Annual Global Funds Conference 2015
Welcome to the Home Page of the Irish Funds' International Funds Conference. Now in its 17th year this conference is a landmark in the international funds industry calendar and it attracts a wide range of participants from across the international investment funds community.
The Conference will be preceded by a golfing even at Luttrelstown 18-hole championship golf course on the afternoon of Wednesday June 10 2015; The course forms part of the Luttrelstown Estate located in a prime position just west of Dublin city.
The conference brings together prominent industry speakers to discuss current issues and challenges facing the international investment funds industry. The event will include thought provoking and informative presentations, keynote talks and panel discussions from internationally respected industry experts will cover the latest developments. It will look at Irish solutions for managers globally. Come join is and see why Ireland is the domicile of choice for funds.
Our preparations are under way, as we continue and we finalise our arrangements we will keep you informed.
Please note that the agenda for Hall 2 directly follows the Main Hall agenda below.
Tadhg Young, Chairman, Irish Funds
Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds Industry Association
Peter D Sutherland SC, United Nations Special Representative for Migration and Development and President of the International Catholic Migration Commission.
This panel will discuss the various stages of managing businesses, from start-up phase to medium size through to large scale organisations. Raising assets, investor demands, challenges to overcome and challenges that were met. It will also look at how to scale for growth and when is big, big enough? Each panel member will touch upon their own business outlook for the years ahead.
Kieran Fox, Business Development Director, Irish Funds Industry Association
- Bill Smith, Chief Executive, Lazard Asset Management Limited
- Adrian Duffy, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
- Martin Gray, Investment Director & Senior Fund Manager, Coram Asset Management
- Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director, Accenture, Ireland
Simon Harris TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, and the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister).
A practical focus on key aspects of distribution
There are three main topics the distribution panel will address; the potential for disruption in fund distribution (such as technology and the growth in platforms), practical considerations for successful fund distribution in 2015 and AIFMD as a game changer for distribution in Europe. The session will focus on the 3 most significant markets in Europe from an Irish fund distribution perspective UK, Switzerland and Germany.
Ken Owens, Audit Partner Asset Management Group, PwC.
- Alex Marshall-Tate, Senior Investment Officer, Citi Private Bank
- Hector McNeil, Co-CEO, WisdomTree Europe
- Daniel Hafele, CEO, ACOLIN Fund Services AG
- Will Maydon, Director and Shareholder, Campion Capital
- Rob Rosenberg, COO, Heptagon Capital
Gareth Murphy, Director of Markets, Central Bank of Ireland
This panel will discuss utilising technology to meet business needs for faster information, improved data quality and greater transparency and the importance of Big Data. IT Security and Cyber Resilience, Fintech and new entrants in Wealth Management will also be addressed along with social media in the Asset Management industry.
Greg Faragher-Thomas, Director, Alpha Financial Markets Consulting
- Emer Coleman, Director Business Development, TransportAPI and Founder of DSRPTN
- Leonard McAuliffe, Cyber Security and Forensics practice, PwC
- Davi Ottenheimer, Senior Director of Trust, EMC
- Simon Hanratty, Head of IT, Irish Life Investment Managers
Hot Products will examine how the latest regulatory and legislative changes in Ireland have been enabling in nature rather than restrictive and have created new opportunities for Irish funds. The panel in particular will focus on topics such as the ICAV, AIFMD and distribution opportunities and property as a growing asset class. MMFs, ETFS and Loan Origination will also be discussed.
Reggie Dodge, Chief Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel, Emso Partners Limited
- Nicholas Blake-Knox, Senior Vice President, PIMCO Europe
- Bill Scrimgeour, Head of Regulation, HSBC
- Dan Hedley, Head of Regulatory Policy, Fidelity Worldwide Investment
- Jeremy O’Sullivan, Director, Asset Management, Lone Star Funds
- Julie Patterson, Head of Investment Management, EMA Regulatory Centre of Excellence, KPMG
Dr Dermot F Smurfit, Chairman, ML Capital Group
Pat Lardner, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Funds Industry Association
Patrick Rooney, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Irish Funds Industry Association
The coming of age of the European ETF industry
Hector McNeil, Co-CEO Wisdom Tree Europe / Boost
Recent and planned structural innovations in the European ETF industry
Lisa Kealy, ETF EMEIA lead, EY
- Russell Graham, Director, Head of iShares EMEA Range Management
- Tara O’Reilly, Asset Management partner, William Fry
- Gerry Sugrue, Vice President, Irish Stock Exchange
- Adrian Mulryan, Asset Management Partner, Arthur Cox
A recent new entrants experience in the ETF industry
Jean-Philippe Royer, CEO, Nomura Alternative Investment Management (Europe) Ltd
Regulatory impact on the ETF industry
Phillip Lovegrove, Asset Management partner, Matheson
- Gemma Steel, Legal Counsel, Source
- Ciara O’Leary, Investment Funds Partner, Maples
- Jo McCaffrey, Head of Intermediary Product Development, EMEA, State Street Global Advisors
UCITS and AIFMD risk management: the regulatory environment in Ireland
Killian Buckley, Managing Director, Kinetic Partners
Panel Discussion: Risk Management considerations in building your Irish funds business
Practical approaches from asset managers to building out a risk management framework impact of regulatory drivers on building a UCITS risk management process interpreting AIFMD from a risk management perspective.
Killian Buckley, Managing Director, Kinetic Partners
- Peter Beckhouse, Vice President, PIMCO
- Tom Coghlan, Head of Risk Services, MPMF Fund Management
- Jason Poonoosamy, Risk Director, DMS Offshore
- Neil Clifford, Director, Carne Group
- Michael Howell, Managing Director, CrossBorder Capital
Mr Sutherland is currently United Nations Special Representative for Migration and Development and President of the International Catholic Migration Commission.He serves on the Boards of Allianz SE, Koç Holding A.S. and BW Group Limited and is on the Advisory Board of Eli Lilly.He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of BP plc and non-executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International.
Of Irish nationality he was born on 25th April 1946 and was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Prior to his current positions, Mr Sutherland served as Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984); EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989); Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993) and Director General of GATT and then of The World Trade Organisation (1993-1995).Mr Sutherland was Chairman of BP plc (1997 – 2009) and Chairman of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2008 – 2015).He is President of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford University.
He was awarded an honorary fellowship of the London Business School and the Oxford University Institute of Economics and more recently St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford.He has received fifteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America.He has received numerous national decorations including an honorary Knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a Papal Knighthood from Pope Benedict and the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from President Mitterrand.He is the only non-European Parliamentarian to have received the Gold Medal of the European Parliament
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).
Lisa Kealy is an Assurance Partner in EY’s Financial Services Organisation and has more than 18 years’ experience in the provision of audit and advisory services to the financial services industry. Lisa specialises in both regulated and alternative investment funds and her client base includes Irish and offshore investment funds, asset management companies, administrators and treasury operations. Lisa advises clients on many aspects of accounting, regulatory, market, industry and operational matters.
Lisa is Leader of EY FS Ireland’s Regulated Funds Practice, EY EMEIA Leader of ETFs, and Member of the EY EMEIA Regulated Funds Steering Group. She has written reports on both the European and global ETF market. She has also written numerous articles on the asset management industry covering a variety of industry topics which impact on investment funds, market dynamics and regulatory topics. Lisa has spoken at a number of international conferences in various European and Asian cities.
Lisa holds a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, from which she holds a practicing certificate. Lisa is a member of the IFIA’s UCITS Products and Marketing Committees and also chairs the ETF Committee.
Martin began his fund management career in 1979 and subsequently became involved in establishing and developing several private asset management businesses, focusing on the multi-asset sector. Martin joined Miton Investments as a fund manager and director in 1995 and was appointed managing director in November 1997 taking responsibility for the development and growth of the business. The company merged with Optimal in 2005, iimia in 2007 (AIM listed) and Midas in 2008 and he remained a director of the business until his departure in June 2014. Martin managed the Miton Strategic fund from its launch in December 1996 and the Miton Special Situations fund from its launch in January 1998, both through to his departure. The funds have won numerous awards over the years including the coveted ‘Asset Allocator of the Year’ award in 2006. Martin joined Coram Asset Management on 1st January 2015 as a director and fund manager.
Simon has more than twenty one years of IT, project and general management experience. A graduate of the Michael Smurfit and INSEAD Schools of Business, Simon has undertaken a variety of roles in two separate stints with Irish Life spanning time in IT consulting and seven years in mobile telecommunications.
Joining Irish Life Assurance in 1987, Simon carried out a variety of different IT and project roles within the company implementing many of the core financial and administration systems. In 1996 he joined FileNET a US software company as a systems consultant and worked with clients across a range of industries to implement solutions in support of their business process needs. In 1998, Simon joined recently launched mobile operator ESAT Digifone to set up their software development practice. During a seven year stay that saw Digifone (latterly O2 Ireland) acquire more that 1 million subscribers, he carried out a range of technology and management roles including Head of IT, 3G Project Director and Head of Products and Services.
Returning to Financial Services in 2005 Simon moved to Irish Life Investment Managers as Head of IT which was followed by a stint in a group role where he headed the group’s central IT functions. He served as ILIM’s Chief Operations Officer from 2009 – 2012. In 2012 he took up his current role as Director of IT and eBusiness.
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.
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.
Greg has over 10 years experience within the asset management area with emphasis around the front office IT space dealing with both traditional and alternative managers. Before joining Alpha, Greg spent 5 years with Charles River Development and prior to that 4 years with Bluebay Asset Management and JPM Asset Management respectively. Greg holds a degree in economics.
Gareth Murphy is responsible for the supervision and regulation of Irish securities markets including the funds, stockbroking and investment management industries. He is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority. Prior to joining the Central Bank Gareth was a Senior advisor at the Bank of England. He previously held roles at JP Morgan Chase in London and was co-head of the European Equity Flow Derivatives desk. Prior to this, Gareth was a strategist at Long Term Capital Management and a partner at Castlegrove Capital Management in London.
Gareth graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.
Neil is an experienced Irish-based investment professional and fund director with wide experience of the governance and operations of alternative investments at the institutional level, including infrastructure and private equity funds. He has also had experience as an equity fund manager and is a qualified risk management professional.
Neil joined Carne from Irish Life Investment Managers, where he was Head of Alternative Investments, overseeing an external hedge fund manager portfolio. He also supervised ILIM’s illiquid investments in private equity and infrastructure, including acting as an independent director on a number of investee companies. He began his career with Irish Life as a sector-focused fund manager overseeing part of a €4 billion portfolio. Prior to this, Neil was a Senior Equity Analyst for Goodbody Stockbrokers in Dublin. He has also worked as an engineer with a number of leading engineering and telecoms firms in Ireland.
Neil has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from University College Cork and a Master of Business Administration from the Smurfit School of Business, University College, Dublin. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM – Global Association of Risk Professionals).
Bill Smith is Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Asset Management Limited since 2002 and is a member of the Global Management team of Lazard Asset Management. He is responsible for business activities in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the Nordic and the Middle East regions. He is also a Director of Lazard’s UK and Irish fund business. Bill began working in the investment field in 1979. Prior to joining Lazard, he held a number of senior positions at Barclays Bank, including Head of Savings and Investment and Deputy Chairman of Barclays Asset Management. Previously he was Head of Equity Research at BZW. Bill holds a BSc (Hons) in Pure Mathematics from Heriot Watt University. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Jason Poonoosamy is Risk Director of DMS Offshore Investment Services Europe Ltd. and is based in Dublin, Ireland.
Prior to joining DMS, Mr. Poonoosamy served as Head of Product Management within the Global Risk & Analytics division at State Street, Dublin, where from 2009 to 2013 he was responsible for strategically increasing revenue, growing market share and penetrating new markets. In this capacity, he also led and managed new product offerings targeted at hedge funds, pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies and other institutional investors. From 2006 to 2009, he served the same company as Head of Client Services and Operations.
Mr. Poonoosamy also worked as an Investment Analyst in the National Pension Reserve Fund, National Treasury Management Agency (Dublin) from 2002 to 2005. He was an Investment Support Analyst with State Street Global Advisors, Sydney, Australia and worked as a Portfolio Accountant with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
He achieved his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification in 2004 and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Science and Computing, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of New South Wales.
Mr. Duffy joined Guggenheim in October 2001 as a Managing Director responsible for overseeing the credit investing business, and was one of the three founding Principals of this business at Guggenheim. Mr. Duffy originally co-headed a team focused on investing in various leveraged credit markets in a variety of industries, and was responsible for directly originating middle market transactions. He was also a member of the Investment Committee. In early 2007, Mr. Duffy was responsible for incorporating Guggenheim Partners Europe Limited (“GPEL”) with a focus on the European loan and bond markets. He currently leads a team of ten investment professionals and three support staff. GPEL is authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland under Regulation 11 of the MiFID Regulations to carry on various regulated activities. GPEL currently manages bond and loan portfolio’s in excess of €4bn in value, both directly and through sub-advisory agreements with affiliates and sits on Investment Committee for all European credits. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Duffy was the Director of Research for Whitney & Co.’s leveraged credit group. Prior to joining Whitney, Mr. Duffy was a high yield Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Bank and was involved in their high yield investing activities from inception. Mr. Duffy spent the early part of his career in NatWest’s Corporate & Institutional Finance and at Bank of Ireland International Finance in various corporate credit and structured products investment roles. Mr. Duffy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Hons) from University College Dublin which he received in 1988.
Will joined Campion Capital in May 2006 and is a director and shareholder. Will is responsible for distribution of funds to a number of wealth managers, family offices, pension funds and multi-managers in the UK, South Africa and Switzerland.
Will started his career at Wise Speke (now part of Brewin Dolphin). He spent ten years managing private client, charity and trust portfolios – working closely with lawyers and accountants.
Will graduated with Honours from the University of Newcastle, is FCA registered and has the UKSIP Certificate of Investment Management, Level 3.
An experienced executive who has held senior positions at global financial institutions as well as boutique asset management firms.Robert is currently the COO of Heptagon Capital, a private asset management company, and is responsible for managing all of the non-investment related activities of the firm, business relationships and strategic initiatives and is a board member for the firm’s investment vehicles and companies.Prior to joining Heptagon, Robert was a Partner and COO of a London based hedge fund, which he helped launch.Additional experience includes managing global and regional support teams for various capital market businesses; planning and implementing offshoring strategies; designing and managing infrastructure improvement projects; and managing financial control, operations and risk management teams for financial institutions.
Robert is a CFA and has an MBA in addition to undergraduate degrees in Finance and Economics.
Based in New York, he is the Global Asset Management Technology Sector Lead, U.S. Asset Servicing Lead and Co-Advisory Point Partner with responsibility for quality control of all PwC Advisory projects at one of the firm’s premier global clients.
Clients have called on his skills in strategy analysis and development, business plan development, operations strategy assessment and development, process improvement and program management to achieve their new business, strategic and cost reduction goals. He has helped clients develop sustainable solutions from positioning and approach through execution, while working with these clients to develop and implement strategies around the digital marketplace focusing on customer, data and social media.
Additionally, Keith has worked with a global custodial bank for consistently over the course of 12+ years leading game-changing projects from strategic planning through execution, in addition to helping the client address some of their most difficult, complex and important challenges while creating real and measurable value, ultimately positioning them for continued success.
Keith is one of PwC’s leaders in the Asset Management Outsourcing space and regularly helps clients holistically address Middle- and Back-office on-boardings from pre-deal planning to post-deal execution. Most recently, Keith has advised one of the world’s leading asset servicers with respect to on-boarding the Middle- and Back-Office of one of the world’s largest – and most influential – hedge funds. Through his time on the project, he has gained experience in all aspects of outsourcing projects and regularly delivers advice for other clients who are planning similar engagements. His experience includes addressing software and architecture development, program planning and assessment and human resources matters while delivering a complex technical program often within an aggressive timeframe.
A frequent speaker and author on industry trends, Keith played a pivotal role in the development of one of PwC's premier thought leadership pieces AM 2020: A Brave New World, and regularly presents on some of the Financial Services Industry’s most cutting-edge topics, including the use / misuse of social media, designing and becoming the Fiercest Competitor, CRM implementation and industry disruptors.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in accounting, from the University of Richmond’s E Claiborne Robins Business School.
Hector is a leading specialist in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) with over 12 years’ experience in the sector. Hector started his career at the London Stock Exchange, completed a short stint at BZW and then moved to Morgan Stanley in the late 90s as Head of New Issue Infrastructure. He went on to work for Jiway Holdings (40% owned by Morgan Stanley) as the COO, Nomura International as Director of Fixed Income and Derivatives Operations, and Susquehanna International Group as Head of Business Development where he spent 3 years building up Susquehanna’s ETP market making capabilities. After leaving Susquehanna, Hector worked at ETF Securities as a joint Managing Partner where he headed up Sales and Marketing. He was a key ingredient in the company’s growth from 4 members of staff and $50m AUM, to 70 employees globally and $22bn AUM. With his business partner, Nik Bienkowski, Hector launched Boost ETP, a specialist short and leverage ETP issuer, in December 2012. WisdomTree Investments acquired a majority stake in Boost ETP in April 2014. Hector holds a BA in Economics and Social History from the University of Hull, an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute.
Dr. Smurfit is Chairman of ML Capital Group, an independent Irish investment management firm which specialises in regulated fund structuring and distribution. ML Capital operates the multi-award winning MontLake UCITS and MontLake QIAIF Platforms.
Dr. Smurfit has over 40 years of experience in heading up Irish businesses employing over 40,000 staff in 32 countries worldwide. Formerly joint deputy chairman of Jefferson Smurfit Group Plc, Dr. Smurfit is also currently Chairman of Powerflute Oyl, Eurolink Motorway Services Ltd and Cosmo Specialty Fibres Inc. He has also stood as a former Non-Executive Chairman of Peach Holdings Inc., former Chairman of Anker PLC, former Chairman of Pankaboard Oy and a former Non-Executive Director of ACE Ltd. Dr. Smurfit graduated from Oatlands College, Dublin in 1962 and subsequently completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1991. Dr. Smurfit became an honorary Doctor of Business Administration for the International Management Centres Association in 1998 and is a Vice-President of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and a member of the Foundation Board of Limerick University.
Bill is the primary interface between HSS Securities Services and regulators, financial market infrastructures and industry bodies covering custodian, trustee, fund administration and financial market infrastructure issues.The role is designed to analyse and prioritise regulatory and industry initiatives that have an impact on business models and prepare the business for any such changes, whether they represent opportunities or challenges. He is based in London having relocated from Hong Kong in 2008. He has first hand knowledge of investment manager needs, markets and market trends having played a major part in setting strategy for Securities Services in Asia prior to his current role.
Before their acquisition by HSBC in 2004, he worked with Bank of Bermuda in Singapore where he was Head of Sales for their Global Funds Services business, marketing fund solutions to large traditional and hedge fund clients.Prior to this, he spent 27 years in international wholesale banking with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia, the Middle East and Europe where he was a Country Head with their Corporate and Institutional Banking Division.He has an extensive knowledge of banking, banking products as well as corporate strategies deployed by multinational corporations extending their footprint across regions or globally.
HSBC Securities Services spans some 40 emerging and developed countries and is a division of Global Transaction Banking, one of HSBC’s global business lines and itself part of the HSBC Global Markets Division.
Alex Marshall-Tate is a Senior Research Analyst and Senior Investment Officer in Citi Private Bank’s Traditional Investments Group, providing third party manager research and selection capabilities for the Citi Private Bank open architecture fund platforms globally. Traditional Investments is part of Citi Private Bank’s Global Managed Investment (GMI) organization.
Mr Marshall-Tate joined Citigroup in July 2006 and is Head of Citi Private Bank’s Investment Manager Research (IMR) team in Europe, as well as strategy head covering Alternative Mutual Funds. In his role he is responsible for providing third-party traditional investment manager products and services to Private Bankers, Investment Counselors and other professionals of Citi Private Bank.
Prior to joining Citibank, he spent 5 years at Morgan Stanley, initially as a manager research analyst, and latterly as a portfolio manager within Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management’s Discretionary Multi-Manager team.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Southampton, as well as a Master’s degree in Corporate Risk Management from the University of Southampton.He is FCA registered in the United Kingdom, and a holder of the CISI Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM) Diploma.
Philip is a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson. Matheson is the number one ranked funds practice in Ireland, experts in all aspects of UCITS and Alternative Funds. Philip has over ten years’ experience of advising leading international financial institutions and asset management companies on structuring and offering fund products in Ireland and particularly in relation to ETFs, innovative and complex products authorised as UCITS and emerging markets products.
Kieran Fox joined the Association in August 2007 and is the Director - Business Development for Irish Funds. As well as being responsible for working with investment managers and developing our membership offering, Kieran participates in a number of our steering groups including Distribution, Marketing & Promotion and Front Office and has led engagement on specific regulatory matters. Kieran has a BSc Finance and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Information Systems. Prior to joining us he gained significant experience both in industry and within the regulator. He was a senior regulator and risk specialist with the Central Bank of Ireland for almost two years and prior to this spent seven years in a variety of roles across the front office within the hedge fund industry in London. Kieran represents the Association on the Summit Finuas Network Steering Committee.
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive and board roles in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a full range of traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat attained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin. As well as participating on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, Pat is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association. He previously served as a member of the Board of the International Investment Funds Association, is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of the Irish Association of Investment Managers.
Across this broad brief he has special responsibility for International Financial Services, Public Procurement and the Office of Public Works.
First elected to the Irish Parliament at the last election of 2011 he has served on the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, its Public Accounts Committee, and was Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Mental Health.
He is the Irish representative on the Ecofin Budget Council, and alternate for the Minister for Finance at Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings.He is a member of the Irish Cabinet sub-committees on Economic Recovery & Jobs and Public Sector Reform & Social Policy.
A graduate of journalism, Minister Harris became involved in politics through his advocacy and lobbying work on Autism.Prior to his election to Parliament, he served as a Councillor in his native county of Wicklow.
Tadhg joined State Street in 2007 and was appointed Head of Global Services Ireland in 2016, having acted as Chief Operating Officer of State Street International (Ireland) Limited since 2012. Prior to joining State Street, Tadhg was Head of Trustee, Custody and Middle Office Servicing with IBT Ireland (acquired by State Street in 2007).
He previously held a number of senior management roles with Allianz Global Investors Ireland where he was Managing Director and with Dresdner Bank in Ireland where he headed the fund administration group and later became Head of Operations for banking and fund services. Tadhg qualified as a chartered accountant while working as a tax consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Tadhg is currently a member of the Council of Irish Funds and serves as Chair of the industry body for 2015/16.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Member of the Irish Taxation Institute.
Mr. Royer is the Chief Executive Officer of Nomura Alternative Investment Management (Europe) Ltd, and has been with Nomura since 2008. He has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, mostly spent in senior positions in structured and quantitative asset management at major financial institutions in London, Paris and Luxembourg. Mr. Royer holds a Master in Management, major in Corporate Finance from EDHEC Business School.
Over the past 15 years Gerry has held a number of positions at the ISE including managing the regulatory team responsible for the review of listing applications for investment funds seeking a listing.
Gerry’s extensive experience includes the listing of investment funds from every major funds domicile and covers a wide range of open and closed ended product types including UCITS, property funds, private equity funds, exchange traded funds and both domestic and offshore alternative investment funds. Gerry is a member of the IFSC funds group which is an industry committee established by the department of the Taoiseach to focus on the continued growth of the Irish investment funds industry.
Tara is a Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment Funds Department, practicing financial services law.
Tara has significant experience in advising leading asset managers, fund sponsors and service providers in the establishment, management and servicing of a wide variety of investment funds, both mutual and private funds, and has extensive experience in advising on the legal and regulatory issues arising for those parties. Tara regularly advises Board on matters of corporate governance, compliance and strategy with her considerable experience allowing guidance on best practice. Tara has advised on compliance with AIFMD and UCITS requirements and is well recognised for her clear and pragmatic approach in these matters. Tara also leads the Firms ETF practice and advises a sizeable ETF portfolio with her innovative approach leading to many product developments in this area. Tara is currently a member of the Council of the Irish Funds Industry Association Limited and is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.
According to sources of Chambers & Partners, 2014 Tara O’Reilly is described as “highly technical and personable – the complete package.” Commentators agree she has “cornered” the ETF market. Sources of Chambers Europe, 2013, regard Tara O’Reilly as ‘a market-leading specialist in ETFs’. According to Legal 500 EMEA, 2013, Tara has ‘unrivalled expertise’ in exchange traded funds, and brings ‘both a legal and strategic aspect to her advice’.
Chambers Europe, 2012, notes that Tara is considered ‘the authority on exchange-traded notes. She is innovative, knowledgeable and aware of all the factors that affect our work.’ Tara O’Reilly is ‘an expert in ETF-related issues’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
Tom is the designated person for risk management and liquidity management at MPMF Fund Management. He has extensive experience in international investment banking with diverse financial services and capital markets experience. He is a certified investment fund director with the Institute of Bankers and has in-depth knowledge of the investment fund sector along with governance, oversight and control expertise.
Tom joined MPMF Fund Management in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tom has extensive audit experience with a particular focus on control environments, systems, procedures review and corporate governance. He was a director at Citi Global Markets and head of Pan-European equity sales in Ireland from 2004 to 2013 with responsibility for a diverse client base, including ‘long only’ institutions, hedge funds, thematic funds and structured product providers. From 2000 to 2004 he was a senior portfolio manager in the wealth management division of NCB Stockbrokers.
Gemma is a senior lawyer in the Source legal team, and assists on all legal and compliance matters relating to product launch, maintenance and distribution. Before joining Source Gemma worked at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, where she dealt with legal queries relating to asset management, distribution, product development and launch, lending and new regulation.
Previously Gemma worked as an investment funds lawyer at Hogan Lovells, and also spent time on secondment at BGI/BlackRock. Gemma has an MA from Cambridge University in Law and Art History, and is qualified and admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Jeremy O’Sullivan is a Director of Asset Management with Hudson Advisors Ireland Limited. Hudson is the asset management affiliate of Lone Star Funds. Lone Star Funds are a global private equity firm that invests in secured and unsecured debt instruments, real estate-related assets and select corporate opportunities. Since the establishment of its first fund in 1995, Lone Star has organised fourteen private equity funds with aggregate capital commitments totalling over $54 billion. In January 2015, Jeremy was appointed to the Dublin office to lead the Loan Asset Management team in Ireland. Prior to that Jeremy held similar senior asset management roles with Hudson in the UK and USA. Jeremy holds an MBA from Manchester University (UK) and BA (Economics) from UCD.
Michael Howell is CEO of CrossBorder Capital, a London-based independent research firm that he founded in 1996. Previously he was Head of Research for Baring Securities and Research Director of Salomon Brothers, the US investment bank. The liquidity methodology he pioneered monitors Central Bank behaviour in over 70 countries world-wide on a monthly basis. Liquidity flows are a central part of CrossBorder Capital’s asset allocation advice, which is currently provided to around 100 major global investors, including institutional asset managers, government agencies, Central Banks and endowment funds. CrossBorder Capital is also the investment advisor to the Solar (hedge fund of funds) and the Pulsar Funds (quant based funds using ETFs). Michael has been in financial markets since 1981 and is a regular conference speaker and media commentator. He graduated from Bristol and London Universities, and lives in Oxford with his family.
Davi Ottenheimer, President of flyingpenguin and EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than twenty years’ experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of the book “Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise Against Attack,” published in May 2012 by Wiley.
An expert in compliance, he was a qualified PCI DSS and PA-DSS assessor (QSA and PA-QSA) with K3DES, and former Board Member for the Payment Card Industry Security Alliance and the Silicon Valley chapters of ISACA and OWASP. He is a frequent top-rated public speaker and has been quoted or written articles on security, risk management and compliance for publications including Compliance Week, Search Security, Bank Info Security, Network World, Red Herring, Chain Store Age, Inc, Reuters and SC Magazine.
He formerly was responsible for security at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), the world’s largest investment fund manager (now BlackRock). Prior to BGI he was a “dedicated paranoid” at Yahoo! and responsible for managing security for hundreds of millions of mobile, broadband and digital home products. Davi received his postgraduate academic Master of Science degree in International History from the London School of Economics.
Killian Buckley is a managing director at Duff & Phelps. He is responsible for regulatory consulting services and acts as a Designated Individual to UCITS fund clients in addition to performing MLRO functions, as well as generally advising Irish and international clients on Irish regulatory issues. Killian has also advised on numerous fund launches, with a client portfolio ranging from small boutique investment houses to larger institutions.
Killian has multi-jurisdictional experience, with particular knowledge of Europe and offshore domiciles, and also provides corporate and strategic advice to investment management firms. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, Killian is co-chair of the Irish Funds Industry Association Marketing Committee and sits on its Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive steering group.
Ciara O’Leary is a partner in the Investment Funds Group in Maples’ Dublin office, advising fund promoters and firms providing services to investment funds in relation to the establishment, authorisation, operation and on-going maintenance of all types of Irish investment funds including UCITS and Alternative Investment Funds. Ciara has extensive experience in regard to exchange traded funds, alternative or structured UCITS and the use of derivatives and financial indices within the UCITS space.
Some highlights of Ciara’s experience include:
- Established the first physical commodity exchange traded fund structured as a RIAIF to be authorised by the Central Bank
- Established the first UCITS fund permitted by the Central Bank to gain exposure to underlying strategies comprising ineligible UCITS assets via structured financial instruments.
- Advised on submissions in regard to the use of financial derivative instruments at share class level which resulted in the publication of Policy
Update 1/2010 to the Central Bank’s UCITS notices.
- Advised on the establishment of the joint venture ETF platform established by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Nomura which is now co-owned by Warburg Pincus;
- Advised on the first corporate migration of a Cayman Islands domiciled vehicle to as a UCITS.
- Launching a range of exchange traded fund products for a number of the investment banks.
- Extensive experience in the approval of financial indices for UCITS investments with the Central Bank.
Ciara joined Maples and Calder as a trainee in 2006. On qualifying in 2007, she joined the Investment Funds group. Ciara is a graduate of the University College Cork and the Law Society if Ireland.
Jo is a Vice President of State Street Global Advisors and the Head of Intermediary Product Development for EMEA. She leads the team responsible for the strategy, structuring and launch of all UCITS funds across the active, index and SPDR ETF fund ranges in Europe.
Jo has nearly 10 years of experience in the European ETF industry. She has worked in product development for the two largest ETF providers in the world, launching almost 100 funds across multiple asset classes. She also worked at Schroders, structuring UCITS-compliant hedge funds.
Jo has an MA in Law from Trinity College, Cambridge and an LLM in Public International Law from New York University. She also has the IMC.
Russell is the Head of iShares EMEA Range Management, which is responsible for product management and quality across the range of European iShares ETFs.
Mr. Graham’s service with the firm dates back to 2000, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to joining iShares in 2011, Mr. Graham led the portfolio management team in BGI’s European Cash Management Group and was a senior portfolio manager in US cash management. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Graham was a fixed income portfolio manager at Scudder Investments and began his career in the graduate program at Franklin Templeton Group.
Mr. Graham earned a BS degree in Finance from Santa Clara University, an MS degree in Finance from Golden Gate University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Professional and industry experience
- I have specialised in the investment management and funds sector for 16 years.
- I lead on investment management regulatory change within KPMG’s EMA Regulatory Centre of Excellence. The Centre provides knowledge-based analysis of regulatory proposals in the pipeline and of the evolving political and regulatory context. We work with the service line functions, informing the development of business propositions. We publish thought leadership pieces to inform discussions with top management at client firms.
- Before joining KPMG, I worked for 15 years at the Investment Management Association and its predecessor (AUTIF). On the creation of the IMA in 2002, I established the regulatory function, covering investment management regulation, buy-side dealing, segregated mandates, capital requirements and operations. In the last few years, I focussed on directing IMA’s work across all aspects of collective investment funds – product regulation, distribution, fund administration and financial reporting, tax and legal.
- I have extensive knowledge of the EU regulatory process (from which nearly all IM and FM regulation now emanates) and the increasing role of international bodies such as IOSCO. Also, through many years of working with the European Federation (EFAMA), I have acquired a broad knowledge of the different fund and distribution structures around the EU.
Reggie started her career in 1997 as an attorney at Anderson, Kill & Olick in New York before joining W.P Stewart & Co in New York, and later in London, in various company secretarial, legal and compliance roles. Following that, she acted as Assistant General Counsel, then General Counsel and Head of Compliance for a variety of boutique financial services firms, with responsibility for ensuring compliance with the rules and regulations of the SEC, FCA, SFC and other key national financial regulators. Reggie now focuses her practice on regulatory law, governance infrastructures, and ESG matters. Reggie is currently a member of AIMA’s Sound Practices Committee. She joined Emso in 2013.
Reggie earned a JD, and a BA in Philosophy, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from London Business School.
Dan joined Fidelity in September 2010 and works within the Compliance Team..
Previously, Dan spent three years at BlackRock (formerly Barclays Global Investors) where he was responsible for Regulatory / Government Affairs as well as heading up the iShares Compliance Team.
Dan joined the Financial Services Authority in 2004, working in the Financial Promotions Department, prior to taking a number of roles in conduct policy, retail themes and Treating Customers Fairly.
Dan holds a D.Phil in English Literature and spent six years lecturing at the universities of Oxford and Exeter before moving into the financial services industry.
Leonard, PwC Advisory Consulting, leads the Cyber Security and Forensics practice. Leonard has worked in the area of information security and forensics for over 16 years and had delivered Cyber Security, Resilience and Forensics services to many top international and national clients in the financial services sector.
Some of Leonard’s Cyber Security areas of expertise include Cyber Strategy, Governance & Program Management,
Cyber Security Architecture, Cyber Security Standards, Data Protection and Privacy, Identity and Access Management, Vulnerability Management, Ethical Hacking, Cloud Security, Mobile Device Management, infrastructure and operational security reviews.
Prior to joining PwC, Leonard started out in industry with Compaq and HP in Security Engineering and Security Management roles. He became the Information Security Officer for HP Ireland and later moved to a global consulting role a for HP Global Managed Services where he led large enterprises security transformation programs.
Leonard is seen as a leader in the field of Information Security and has numerous published articles in newspapers and international Cyber Security and Forensics magazines. Leonard has served on and been elected to boards of all major Information Security Organisations in Ireland including IISF, ISSA and conference board for OWASP. Leonard has organised and presented at many Cyber Security and Forensics events and has provided thought leadership on topical subjects in Cyber Security and Forensics.
Leonard has a BA and Post Graduate in Business and Financial Information Systems from University College Cork and has achieved professional certification in all most globally recognised Cyber Security qualifications such as CISSP, CISA, CISM, PCI QSA, CRISC, CEH, CBCI as well as many other technical and management professional certifications.