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Swedish pension giant AMF hires new CEO of its fund division, AMF Fonder. Pensiondanmark snatches portfolio manager from Danica, and Europe's second biggest bank by assets, French BNP Paribas, names new CEO for Nordic Region who has spent the past twenty years in American investment bank Citi.

New AMF Fonder chief sees big challenges for fund sector in 2018

"The funds sector is facing several major challenges in the next few year," says Jonas Eliasson, as he takes over as new CEO of AMF Fonder. The former Alfred Berg Fonder chief describes his new role as “fun and exciting” because of the task of making the company better able to succeed in the future.

Danish pension fund chief explains firing of veteran CIO

Denmark's EUR 9.5 billion pension fund PBU is firing its Chief Investment Officer Morten Schou, who has held the role since 2003. PBU's Chief Executive tells AMWatch why the CIO was ousted. He emphasizes that it had nothing to do with investment returns.

Denmark's Sparinvest names new deputy CEO

Ambitions for growth have prompted Sparinvest to appoint a deputy CEO for the first time, says CEO Per Noesgaard. The new second-in-command may also be a leader-in-waiting, says Noesgaard, though he himself is far from ready to vacate the top job..

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New job for SEB's head of Investor Relations, Handelsbanken's part-owner hires new legal head and Topdanmark names temporary Chief Executive.

Saxo Bank's Fasdal predicts lower spreads for bond clients

What will happen to the spread on bonds when MiFID II takes effect and research and trade costs are separated? And what about the bond market in general? AMWatch puts five questions to Simon Fasdal, Head of Fixed Income at Saxo Bank, about the post-MiFID II world.

Denmark's ATP names new chairman

The board at Denmark's government-sponsored pension fund ATP has named economics professor as new chairman, to replace Jørgen Søndergaard, who has held the position for 15 years.

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Sweden's Coeli hires manager for new European mid-cap hedge fund, Nordea recuits and expands its Danish corporate finance team, and academic pension fund chairman is relected at general election.

Nearly a quarter of jobs to go after Ilmarinen Etera merger

The huge merger in Finland's pensions insurance sector between Ilmarinen and its smaller rival Etera will lead to 180 jobs becoming obsolete over the next two years – almost of a quarter of the 801 current employees at the two companies.

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Former Morgan Stanley Vice-Chairman to become chairman of Kinnevik, and Swedish and Danish commercial real estate brokers adds new people.

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Danske Bank CEO becomes deputy chairman of national industry group, Pareto hires new real estate expert, as does Brunswick Real Estate.

"I was born and raised in an entrepreneurial family…”

Career Path: Erika Lundquist has just returned to Stockholm from Luxembourg to take over as SEB’s new head of private banking. She tells AMWatch how her early experiences of studying abroad helped her integrate in the Grand Duchy.

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