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09:00 - 09:30 30 mins
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Registration & coffee
09:30 - 09:45 15 mins
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Chair's opening remarks
  • Chair Cillian Leonowicz - Head of Client Solutions Consulting, Fenergo
09:35 - 09:45 10 mins
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Keynote Speech: An update on the Irish Funds Industry, implications of Brexit, and the challenges and opportunities ahead
  • Kieran Fox - Director, Irish Funds (IF)
09:45 - 10:30 45 mins
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How to face and implement the new regulations?
  • Moderator Giles Swan - Director of Global Funds Policy, ICI Global
  • Panellists Olwyn Alexander - Member of the Board at CFA Ireland & Council member at the Alternative Investment Management Association, Alternative Investment Management Association
  • Rachel Howick - EMEA Transfer Agency Product Manager, Citi
  • Leonard Sutton - Executive Director, Investor Services & Distribution Support, J.P. Morgan

Ireland is leading the ETF’s, NON-UCITS and Alternatives Funds market in Europe. With GDPR, PRIIPs, KIID and MiFID II on the horizon, what are the challenges to implementation?

10:30 - 11:15 45 mins
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Due diligence questionnaires: Dos and don’ts
  • Moderator Andrea Mornato - Director, Invesco Asset Management
  • Panellist Craig Blair - Director & Conducting Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Panellist Owen Carroll - Head of Transfer Agency, BNY Mellon
  • Panellist Llew Walker - Director, TA, Thomas Murray Data Services

Fund managers are now obliged to conduct detailed due diligence on all the distributors of their funds as well as the TA. This session will explore the regulatory drivers of this new obligation, and explore how they can best be addressed - particularly by outsourcing the work or the pooling of data between managers.

11:15 - 11:45 30 mins
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Morning Coffee
11:45 - 12:30 45 mins
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KYC: Is a utility the answer?
  • Moderator Tanja Van Sterthem - Global Market Manager Funds, SWIFT
  • Panellist Imogen Bunyard - COO & Co-Founder, Qadre
  • Panellist Cillian Leonowicz - Head of Client Solutions Consulting, Fenergo
  • Panellist Pascal Morosini - CEO, i-Hub

TAs and Asset Managers have assumed responsibility for conducting know your client (KYC), anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions screening tests on mutual fund investors. The work is widely agreed to be cumbersome and poorly rewarded. This session looks at whether proposed utility and third parties can help to raise the quality and efficiency of the process, and who will enjoy the benefits.

12:30 - 13:15 45 mins
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Funds and VAT: The Irish regime, recent developments and what the future may hold
  • Glenn Reynolds - Partner, KPMG

VAT can be an important and sometimes overlooked consideration for the fund industry in Ireland and Elsewhere. This session will focus on important VAT considerations for funds in Ireland, recent case law developments and what the future may hold for the industry.

13:15 - 14:30 75 mins
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Lunch and networking break
14:30 - 15:15 45 mins
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Ireland as a Blockchain lab
  • Moderator Christiane Muyldermans - Counsel Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Public Affairs, KBC AM
  • Panellist Barry O'Connor - Owner, Blue Consulting

Ireland is positioning itself as a leader in the Blockchain space, notably with the launch of The EMEA Grid Blockchain Lab in Dublin.

This Blockchain project will enhance compliance, increasing transparency and hope to determine the cost benefit of the technology. Here we look at the future of Ireland as a leader in the Bockchain and wider Fintech space.

15:15 - 16:00 45 mins
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Big Data in practice
  • Aidan Gregan - CIO, Mediolanum Asset Management
  • Sean McNally - Senior Data Analyst, Mediolanum Asset Management

Big Data and analytics are buzz words that have been doing the rounds across multiple industries for a number of years. But what are the implications of using these in business today? Using practical and real-life examples, this session will explore how Mediolanum Asset Management Limited are using Big Data and analytics to position the investment management business into the future.

16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
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Ireland: Top location for funds automation
  • Des O'Donohoe - COO, Fund Recs
  • Pete Townsend - Founder & CEO, Norio Ventures
  • Conor Hoey - Head of Sales & Relationship Management, Gemini Capital Management

In December 2016, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), in cooperation with SWIFT, published a new report about the evolution of automation and standardisation rates of fund orders received by transfer agents (TAs) in the cross-border fund centres of Ireland during the first half of 2016, demonstrating Ireland's commitment to move away from manual processes.

We will discuss in depth how automation is improving the efficiency and reducing the cost in the processes for the TAs.

16:45 - 16:50 5 mins
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Chair’s closing remarks
17:00 - 17:00 0 mins
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Close of conference