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

CEO INTERVIEW: Munro gains three-year track record

Mar 16, 2017

Aviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.

DISTRIBUTION INTERVIEW: Tales of the unexpected

Mar 16, 2017

Laurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.

Roundtables

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.

SEC LENDING ROUNDTABLE: Both a borrower and a lender be

Jan 11, 2017

Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.