Paul Schellekens joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands) in 1977. Early in his career he was posted at the embassies in Columbia, Tunisia and Trinidad and Tobago. From 1994 to 1998 he was the consul general in Toronto, Canada. From 1998 to 2002, Schellekens was deputy head of Mission and Head of Political Section in the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, China, and from 2002 to 2006 he served as the Netherlands ambassador to Peru. Schellekens became director of the Queen's Office on 1 September 2006. In January 2012, it was announced that Paul Schellekens was appointed to the post of Netherlands ambassador to Ireland in Dublin and he took up this position in the summer of 2012. He is married to Maureen van Rijk.
Lara Aherne is a managing counsel at State Street Global Advisors, leading the EMEA Product Legal team since 2012. She advises on legal considerations relating to the European fund range, including structuring/restructuring, governance and regulatory matters. From 2005 to 2012, Lara practised at the Luxembourg law firm of Bonn Schmitt, avocats, where she focused in mergers and acquisitions, investment funds and corporate law. Lara was called to the Irish Bar in 2004 and qualified as a New York attorney in 2005. She holds a BL from King’s Inns in Dublin as well as a BCL from University College Cork, the National University of Ireland.
Olwyn Alexander is a partner in the audit practice and leads PwC Ireland's alternative asset management practice.
Olwyn spent 6 months working in PwC Dallas and 4 years working in PwC New York specialising in hedge funds, structured products and private equity.
Olwyn co-chaired the AIMA Guide to Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Valuation and was a member of the expert working panel for IOSCO's principles on hedge fund valuations in 2007. She has also presented at numerous global hedge fund conferences and has published a number of articles on alternative investments, in particular on valuation.
Olwyn is a member of the AIMA research committee, a Director of the Society of Investment Analysts of Ireland, the PwC representative on the Alternative Investment Management Committee with the Irish Funds Industry Association and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Olwyn obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst qualification in 2003.
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.
Gad Amar, CFA, Managing Director is the Head of SPM EMEA (Feb 2014) Prior to heading up SPM EMEA, Gad was Head of BlackRock Retail Sales team for France and Monaco from Sep 2010.
Prior to BlackRock Mr Amar was the Head of Sales for Retail and Institutional clients at JP Morgan Asset Management in Paris from 2007 to 2009, he joined the company in 2003 as Senior Sales for Institutional & Retail Clients.
Mr Amar started his career in 1996 in Montréal at RBC Dominion, Securities before joining Fidelity Investments Canada 2 years later to develop the business with new clients. He was appointed Head of the Inside Sales Team in Montreal in 2000. In 2001 Gad joined the French subsidiary of Fidelity Investment Managers (ex Fidelity International Limited).
Mr Amar holds a bachelor’s degree from University Paris IX Dauphine in 1994 and is a CFA Charterholder.
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.
Jan-Holger Arndt has joined White & Case as a partner in the Global Project & Asset Finance Practice. He focuses on advising alternative investment funds, regulated institutional investors and other financial investors, primarily in conjunction with investment law and German and international project and asset finance transactions. He also advises on financial restructurings.
His clients are mainly from the financial, transportation and energy sectors. Prior to joining White & Case in 2012, Jan-Holger Arndt worked for another leading international law firm.
Peter Astleford has more than 25 years’ experience in providing advice to fund managers, banks, brokers and corporates with regard to financial services regulatory work and onshore and offshore funds. He is co-chair of the firm’s global financial services group and heads the group in Europe. Mr. Astleford has advised on structuring and cross border business in many jurisdictions and is a lead author to, inter alia, How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Europe and Comparative Jurisdiction Guide: Where to Set up and, Perhaps, Manage a Hedge Fund published by ISI and Hedge Funds and the Law published by Sweet & Maxwell.
Mr. Astleford is recommended as a leading lawyer in his field in the leading directories, including Chambers Europe 2015 and the fourth edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for financial services and investment funds. He is also ranked as one of the world's top 30 practitioners for investment funds in Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2015.
Who's Who Legal: Private Funds 2016 again selected Mr. Astleford as one of the world's leading private funds lawyers. The 2015 edition notes that “Dechert heads the onshore listings…from its offices in Europe, Asia and the U.S…At the very top is Peter Astleford”. Chambers UK 2015 describes Peter as “one of the most knowledgeable funds lawyers in the market.” In 2014 he was described as “a go-to adviser for numerous key clients”. Chambers UK 2013 states that he is “admired for his superlative regulatory funds expertise, as well as his commercial acumen.” Clients highlight that he is “highly regarded in the funds industry. He gets involved himself – that speaks for itself.” Mr. Astleford is described as “proactive, provides alternative solutions” in The Legal 500 UK 2013 and “extremely responsive and comprehensive from a legal and business perspective” in The Legal 500 UK 2012. He is noted in the 2012 edition of Chambers UK for his “attention to detail and strong negotiation skills”, in 2011 as “a vastly experienced lawyer who takes a commercial approach to problem solving” and in the previous year’s directory as “one of the best hedge funds lawyers in London”.
Mr. Astleford is also nominated for the second edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers and has also been selected to the Thomson Reuters London Super Lawyers 2014 list.
Mr. Astleford qualified as a solicitor in 1986 with Linklaters, where he practised in London and Brussels. In 1990, he joined INVESCO MIM PLC, the London listed holding company to the international financial service group, as group legal adviser and later as head of corporate services before returning to private practice in 1993.
Antonio joined ESMA in August 2011 and works as a Senior Policy Officer for Investment Management within the Investors and Issuers Department. Antonio deals with the EU legislation on asset management (UCITS Directive, AIFMD and ELTIF Regulation) with a specific focus on remuneration and depositary-related matters. He represents ESMA as an observer within the IOSCO Committee on Investment Management (C5). In the past, he also contributed to the ESMA and IOSCO activities on benchmarks. Prior to joining ESMA, Antonio was a senior associate at the law firm Arendt&Medernach in Luxembourg where he advised a wide range of international clients on setting up investment funds. He also worked for two Italian law firms in Brussels and Padua specialising in European competition law and litigation. He qualified as a lawyer in Italy and was registered as a EU foreign lawyer in Luxembourg. Antonio holds a law degree from the University of Padua, a master degree (DESS) in European Litigation from the University of Luxembourg and the University of Strasbourg “R. Schuman” as well a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from the King’s College (London).
Ian Barnes is Head of UBS Global Asset Management in the UK and Ireland. In this role, he is responsible for the management and strategic development of the business and all client relationships in the UK. Ian joined UBS Global Asset Management in January 2012, having previously worked at Russell Investments. In his ten year career at Russell, Ian was Head of Investments EMEA and was instrumental in building their Solutions Business in EMEA. He also headed their OpenWorld global fund business. In his current role at UBS, Ian chairs the UK Management Committee. He is also a member of the European Management Committee and the UBS Group UK Executive Committee.
Michael Barr is a Partner in the Asset Management & Investment Funds Group at A&L Goodbody and focuses on various aspects of mutual funds law and regulation and on the establishment, authorisation and listing of funds in Ireland. He is currently involved in advising clients on all aspects of both the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and UCITS V as well as related issues. He advises on the setting-up of various types of UCITS and AIF Irish regulated funds. Michael has also set up various unregulated structures. He also works with fund service providers in connection with depositary, administration, prime brokerage and other service agreements. He has extensive experience in the field of fund governance. Michael is a member of the AIF Product Development Steering Group of Irish Funds (the industry representative body) and has served on Irish Funds' committees for over eight years. He has been published on a number of legal topics.
Cinzia is the head of the Custom Markets in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse based in London and has more than 18 years of experience in the financial sector across various assets classes. Her expertise are fund structuring, asset and risk management. Previously, she specialised in the structured credit market where she closed several significant transactions. She acts as investment manager of various funds and she sits on the board of various funds. She holds a Juris Doctor Degree and she is qualified as UK and Italian lawyer. Cinzia has been with Credit Suisse for more than 13 years.
Hugh B. Bolton is the Managing Director of Brown Brothers Harriman Services AG and is based in Zurich. Hugh is responsible for the firm’s strategic alignment with institutional asset manager and private bank clients and has responsibility for BBH’s European Relationship Management discipline. Hugh joined BBH’s Investor Services business in 1997. Most recently, Hugh served as Managing Director of Brown Brothers Harriman Trustee Services (Ireland) Limited and Head of the BBH Dublin office. Hugh has also co-managed the Boston Relationship Management team, with responsibility for the execution of global retention and growth strategies for some of BBH’s largest relationships. Hugh has a BA degree in European studies and French from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Boston University.
Mr. Beckhouse leads the risk management function for the PIMCO Funds Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, he worked at Henderson Global Investors on operations strategy and designing new portfolio modeling processes for equity portfolio managers. He has 22 years of investment and financial services experience and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) qualification and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Yuri Bender is a financial journalist focusing on private banking, international asset management and capital markets. He has worked on a variety of titles at the Financial Times group since 1992 and was previously with Moneywise and Reed. Yuri launched FT Mandate, for the institutional investment industry, in 1999. This was followed by the pan-European magazine and website, Professional Wealth Management in 2001 and PWM Asia, in 2008. He remains editor-in-chief of both titles. He has promoted and led debate on how private banks and asset management groups must match customer needs. He moderates panels on financial, business and cultural issues in Europe, the US and Asia, has reported from developing markets including Indonesia, China, Russia and Ukraine and writes regularly for the FT newspaper. Yuri has given talks at the EBRD, FT Conferences and been interviewed on various BBC shows. He studied Investment Management at the London Business School.
Tom has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has extensive knowledge in the area of regulated funds. Tom joined Davy in 1999 and was appointed to the board in 2006. He is a director of Davy Investment Fund Services, a member of the Irish Stock Exchange and of the Institute of Bankers. His current activities include providing advice with regard to the regulatory, structuring and management aspects of Irish regulated investment funds. Tom is a Certified Investment Fund Director through the Institute of Bankers in Dublin. Prior to joining Davy, Tom worked at a director level with Alexander & Alexander and The Aon Group
Jeremy has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services having worked in stock broking, investment banking and investment management. He is currently Head of EMEA Product at Neuberger Berman and has previously worked with Natixis Global Asset Management, Railpen and Alliance Trust Investments to develop new products and investment strategies. Jeremy also helped establish the multi-asset retail investment firm TCF Investment. Prior to this, Jeremy spent eight years at Aviva Investors/Morley Fund Management as Global Head of Derivatives and Structured Products. He has also held roles at Legal & General, Lehman Brothers and was a stockbroker for Morgan Stockbroking in Australia. Jeremy holds the IMC, and also a BSc and PhD from the University of Birmingham in genetic engineering.
Ms. Billick has worked in a variety of leadership roles across operations, product management, sales and corporate strategy within alternative and traditional investment financial services companies. She joined John Hancock Investments in 2015 as the Head of Offshore Funds with primary responsibility for the strategy and business development of its Irish domiciled UCITS funds.
Previously, she led the UCITS platform for Nuveen for nearly three years and managed strategic projects for the COO of Soros Fund Management for one year. Reporting to the head of the US location, she led corporate strategy, marketing and product development for BNP Paribas Securities Services 2005 to 2011 with a focus on developing relationships and services for its US-based traditional and alternative investment managers. Between 2001 and 2005, she headed the UCITS fund platform and managed account products for Seligman Advisors. She began her financial services career with Davis Selected Advisors in 1996 leading a shareholder services team and offshore fund product management.
Ms. Billick is a member of the ICI Global steering committee. She has served in several industry associations including Financial Women’s Association, National Investment Company Service Association, and Investment Company Institute International Operations committee. She has earned an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern and BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. John’s College.
Karl Bishti is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Prime Services division, responsible for European Stock Loan Supply trading. He is based in Dublin. Karl has over 20 years experience in the Securities Lending industry. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Karl worked within the Prime Services division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (formerly Merrill Lynch International), as a Securities Lending trader between 2000 to 2004, and then as Head of Europe Stock Loan Trading from 2005 – 2009. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Karl worked at Citigroup on the Agency Lending side, within both stock loan trading and stock loan operations. Karl is also the Credit Suisse board representative for Equilend Europe and is a member of ISLA Karl holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Finance from Kingston University.
Alastair Blair is Country Managing Director for Accenture Ireland. Since joining Accenture in 1987 Alastair has fulfilled a number of senior roles within the company with a particular focus on financial services. He has worked with major banks and financial services organisations in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and internationally on a broad range of strategic, communications, change management and execution initiatives. Prior to his current role, Alastair was based in London where he led Accenture’s Financial Services business in the UK and Ireland. He previously headed up Accenture’s Financial Services practice in Ireland.
Alastair has extensive knowledge of business strategy, IT, organisational change management and operational model development. He also has particular expertise in credit, risk, and asset analysis, and has helped major banks to develop governance, information and control processes.
Alastair is a member of the Executive Board of the International Regulatory Strategy Group and sits on Accenture’s UK and Ireland Executive Management Team. He is a keen supporter of the company’s diversity programme including the LGBT Straight Allies programme. A strong advocate of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed programme he has served as the internal senior champion for Junior Achievement who have a long-standing partnership with the company in Ireland.
In his spare time Alastair spends his time with his wife, Leslie, and their three young children. He is an avid sport fan with a very keen interest in golf and rugby.
Nicholas is Senior Vice President and senior legal counsel within PIMCO where he has responsibility for the legal management of all areas of PIMCO’s EMEA funds business, comprising mutual and alternative investment fund ranges across multiple jurisdictions. In this role, Nicholas provides general legal and regulatory support to multiple stakeholders and frequently engages with regulatory authorities, boards of management, investment professionals and clients across multiple jurisdictions. Nicholas also participates in multiple industry associations, including the ICI where he is a member of the Global Regulated Funds Committee and the IFIA where he is a member of the Legal & Regulatory Working Group. Nicholas also lectures on the Institute of Banking Certified Investment Fund Director Programme.
Prior to joining PIMCO, Nicholas worked as a solicitor in the Asset Management and Investment Funds department of a leading law firm in Ireland. Nicholas has also worked with Investors Bank & Trust and SEI Investments in finance related positions.
He is a qualified solicitor and is admitted to practice in Ireland, England and Wales. Nicholas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin, a diploma in Applied Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland and is currently completing an Executive MBA at the London Business School.
Beat Blattner is Head of Representative Services at UBS Fund Management (Switzerland) AG. Together with a dedicated team of representative services specialist he is responsible for the ongoing regulatory representation of the UBS fund universe and third party mandates as well as for the implementation, management and development of UBS’s representative business in Switzerland.