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Partner Interview

BENOÎT VANDERVELDE

∙ What will be the most important market trend affecting your clients’ sector over the next 12 months? ∙

Brexit will certainly be the main topic affecting the funds industry, and this will impact both retail and professional funds. On top of that, certain transitional regimes under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will end by 2018 and will require adjustments to the current ways of accessing the EU market.

∙ What are the trends shaping the legal industry? ∙

There is a continuing trend of ‘commoditisation’ of (part of) lawyers’ core business, creating tougher competition with alternative players. Consequently, we must concentrate on the most sophisticated (hopefully also the most interesting) pieces of work.

∙ In which CMS office (besides your own) would you like to work, and why? ∙

CMS in Geneva. I see the city as being quiet and peaceful in a stable country, surrounded by a pretty nice environment.

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