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7th Annual UK Symposium 2019

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The Irish Funds 7th Annual UK Symposium will be taking place on Thursday, 21 November 2019.

ETC Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD, UK
21 November 2019
08:00 - Registration and Breakfast
8:45 - Welcome Remarks

Yvonne Connolly, Chair, Irish Funds, CEO, Carne Ireland

- ​Introductions and MC:

Sarah Bradley, Grant Thornton

8:55 - Keynote Address - Department of Finance

Michael McGrath, Assistant Secretary General, Funds, Insurance, Markets and Pensions Division, Department of Finance

09:10 - Keynote Address - Central Bank of Ireland

Gerry Cross, Director of Financial Regulation - Policy and Risk, CBI

09:25 - Panel Discussion

Update on Regulation


  • Patricia Taylor, William Fry


  • Gerry Cross, CBI
  • Sven Kasper, State Street
  • Umar Ahmed, Irish Funds
09:55 - ​Panel Discussion

Establishing a fund management company in Ireland – substance, operations & outsourcing


  • Nicholas Blake-Knox, Walkers


  • Andrew Downs, PGIM Private Capital
  • Gayle Bowen, Pinsent Masons
  • Killian Buckley, Martello Advisory 
  • Eve Finn, LGIM
10:30 - Coffee Break

Kindly sponsored by JP Morgan

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11:00 - Keynote Address

Behavioural Science for Fund Management

This talk is an opportunity to deep dive into the insights from behavioural science that relate to the day to day work in fund management. Participants will learn about their own individual biases and blind spots that affect their own performance and decision making at work, as well as those that impact on their ability to be an effective leader. The talk gives the opportunity to discuss changes that can be made to help abate these issues. 

Dr Grace Lordan, Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, London School of Economics

11:20 - Panel Discussion

Culture and conduct


Rose-Marie Kennedy, Deloitte


  • Amarjit Singh, EY
  • Mary O’Dea, Institute of Banking
  • Helen Vaughan, INED
11:55 - Presentation

Cybersecurity in asset management

Dani Michaux, Head of Cyber Security, KPMG Ireland

12:15 - Panel Discussion

Development of Ireland from a hedge fund hub to a robust market for all alternative asset classes.


Priya Nair, RBC Investor & Treasury Services


  • Tania Mahler, HSBC
  • James Bermingham, SANNE
  • Michael Humphreys, Davy
12:50 - Lunch

Kindly sponsored by BNP Paribas Securities Services                                                                                                   


13:50 - ​Panel Discussion

Brexit & the future of cross border financial services in Europe


  • Ken Owens, PwC


  • Alan Sked, London School of Economics
  • Simon Osborn, IFI Global
  • Karoline Keane, Man Group
  • Michael Howell, CrossBorder Capital
14:25 - Presentation

ETF settlement – conversion from CREST to ICSD

Stephanie Lermusiaux, Director, Euroclear

14:40 - Panel Discussion

Distribution of Irish funds into the UK


  • Stuart Alexander. Gemini Investments


  • Ian Taylor, Transact
  • Richard Philbin, Wellian Investment Solutions
  • Victoria Hasler, Square Mile Research
  • Bella Caridade-Ferreira, Fundscape
15:15 - ​Panel Discussion

Fund governance


  • Brian Higgins, Dillon Eustace


  • Michelle McGrath, Lazard
  • John Madigan, MDO
  • John Hunt, Sullivan&Worcester
  • Michael Hooper, Masasi Services
15:50 - Coffee Break
16:20 - Keynote Address

Macro-economic overview

Paul Hollingsworth, Chief UK Economist, BNP Paribas

16:40 - Keynote Address

What role can investors play in tackling climate change?

James Thornton, CEO, ClientEarth

17:00 - Panel Discussion

ESG & the role of the asset manager


  • Laura Heuston, Sustainability Works


  • Reggie Dodge, EMSO Asset Management
  • Martina Walsh, Irish Life Investment Managers
  • Stefano Montobbio, EFG Asset Management
  • Marie Dzanis, Northern Trust Asset Management
17:35 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

17:40 - Drinks Reception
Yvonne Connolly
Carne Group
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Sarah Bradley
Grant Thornton
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Michael McGrath
Dept of Finance
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Gerry Cross
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Patricia Taylor
William Fry
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Sven Kasper
State Street Corporation
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Umar Ahmed
Irish Funds
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Nicholas Blake-Knox
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Andrew Downs
PGIM Private Capital
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Gayle Bowen
Pinsent Masons
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Grace Lordan
London School of Economics
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Eve Finn
LGIM Ireland
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Rose-Marie Kennedy
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Amarjit Singh
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Mary O'Dea
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Helen Vaughan
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Tania Mahler
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James Bermingham
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Michael Humphreys
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Ken Owens
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Alan Sked
London School of Economics
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Simon Osborn
IFI Global
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Karoline Keane
Man Group
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Michael Howell
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​Stuart Alexander
Gemini Investment Management Ltd
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Brian Higgins
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Michelle McGrath
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Paul Hollingsworth
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James Thornton
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Laura Heuston
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Martina Walsh
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Stefano Montobbio
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Marie Dzanis
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Pat Lardner
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