Webinar

Survey Results: How Europe is Preparing for the ESG Revolution

Europe’s interest in sustainable investment has skyrocketed in recent years. Many asset managers have signed up for a range of industry initiatives centred on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, including United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI) and Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The industry is now migrating away from the solely voluntary phase with Europe’s introduction of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), the first regulation centring around sustainable finance. 

These developments have significant ramifications for the industry and the operating models of its participants. Clearwater Analytics has commissioned Sionic to conduct a survey of asset managers and owners exploring the ESG-related demands on their technology platforms and the current state of readiness to support the forthcoming disclosure requirements.

This webinar recording provides an exclusive look at the survey results and insights from European firms preparing for the ESG revolution. Hear from a panel of your peers as they discuss how their firm is preparing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and what it means for organisations in Europe
  • Gain insight into how European firms are preparing for new ESG standards through survey results and analysis
  • Understand the demands new ESG standards have on firms’ technology platforms and the current state of readiness to support disclosure requirements

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Featured Presenters

John Marsland

John Marsland

Head of Data Enablement and Trading, Schroders Investment Management


John Marsland is Head of Data Enablement and Trading at Schroders Investment Management in London and is responsible for global trading, investment support and the data enablement platform and strategy currently focusing on the use of ESG data. He joined Schroders in 2006 as a portfolio manager in the QEP global equities team before taking the role of Chief Operating Officer, Investment in 2014 and overseeing the transformation of its investment platform.

John began his investment career in 1992 at UBS Philips & Drew as a UK economist, and subsequently moved into investment strategy, risk management and quantitative fund management roles. He read Economics at Downing College, University of Cambridge, holds a MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

James Millard

James Millard

Chief Investment Officer, Hiscox


James joined Hiscox in 2019 as Chief Investment Officer for the Group.  James is responsible for overseeing the management of Hiscox Group’s investment portfolios, implementing overall investment policy and directing all portfolio management, research, trading and strategy. 

James has a wealth of experience across investment management, most recently at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) where he held the post of Co-Head of Multi-Manager Strategies, overseeing the management of £27 billion of assets. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer at Skandia Investment Group until its merger with Old Mutual Asset Managers, where he became Director of Investments and a member of the executive management team of Old Mutual Global Investors.

James Tasker

James Tasker

Consultant, Sionic


James Tasker is a consultant within Sionic’s Asset Management practice. His background is in operational due diligence spanning alternative and traditional asset managers. He has worked on a number of ESG projects, most recently a SFDR data vendor selection and integration engagement for a large global asset manager. He is a holder of the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Clare Vincent Silk

Clare Vincent Silk

Partner, Sionic


Clare Vincent Silk is a Partner at Sionic. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in the financial sector and is a specialist in asset management operations and technology, operational risk and regulation, outsourced dealing, and managing complex change. She leads the Sionic ESG practice for asset managers and asset owners and has been actively involved in addressing the data and client reporting challenges faced.

Kyle Whatley

Kyle Whatley

Solutions Consultant, EMEA, Clearwater Analytics


Kyle joined Clearwater in 2015 as an alternative investment analyst in the software development department. He helped to further advance the Clearwater solution for alternative and derivative investments, then moved into operations to continue servicing those asset classes as a subject matter expert. He is now serving the EMEA market as a solutions consultant, helping firms streamline their investment accounting and reporting processes for all asset classes. 

Kyle has a B.S. in mathematics and statistics from the University of Idaho.