The Irish Funds Boston Investment Seminar will take place on Wednesday, 8 March 2017. See agenda, speaker and venue details below.
Alan O’Sullivan, BBH, Chair, Irish Funds
Senior product engineers and distribution experts will debate trends, threats and the opportunities facing globally oriented cross border UCITS and AIF managers. Deliberations to include Active vs. Passive, Marketing Restrictions, LATAM and NSCC.
- Chris Christian, Dechert
- Bilal Nasreddine, Putnam
- Joe LaRocque, Legg Mason
- Stuart Fross, Foley Lardner
- Matthew Appelstein, RBC Global Asset Management
- Philip Lovegrove , Matheson
- Donal O’Sullivan, Ernst & Young
Cillian Leonowicz, Deloitte
What projects you should be considering and how soon will they no longer be relevant? Deliberations to include Blockchain, Relevant Data vs. Big Data and the Rise of Robo & D2C in Europe
- Cillian Leonowicz, Deloitte
- Shane Brett, Gecko
- Hicham Allouani, Pioneer Investments
- Meredith Moss, Finomial
Kieran Fox, Irish Funds
Christopher D. Christian advises U.S. and European asset managers and investment funds and their boards of directors, including U.S. registered funds, funds organized under the European Union directive on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), and funds organized in other jurisdictions offered on a private basis.
Mr. Christian’s practice has a significant international component. He advises offshore funds on compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements and routinely counsels European retail and institutional funds on organization, registration, corporate governance, and global distribution issues. He has assisted clients in coordinating offering advisory services and various types of investment funds in compliance with local law in jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin and South America.
Mr. Christian is Chair of the International Bar Association’s Investment Funds Committee.
Cillian is a Manager within the Deloitte Ireland Financial Services Consulting Practice and has global management consulting experience in the asset servicing space across custody, fund accounting and transfer agency clients.
Specifically, he has helped firms to design and transform their operating models to meet the requirements of the modern asset and fund manager by facilitating the adoption of cutting edge technology for sustainable competitive advantage as well as the roll out of solutions to increase operational effectiveness and capability.
Cillian currently sits on Deloitte’s EMEA FinTech Taskforce and has authored an article “BlockChain – Disrupting the Financial Services Industry” and is currenlty writing an article titled “Disrupting the Transfer Agency” Cillian previously worked for DST Systems leading the Sales Team in Asia.
Managing Director, Affiliate Strategic Initiatives, joined Legg Mason in 2001 and has worked in various capacities within the asset management business. In this role, Joe has the responsibility of working with affiliates on their strategic and tactical priorities and to align their interests with that of Legg Mason. He also is the Chairman of the Legg Mason sponsored cross border mutual funds in Ireland.
Prior to this, Joe was the Chief Administrative Officer of the international business and also previously headed the International Product Management function where his team was responsible for market intelligence, product development, product restructuring and registration as well as product revenue sharing with affiliates, service provider interface and board governance for the international product set. The international product set includes both cross border (offshore) and locally domiciled product ranges. Joe also serves as both a current member and past Chairman of the Legg Mason Valuation Committee.
Previously, he had been responsible for the sales, marketing and operations of Legg Mason Global Distribution in the Americas, as well as the oversight of the offshore funds’ service providers. Prior to joining Legg Mason, Joe spent 10 years in the domestic and offshore mutual fund business at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Boston, Dublin, Ireland and Baltimore offices. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Joe is also past Board Chair of Boys Hope Girls Hope Baltimore
Alan O'Sullivan is a Managing Director and Head of European Business Development for Brown Brothers Harriman. Alan also serves as a Director of the BBH Fund Administration Services (Ireland) and BBH Luxembourg Fund (SICAV). Alan has been with Brown Brothers Harriman for 20 years and has held a number of senior positions within the Relationship Excellence Division, both in Boston and Dublin. Alan is a graduate of University College Dublin and is one of the initial groups that qualified in the Certified Investment Fund Directors Programme at the Institute of Bankers in Ireland. Alan is currently a member of Council of Irish Funds and serves as Chair of the Industry body for 2016/2017.
Kieran Fox joined the Association in August 2007 and is the Director - Business Development for Irish Funds. As well as being responsible for working with investment managers and developing our membership offering, Kieran participates in a number of our steering groups including Distribution, Marketing & Promotion and Front Office and has led engagement on specific regulatory matters. Kieran has a BSc Finance and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. Prior to joining us he gained significant experience both in industry and within the regulator. He was a senior regulator and risk specialist with the Central Bank of Ireland for almost two years and prior to this spent seven years in a variety of roles across the front office within the hedge fund industry in London. Kieran represents the Association on the Summit Finuas Network Steering Committee.
Donal O’Sullivan is EYs Wealth and Asset Management Market Sector Lead for Ireland and Tax partner in charge of the Irish Financial Services Tax Group.
He is a long serving member of the Irish Funds Industry Association’s Tax Committee. He advises many of the international asset managers with front office operations in Ireland as well as administrators and custodians based in Ireland.
Shane Brett has worked in the funds industry for 20 years all over the world, specializing in hedge funds and asset management. Previous to founding GECKO Governance he set up and ran his own hedge fund consultancy in London. Consulting clients included HSBC, UBS, Northern Trust, Grant Thornton & The Financial Times. Shane has written 2 books about hedge funds and asset management regulation and over 25 industry and academic white papers on fund management. Shane is on the editorial board of the leading hedge fund website "All About Alpha". "GECKO Governance is the first solution in the world to use Blockchain technology to manage fund governance, operations and compliance (including AML/KYC , operational due diligence (ODD), fund launches and investor on-boarding). GECKO Governance provides fund managers with a live oversight of their funds regulation and compliance, as well as an independent, verifiable, secure and irreversible Blockchain audit trail of compliance to satisfy global financial regulators. GECKO Governance is based in New York City and Dundalk, Ireland".
Philip is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson. Matheson is the number one ranked funds practice in Ireland, experts in all aspects of UCITS and Alternative Funds. Philip has over ten years’ experience of advising leading international financial institutions and asset management companies on structuring and offering fund products in Ireland and particularly in relation to ETFs, innovative and complex products authorised as UCITS and emerging markets products.
Stuart Fross is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he concentrates his practice on securities laws and regulations, as part of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, Transactional & Securities and International Practices.
Mr. Fross’ main focus is investment managers and pooled investment vehicles, including U.S. registered open-end, closed end and exchange traded funds, bank collective investment funds (with an emphasis a stable value funds), UCITS funds, as well as private funds, organized in the US and offshore. Mr. Fross has extensive experience with cross-border distribution related issues for registered and unregistered funds
Mr. Nasreddine is Senior Manager of Putnam's Global Institutional Client Services. He is responsible for managing the service-provider and distribution relationships for the Putnam World Trust Dublin Funds, launching new products, and assessing entry and distribution into new jurisdictions. Mr. Nasreddine has been in the investment industry since he joined Putnam in 1995. Previously at Putnam, Mr. Nasreddine was responsible for managing the client-service relationships for some of Putnam’s largest distribution channels, including broker-dealers and banks. He has also held several management positions within Putnam’s Transfer Agency, including leading the Broker Services, Retirement and Annuity Plan Services, and Wholesaler Support teams. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance from Boston University.
At Credit Suisse, Meredith witnessed the operational & compliance challenges in capital activity processing faced by the alternatives industry and went on to found Finomial to solve this problem.
Meredith drove Reuters’ position in the equities markets during the transition from paper tickets to electronic trading, first as product manager for buyside and sellside equities trading platforms, and then as head of the Institutional Equities business, with a $230 MM P&L. As lead strategist for Equities Technology at Lehman Brothers, Meredith drove priorities and spending of a $500MM budget. Meredith started her 20-year career at Monitor Company. She graduated with honors from Brown University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
He joined Pioneer Investments in September 2013 as part of the Future Leaders Program and has been focusing on Investments, Products and Technology sectors across our global offices. Prior to joining Pioneer Investments, Hicham was a Physicochemistry Research Engineer Apprentice with Essilor International. He also was involved in start-ups in the technology space. Hicham holds a Master’s Degree in Optical Engineering from Institut d’Optique ParisTech and has a Master’s Degree in Management from the London Business School.
Matthew Appelstein, CFA, CPA, leads RBC Global Asset Management’s (RBC GAM) distribution efforts in the U.S., prioritizing investment strategies and building the brand. Matthew has been leading institutional, sub-advisory, consultant relations, alternative and retail sales teams since he began his career in 1983. He has also held several senior product management and marketing positions. Matthew joined RBC GAM in 2011 from Old Mutual Asset Management, where he served as head of global distribution, responsible for building the firm’s distribution activities, and overseeing the public relations and marketing efforts.
In addition to other senior roles at Old Mutual, Matthew previously held positions in consultant relations, marketing and finance at Fidelity Investments, and managed business investigation services and mergers & acquisitions at Coopers & Lybrand. He earned a BA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 63 licenses, as well as CFA and CPA designations. Matthew is also registered as an Associated Person and Branch Manager with the National Futures Association.