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    Le salon GFSI «Geneva Forum for Sustainable Investment» réunira le 1er juin à Genève les professionnels de la finance durable.     Genève, 30 mai 2017 – La 8ème édition du Geneva Forum for Sustainable Investment ouvrira ses portes le 1er juin à l’hôtel Richemond à Genève. Seul point de rencontre annuel dédié à la finance durable et principalement destiné aux investisseurs professionnels, cet événement est organisé conjointement par Conser Invest et Voxia communication. A cette occasion, Sabine Doebeli, directrice de Swiss Sustainable Finance présentera les résultats de l’enquête 2017 sur l’investissement durable en Suisse. Puis, lors d’une table ronde animée par David Hiler, vice-président de Sustainable Finance Geneva, Nicholas Niggli, directeur de la Direction Générale du Développement Economique, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation de l’Etat de Genève, Yves Mirabaud, président de la Fondation Genève Place Financière […]

Sika has appointed Paul Schuler, currently Regional Manager Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), as Chief Executive Officer as of July 1, 2017. He succeeds Jan Jenisch who has accepted to become the new CEO at LafargeHolcim. Paul Schuler has been with Sika for 29 years and has been a member of the Group Management since 2007. He served as Regional Manager North America from 2007 to 2012 and as Regional Manager EMEA from 2013 until now. Paul Schuler has played a key role in developing and executing Sika’s successful growth strategy. His contributions to Sika’s success include high growth rates, significant improvements in efficiency and profitability as well as responsibility for major acquisitions. Paul Hälg, Chairman of the Board: “I am delighted that the Board has appointed Paul Schuler as our new CEO. He has been a member of the […]

  GENEVA, 8 May 2017 – Commenting on Emmanuel Macron being elected as the next French President, Michiel de Bruin, Head of Global Rates and Money Markets, and David Moss, Head of European Equities, at BMO Global Asset Management, said: Michiel de Bruin, Head of Global Rates and Money Markets, said: “This win sends a clear signal that anti-EU populist parties are unable to secure a power base across the political landscape in continental Europe. This started with the presidential elections in Austria in December 2016, with a win by the Pro-European Alexander Van der Bellen, followed by the Dutch elections last March where centrist pro-European parties won the elections. Now this trend has been echoed in France with a win by Emmanuel Macron, who has been campaigning on a pro-European agenda.” “Whilst the next big election in Europe is […]

  London, 8 May 2017: Macron gathered 65.9% of the votes, 3 points above the latest opinion polls. Overall, we expect market participants to see Macron’s victory as a relief but to have only a limited positive impact on markets on Monday morning as his victory has been priced in after the first round.  The French – German government bond spread already tightened to 43bps last Friday ahead of the results, from over 85bps prior the first round, but still have to go back to its pre-election level of ~30bps. However, France and Europe only narrowly survived populism.‎ One third of the French electorate did not vote in this second round and Le Pen obtained 34.1% of the votes, which is almost twice what her father got in 2002, leaving the new President elect with large domestic challenges. The next decisive […]

Vontobel Asset Management 8 May 2017   MARKET UPDATE Macron’s victory in French presidential election bodes well for Europe  Summary Emmanuel Macron prevails over Marine Le Pen in second round of French presidential elections by a substantial 66-34 score The result is expected to benefit European financial markets   With the threat of Le Pen’s anti-EU and anti-euro course now squashed, European markets can breathe a sigh of relief. That said, the election outcome was well discounted and we would not expect a “surge” in European assets from current levels. We see, however, incremental strength from the context that international investors are under-exposed to the region given the perception of elevated political risk. With respect to France, the upcoming parliamentary elections on 11 and 18 June are likely to deliver a fragmented National Assembly and it remains to be seen […]

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