iCapital, a Fintech Enabling Alternative Investments for Wealth Management Sector, Teams Up with IQ-EQ

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iCapital, a global fintech platform enabling access to alternative investments for the wealth management industry, has partnered with investor services group IQ-EQ to establish a new series of French domiciled funds, which will “increase access for individual investors resident in France to global alternative investment opportunities via wealth managers and banks as well as through French unit-linked life insurance policies.”

France is one of the largest wealth markets in Europe “at $15.7 trillion2, however, only a small fraction of this is invested in private markets3. French-domiciled funds are necessary to facilitate greater access to alternative investments, for which there continues to be strong demand. According to France Invest, a record €4.8 billion was invested by individual investors and family offices in private equity in France in 20224.”

To capture this opportunity, iCapital appointed IQ-EQ’s Paris-based team “to provide a full suite of fund administration services and to act as third-party alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) for iCapital funds that will be launched through the partnership and made available on iCapital Marketplace.”

The new French domiciled funds will “leverage iCapital’s cutting-edge technology, which provides seamless servicing at scale including the management of complex subscription models, investor onboarding, capital calls and client reporting.”

Through iCapital’s digitalized end-to-end technology platform, wealth managers and banks in France will “have the opportunity to access a range of alternative investment funds available on iCapital Marketplace, in French domiciled vehicles.”

The investment platform also benefits “from IQ-EQ’s extensive global fund administration expertise as well as its strong track record in helping global fund managers access French investors via its hosted AIFM platform in France.”

It will also significantly “increase the range of high quality alternative investment opportunities available to banks, wealth managers, and their private clients in France,”

Marco Bizzozero, Head of International at iCapital, added:

“France is a key market for iCapital and we are excited to have the support of IQ-EQ, a world leader in fund services, to provide investors with greater and efficient access to private markets worldwide through French domiciled fund structures.”

Bertrand D’Anselme, CEO of IQ-EQ France, remarked:

“We’re delighted to partner with iCapital in this ambitious new project and look forward to working very closely with the iCapital team in bringing these new funds to the French market. As one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic alternative investment markets, France is a priority growth jurisdiction for IQ-EQ. We are thrilled to align ourselves with

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Edmund has over 29 years of experience in financial markets in a wide variety of positions, ranging from proprietary trading to portfolio manager in a number of financial institutions in London and Paris.  He previously held the role of Global Head of Equity and Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London from 2015 to 2020, and has been Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Wealth Management since November 2020.

Edmund is responsible for piloting our investment strategy and will continues to rollout out recommendations and themes with actionable advice that brings our expertise to our clients and support to our client-facing teams.  In this time of change, his expertise in following and anticipating markets is a true value added for both our customers and those at Wealth Management who serve them.

Edmund has a PhD in Cognitive and Computing Science from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and has done advanced studies in Knowledge-Based Systems and in Experimental Psychology.  He is an EFFAS-certified financial analyst. He has also authored the book “The Idle Investor” published by Harriman House in 2015, proposing 3 simple investment strategies that take only a few minutes to execute per month.

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