New York Seminar
The Irish Funds New York Investment Seminar will take place on Friday, 10 March 2017. See agenda, speaker and venue details below.
Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust
Alan O’Sullivan, BBH, Chair, Irish Funds
Eoghan Murphy TD,
Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement
- Brexit - Andy O’Callaghan, PwC
- CP86 - Kevin Murphy, Arthur Cox
- MIFID II - Conor Durkin, MHC
Global trends affecting the asset management industry
- Shundrawn Thomas, Northern Trust
Senior product 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.
- Patrick O'Brien, CITI
- Doug Lindgren, Carne
- Joe LaRocque, Legg Mason
- Tom Richardson, Paulson
- Toshihisa Watabe, Brown Brothers Harriman
- Paul Eisenhardt, OFI Global
- Michelle Abrego, Citywire
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
Anna Irrera, Reuters
- David Dalton, Deloitte
- Hu Liang, State Street
- Adam Broun, Kensho
Pat Lardner, Irish Funds
The University Club of New York is located at One West 54th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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.
Doug is CEO of Carne North America. As a highly experienced and well-recognized leader in the asset and wealth management industries, Doug is able to leverage Carne’s resources and expertise around the world to help clients grow their businesses and reduce risks while allowing them to focus on their core areas of expertise. Prior to joining Carne, Doug was a Managing Director and Global Head of UBS Wealth Management’s platform of investment funds, where he developed and managed the wealth management industry’s leading offering of investment funds. His global responsibilities included manager selection, product development, risk management, and distribution support. Under his leadership, the offering consistently outperformed relevant peer groups and benchmarks and grew to over $300 billion in client assets. During his 11 -year tenure with UBS, he held positions of increasing responsibility in New York and Zurich and was deeply involved in building, managing and distributing traditional and alternative investment funds through the UBS Global Wealth Management client franchise. The 7 years he spent running global businesses out of Zurich provided him with invaluable insights into the distribution of funds in Europe and Asia as well as certain other developed and emerging markets. Prior to Joining UBS, Doug was a Managing Director at U.S. Trust, where he built and managed their alternative investment business. Prior thereto, he was President and Managing Principal of Inco Venture Capital Management, a firm managing private equity funds on behalf of institutional investors. Doug’s expertise spans virtually all asset classes and investment strategies and includes the management and distribution of numerous types of funds in various jurisdictions around the world, including registered funds (’40 Act, BDCs, UCITS and AIFs), private funds, and managed accounts. Doug received his AB in Economics from Columbia College and his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. He also served as an Adjunct Professor for 14 years at Columbia Business School, where he taught courses on various topics in the field of alternative investments.
David Dalton is a Consulting Partner and is Deloitte’s financial services industry leader in Ireland. He focuses on Asset Management and Asset Servicing and is part of Deloitte’s EMEA Asset Servicing team and is the IM global consulting lead.
David also leads Deloitte’s Analytics practice in Ireland and is currently focusing on innovation and technology and how FinTech is creating both opportunities and challenges for the industry. He is a member of the Irish Government’s Industry Advisory Council for International Financial Services.
Patrick O’Brien is Head of Citi’s Irish Fund Services Product and responsible for the growth of our Irish and offshore business.
He has over 20 years industry experience and was previously employed at J.P. Morgan and GAM Fund Management. At J.P. Morgan, Patrick’s roles included Head of Fund Services Client Strategy, European Fund Services Lead & Product Manager for their European Transfer Agency. At GAM Fund Management, he was Head of Shareholder Services where his responsibilities covered a diverse fund range including multi-manager & single manager hedge funds, UK OEICS and UCITS.
Patrick’s experience and background has covered multiple roles including client services, sales, operations and product management. He graduated with an MBA in 2003 and also holds the Investment Management Certificate in the UK.
Patrick is very active in the funds industry and was elected to the Irish Funds Industry Association council in July 2014.
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
Hu Liang is a senior managing director and head of the Emerging Technologies Center at State Street. The Emerging Technologies Center focuses on the identifying, exploring and prototyping of emerging and disruptive technologies that could have broad impacts on State Street and the financial service industry as a whole.
Previously, Hu spent 2011 through 2015 in Hong Kong, overseeing parts of State Street’s Global Markets and Global Exchange businesses in Asia Pacific. He led State Street Global Exchange in Asia Pacific since its formation in 2013. Prior to this role he was responsible for the electronic platform businesses in Asia Pacific, including the FX Connect and Currenex.
Currently located in Bay Area, California and a long time Silicon Valley veteran, Hu joined State Street as part of the Currenex acquisition in 2007, where he was one of the earliest members. He led numerous technology and business initiatives within Currenex including the design of its algorithmic trading engine as well as starting the margin FX business. Prior to Currenex, Hu founded the technology service provider Forion in 1999 that provided managed authentication and authorization services to the then newly emerging ASP and SaaS industries. Earlier still, he was a principal member of an e-Commerce management-consulting firm focused on online commerce and the financial service industry. Hu started his career performing software development for IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.
Hu holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Adam Broun is the Chief Operating Officer at Kensho, the leading provider of market analytics to the world’s most sophisticated financial institutions.
Adam has a consistent and distinguished track record of solving difficult strategic, technology and operational problems in the global financial services industry, as a technology leader in one of the world’s largest capital markets, wealth management and asset management institutions, and as an adviser to senior management teams across the industry. Before Kensho, Adam served as Chief Information Officer, Front Office for Credit Suisse, covering all three revenue-generating divisions – Investment Banking, Private Banking and Asset Management. He successfully drove the integration of disparate IT teams into a cohesive department, while saving over $190mm in a 12 month period (13% of operating expenses). Prior to that, he was global head of IT Strategy for Credit Suisse since 2010. During that time, he was responsible for improving the IT organization, making it more efficient, better aligned with the business strategy, and better positioned for the long term success of the bank.
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Physics, Adam began his career as one of the first class of technology analysts at Touche Ross, first in London, then moving to the US to broaden his experience. Having gained exposure to a number of industries, he focused on financial services, becoming one of the youngest consulting partners at Deloitte. He went on to serve clients that included most of the world’s largest financial institutions and a number of the largest private equity fund managers. He specialized in the intersection of technology, business strategy and operations, and led projects that included three of the largest banking mergers in history. He was routinely asked to tackle some of the firm’s most challenging projects, and led the US buy-side practice for 4 years, growing and repositioning it significantly. A committed global citizen, Adam is on the advisory board of Lend-a-Hand-India, which provides vocational education to over 100 schools in rural India, increasing university enrolment and career opportunities for over 12,000 students. As CTO-in-residence for the Partnership Fund for New York City’s 2013 Financial Technology Innovation Lab, he provided strategic and operational guidance to startup firms in the finance industry.
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.
Andrew is an audit partner in the Asset Management group and has spent 22 years working in the auditing arena, including two years in Boston and four years in London. For 18 of these 22 years, he has specialised in asset management / mutual funds. He is currently the PwC Exchange Traded Funds leader in EMEA. His clients include leading US, UK, Swiss and Japanese asset managers and their fund vehicles. Andrew has written and spoken widely on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Chartered Accountants Ireland. He has also been Chairman of the Irish Funds Industry Association Limited Irish Competitiveness Working Group and the Irish Funds/NICSA Conference Committee.
Paul’s team focuses on providing asset management solutions to International Investors (non-US). His previous position at the firm was Head of Institutional Sales in the United States. Paul brings over two decades of experience in institutional distribution and investment experience. Prior to joining the firm, Paul was with GE Asset Management, focusing on institutional investors. Paul has held roles with State Street Global Advisors and BNY Mellon/Dreyfus as well. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Investment Management Consultants Association, and holds the Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designations from the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries.
Paul graduated from Gettysburg College (BA, Management).
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.
Atholl Simpson is the editor of Citywire Americas, a New York-based financial news publication, both online and print, for professional fund investors in North and South America. It covers the offshore fund industry (UCITS funds) and offers exclusive fund manager analysis and breaking news on developments in asset management and the US and Latin American fund selection communities. Atholl has been with Citywire since January 2010 and was previously the deputy editor of the group’s Citywire Global publication. Over the past seven years he has been solely focused on reporting on the growing asset management and wealth management industries and has worked across the group’s London, Singapore and New York offices as a journalist and editor.
He has extensive experience in advising on the legal and regulatory issues relating to the establishment and ongoing operation of private and public investment funds in Ireland. Kevin’s clients include many of the world’s leading financial institutions, investment banking and asset management companies. He is also a member of An Taoiseach’s (the Prime Minister’s) Legislative Sub-Committee on Funds. Kevin was previously a corporate and securities partner in the US with a leading US law firm. Kevin is also a member of the American Bar Association and the IBA. Kevin is a former Chairman of the Irish Funds Industry Association Limited (Irish Funds) and retired from the Council of Irish Funds in 2015 upon completion of his term of office.
Conor is a partner in the Financial Services Team specialising in the field of investment funds and asset management. He regularly advises leading international asset managers on carrying on business in Ireland and in particular on the establishment, structuring and operation of all types of collective investment schemes.
Conor has significant experience in advising investors, promoters, fund managers and investment banks on the ongoing operation of traditional and alternative investment funds including UCITS, hedge funds, funds of funds and private equity funds.
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive and board roles in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a full range of traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat attained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin. As well as participating on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, Pat is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association. He previously served as a member of the Board of the International Investment Funds Association, is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of the Irish Association of Investment Managers.
Eoghan Murphy TD was appointed Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement in May 2016. He is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East. He was elected to Dail Eireann in the February 2011 General Election.
Eoghan’s priority areas are the high-tech sector and young entrepreneurs/start-ups, reforming Dáil Eireann, and international issues such as nuclear weapon disarmament.
Shundrawn A. Thomas serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts Group. He principally oversees the development, management and distribution of Northern Funds, Northern Institutional Funds and FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds. He also oversees the managed accounts practice that provides investment advisory solutions for direct clients and financial intermediaries. His executive responsibilities involve developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, managing client and vendor relationships and developing and retaining talented professionals. He serves as member of the asset management executive committee as well as the operating committee of the Northern Trust Corporation.
Anna Irrera is a journalist at Reuters in New York where she covers the fintech sector and technology related developments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, focusing on topics ranging from marketplace lending to blockchain. She joined Reuters in November having previously covered fintech for more than three years at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she played a key role in the publication’s expanded fintech coverage. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News, having moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she worked at Reuters’, English language international service. She holds M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.
Toshihisa J. Watabe is a Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman. His roles at the firm include relationship management, country head for Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and head of distribution support for BBH's Investor Services business in Latin America. Toshi has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined BBH in 2001 working on our fund accounting teams in Boston within the Investor Services complex, before joining the NY Latin America relationship management team in 2004.
Originally from Mexico City, Toshi graduated from Bentley University with a BS degree in finance and a minor in computer information systems.