5th Annual UK Symposium
The Irish Funds 5th Annual UK Symposium will be taking place on Friday, 10 November 2017. This is the fifth year of this highly successful event and provides a unique opportunity to senior players in the investment funds industry to discuss a broad range of issues regarding the future of the international investment funds industry and the key role Ireland plays in this.
Kindly sponsored by Temenos Multifonds
- Tara Doyle, Matheson, Chairperson, Irish Funds
- MC - Alan Cuddihy, Deloitte.
- Michael D'Arcy, Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance
- Andrew Bates, Dillon Eustace
- Michael Lee, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
- Richard Nourse, Greencoat Capital
- Nick Fenn, Beechbrook Capital
- Darina Barrett, KPMG
- Richard Stobo, ESMA
- Nick Miller, FCA
- Martina Kelly, Central Bank of Ireland
Kindly sponsored by Carne Group
Global Political Outlook - 2018 Preview
- Tina Fordham, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi
- Niamh Ryan, A&L Goodbody
- Tara Newbery, PGIM
- Tom Berrigan, Davy Fund Services
- Ross Thomspon, Fundrock
Exploring the passive v. active debate
- Mark White, McCann Fitzgerald
- Ankul Daga, Vanguard
Kindly sponsored by Mason Hayes Curran
- Dan Thompson, EY
- Jennifer Hoopes, Foreside Financial
- Jignasa Patel, AMX
- David Allen, Pioneer
- Bryon Lake, JP Morgan
- Pinar Emirdag, State Street
- Gary Conroy, TransferMate
- David Tighe, Bank of Ireland
- Peter Stapleton, Maples and Calder
- Duncan Lidgitt, Muzinich
- Ranesh Ramanathan, Bain Capital
Pat Lardner, Irish Funds
Tara Doyle is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson. She practices financial services law and advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies, broker-dealers and corporations carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles. Tara has extensive experience in advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, marketing and sale of financing and investment vehicles and products in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In particular she specialises in advising on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment of private and public investment funds, the structuring, offer and sale of investment instruments and investment products, the provision of investment advice and other financial services and the public issuance of equity and debt securities.
Tara is a current member of the Council of the Irish Funds Industry Association Limited (Irish Funds). She has spoken at a number of international financial services conferences, including Irish Funds' seminars in Milan, Frankfurt, New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore and has contributed articles to financial services and investment industry journals. Tara is a member of both the Irish Funds' Money Market Fund Taskforce and Marketing Committee.
Michael D'Arcy is a Fine Gael TD who currently serves as Minister of State at the department of Finance. Representing the Wexford constituency, Minister D'Arcy also served as a Senator on the Administrative panel from 2011 to 2016. Prior to his career in national politics, Minister D’Arcy was elected to the Wexford County Council, ultimately assuming the position of the council’s Vice-Chairman. He was Chairman of Co Wexford VEC and a member of the board of management of Gorey Community School and Kilmuckridge Vocational College. He is a former director of Wexford County Enterprise Board and Wexford Organization for Rural Development. Minister D’Arcy is an alumnus of University of London.
Tara Newbery is Corporate Counsel at PGIM Investments, advising on European UCITS and Alternative Funds. Tara has extensive experience in the fund industry having held a number of senior legal positions at global asset managers, including as general counsel at a leading hedge fund. Tara qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and is a member of the Society of England and Wales. Tara is a member of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute having attained the certification in 2016.
Ankul Daga is an Investment Strategist at Vanguard. His responsibilities include research on portfolio construction, writing articles and meeting clients to provide a Vanguard perspective on longer-term investment strategy implications. He covers a broad range of investment topics, including multi asset investing, passive and active investments and advisor best practices.
He has over 10 years of investment experience. He joined Vanguard from Coutts, the largest wealth manager in UK where he was the Asset Allocation Director. Prior to that, he has been a Strategist with Merrill Lynch and Barclays, which is complimented with direct experience in trading and relationship management. He earned a Masters from Warwick Business School and is a CFA® Charterholder.
ina Fordham is Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst at Citi, the first to hold this position. Named a “Changemaker” in the London Evening Standard’s 2016 Progress 1000 list, as well as three times in the “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Finance", Fordham joined Citi in 2003, where she advises corporate boards and institutional investors on the implications of macro political, security and socio-economic factors. In 2016, Fordham was appointed to the UN's first High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, which also included IMF president Christine Lagarde. She serves on the International Advisory Boards of the think tank Carnegie Europe and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she earned her Masters degree in International Affairs. Previously, she served as senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and head of global political risk at Eurasia Group, where she started the firm's financial markets research business in 1999. She is a frequent commentator in the international press.
Jignasa leads the development and management of the relationship between AMX and new clients. Jignasa joined Willis Towers Watson in 2006 as a dedicated manager researcher. Jignasa has over 16 years' experience in financial markets leading on manager research ideas and working with clients to advise on broader manager portfolios. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Jignasa worked for Mercer Investment Consulting.
Nick Fenn is a managing partner at Beechbrook Capital, a specialist fund manager providing debt and equity capital to small and medium-sized businesses in northern Europe. Beechbrook is currently investing its third fund and has recently established a separate UK SME credit fund. Nick co-founded Beechbrook in 2008 with Paul Shea and sits on the Investment Committee. The business has an experienced, international team of investment professionals Prior to establishing Beechbrook Nick qualified as an ACA and spent 14 years in the banking industry, working in leveraged finance and asset management.
Nick Miller is head of the Investment Management Department within the Investment, Wholesale & Specialist Supervision Division at the Financial Conduct Authority. In this role, Nick is responsible for the FCA’s oversight of over 3,000 firms across the asset management, custody bank and wealth management sectors. Previously, Nick was head of the EU & Global Department, responsible for managing the FCA's strategic relationships with counterpart regulators and other stakeholders throughout Europe and globally. He was also responsible for the FCA’s strategy in relation to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Prior to joining the regulator, Nick was Executive Director and Head of Public Policy, EMEA at Morgan Stanley, where he spent four and a half years. He previously worked in a government relations role at Thomson Reuters and as a trade policy expert at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). He holds an MSc in Finance from the London Business School and an MA in European Politics from the College of Europe in Belgium. He holds a BA in Modern European Studies from University College London (UCL).
Martina Kelly is Head of Markets Policy Division within the Policy & Risk Directorate of the Central Bank of Ireland. In that capacity, Martina is responsible for the formulation of policy in relation to the regulation of investment funds, investment firms, markets and market infrastructure. Martina represents the Central Bank at various domestic and international fora including the IFSC Funds Group and the ESMA Investment Management Standing Committee.
Gary Conroy serves as Chief Commercial Officer with TransferMate Global Payments, helping businesses and banks across the world to send and receive cross-border payments. TransferMate has processed over $10bn worth of international business payments for nearly 10,000 business customers via its global network of over 200 local bank accounts, eliminating international wire fees for its clients. Gary has over twenty years’ experience across technology and financial services companies such as Goldman Sachs, Misys Financial Software Systems and Axway. Prior to TransferMate Global Payments, Gary served as Managing Director of Realex Payments following the company's acquisition by Global Payments in March 2015 for 115m EUR in one of the largest deals in European FinTech. Subsequent to the transaction, Gary led the growth of the platform transaction volume, processing in excess of 1 million transactions per day.