The Boston Seminar will take place on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston.
This seminar will include thought provoking and informative updates and panel discussions from respected industry experts on:
- Trends in global fund distribution
- Regulatory updates
- FinTech and the asset management industry
A structured and wide-ranging discussion on the ongoing changes in the European regulatory environment which impact on US managers will be a significant feature of the seminar.
Breakfast kindly sponsored by Connecting Cork
Brian Forrester, Deloitte, Chair, Irish Funds
- Chris Christian, Dechert
- Rob Drake, Bury Street Capital
- Simon Padley, KBI Global Investments
- Denise Kearns, BBH
- Dave Polonsky, FundApps
- Charles Rizzo, John Hancock
- Anurag Wakhlu, Dassault Systémes
- Andrea Lennon, Fundrock
- Vincent Coyne, William Fry
- Andrea Kelly, PwC
- Tadhg Young, State Street
- Elizabeth Ho, Natixis
Kieran Fox, Irish Funds
Brian is a Partner in the Financial Services Audit team at Deloitte. His primary expertise is in the delivery of audit and advisory services to clients in the investment management industry. Brian has over 18 years experience in the area and has worked in three key investment management jurisdictions, namely Ireland, the Channel Islands and Grand Cayman. Brian has led a number of risk and operational reviews across the sector and has extensive experience of due diligence projects for large transactions.
Christopher D. Christian advises U.S. and European asset managers and investment funds and their boards of directors, including U.S. registered funds, funds organized under the European Union directive on Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS), and funds organized in other jurisdictions offered on a private basis.
Mr. Christian’s practice has a significant international component. He advises offshore funds on compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements and routinely counsels European retail and institutional funds on organization, registration, corporate governance, and global distribution issues. He has assisted clients in coordinating offering advisory services and various types of investment funds in compliance with local law in jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin and South America.
Mr. Christian is Chair of the International Bar Association’s Investment Funds Committee.
Bury Street Capital represents mainly US based boutique fund managers in Europe. The principle activity is institutional fund raising from pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, banks, family offices and independent wealth managers. Fund managers the company represents cover the long only, hedge fund and real asset categories.
Robert founded the firm in 2005 and prior to that was the Chief Investment Officer of Asymmetric Capital Management, a specialist convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund manager. Asymmetric was a joint venture between Robert and Jefferies & Company, a New York Stock Exchange-listed Global Investment Bank.
Before Asymmetric, Robert was Chief Executive of Pavilion Asset Management, a fund management company owned by Seymour Pierce Group plc, a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he ran their International Equity Linked sales and research business, and Bankers Trust, where he set up and ran their European Distressed Debt trading business. He originally trained as an equity portfolio manager.
He graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic with a first class honours degree in Business Studies.
Simon worked with the firm in the position of Client Servicing Manager and Business Development Manager in the institutional client segment from 2002 to 2004. From 2005 - 2007 he was a Product Development Manager with KBC Asset Management in Belgium, specialising in the development of innovative structured products for KBC’s distribution networks in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. From 2007 to 2009 Simon was Head of Distribution at the KBCAM’s office in Sydney Australia where he filled the role of investment specialist for the KBC Environmental Funds in that market, alongside a business development role. Prior to rejoining the firm in June 2013 as part of the business development team in North America, Simon was the Senior Vice President responsible for Marketing & Products at Union KBC Asset Management in India. He graduated from the University College Dublin with an Honours Science Degree in Cell & Molecular Biology in 2000, and completed a Higher Diploma in Business Studies in 2001.
David Polonsky is the Head of North America for FundApps. FundApps a RegTech company which provides regulatory monitoring and reporting services to the world’s largest asset managers and hedge funds. FundApps was recently featured in a World Economic Forum report as “the future of financial services” and is a member of the Future 50 (The fastest growing and most disruptive technology companies) and the FinTech50. FundApps has built an active client community of over 500 regulatory experts and monitors over 4 Trillion USD of assets every day.
A 12-year veteran of the hedge fund and asset management technology industry, David has worked in New York, London, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong. In 2016, David transitioned from his Business Development role at FundApps’ office in London to launch the company’s first international office in the Flatiron District in Manhattan. Before this role, he completed his MBA at London Business School and managed Product and Client Success teams at Eze Software Group and Linedata.
As Chief Financial Officer, Charles oversees Fund Administration, which is responsible for the technical and operational service delivery of the fund platforms that support mutual funds and variable insurance products. This includes John Hancock Group of Funds, John Hancock Worldwide Investments Plc. (UCITS), Variable Annuities, Retirement Plan Services and U.S. Life Insurance. The Fund Administration department encompasses over 126 professionals responsible for compliance, valuation, tax, financial reporting, accounting, vendor management, and expense budgeting and analysis. Fund Administration is also responsible for all operational requirements associated with mergers, liquidations, and new fund launches. Charles is also chairman of the John Hancock Risk Management Committee which governs risk within the mutual funds business and overseas risk management activities of supporting business functions. Prior to this role, Charles was President and CEO of John Hancock Signature Services and was responsible for all shareholder record keeping functions for the John Hancock Mutual Funds.
Anurag Wakhlu, CFA is the Global Business Director for Financial Services at Dassault Systèmes. He brings a powerful combination of both, investment management as well as financial services technology experience, spanning over two decades. Anurag has recently been heading the development of a Customer “360” Intelligence and a Risk Prediction solution, using machine learning and advanced analytics, which has significant applications across asset management, retail banking and insurance.
Prior to Dassault Systèmes, Anurag was a Senior Fixed Income Strategist at State Street Global Advisors , helping develop investment strategy and manage risk. In addition, Anurag has held senior positions at SSGA, Fidelity Investments and consulting firms. He has delivered strategic business value through global enterprise solutions and created sophisticated applications for Investment & Risk Analytics, Trading and Business Intelligence. Anurag has an MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.) in Bombay, India.
Andrea Kelly leads our Alternatives Asset management Practice in Ireland and has worked in the industry for the past 18 years.
Andrea works with an extensive range of alternative investment clients in Ireland promoted by US and European Investment managers, covering all types of strategies and structures. Her portfolio contains both on onshore and offshore funds, many of whom have complex structures and policies and include a number of hedge funds( including credit, CLOs, convertible arbitrage, distressed debt, and emerging market strategies) , funds of hedge funds, private equity funds and real estate funds, and who utilise US GAAP, Irish GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards.
She has significant consultancy experience,including product structuring advice to hedge fund managers, valuation and pricing reviews, operational control reviews.
Andrea is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Andrea is also a member of AIMA.
She regularly presents at industry events and briefings on a range of topics including product structuring, distribution strategies for hedge fund managers, valuation policy and procedures and challenges and opportunities around AIFMD.
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.
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.
Denise joined Brown Brothers Harriman as a Relationship Manager in November 2004. Denise has over 20 years of experience in the Funds & Banking Industry both in Dublin & London. Prior to joining Brown Brothers Harriman, she worked as a relationship manager with Dexia Fund Services (now RBC Investor & Treasury Services). She has also worked in various client management roles for Schroders Asset management, Barings Asset Management and Western Asset Management during her career in London.
Vincent Coyne is a Partner in William Fry's Asset Management & Investment Funds Department and advises a wide variety of clients on regulatory and structural issues associated with the establishment and management of investment funds in Ireland. He has significant experience in advising both Alternative Funds and UCITS (using both traditional and alternative strategies) as well as advising on the authorisation of UCITS and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). Vincent holds an honours law degree and a Masters in European and Comparative Law and is based in the William Fry London office.
Elizabeth Ho is legal counsel for Natixis Investment Managers International, the global distribution platform of Natixis’ asset management business, which is comprised of more than 20 specialized investment managers with expertise across a diverse range of investment styles and asset classes, collectively holding over $988 billion in AUM. Elizabeth focuses her practice on complex legal and regulatory issues relating to cross-border distribution of regulated investment products and services, with an emphasis on European data privacy regulatory issues unique to the global funds industry. She also provides corporate and licensing support to Natixis Investment Managers’ global sales network. Prior to joining Natixis in 2014, Elizabeth was an associate in the financial services practice group of Dechert LLP, an international law firm.
Andrea is a Director with FundRock Management Company S.A. with over 18 years' experience in the financial services sector. Andrea has held roles ranging from senior operational and client services roles within global and capital markets institutions; to roles in relationship and business development within large European and US fund services providers. Andrea possesses deep domain knowledge of UCITS structures (including Ireland, the UK and Luxembourg), alternative investment vehicles such as QIAIFs, SIFs, Part II Funds; as well as Cayman domiciled products, Irish SPVs and structured funds.
Andrea supports FundRock’s blue chip client base through oversight and management of large complex operating models and has responsibility to protect and generate revenue through building and retaining relationships and marketing the full array of services to complex mutual fund managers.