Irish Report 2014

Dew-dropThe ‘QIAIF’ fund structure is a major statement of Ireland’s intention to maintain and expand its regulated hedge fund business. But competition from the Cayman Islands is stiff, let alone Ireland’s nemesis, Luxembourg. By Stefanie Eschenbacher.

BoxesDespite rules making it easier for hedge funds to leave their offshore bases and settle in Ireland under the AIFMD regulations, only a few have done so. Nicholas Pratt asks what has happened to Ireland’s hopes for increased alternative funds business.

Pat LardnerIreland is right at the centre of international fund developments, from China’s march of progress, to Washington legislation. Nick Fitzpatrick talks to Pat Lardner, chief of the Irish Funds Industry Association.

Our Ireland funds industry panel talks about the country’s role as a domicile and how it is adopting to regulatory changes, such as Fatca. Chaired by Nicholas Pratt.

CliffsThree industry heads covering Ireland consider the recovery in European and US equities and what it means for the Irish funds industry, such as an increased distribution needs.

Philippe SeyllIn Beijing, Philippe Seyll explains Clearstream’s role as an international central securities depositary to 900 Chinese asset management professionals.

A panel of asset servicing experts examine how new regulations and a march towards automation has changed the way they do business. Chaired by Nicholas Pratt.

Gift boxCustodians in Ireland are enjoying a growth in assets as new regulations like the AIFMD bring business. But Nicholas Pratt discovers there may still be pricing pains along the way.

Keith HaleAs major regulations reach the implementation stage, the industry is finally looking beyond compliance and to new investment opportunities. Keith Hale of Multifonds speaks about how a more efficient systems infrastructure will be key in pursuing these ambitions.

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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

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

Mar 21, 2017

Our panel discuss tax transparency, the elegance of private placement and why Jersey could do more to promote itself. Chaired by Tom Cowsill in Saint Helier.

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

Mar 07, 2017

Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.