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7th Annual UK Symposium 2019

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

Further details to follow. 

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

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
  • Mick Miller, FCA
09:55 - ​Panel Discussion

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

10:30 - Coffee Break
11:00 - Keynote Address

Understanding blind spots and unconscious biases

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

11:20 - Panel Discussion

Culture and conduct

11:55 - Presentation

Cybersecurity in asset management

Dani Michaux, Head of Cyber Security, KPMG Ireland

12:15 - Panel Discussion

Alternative asset classes in Irish funds

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 Osbourne, 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

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
  • Sandra Rockett, Irish Life Investment Managers
  • Stefano Montobbio, EFG Asset Management
17:35 - Closing Remarks

Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds

17:40 - Drinks Reception

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