London Alternative Investments Seminar 2015
Welcome to the home page of the IFIA Alternative Investments Seminar 2015. This event brings together prominent industry speakers to discuss current issues, challenges and opportunities facing the alternative investment funds industry. The event will consist of a mixture of panel sessions and speakers.
We will look at regulatory developments and hear from different stakeholders (JM, Legal, Ops, PM) on the ongoing impact to the funds industry. The seminar will give you an opportunity to hear from leading alternative asset managers, their plans for 2015 and their outlook for the alternative funds industry. These sessions are structured to be informative and to solicit opinions from a select cross-industry group of senior executives. The seminar will provide a unique opportunity to discuss a broad range of issues affecting the future of the alternative investment funds industry and the key role Ireland plays in this.
Come join us and see why Ireland is the number one partner of choice for the alternative investment funds industry.
Pat Lardner, CEO, IFIA
- Andrew Rubio, Chief Executive, Throgmorton (part of Capita plc)
- William Jenkins, Director, Global Co-Head Operational Due Diligence, Amundi Alternative Investments
- Conrad Levy, Global Chief Operating Officer, Brummer & Partners
- Chris Farkas, UK Hedge Fund Leader, Deloitte
- Adrian Mulryan, Partner, Arthur Cox London
Kindly Sponsored by RBC
The Permal Group successfully registered and authorised the first ICAV in Ireland and this session will discuss the core issues in detail.
- Michael McDonough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, The Permal Group
- Peter Stapleton, Chair of the AIF Product Development Group of the IFIA, and Partner, Maples and Calder
- Fergus McNally, Head of Alternatives, EY
- Dermot Caden, Senior Vice President GSO Capital Partners, The Blackstone Group
- Giles Travers, Director, Alternative Investment Funds, SEI Tom Berrigan, Director, Investment Fund Services
- Davys David Hammond, Chief Operation Officer, ML Capital
Fergus is an Assurance Partner within the Financial Services sector of EY. He has over 12 years’ experience with the firm providing audit and advisory services to our financial services clients. Fergus works primarily within the firm’s asset management practice and his clients include many of Europe’s largest Hedge Fund managers whom he advises on fund structuring, regulation, valuation issues, accounting and disclosure.
Fergus has extensive experience of investment pricing models and in auditing the valuation of a wide variety of investment product types. He sits on the Irish Fund Industry Association’s Alternative Investment Committee where he chairs the Valuation and Operations sub-committee.
Fergus spent a year working in EY’s New York office and has a postgraduate qualification in IFRS. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Tom has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has extensive knowledge in the area of regulated funds. Tom joined Davy in 1999 and was appointed to the board in 2006. He is a director of Davy Investment Fund Services, a member of the Irish Stock Exchange and of the Institute of Bankers. His current activities include providing advice with regard to the regulatory, structuring and management aspects of Irish regulated investment funds. Tom is a Certified Investment Fund Director through the Institute of Bankers in Dublin. Prior to joining Davy, Tom worked at a director level with Alexander & Alexander and The Aon Group
David Hammond is working as a consultant with ML Capital, having recently retired as a director of Bridge Consulting, a financial services consultancy and business advisory firm he set up in 2005 in conjunction with Dillon Eustace Solicitors. Before setting up Bridge, Mr. Hammond worked in a number of operational and business development roles with the Irish management company subsidiary of the Sanlam group of South Africa and the fund administration subsidiary of Baring Asset Management. He is also a solicitor, and initially practised for a number of years in the area of banking and financial services with the Irish firm of A&L Goodbody. David is a CFA Charterholder and holds a law degree from Trinity College, Dublin and an MBA from Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College, Dublin.
Andrew is an Australian-qualified Chartered Accountant with nine years’ experience in the profession and fourteen in Investment Banking.
Whilst in the profession, Andrew serviced a broad range of clients in the areas of accounting, audit, tax and business consultancy. In Investment Banking he worked for Salomon Brothers, Bankers Trust, NatWest Global Financial Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston. During this time, he was involved in all aspects of finance including financial reporting, regulatory reporting, and management reporting.
Andrew established the accounting function at Throgmorton during 2002. Since then, he has assisted numerous financial services businesses to get started and has helped transition established businesses that have embraced outsourcing. He blends best practice with a real sense of practicality and is passionate about client service delivery.
In late 2009, Andrew became our Chief Executive.
Outside of work, he is treasurer for Farnham RUFC and VP for Frensham Cricket Club.
Chris has spent the last 18 years servicing the financial sector. Chris returned to Deloitte in September 2014 after spending 12 years in investment banking. During this period, he has worked with hedge fund managers in the UK, US and Asia primarily within the European prime brokerage groups of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Most recently as Deutsche Bank’s European Head of Hedge Fund Consulting, he was responsible for building and managing a team who work with established and start-up hedge fund manager across the business, including business planning and strategy, tax, regulatory, legal, marketing, operations, fund administration, technology systems and infrastructure, as well as recruiting and retaining people.
Over this time, Chris also produced several industry leading thought leadership pieces, including hedge fund remuneration surveys, investor operational due diligence surveys, monthly newsletters as well as other thematic content. More recently he also specialised in assisting UK, US and Asian hedge fund managers adapt to the European Alternative Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), in particular the marketing rules to Europe.
In other roles he also gained expertise in fund administration, operations, risk management and reporting, investment brokerage and pension funds as well as long-only mutual funds in Canada.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Canada), has held FCA significant influence function CF30, and is currently Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Research Committee.
Michael McDonough is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Permal Group, with responsibility for oversight of the Group’s legal and compliance affairs. He joined the Permal Group in August 2006 having been one of Permal’s external counsel since 2001. From September 1997 to July 2006, Mr. McDonough was a member of the Financial Services Group of Dechert LLP, practicing first in Washington, D.C. and, from March 2000, in their London office. He was elected to the partnership of Dechert in January 2005. Mr. McDonough holds a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. He also holds an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a B.A., with honors, in International Studies and German from Bridgewater College in Virginia. Mr. McDonough is admitted to practice before the Courts of Appeals of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Adrian is the General Counsel and Head of Digital Media at marketβeta. Adrian has extensive experience and understanding of cross-border issues related to the structuring, marketing and distribution of investment products in Europe, including delivery of the first active ETFs in Europe; the first China RQFII ETF in Europe; the first UCITS ETFs listed on SIX; and the first Irish exchange-traded precious metal products. Adrian started his career in Dublin as a funds lawyer before moving in 2003 to the structured finance team at Allen & Overy LLP. Later he joined ABN AMRO Bank/RBS as a Director and Head of Retail Issuance (Legal). Between 2008 and 2015 he was a founding employee and General Counsel for Source ETF where he was responsible for all legal work related to product launches, European distribution, product maintenance and general compliance matters. Prior to joining marketβeta he was a partner with leading Irish law firm Arthur Cox.
Peter Stapleton heads the Investment Funds group in Maples and Calder's Dublin office. He regularly advises investors, promoters, fund managers and investment banks on the establishment, structuring, financing, public and private distribution and ongoing operation of UCITS and AIFs, including hedge funds, funds of funds, master-feeders, private equity funds, managed account platforms and bespoke structures. Peter also has significant expertise advising in the areas of derivatives, prime brokerage, investment services and securities law. His clients include a wide range of financial institutions carrying out business in Ireland or transacting with Irish-domiciled counterparties from other jurisdictions.
Peter is widely recognised as a leading lawyer in the financial services arena in Ireland and has been recommended by industry journals including IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Who's Who Legal. Peter has been nominated as one of the outstanding practitioners in investment funds in the Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers. Clients commend him for his "superior understanding of all issues related to funds formation" and have described Peter as "the AIFMD guru".
Peter sits on several senior industry steering groups including for Irish Funds and AIMA as well as charitable bodies. He is also an active contributor to legal journals, has lectured on Financial Services Law at private conferences and for the Law Society of Ireland, and has advised the Commercial Law Centre of University College Dublin on developments in Financial Services Law.
Pat Lardner joined Irish Funds as Chief Executive in April 2012. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the global asset management industry and has held executive/leadership positions in Ireland and overseas with firms managing a broad range of both traditional and alternative investment strategies. Pat is an active participant on all significant Government sponsored groups relating to funds in Ireland, is a member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association and is an Advisor to the Asset Management Association of China’s International Partners Committee. He is a past Council Member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and a former Director of both the Irish Association of Investment Managers and the International Investment Funds Association. He attained honours undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from University College Dublin.