Irish Funds Events in Asia
The Irish Funds Singapore committee held a very successful seminar on the 17th of September which was attended by over 100 people. The event which was kindly hosted by PwC in their offices featured opening comments by H.E. Geoffrey Keating, Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore, a panel discussion on “Stock Connect: One Year On (Almost)”, a panel discussion on “Mutual Funds Recognition, Passporting and the role of UCITS”, and presentations by Mark Browne of Dechert which provided an overview of Ireland’s Funds Industry and an “Update on Ireland and the EU” which focused on UCITS V, the ESMA decision on the extension of the AIFMD passport to Singapore and Hong Kong and loan funds.
The event provided excellent insights into all of the topics for the attendees. The contributions by Chee Seng Chua of Arisaig Partners which is the first manager to be approved by the Central Bank of Ireland to utilize Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (“Stock Connect”) were particularly informative as he described the reasons for Arisaig applying to utilize Stock Connect and the benefits which he felt Stock Connect would bring to Arisaig and their investors. These practical insights from a Singaporean manager were of great value to the attendees.
The panel on mutual funds recognition and passporting provided attendees with the latest updates on the various Asian passport initiatives and on the potential impact of these initiatives on the position of UCITS in Asian markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Manish Khandelwal of UTI International provided the asset managers perspective of these various passporting initiatives and outlined the continuing role for UCITS in Asia for Asian asset managers seeking to raise capital in Europe.
The two presentations by Mark Browne provided attendees with timely updates on the latest developments in Ireland’s funds industry.
The seminar was followed by networking drinks which were kindly sponsored by RR Donnelly and provided a great opportunity to continue the afternoon’s networking.
The Singapore committee is very grateful to all of the panelists and presenters’ for their contributions and to PwC and RR Donnelly for their sponsorship and looks forward to the hosting of its next successful event.
The Hong Kong Committee of Irish Funds will be hosting its next event on Monday, 2nd of November. The event which is kindly being hosted by EY at their offices at 22/F, CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Central, Hong Kong will feature opening comments by Pat Lardner, CEO, of Irish Funds, a panel on “AIFMD and UCITS in Ireland – the Investment Manager's Perspective”, a presentation by EY on Mutual Funds Recognition, a panel on “Stock Connect-Post Central Bank of Ireland Approval” and closing comments by Peter Ryan, Consul General of Ireland to Hong Kong. See Hong Kong event details.
The event in Hong Kong will be followed by the Irish Funds conference in Tokyo on Thursday, 5th of November. This event which is kindly sponsored by PwC and Sumi Trust will feature opening remarks by H.E Ms Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, a keynote speech by Pat Lardner, CEO, Irish Funds and panels providing an update on Global Regulation. The event will be held at the Palace Hotel, 1-1-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan. See Tokyo event details.
The Hong Kong Committee of Irish Funds is also planning an event on January, 19th 2016 to coincide with International Financial Week in Hong Kong. This event will kindly be hosted by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. More details of this event will be provided later this year.
If you would like to attend these events please go to: Irish Funds Upcoming Events for registration. We look forward to welcoming you to these events.
Paul Moloney Irish Funds Hong Kong Committee