Frankfurt Seminar 2016
The Irish Funds Frankfurt Seminar will take place on Monday, 12 September 2016. The seminar will offer presentations and panel discussions on the latest news and trends in the funds industry. See further agenda details below.
Irish Funds would like to thank Deutsche Bank for hosting our event.
We are also delighted to partner with BAI for this seminar.
- Markus Buechter, Deutsche Bank AG
- Frank Dornseifer, Managing Director, Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI)
- H.E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to Germany
- Kieran Fox, Director of Business Development, Irish Funds
- Teddy Otto, Director, Carne Group
- Torsten Hunke, General Counsel, Van Eck (Europe) GmbH
- Stephen Carson, Partner, A&L Goodbody
- Alex Nightingale, Head of Transaction Management Group - Investor Services at Deutsche Bank AG
- Sarah Murphy, Director, PwC
- Dr. Edgar Wallach, Hengeler Mueller
- Frank Dornseifer, Managing Director, Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI)
Torsten Hunke is the European Legal Counsel for Van Eck Global. He joined Van Eck Global in 2014 in order to support the set up and maintenance of Van Eck’s UCITS platforms in Ireland and Luxembourg. Mr. Hunke is also a Managing Director of Van Eck Global Europe and Market Vectors Index Solutions, the Frankfurt based ETF and Index Businesses of Van Eck Global. Mr. Hunke is an experienced international investment fund lawyer. In the past 15 years, Mr. Hunke has worked at a Custodian Bank, an international law firm and in the fund industry with international responsibilities. At the start of his career he served as Internal Counsel in the Global Custody and Depositary business at Deutsche Bank AG. Prior to this he worked three years in the investment funds and banking regulatory department at Linklaters in Frankfurt and London. During the last 10 years before he joined Van Eck Global he worked as a Director at Credit Suisse and was responsible for the EMEA Asset Management Legal Department and on a functional basis for the legal affairs of Credit Suisse’s two German investment companies (KVGs). Mr. Hunke is an attorney at law and a member of the German Bar Association. He studied law at the Universities of Hannover, Brandenburg and Le Havre (France).
Stephen Carson is a Partner in the Asset Management & Investment Funds Group at A&L Goodbody. Stephen advises international asset management firms and investment banks in relation to the establishment and authorisation of all types of investment funds including UCITS, AIFs, hedge funds, property funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) as well as authorisation of UCITS and alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). Stephen also acts for the promoters of, and service providers to, Irish domiciled investment funds including investment managers, fund administrators and custodians in relation to custody, administration, prime brokerage and other service agreements. Stephen is currently advising clients on the opportunities presented by the new ICAV vehicle.
Alexander Nightingale is a senior lawyer with responsibility for fund services client engagement and advising on a variety of regulatory matters. He joined Deutsche Bank from BlackRock, where he was a senior lawyer with responsibility for EMEA Regulatory Engagement plus advised other areas of BlackRock’s business, including hedge funds, closed end investment companies, corporate governance and equity investments. In particular, he participated throughout the asset management industry’s engagement with EU policy-makers and national regulators during the development and implementation of AIFMD, has participated in ESMA regulator workshops and hearings as an industry expert and also advised BlackRock’s global AIFMD implementation programme, which included the first AIFM authorised in Ireland and the widespread passporting and registered private placement of funds across the EU. Previously Alexander was legal counsel for International Equity Derivatives at Nomura International and a lawyer specialising in alternative and regulated funds at Dechert LLP and Norton Rose LLP.
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.
Teddy Otto is a Principal of Carne, the premier provider of Fund Management Solutions to the asset management industry globally. He joined Carne in 2007 and has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Otto acts as a director and chairman on the boards of a number of funds and management companies. Acting for both Irish and Luxembourg funds, he is a specialist in governance requirements under UCITS regulations and the AIFMD. He has advised global asset managers on the launch and structuring of both UCITS and non-UCITS alternative investment funds. As a director, Mr. Otto brings to fund boards his knowledge of the regulatory requirements for UCITS and non-UCITS, risk management and compliance. He has an in-depth understanding of risk management, fund operations, custody and valuations. Mr Otto joined Carne from Allianz Group in Ireland. He was a Director of Allianz Global Investors’ Irish and Cayman-domiciled management companies and funds, with responsibility for operations and product management. He has also held senior management roles in the market data and custody operations at Deutsche Bank in Ireland and worked in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Prior to joining Deutsche, Mr. Otto worked with Bankgesellschaft in Berlin. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Technische Universität in Berlin.
Edgar Wallach has been a partner at Hengeler Mueller since 1996.
He advises investment banks, investment companies and asset managers in the areas of asset management, investment funds and capital markets.
His practice comprises the structuring and launch of investment products for institutional and retail investors in Germany in all different kinds of asset classes (including alternative investments, private equity, renewable energy, precious metal, micro finance) as well as advising product sponsors and distributors targeting the German market.
Edgar Wallach frequently receives invitations by the German Federal Government and the Financial Commission of the German Parliament to contribute as expert to the elaboration of the legislative acts implementing the AIFM Directive into German law.
In 1993/1994 Edgar Wallach worked with the US law firm Davis Polk &Wardwell in New York.
He studied economics in Munich and law in Cologne.
Edgar Wallach has been chair of the Investment Funds Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) from 2007 until 2009. From 2009 until 2011, he served as chairman of the annual IBA conference “Globalisation of Investment Funds” in Boston.
Edgar Wallach is known in Germany and abroad through many publications, presentations and lectures in the asset management field.
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.