Annual Review 2018

Global Challenges. Innovative Solutions.


A Snapshot of the Year

What We Do

What We Do

A Welcome From the Chief Executive

Welcome to our Annual Review 2018 which features association activities, updates, events and accomplishments from throughout the last 12 months. As the representative body for the international funds community in Ireland and a member organisation, in our annual review we aim to:

  • communicate our objectives in a clear and concise way
  • recognise the important work of our committed members and what we have achieved together
  • demonstrate the collaborative nature of what we do and how it ensures we continually develop, improve and expand the solutions Ireland offers
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Letter from the Chairperson

Since taking over as Chair of Irish Funds earlier this year it’s fair to say there’s never been a dull moment, and that shows no signs of changing any time soon. On the one hand the industry in Ireland is hitting record numbers across a variety of areas. Ireland has again been the fastest growing European Domicile over the last year with both employment numbers and asset levels hitting record levels, and the association itself has seen a steady flow of new members. On the other hand there’s Brexit.

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We are the Voice of the Funds Industry in Ireland.

Irish Funds supports, complements and develops the funds industry in Ireland.

Our objectives are:

Representing the Funds Industry at a European / International Level

Support the Training and Development of Personnel in the International Funds Industry

Promoting and Profiling Ireland’s Funds Industry

An Information Resource for the International Funds Industry

Regulatory & Advocacy

Regulatory & Tax Highlights

During the course of the last year, Irish Funds has responded to a wide range of regulatory and tax issues as well as leading on a number of product related initiatives. Areas covered include:

Financial Reporting
ESA Reform
China Connect
Central Bank UCITS Rulebook / Regulations
AIF Rulebook
Finance Bill
AIFMD Review
Cross Border Distribution
Asset Segregation
Money Market Funds
Management Company Effectiveness
Limited Partnership Reform
Mandatory Disclosure Regime
Specialised Depositories

Steering Group Updates

The contribution from our steering and working groups is the lifeblood of what we do and how we work together. As a critical industry resource, the active participation, hard work, dedication and broad involvement of our member firm volunteers has resulted in significant achievements, successfully delivering on industry priorities and concerns.

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Events & Media

Events & Communications

Events & Communications

Developing and disseminating key messages and information both domestically and internationally is crucial to developing and reinforcing the profile of the Irish funds industry. We share industry-specific messages and news to stakeholders across the board in multiple ways, including direct e-mail, web, social media, print materials and presentations. Running throughout the year, Irish Funds events increase awareness of solutions available to connect fund managers globally with their cross-border investors. Our continuing goal is to bring awareness and understanding of the contribution and importance of the industry in Ireland.

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International Events




Website Views


LinkedIn Followers

Careers & Training

Careers & Training

Irish Funds is committed to the continued development of its most valuable resource - its people.

Fund Industry Career Profiles

The Talent & Skills Working Group launched the Irish Funds Industry Career Profile Series in 2018. The first phase of the ‘Your Future in Funds’ initiative included 12 professionals who shared their experiences working in the industry. Profiles highlighted opportunities in the industry offers in terms of achievement, continued learning, flexibility and work/life balance, travel, regional opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, and Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

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Training & Development

Irish Funds actively supports the professional development of those working in the industry. Through our partnership with the Institute of Banking funds industry professionals have had the opportunity to undertake accredited educational programmes. We also develop industry-specific and technical seminars to keep members up to date on key areas within the industry.

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About The Industry

About the Funds Industry in Ireland

About the Funds Industry in Ireland

For 30 years Ireland has been a leading domicile for internationally distributed investment funds, covering the widest range of fund types. International fund promoters are attracted to Ireland due to its open, transparent and well-regulated investment environment, a strong emphasis on investor protection, an efficient tax structure, and its innovative business culture. 

With over 16,000 professionals employed exclusively in the servicing of investment funds, the Irish funds industry has developed as a centre of excellence with expertise that spans a wide range of services including fund administration, transfer agency, depositary, legal, tax and audit services, stock exchange listing, compliance and consultancy services.

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€4.2 trillion


€2.5 trillion

Irish Domiciled Funds


Fund Managers are here


Total Funds

Global Distribution

Since the establishment of the funds industry in Ireland 30 years ago we have helped investment managers from all over the globe to develop and expand their international distribution footprint. Ireland is a major hub for cross border distribution and Irish funds are sold in 90 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

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