The Irish Funds Frankfurt seminar will take place on Wednesday, 28 November in the offices of KMPG, Frankfurt.
We are also delighted to partner with BAI for this seminar.
Sven-Olaf Leitz, KPMG
H.E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany
Frank Dornseifer, BAI
- Claire McAndrew, Intertrust
- Axel Portz, Deka
- Conor Hoey, Gemini Capital
- Keith Milne, Metzler Ireland
Siobhan McBean, Arthur Cox
- Jorge Revilla, KPMG
- Christian Schmies, Hengeler Mueller
- Richard Leonard, Northern Trust
Kieran Fox, Irish Funds
Michael Collins became Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany in August 2013. A native of Dublin, Ambassador Collins was born in 1953 and was educated at Blackrock College and Trinity College, Dublin. He entered the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Third Secretary in 1974. Prior to arriving in Berlin, Ambassador Collins served for six years as Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States thus becoming the longest serving Ambassador of Ireland to occupy this position in the modern era. As Ambassador to the US, Ambassador Collins strongly focused on supporting the Irish community as well as Irish business and economic development. He also spoke extensively on contemporary Ireland, Europe and the Northern Ireland peace process. Ambassador Collins was named “Diplomat of the Year” by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in May 2008 and was the recipient in 2013 of the American Ireland Fund’s Public Service Award for his contribution to relations between Ireland and the United States. His work as Ambassador was also commended by President Obama in the White House in March 2013.
Managing Director of Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI), the German advocacy organization for the Alternative Investment industry. He has been active for more than 17 years in various functions in investment management, capital markets and corporate law. He studied law at the universities of Bonn, Dublin (Trinity College) and Lausanne. After admission to the German Bar in 2000 he practiced various years as attorney in an international law firm in the field of corporate and securities law before joining the German Financial Regulator BaFin as deputy head of the policy unit within the investment management department. In this function he also represented BaFin in the Investment Management Committee of IOSCO. Mr. Dornseifer frequently publishes articles both on investment and corporate law and he is co-editor of legal commentaries on the German Investment Act and on the AIFM Directive. The finance committee of the German Bundestag, the EU commission and the European Parliament denominated him several times as expert on capital market law. Mr. Dornseifer gives frequently speeches at national and international conferences on investment and regulatory topics.
Conor Hoey is the Head of Sales and Relationship Management for GemCap. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin (1992), Conor joined Prudential Corporation in London as a graduate trainee and worked in a range of areas from UK sales and marketing to Corporate Strategy, being a key part of the team that set up the UK’s first Internet Bank, Egg, in 1998. He then worked in Investment Consultancy for Bacon & Woodrow, advising asset managers on DC pension strategies and The UK Financial Services Authority on investment performance.
He joined Mellon Bank in 2000 and headed up their UK and Irish Sales and Relationship team in the Fund Administration sector, thereby having his first foray into the Irish funds sector.
Following a short spell as a Director at Capita PLC in the mid-2000s, he joined Royal Bank of Canada in 2008 and headed up their Sales and Relationship team in the UK, in particular focusing on growing RBC’s business in Ireland.
Having lived in the UK from 1992, Conor moved back to Dublin with his family in August 2015. Conor is a holder of the Investment Management Certificate and is a Certified Investment Fund Director with the Irish Institute of Banking.
Jorge is a partner in the Financial Services Group. He has over 15 years’ experience providing audit and advisory services to asset managers, domestic and international banks and capital markets divisions. He has worked with a variety of European and global asset management clients, including the alternative investment product groups of multinational financial institutions and diversified asset managers, large entrepreneurial asset management firms, and start-up asset managers. Jorge has extensive knowledge in risk management and control practices across the funds and banking industry and he has also advised on IPOs, complex financial instruments, Private Equity investments, loan portfolios and reviews of risk pricing models. He is a member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association’s (EFAMA) ETF and Irish Funds (IF) Loan Origination working groups, and he is also head of the central valuations team (CvT) in Ireland.
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.
Currently acting as Managing Director of Metzler Ireland Ltd (“MIL”), a Fund Management Company holding separate UCITS Management Company and AIFMD licences. Have held the position of Managing Director since 2002 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2002 – 2014.
MIL is an active Management Company of substance in both the UCITS and non UCITS spheres managing a range of different types of funds. MIL is active in core front, middle and back office operational areas as well as in the area of risk management. MIL also supports the distribution of the Company’s funds through the production and maintenance of Fund documentation including KIIDs, the registration of its funds for distribution in many overseas markets, and the negotiation of placement of the Company's funds on Fund Platforms.
Actively involved in "Irish Funds", sitting on the industry associations Distribution Steering Group by virtue of acting as chair of the Swiss Distribution working group. Also serve as a member of the European Distribution working group.
Siobhán McBean is a senior associate in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Arthur Cox.
Siobhán advises on all legal and regulatory issues relating to the establishment and structuring of investment funds in Ireland, including UCITS, QIAIFs, ICAVs, hedge funds, property and real estate funds, loan origination funds and private equity funds. She also advises fund managers and other fund service providers in relation to establishment, authorisation and regulation in Ireland.
Christian advises companies comprehensively on matters relating to investment and banking regulatory law, payment services and securities regulation.
In investment law, Christian advises investment management companies, depositaries, asset managers as well as investors. His mandates include licensing proceedings, outsourcing transactions in the asset management sector, the structuring and marketing of investment products as well as regulatory advice on M&A and other transactions in the asset management industry.
In banking regulatory law, Christian advises credit institutions, investment firms and other financial market participants as well as non-financial enterprises. A particular focus of his work is advising companies on payment services as well as giving advice on innovative technologies in the financial sector (FinTech), in particular in payment services and asset management.
Richard Leonard is a Vice President in the Northern Trust EMEA Business Development team and has 16 years’ experience in the investment funds industry. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2011, he worked at Bank of Ireland Securities Services (BoISS) where he held a variety of roles in fund accounting, relationship management and business development, primarily supporting the iShares ETF business.
In his current role, Richard provides guidance to fund managers looking to establish or move both traditional and alternative fund structures. He has significant experience in both UCITS and non UCITS structures and has assisted clients in establishing exchange-traded funds (ETF’s), liquidity funds, common contractual funds (CCF’s) mutual funds, hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds.
He is a current member of the Irish Funds UK Distribution Group as well as the Irish Funds Brexit Committee and was also previously Vice Chairman of the Irish Funds Communications and Publications Group.
Claire McAndrew specialises in financial services and regulatory law, with a focus on the establishment, regulation, operation and on-going maintenance of all types of investment funds, (UCITS and AIFs, including money market, hedge funds and master-feeder funds) and on various fund structures including the ICAV. She also advises the promoters of, and service providers to, such funds, including investment managers, AIFMs, administrators and custodians. Ms McAndrews also advises management companies and investment managers in relation to ongoing legal and regulatory requirements, including areas such as corporate governance and fitness and probity. She also have experience in foreign registrations, working with a large number of law firms and regulators in various jurisdictions in the Europe and worldwide. Claire is currently involved in advising clients on all aspects of both AIFMD and UCITS V as well as related issues
Sven-Olaf Leitz, Financial Services, Member of the Executive Board of KPMG, studied Business Administration with a focus on Auditing, Taxation and Group Accounting at the University of Saarland. The certified tax consultant and certified public accountant has extensive expertise in advising and auditing major banks, private banks and development banks, which he acquired in various fields of activity during his over twenty years with KPMG. His current focus is on supporting transformation processes, national and international accounting and risk management projects, and the lending business