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Tokyo Seminar 2016

The Tokyo Seminar will take place on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. 

The Ambassador of Ireland to Japan Anne Barrington will be providing the welcome address with an overview of developments in the Irish economy, Ireland’s continued commitment to the European Union in the wake of the outcome of the referendum in the UK, and bilateral relations with Japan as we approach our 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

A series of presentations and panel sessions outlining the regulatory and distribution related matters of significant interest to Japanese investment managers and the broader industry will be the focus of our seminar.

Further information and agenda details will be added as we finalise our arrangements. 

Irish Funds would like to thank SuMi TRUST and PwC for hosting this event.

Yamabuki No Ma, 4F, The Palace Hotel, 1-1-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0005 Japan
24 August 2016
9.00 - 13.00
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9.00 -

Registration and coffee

9.30 - Welcome Address

H.E. Ms Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan

9.40 - Opening Remarks

Mr Makoto Shirakawa, Chairman of the Investment Trusts Association, Japan

9.50 - Keynote Speech

An update on the Irish Funds Industry, implications of Brexit and the evolvement and opportunities for the industry:

  • Mr Pat Lardner, CEO, Irish Funds
10.10 - Update on Global Regulation (Part 1)

A global solution from a Japanese Investment Manager’s perspective with details on Overview and introduction to Asset Management Regulatory and Distribution in Europe

  • Fund Distribution in Europe and Regulatory Influences 

Mr. Gerhard Wiesheu, Partner, Metzler 

  • MiFID2

Mr. Naoki Kubo, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC


Ms. Linda Power, Vice President, State Street Corporation 

10.45 - Coffee Break and Networking
11.05 - Update on Global Regulation (Part 2)

A global solution from a Japanese Investment Manager’s perspective with details on:

  • An example of regulatory solutions – Mr Peter Callaghan, COO, SMT Fund Services (Ireland)
  • Effects on Irish and Cayman domiciled funds – Mr Shane Geraghty, Senior Associate, Dillon Eustace
11.30 - Panel Discussion with the presenters


  • Mr Tetsuya Handa, Associate General Manager, SuMi TB


  • Mr Gerhard Wiesheu, Partner, Metzler
  • Ms Kayoko Usuda, Partner, Simplex Asset Management
  • Mr Shinji Naito, Managing Director, SPARX Asset Management
  • Mr Kenji Nakamura, Tax Partner, PwC Tax Japan
12.00 - Closing remarks

Mr Hideki Hiraki, Senior Managing Executive Officer, SuMi TB

12.15 - Buffet Lunch
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