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Annual Global Funds Conference 2016

The Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference took place Thursday, 23 June at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin. See the agenda and speakers in the tabs below. 

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InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Dublin, Ireland
23 June 2016
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 - Annual Global Funds Conference
7.30 - Registration / Breakfast: Kindly sponsored by Intertrust

MC- Declan Casey, Legal & Technical Director, Irish Funds 

9.00 - Welcome

Alan O'Sullivan, Brown Brothers Harriman, Chairman Irish Funds

9.15 - Q&A with CEO Legg Mason Inc

Joseph A Sullivan, Chairman 

9.50 - Senior Government Keynote Speaker

Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan TD

10.10 - European Regulation Panel

European regulators, a policy maker and a leading lawyer with U.S. regulatory insights, discuss and debate regulation in the European asset management sector by reflecting on recent policy initiatives in the sector, taking stock of where the sector currently is from a regulatory perspective and offering views on how regulation may evolve, particularly as a result of U.S. regulatory initiatives which may have an impact in Europe


  • David Wright, Partner, Flint-Global, ex Secretary General IOSCO


  • Sven Gentner, Head of Unit Asset Management, European Commission 
  • Gareth Murphy, Director of Markets Supervision, Central Bank of Ireland 
  • Verena Ross, Executive Director, ESMA
  • Leonard NG, Sidley Austin LLP
11.00 - Coffee Break: Kindly sponsored by The Panel
11.20 - CEO Panel - The Future of Investment Management

A discussion on what the future holds for the world of investment management. Increasing compliance costs and more onerous reporting requirements are creating tougher barriers to entry. Are the big just getting bigger? Liquid alternatives and passive strategies are flourishing and neither show any sign of slowing down. With an ever-increasing focus on technology, what do today’s managers need to do to stay competitive long term?


  • Kieran Fox, Director of Business Development, Irish Funds


  • Charles Farquharson, CEO Insight
  • John Mullins, Amerenco
  • Mike Wilson, Board Director & Advisor
12.10 - Spotlight On Distribution

Paul Price, Global Head of client coverage, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

12.30 - Distribution Panel

The panel will discuss key trends impacting the world of fund distribution including asset allocation strategies, the growing number of participants in the distribution chain and how the industry will change to adapt to the buyers of the future. They will also debate distribution responses to evolving regulatory burdens and the impact it is having on fund managers and investors.


  • Jonathan Willis, CCO, Calastone

Distribution Panel

  • Paul Price, Head of Distribution, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Klaus Schuster, Head of Business Developement, Pinebridge
  • Michael Curtin, Partner, Mercer
  • Simon Shapland, Head of UK & Ireland, Allfunds
1.15 - Lunch: Kindly sponsored by Northern Trust
14.35 - Product Panel

A panel of leading industry experts from asset managers and service providers will give their views on why Ireland is their jurisdiction of choice for their particular product set. ETFs, Hedge Funds, UCITS and Real Asset Funds will all be examined and discussed looking at real examples of how Ireland provides the most suitable solutions across all product types. 


  • Olwyn Alexander, Partner, PwC


  • Gemma Steel, Senior Counsel, Source 
  • Manuel Brieske, Managing Director & EMEA Head of Product Development, SSGA
  • Fearghal Woods, Director, Northern Trust 
  • Jeremy Soutter, Global Head of Product Development & ManagementStandard Life
15.15 - Coffee Break: Kindly sponsored by Morgan Mckinley
15.40 - Ambassadors Panel

Geo-political events and early poll results for Brexit referendum – A panel of Ambassadors will discuss the geo-political events that shape foreign policy, international relations and how countries interact to form initiatives that influence global trade. The possible consequences of Brexit referendum will also be discussed.


  • Ian Conlon, Investment Funds Lawyer, Maples & Calder


  • H.E. Afonso José Sena Cardoso Ambassador, Brazil
  • H.E. Philippe Roland Ambassador, Belgium
  • H.E. Paul Schellekens Ambassador, Netherlands
  • H.E. Dr Thomas Nader Ambassador, Austria
16.30 - FinTech Panel

Showcasing the growing significance of Fintech in the funds industry. Why Ireland is and must remain the leader in global Fintech development and the importance of it continuing to innovate and evolve. The group will discuss how fintech broadly influences our daily lives, how it currently impacts businesses and how it is likely to advance existing operating models in the funds industry


  • Paud O' Keefe, Head of Innovation, BNP Paribas 


  • Alan Meaney, CEO and Co-founder of Fund Recs
  • John Coolican, Programme Manager for Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab (Dublin)
  • Anne-Marie Bohan, Partner, Matheson 
  • Paul Conroy, CIO, Mediolanum International Funds Ltd
17.15 - Closing Remarks - Pat Lardner, Chief Executive, Irish Funds
17.30 - Networking Drinks: Kindly Sponsored by Carnegie Fund Services
19.30 - Gala Dinner: Kindly sponsored by Maples and Deutsche Bank

The InterContinental Hotel (formerly Four Seasons Hotel) is located on Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

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Verena Ross
European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
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Philip Kalus
Accelerando Associates
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Joseph Sullivan
Legg Mason Inc.
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David Wright
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Leonard Ng
Sidley Austin LLP
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Sven Gentner
European Commission
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Olwyn Alexander
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John Mullins
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Paul Price
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
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Michael Curtin
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Charles Farquharson
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Kieran Fox
Irish Funds
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Klaus Schuster
PineBridge Investments
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Pat Lardner
Irish Funds
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Jonathan James Willis
Calastone Limited
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Alan Meaney
Fund Recs
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Simon Shapland
Allfunds Bank
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John Coolican
Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab (Dublin) accelerator
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Gemma Steel
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Anne-Marie Bohan
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Paul Conroy
Mediolanum Irish Operations
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Paud O'Keeffe
BNP Paribas Securities Services
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Manuel Brieske
State Street Global Advisors
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Alan O'Sullivan
Brown Brothers Harriman
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​Paul Schellekens
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José Sena Cardoso
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Declan Casey
Irish Funds
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