Irish Report 2013

Cover imageIreland is where the worlds of onshore and offshore hedge funds meet. Nicholas Pratt looks at how the worlds collide as Europe brings in a regulatory system for alternative investments.

PenguinsNicholas Pratt looks at Ireland’s fund processing industry’s ambition to be dominant in the regulated hedge fund operations world.

Pat LardnerPat Lardner is leading the Irish Funds Industry Association in its engagement with the AIFMD, which heralds the arrival of regulated hedge funds. He speaks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

Bernard TancreClearstream has opened its first investment fund services branch in Ireland. Client demand and timing were the motivating factors for the company to take on Luxembourg as a European centre for excellence.

Our panel looks at Ireland as a funds jurisdiction and considers the changing supervisory landscape, the effect of the banking crisis, and ultimately Ireland’s future under the Alternative Investment Funds Managers Directive. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Keith HaleRegulation is at the forefront of the European funds industry and, says Keith Hale at Multifonds, the developments can be considered under three categories.

RunnerInvestors’ liquidity needs may be enough to support money market funds – a major industry in Ireland, but one that is challenged by rates and regulation. Nicholas Pratt talks to several key players about their hopes for the industry’s future.

Will the arrival of new regulations see Ucits funds switch to the new alternatives regime? Funds Europe gauged what some industry participants feel.

Alternative investments are a big part of the Irish asset servicing sector. Our panel hears that fund promoters have a realistic attitude about the regulatory impact on costs. Money market funds are also discussed. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

CliffsFunds Europe pulls out some of Ireland’s key fund figures.

Sponsored Profiles

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Jun 14, 2017

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Jun 14, 2017

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Jun 14, 2017

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Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Finding managers that can (and do)

Apr 18, 2017

Fabrice Kremer, a fund selector at Banque de Luxembourg Investments, has berated fundamental managers for failing to beat indices, but he remains committed to active funds. He speaks to Nick...

JERSEY INTERVIEW: ‘A steady sort of place’

Mar 21, 2017

The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables & Panels

TRENDING: Smart beta indices continue onward march

Jun 14, 2017

We asked five investment experts how smart beta indices have performed against cap-weighted indices over the past year and what the investment outlook suggests about the prospect for different investment factors.

SMART MONEY: Following the smart money

Jun 14, 2017

We asked six investment professionals about the emphasis they are placing on smart beta and active ETFs and how platforms are adopting these products.