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Recorded Webinar: Progress and challenges in taxonomy and standards setting for ESG

20 September 2022

Volumes of investment in ESG products continue to rise, regulators around the world are putting rules in place, and the EU has, perhaps, first mover advantage with both ESG regulation and a taxonomy in place. This is significant progress in a relatively uncharted market, yet significant challenges remain for financial market participants keen to make their presence felt in this vibrant investment sector, including collecting and managing the required data for both public and private assets.

This webinar will review the progress of the EU Taxonomy and other taxonomies such as the Social Taxonomy. It will also address the challenges presented by a lack of ESG standards and the nascent development of standards that should ease the burden of compliance with existing and expected ESG regulatory requirements.

Listen to the webinar to find out more about:

  • Development and challenges of ESG taxonomies
  • Progress on setting standards for ESG investing
  • Practical approaches to using taxonomies and standards
  • How to prepare for compliance as regulations are rolled out
  • Strategies for managing ESG data
  • What to expect in terms of taxonomies and standards going forward


Brunno Maradei Global Head of Responsible Investment
Aegon Asset Management
Ghislain Perisse Head of Insurance Solutions
Fidelity International
Alex Merola Executive Director, Software Solutions Commercial Strategy for Sustainability and Private Markets
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Moderator: Sarah Underwood Editor
A-Team Group

More about our speakers:

Ghislain Perisse

Head of Insurance Solutions

Fidelity International

Ghislain Perisse is Head of Insurance Solutions, at Fidelity International. Ghislain has worked at Credit Lyonnais, Societe Generale, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in derivatives and quant research. Ghislain then worked at AXA Investment Managers as Head of Insurance Solutions Business Development where his role was to build the third-party insurance solutions business. Most recently Ghislain worked at Schroders as Head of Insurance Strategy EMEA with a remit to grow their European Insurance Solutions business. In parallel Ghislain had created the European Working Group which created TPT for Solvency II, EPT for Priips, EMT for Mifid and then became coordinator at FinDatEx to create the EET for ESG regulations.

Alex Merola

Executive Director, Software Solutions Commercial Strategy for Sustainability and Private Markets

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Alex Merola serves as executive director of commercial strategy for sustainability and private markets software at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Alex is responsible for commercial strategy, product development, system integrations and client engagement for sustainability and private markets use cases. He joined S&P Global Market Intelligence through the acquisition of Ipreo in 2018, where he held the position of Global Head of Solutions Engineering for the Private Markets.

As an accomplished leader with more than 10+ years’ experience in the software and financial technology space, Alex has a proven track record of optimizing client experiences through innovative products and technology solutions and brings a wealth of subject matter expertise to the private markets. He previously worked for AvePoint Inc. as a senior member of the financial services division.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Villanova University.

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