the next 12 months and beyond; the continued impact of Brexit and influences of COVID-19; the effects of digitalisation and the impact of technology; and, of course, ESG and suitability.

Nathan Sweeney, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Multi-Asset, Marlborough Group

Nathan Sweeney is Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Multi-Asset and lead manager of Marlborough’s Ireland-domiciled UCITS fund range. He joined the business in October 2021 and previously spent over ten years as a Senior Investment Manager at Architas, where he managed the £1 billion Architas Multi-Asset Active range.

Simon Colboc, Secretary-General, FECIF European Pensions Institute

Simon has 25 years’ experience in Financial Services, including executive positions at Fortis, BNP Paribas and Prudential Plc.

He heads up FECIF’s work on pan-European pensions. He also runs the Financial Services Practice of Paris-based firm CMI Strategies.

Keith Richards, Chairman, Financial Vulnerability Taskforce

Keith is Chairman of the Financial Vulnerability Taskforce, prior to which he led the Personal Finance Society (PFS) for over 8 years as CEO.

Previous roles include; Group Distribution and Development Director of the UK’s largest IFA Network (Tenet Group), Head of Retail for the largest mutual insurance company in the UK, Royal London Group and Chief Membership Officer of the CII.

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