Economic restart – is now a good time to launch an Irish fund?
As the lifting of restrictions across many countries gathers pace, this webinar will take a forwards look to potential economic developments over the second half of 2021, while posing the question if now is a good time to launch an Irish-domiciled fund. The discussion will briefly cover the options and features available to asset managers from both a UCITS and alternative perspective (including the Investment Limited Partnership) and the ease of accessing a global investor base using an Irish-domiciled structure.
Moderator: Maria Ging, Director, BlackRock
- Robert Rosenberg, Partner & CFO, Heptagon Capital
- James Pomeroy, Global Economist, HSBC
Maria joined Blackrock in 2012 and is the Head of EMEA Product Oversight for GAAPS, leading product oversight for BlackRock’s UCITS and AIFs. She leads teams across EMEA who focus on change management, risk management and exception management for over 1,100 funds domiciled primarily in Ireland, UK and Luxembourg, with fund assets exceeding USD 1.5 trillion. Previously Maria lead the Alternatives Fund Accounting Oversight Team in Dublin managing fund accounting, operational risk and product change for BlackRock's Renewable Power, Infrastructure, Private Equity and Credit Funds with AUM of USD 15 billion. During her tenure with BlackRock Maria's responsibilities have also included Mutual Fund Oversight supporting the Irish domiciled pooled funds, and Financial Reporting Oversight. Prior to joining BlackRock Maria spent seven years with KPMG Dublin working as an Associate Director providing Audit and Assurance services to asset management, banking, financing, leasing and private equity clients.
Maria is a Fellow Chartered Accountant holding a Masters in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies Degree, both from University College Dublin.
James is a global economist at HSBC. He joined the Economics team in 2013 and much of his work focuses on longer-term trends and themes, and the impact that they have on the economy and policy decisions today. Much of his work is focused on demographic data and trends, which extends to consumer trends, urbanisation and technology adoption.
Robert Rosenberg is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Heptagon Capital, having joined in February 2009. He is responsible for all non-investment functions including finance, operations, IT, legal and compliance in addition to the global distribution of our investment products and maintaining relationships with the firm’s business partners. Robert is also a Board member on the firm's corporate entities and investment funds. Robert began his finance career in 1989. Prior to joining Heptagon, Robert was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at a London-based hedge fund, which he helped launch. He has held senior level positions at top-tier investment banks managing global and regional teams covering client service, financial control and operations. Robert has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. He earned his CFA in 1998 and received his MBA in 1992.