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10th Annual Irish Funds UK Symposium

Thursday, 30 November 2023 - In-Person

Location: ETC Venue, 133 Houndsditch, London, UK


Online registration for this event has now closed, but registration can be completed on-site on the day.

10th Annual Irish Funds UK Symposium

The Irish Funds 10th Annual UK Symposium will take place on Thursday, 30 November 2023 in the ETC Venue, 133 Houndsditch, London.

Join us to gain insights from influential industry experts as they delve into the latest trends, opportunities, and challenges via a series of panel discussions, presentations and workshops.

The Symposium will also provide prime networking opportunities, offering the potential to engage with more than 1000 fellow professionals in the funds and asset management industry throughout this full-day event.

Event Sponsorship

A limited number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities remain available for this event – email events@irishfunds.ie for further information.

8.30 - Registration & Breakfast

Breakfast kindly sponsored by valid8Me.

9.30 - Opening Remarks

Colm McDonagh, Chair of Irish Funds, CEO Insight Investment Management Europe

MC & Introductions: Eamonn Diamond, Irish Funds Events Working Group & Sales Director, Confluence

9.45 - Ambassador's Address

H.E. Martin Fraser, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom

09.55 - Panel Discussion: ELTIF 2.0 – A New Framework for Long Term Investments

With the improved ELTIF regime due to go live in January 2024, hear from the Central Bank of Ireland on how their plans to roll out the regime in Ireland are progressing. We will also hear industry experts outline the appeal of this new product and how to successfully launch and raise assets in an ELTIF 2.0.

Moderator: Aaron Mulcahy, Maples Group


-          Jocelyn Pidoux, iCapital Network

-          David Allen, Stepstone Group

-          Venkata Kota, S64 Capital

-          Gavin Byrnes, UBS

-          James O’Sullivan, Central Bank of Ireland

10.40 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by Carne Group.

11.10 - Keynote Address

Derville Rowland, Deputy Governor at the Central Bank of Ireland.

11.30 - Panel Discussion: Update on Regulation

Moderator: Iain Ferguson, McCann Fitzgerald

This panel of industry regulators will discuss the key priorities for regulators over the next 12 months including Irish/EU/UK regulatory policy drivers (such as convergence priorities and macro-prudential considerations) influencing areas of regulatory focus relating to governance, fund resilience, ESG investing and broadening of the investor base in private markets.


-          Derville Rowland, Central Bank of Ireland

-          Camille Blackburn, FCA

-          Antonio Barattelli, ESMA

12.15 - Lunch & Networking

Kindly sponsored by HAL Fund Services.

13.30 - Keynote Address

Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE. BAFTA winner, actor, writer & campaigner; advocate for diversity and inclusion.

14:00 - Panel Discussion: Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Funds Industry

Our panel of experts will discuss the latest trends with AI in the funds industry and the practical applications of the technology alongside some live interaction with Chat GPT.

Moderator: Barry Scannell, William Fry


-          Maria Knight, Goldman Sachs

-          Shany Venon, BNP Paribas

-          Jack White, Citi

14.35 - Parallel Breakout Sessions

1.     The Future of ETFs (Enterprise Suite – Main Room)

This panel will explore the investment needs of the next generation of investors, focusing on ETFs versus mutual funds and the factors influencing these choices. The discussion will also review the potential for incentivising ETF investments in Europe and the comparisons between EU and US regulatory approaches

Moderator: Tom Eckett, ETF Stream


-        Isabell Moessler Culpan, 21 Shares

-        Michael John Lytle, Tabula Investment Management

-        Paul Young, Vanguard

-        Martin Bednall, Jacobi Asset Management

2.     The Investment Limited Partnership in Practice (Interact Room)

An introduction to the key features of the ILP will be provided in this session, including an overview of the setup process, tax insights, global comparisons, and first-hand experiences from managers who have successfully launched Investment Limited Partnerships.

Moderator: Claire Winrow, Walkers Ireland


-       Matthew Mealey, EY

-      Tim Jenkins, Lingotto

-      Vanora Madigan, Waystone

3.     Private Credit and Debt: Strategies and Insights (Synergy Room)

This panel will discuss the current trends and opportunities in private credit – what are the main types of private credit funds, the growth projections for this asset class and the lived experience of managers who have domiciled their private credit funds in Ireland.

Moderator: Orla Philippon, JTC


-        Barry Lane, Investcorp

-       Treabhor Mac Eochaidh, MUFG Investor Services

-        Shane Geraghty, K&L Gates

15.10 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by Societe Generale.

15.40 - Panel Discussion: ESG and the Future of Sustainable Investments

 Moderator: Shane Coman, Nexus Assurance.


-        Stephanie Kelly, GreenWheel

-        George Latham, WHEB

-        Sinthuja Yogarajah, Federated Hermes

16.15 - Presentation: Cross Border Fund Flows 2023

Ralph Williams, Associate Director, Broadridge

16.30 - Panel Discussion: Success Stories in Distribution

Following on from the Broadridge deep dive on net sales data, this panel will discuss first-hand what it takes to successfully distribute investment funds. We will hear about key trends, what infrastructure is needed and how to navigate the regulatory environment. With one eye on the future, our experts will give predictions on what to look out for in 2024 and beyond.

Moderator: Dominik Kremer, Haven Green


-          Jayne Rogers, Rathbones Plc

-          Richard Kelly, LGIM

-          Nick Emmins, Independent Non-Executive Director

-          Lindsay Gold, Baillie Gifford Europe

17.05 - Keynote Address

Gamechangers: Key themes shaping the future of the economy.

James Pomeroy, Global Economist, HSBC

17.25 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, CEO Irish Funds

17.30 - Networking Drinks Reception

Kindly sponsored by Citibank Europe.

19.00 - Symposium Concludes
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