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The 2008 Global Financial Services Centres Conference
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th June 2008, Dublin (The Royal Hospital Kilmainham)

Charlie McCreevy

Commissioner for the Internal Market
European Commission

A chartered accountant, Charlie McCreevy was appointed European Commissioner for the Internal Market in 2004. Prior to that he had been Minister for Finance since 1997. In this capacitiy, he was President of the ECOFIN Council from January to June 2004. He was elected to Dail Eireann (Parliament) for Kildare Constituency in 1977, and was a member of Kildare County Council from 1979 to 1985. He was Minister for Social Welfare from February 1992 - January 1993, Minister for Tourism and Trade from January 1993 - December 1994 and Frontbench Spokesperson on Finance from January l 995 - June 1997.

Paul S. Atkins

Member TARP Oversight Panel, US Congress, & Former Commissioner SEC
Securities and Exchange Commission

Paul S. Atkins was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 29, 2002. His term expires in 2008.

Commissioner Atkins' 22-year career has focused on the financial services industry and securities regulation. Before his appointment as commissioner, he assisted financial services firms in improving their compliance with SEC regulations and worked with law enforcement agencies to investigate and rectify situations where investors had been harmed. The largest of these investigations involved the Bennett Funding Group, Inc., a $1 billion leasing company that perpetrated the largest "Ponzi" fraud in U.S. history, in which more than 20,000 investors lost much of their investment. Assisting the company's court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, he served as crisis president of Bennett's sole surviving subsidiary. By stabilizing its finances and operations and rebuilding and expanding its business, Commissioner Atkins improved its share value for the remaining investors by almost 2000%.

From 1990-94, Commissioner Atkins served on the staff of two former chairmen of the SEC, Richard C. Breeden and Arthur Levitt, ultimately as executive assistant and counsellor, respectively. Under Chairman Breeden, he assisted in efforts to improve regulations regarding corporate governance, enhance shareholder communications, strengthen management accountability through proxy reform, and decrease barriers to entry for small businesses and middle market companies to the capital markets. Under Chairman Levitt, he was responsible for organizing the SEC's individual investor program, including the first investor town hall meetings, an SEC consumer affairs advisory committee, and other investor education efforts, including the original Invest Wisely brochures regarding the fundamentals of the retail brokerage relationship and mutual fund investment.

Commissioner Atkins began his career as a lawyer in New York City, focusing on a wide range of corporate transactions for U.S. and foreign clients, including public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He was resident for 2 years in his firm's Paris office and admitted as conseil juridique in France in 1988.

A member of the New York and Florida bars, Commissioner Atkins received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1983 and was Senior Student Writing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received his A.B. from Wofford College in 1980 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from Lillington, North Carolina, Commissioner Atkins grew up in Tampa, Florida. He is married with three sons, aged 13, 10 and 7.

Michael Mainelli

Executive Chairman

Professor Michael Mainelli chairs Z/Yen, the City of London's leading commercial think-tank, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Michael started as a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing, later becoming a partner and board member in a leading accountancy firm, before a spell as Corporate Development Director of Europe's largest R&D organisation, the UK's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. Michael is Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, Visting Professor at LSE where he obtained his PhD, was the British Computer Society's Director of the Year 2004/2005 and created the London Accord, the world's leading research cooperative into environmental, social and governance investment. Based on Z/Yen's work with all the leading global banks, Michael created the Global Financial Centres Index in 2005.

The GFCI 7 report, published in March 2010 can be found here.

The GFCI 6 report, published in September 2009 can be found here.

The GFCI 5 report, published in March 2009 can be found here.

Sandra Boss

McKinsey & Co

Sandra is a Director (senior partner) in the London Office of McKinsey & Company. She is Group co-Head of the Global Corporate and Institutional Banking Practice and a Trustee for the McKinsey Master Retirement Trust. She joined McKinsey in 1994.

Sandra consults to the corporate and investment banking, sales and trading, and transactions processing businesses of banks, broker dealers, exchanges and non-bank financial specialists. She has worked closely with many leading global securities institutions, as well as numerous regional universal banks across Europe and Asia, on a wide range of strategy, organization, marketing and operations issues.

Sandra led McKinsey's work for Senator Schumer and Mayor Bloomberg on the global competitiveness of New York and US financial services. She is a frequent speaker on banking and securities industry topics (e.g., Institute of International Bankers, International Securities Services Association, numerous banks' leadership offsite meetings). She also often publishes in McKinsey on Corporate and Institutional Banking, the McKinsey Quarterly, and other trade journals.

Sandra received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies with a secondary major in Economics. Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked for Merrill Lynch in Debt Markets as a summer associate. She also worked for Trammell Crow Ventures, a real estate principal investment group, as a financial analyst.

Michael Gaffney

Global co-head of taxation
Merrill Lynch

Mike Gaffney is a Managing Director and Co Head of Global Tax at Merrill Lynch where he has worked since June 2000. Merrill Lynch is a leading U.S. investment banking, securities trading and brokerage firm serving corporations, governments, institutional investors and individual investors worldwide, with offices in over 35 countries.

Previously, Mike worked with Bear, Stearns & Co. from 1989 to 2000 as a Managing Director in their tax department. Mike is a CPA and holds an M.S. degree in tax. Mike has testified before U.S. Senate Finance committee on competitiveness of US businesses internationally, representing the Securities Industry, and has authored comments and presented at OECD working party 6 meetings on Geneva (March 2004) and Paris (Oct 2004) regarding the taxation of PEs and Global Dealing. Mike is also a voting member of the Merrill Lynch Special Structured Product Committee, which is responsible for examining complex structured financing transactions presented to the firm‚€ôs clients.

Gerry Brady

Country Head
Northern Trust (Ireland) Ltd

Gerry Brady, a native of Belfast, obtained a First Class Honours in Economics at Queen's University of Belfast in 1977, coming first in the Economics Faculty. He subsequently qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 (FCA) and as a chartered financial analyst (CFA) in 1988. Upon moving to Dublin he spent a year with Hodgson Impey and eight years with KPMG. Brady joined the Bank of Bermuda in 1986 as global head of internal audit based in Head Office in Bermuda. He subsequently became managing director of Bank of Bermuda in Cayman in 1990 and returned to Dublin in 1995 to set up Bank of Bermuda's operations in the IFSC.

He was regional managing director of Bank of Bermuda in Europe and country head of Bank of Bermuda in Ireland. Following his time at the Bank of Bermuda, Brady was an independent director and a consultant to a number of Irish collective investment schemes and was also appointed managing director of Capita Financial Group in 2005. He became chief executive officer of Northern Trust in 2007.

Barry O'Leary

IDA Ireland

In October 2007 Barry O'Leary was appointed Chief Executive Designate of IDA Ireland. He took over the role of CEO from Sean Dorgan on January 1st 2008. Prior to this appointment he was Divisional Manager of the IDA's LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology business units.

Mr. O'Leary has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods totalling 15 years in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe. He originally moved to Cologne in 1983 and from 1985 to 1991 he was based in Munich. Between 1991 and 1995 he was responsible for Consumer Products and International Services in IDA in Dublin. On his return to Germany in 1995 he was responsible for running IDA's offices in Stuttgart and Dusseldorf which covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently became Director of Europe and centralised IDA's German offices into Frankfurt. During this period he was closely associated with winning major projects from companies such as Bertelsmann , SAP, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa, Kostal, Allianz and a number of key Italian financial services projects.

On his return to Ireland in late 2002 Mr. O'Leary was initially appointed Divisional Manager Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals and a member of the IDA's Executive Committee. His responsibilities were increased in 2004 to include the LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology areas.

He has been deeply involved in changing the profile and raising the value of Ireland's inward investments over the past ten years. He has been primarily responsible for the successful establishment of Ireland as the leading global location outside the US for biopharmaceuticals. He has also undertaken strategic change and built new strengths in R&D, medical technologies, information and communications technology and other areas.

Mr. O'Leary led IDA teams in winning significant investments from a number of key clients such as Lilly BioPharma, Servier, Pfizer, Centocor, Cordis, IBM, Kelloggs, Altana, Merck and Cisco Systems among others.

Barry O'Leary has held a number of different positions in industrial companies prior to joining IDA Ireland, including Nestle and the Smurfit Group. He is a Board Member of Forfas.

Leslie Morrison

Chief Executive
Invest Northern Ireland

Leslie Morrison has been Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland since its formation in April 2002 as a single agency.

Prior to this, Mr Morrison had a long career with JP Morgan. In his most recent role as a Managing Director at Head Office in New York, where he had been since 1983, he ran JP Morgan‚€ôs business with global mining clients, the Canadian oil and gas industry and certain US industrials.

His responsibilities also included managing relationships and the provision of financial services, generally of a strategic advisory nature, to clients located in North and South America, Europe, Australia, South East Asia and South Africa.

In addition to merger-acquisition-execution and marketing, Mr Morrison has broad experience in equity and debt capital markets, financial derivatives and credit products. He was active in MBA recruiting for JP Morgan at American business schools.

Prior to his New York assignment, he spent four years in Tokyo as head of the bank‚€ôs North Asia Financial Advisory Department. This included analysing and risk rating JP Morgan‚€ôs Japanese and Korean financial exposures and providing financial advice to local and foreign companies. He had joined Morgan in London where he worked for over two years covering UK and Scandinavian companies.

In his earlier career he was an investment analyst and equity portfolio manager with the Airways Pension Fund.

Mr Morrison was educated at Dalriada School, Ballymoney, and at Queen‚€ôs University, Belfast, where he graduated in modern languages in 1971. He is an Affiliate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research.

Karel Lannoo

Chief Executive Officer
Centre for European Policy Studies

Karel Lannoo (1961) has been chief executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000 and senior research fellow since 1997. CEPS is one of the leading independent European think tanks, with a strong reputation in economic and foreign policy research. It has total revenues of about √Ę‚€ö¬¨6 million (2007) and employs about 45 persons.

Before joining CEPS, Karel Lannoo was employed in the cultural sector, worked for the Italian conglomerate Ferruzzi and for a professional federation. He was also active as a free-lance journalist for specialised publications.

He has published some books and numerous articles in specialised magazines and journals on EU, financial regulation and corporate governance matters. He spoke at several European Parliament and European Commission hearings and participated in studies for national and international bodies (EU institutions, OECD, ADB, World Bank). He is a regular speaker at international conferences.

On MiFID, he is finalising a book with Jean-Pierre Casey and Alessandra Chirico entitled 'The MiFID revolution', which will appear later this year with Cambridge University Press.

Karel Lannoo holds a baccalaureate in philosophy and an MA in history from the University of Leuven, Belgium (1985) and obtained a postgraduate in European studies (CEE) from the University of Nancy, France (1986).

Karel Lannoo is an independent director of BME (Bolsas Y Mercados Espanoles), the company which runs the Madrid stock exchange.

Mark Fitzgerald

Chief Operating Officer
Citibank Europe plc.

Mark Fitzgerald is the Chief Operating Officer of Citibank Europe plc. Mark is a director and board member both of Citibank Europe plc and its immediate parent company Citibank Holdings Ireland Limited (CHIL). Prior to his current role, Mark served as Director and Head of Trustee Services for Citibank Trustees Ireland Limited (CTIL) from 1997 until 2001. Mark is a member of the Irish Exporters Association Council. Mark is a past Council Member of the Dublin Funds Industry Association (DFIA). For many years, Mark served as Chairman of the DFIA Trustee Committee. Mark holds a Barrister-At-Law degree from Kings Inns and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork. Mark started his career with Allied Irish Investments Bank in 1987. Mark was Head of Trustee Services in Ulster Bank Markets from 1994 until 1997.

Jane Dellar

Managing Director
Bahrain Financial Services

Jane joined the Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB) in May 2006 with a brief to launch and head up Bahrain Financial Services (BFS). She came to Bahrain from the Isle of Man (IOM), bringing a wealth of international and jurisdictional expertise to BFS, having undertaken a similar role for 3 ¬½ years in IOM financial business development and promotion.

BFS is a department within the EDB, created to provide dedicated support to the needs of the financial services industry and provides a single point of contact for international financial services firms looking to establish a presence in the Kingdom. Under Jane‚€ôs management, BFS has won global recognition for Bahrain, when in March 2008 the latest Global Financial Centres Index identified Bahrain as the world‚€ôs fastest growing financial centre.

Jane has a comprehensive background in the financial services industry spanning 30 years, with specific experience in marketing, client relationship management, sales and management. Having worked in Bahrain, the Isle of Man, Jersey and the UK, Jane has a great deal of experience in different legal and regulatory environments and benefits from an in-depth understanding of offshore jurisdictions, asset management, life assurance and global banking.

Whilst working as a tutor for BPP Offshore Training from 1999 to 2002, Jane helped over 1500 individuals gain their professional qualifications with the Securities and Investment Institute (SII), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), the Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is dedicated to encouraging life long learning and actively supports individuals and professional institutes to enable this.

Geoff Cook

Chief Executive
Jersey Finance

As CEO of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook works closely with governments, regulators, financial professionals and investors, to promote the Island's award-winning finance industry, whilst highlighting legal and regulatory developments, as well as innovations in products and services that make international trade and investment easier to do.

In addition to leading Jersey Finance hosted events, bringing together industry professionals, politicians and regulators to provide an open forum for debate, knowledge sharing and networking, Geoff speaks at and contributes to conferences and seminars around the world. He frequently contributes to leading publications - as well as writing a regular Jersey Finance CEO blog. In promoting Jersey's finance industry, Geoff features in media such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, BBC Radio, the BBC World Service and Bloomberg TV.

Geoff joined Jersey Finance in 2007 with a strong career background in the London banking world, having held senior-level roles in wealth management and financial planning. Geoff is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the ifs School of Finance, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Geoff is also Chairman of the Jersey Employment Trust, a locally registered charity whose primary role is to assist people with a disability?to prepare, find and maintain employment in Jersey.

Terry McCaughey

Member of the Board of Directors
Securities & Investment Institute

Terry McCaughey currently holds a number of advisory roles with a variety of companies in the Securities Industry. He is: an Advisor to OMGEO; to Invest Northern Ireland; to Interactive Technologies Europe Limited; and to COR Financial Solutions. He is a Non-Executive Director of Hargreave Hale Limited and is also Chairman of that stockbroker‚€ôs Audit and Compliance committee. He is also a director of the Securities and Investment Institute and a member of the Institute‚€ôs Chairman‚€ôs Committee and also a non-executive director of two private companies. He is also a JP and regularly sits on the Bench of the City of London Magistrates Court. Mr. McCaughey completed a short assignment with Deutsche Bank in May 2001 as COO of that Bank‚€ôs Securities Services division.. Prior to this he was for a short period in early 2000, Director, Global Sales and Customer Services at Clearstream Banking based in Luxembourg, after the merger of Cedelbank and Deutsche Boerse Clearing, in January 2000. Prior to this, Mr. McCaughey was with the HSBC Group for 15 years, latterly as Director in charge of their global custody operations in London. He was also Chairman of Midland Stockbrokers Limited and Chairman of HSBC Global Fund Services, which he set up in 1998. Before this he headed the Group‚€ôs Securities Services division in Hong Kong and was previously Head of HSBC‚€ôs treasuries in Australia and New Zealand. He also worked for JP Morgan‚€ôs Australian affiliate in Australia between 1975 and 1985 and the Bank of New Zealand in both Australia and New Zealand, between 1967 and 1975. He is a business graduate of Monash University in Australia, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, a founding fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a senior certified member of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia, and a Member and board member of the Securities Institute in the UK. Mr. McCaughey is married with two adult daughters and lives in Fulham. His interests include golf, rugby, reading, and old English film comedies. He is a member of the RAC in the UK and the Athenaeum and Melbourne Cricket Clubs in Melbourne.

Shashank Srivastava

Acting CEO and Chief Strategic Development Officer
Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Shashank joined the QFC Authority in April 2006. He has 12 years of global experience in the strategy consulting and investment industries, and has held key positions with Dresdner RCM Global Investors, Andersen Consulting and (in the region) with Abraaj Capital and DIFC. He has also worked for Swiss Re and Prudential of UK.

David Smyth

Ernst & Young

David is a Tax Partner in Ernst & Young‚€ôs Financial Services Group. He works with a broad range of clients including major Irish companies and multi-national groups. Since 1992 David has specialised in the taxation of financial services, banking, structured finance and securitisation transactions, advising companies setting up in the IFSC and in international tax planning. He has also worked with the capital markets group in Ernst & Young London. David is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute. He has lectured on taxation matters both for the Irish Taxation Institute and the Law Society. He is also a member of the Taoiseach's Banking & Treasury Group.

Frank Monks

Managing Director
Nexgen Capital Limited

Frank Monks was a co-founder of Nexgen Financial Solutions and is responsible for the group's main risk-taking unit. Previously he started two IFSC operations, Cariparo Ireland (1999-2001) and KBL Ireland (1996-99). Frank developed his career with Hill Samuel Bank in Ireland, starting as an accountant and leaving as Finance & Operations Director (1980-1994). Prior to that he trained with Cooper & Kenny, now subsumed into Ernst & Young (1974-1980). Frank served on various industry boards and committees and holds business studies degree from Trinity College, Dublin.

Enrique Prados Del Amo

Asocacion de Mercados Financieros

Mr Prados del Amo is the President of the Asociacion de Mercados Financieros which is formed by 95 Financial Institutions in Spain, including all the main Banks, all main Savings Banks and all main Securities Firms. He is Partner and Executive Deputy Chairman of Gesmosa GBI S.A. AV one of the most important broking firms very active in all Financial Markets. He is also principal professor of the Master in Finance at the CUNEF University in Madrid. He chairs the Euribor ACI European Commission Working Group and has formed the Expert Group on Securities developed by the European Commission according to MiFID level 2. He has addressed many conferences in Spain, Latin America, Colombia and Argentina and he is also President of the ICMA(International Capital Markets Association)Iberian Region(Spain and Portugal).

Akkie Lansberg

Managing Director
Holland Financial Centre

Akkie Lansberg (1971) started her career in 1994 with Deloitte & Touche management consultants. After moving to London in 1996 and working for a boutique consultancy firm, she joined Morgan Stanley in 1999 in de Investment Banking Division. Prime work focus was convertible and equity origination and syndication. Akkie moved to Morgan Stanley's Institutional Equity Division to do pan-European sales to Benelux institutional investors, and the team was voted number one approximately eighteen months later. After returning to Amsterdam she joined the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) in 2004, where she was responsible for setting up the supervision for the new market abuse directive, which was implemented in Dutch law in October 2005. The supervision of the market abuse directive includes a real time securities market monitoring team and an investigation team and focuses on the prohibitions of insider trading and market manipulation and the obligation for listed companies to disclose price sensitive information. In December 2007, Akkie left the AFM to become managing director of Holland Financial Centre.

Akkie completed her study business administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and completed the International Executive Program at INSEAD. She is married and has a daughter.

Martin Jack

Managing Director
Northern Trust Global Advisers

Martin took over his new role in May 2007. His responsibilities include growing and developing Northern Trust's established International Manager of Managers business which is based in London. In addition Martin leads Northern Trust's initiative to establish an international investment solutions business leveraging off its wide range of investment capabilities globally.

Previously Martin was Director of corporate pensions for IBM in Europe and principal of IBM's internal investment and pensions consultancy practice. Representing IBM on the investment committees of all its European pension funds Martin has considerable experience in all aspects of the European pension environment including tax efficient cross-border pension pooling. Martin has a degree in English Literature from the University of Stirling and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Brian Lenihan

Minister for Finance, Ireland
Department of Finance

Born in May 1959, Brian Lenihan was first elected to the Dail in 1996 in a by-election in the constituency of Dublin West caused by the death of his father

He was educated at Belvedere College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, (Foundation Scholar, First Class Hons BA mod) and Cambridge University (First Class Hons LLB), and Kings Inns. He lectured in Law at Trinity College 1984-1996. He was called to the bar in 1984 and made senior counsel in 1997.

Brian has been involved in politics all his life: His late father, also Brian Lenihan represented the constituencies of Roscommon Leitrim 1961-73 and Dublin West 1977-95. In a distinguished political career, he served as Tanaiste and a Minister in various portfolios. Brian's aunt, Mary O'Rourke is currently leader of the Seanad; she was a TD 1982-2002 and held a number of senior ministerial posts. His brother Conor, is deputy for Dublin South-West and Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Brian's grandfather, Patrick Lenihan was also a Dáil deputy 1965-70.

Appointed to the new office of Minister for Children in December 2005, he had been Minister of State with special responsibility for children at the Departments of Education and Science, Health and Children and Justice Equality and Law Reform since 2002. He was Chairman of the Committee on the Constitution from 1997 to 2002. Appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on 14th June 2007. Appointed Minister for Finance on 7th of May 2008.

John Spellman

Isle of Man Finance

John joined Isle of Man Finance in September 2007 on a two year contract with a core brief to review the strategy and operations of Isle of Man Finance going forward. Under his directorship, Isle of Man Finance has been closely involved with a number of the Island‚€ôs industry initiatives, including the strategic reviews of the funds, captive insurance and banking sectors.

John returns to the Isle of Man following a period of five years working in the UK, where he holds a number of directorships.

He is a qualified accountant and banker by training, with over 15 years experience in banking, fund management, accountancy and various parts of the offshore industry where he gained valuable experience liaising with UK and overseas regulators. He spent a further five year operating a Board level in a multinational Financial Services group.

As Managing Director of HBOS Financial Services, an operating division of Halifax Bank of Scotland, John was responsible for the top selling life insurance entity in the UK where he employed some 3,000 people with c£40bn under management.

Keith Boyfield

Managing Director
Keith Boyfield Associates

Keith Boyfield is an internationally recognised economist and the author of over ninety publications on public policy and planning issues, economic development and regulatory policy. He chairs the FCSDublin, 2018 Session on Developing Professional Services (12.00 hrs Oct 3rd), and has just spoken at the Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, (attended by over 10,000 delegates) coinciding with the visit of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, there in September in Abuja (See:
his interview on CNBC Africa here ) , and, more recently, on Al Jazeera (at 6:50) , commenting on the implications of the Saudi journalist Kashoggi affair, including its impact on the Saudi investment conference in Riyadh this month.
Keith has been an adviser to the European Commission and he has also acted as a consultant to some of the world's largest companies , trade bodies and organisations, including Aon, the BBC, the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), the Commonwealth Business Council, The Crown Estate, KPMG, Mott MacDonald Ltd., the Swiss Bankers' Association and Thomson Reuters plc. His consultancy work focuses on the agri-business, energy, financial services, media, property and transport sectors.
Keith has built up a strong relationship with several leading think tanks, notably the Centre for Policy Studies, founded by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and a Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. In addition, he is a Research Fellow of the European Policy Forum, chaired by Lord Tugendhat; the Kosciuszko Institute in Poland; and the Euro Gulf Information Centre, a recently established international relations institute located in Rome.
He has contributed to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, City AM, The Yorkshire Post and La Razon in Madrid. He is also a frequent commentator on a range of international broadcast channels including Al Jazeera, the BBC and Radio France Internationale (RFI).

Deirdre Power

Tax Partner

Deirdre Power is a tax partner specialising in financial services. She has extensive experience in advising financial services clients in the areas of investment management and funds, leasing, banking, securitisation and structured finance.

Deirdre is a member of a number of industry working groups in the financial services sector. She was elected to the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) Council and is formerly Chairman of the IFIA. She is also a member of the IFIA tax committee.

Deirdre has worked with the Revenue Authorities on introducing various aspects of the funds tax legislation. She was part of the industry grouping that negotiated the 2003 securitisation tax legislation. She was also appointed to the Taoiseach‚€ôs Pan European Pensions taskforce.

Deirdre currently advises a wide variety of international companies and regularly contributes articles to international tax and financial services industry focused magazines.

Patrick Neary

Chief Executive
Financial Regulator

Patrick Neary is the Chief Executive of the Financial Regulator, which is responsible for the regulation of the Financial Services industry, both from a prudential and a conduct of business viewpoint.

Patrick Neary was appointed to the position of Chief Executive in February 2006. Prior to this, he held the position of Prudential Director of the Financial Regulator from 2003. In this role his responsibilities included the protection of consumers‚€ô deposits, funds and policies. He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA). He was previously Head of Securities and Exchanges Supervision and Deputy Head of Banking Supervision in the Central Bank of Ireland. He began his career in 1971.

Bob Moore

Guernsey Finance

Bob has been Managing Director of Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited since 1997, with overall responsibility for Butterfield Bank Group‚€ôs Guernsey businesses, and is also responsible for Group business in Switzerland and Malta. He is very actively involved in the development and promotion of Guernsey‚€ôs finance industry having been both a director of Guernsey Finance, the promotional body for the finance industry, as well as Chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association and the Association of Guernsey Banks. Previously in his career Bob worked for Lloyds Bank plc/Lloyds Bank International in various positions including Senior Manager and Country Head of Luxembourg and Senior Manager, Planning & Development, Private Banking and Financial Services Division.

Bernd Schumacher

IBM Global Business Services

Bernd Schumacher is responsible for IBM‚€ôs Core Banking Systems Practice in Europe. He has over 20 years experience in the Financial Services industry and has extensive accomplishments and insight in managing and delivering projects form conceptual design of transformation programmes for major companies, development of strategies for market entry, and market expansion of banks and investment managers, leading large scale transformation programmes in service companies including Six Sigma projects, and the design of Core Banking Transformation Projects and IT Strategies for large European banks.

Prior to joining IBM Bernd was a Partner at PWC Consulting and subsequent to that director of Price Waterhouse responsible for re-engineering and transformation projects in Financial Services. Bernd is fluent in both German and English and has spoken at a number of conferences.

Mike Frazer

Head of Insurance Regulatory Advisory Services

Mike Frazer joined KPMG from the Irish Financial Regulator where he was deputy head of insurance supervision. An actuary by profession, with an extensive background in the Irish life assurance industry, he had supervisory responsibility for the entire reinsurance sector, as well as leading the actuarial and financial analysis teams. Mike now leads KPMG's Regulatory group for the Insurance sector.

John Bohan

Managing Director
Apex Fund Services Ireland

Mr. John Bohan (Irish) is the Managing Director Apex Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd. ), a specialist Fund and private equity administration Company founded in 2003. Since its establishment Apex has consistently been one of the top 5 fastest growing fund administrators globally. Mr Bohan along with managing the Irish operation bears overall responsibility for the internal audit function for the group. He qualified as an accountant in 1999 and became a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in early 2004.

Andrew Quinn

A&L Goodbody

Andrew Quinn is a Corporate Tax Partner in A&L Goodbody. He acts for major Irish and international companies, investment funds and banks, and advises on the corporate tax aspects of M&As, corporate reorganisations, cross border structures, investment funds and capital markets transactions.

Andrew is joint author of the Irish Taxation Institute book "Taxing Financial Transactions" and speaks internationally on tax, including at the International Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, the European American Tax Institute and the Irish Taxation Institute. He is past Irish Chapter President of the European American Tax Institute and is recommended by a number of legal directories including PLC Which Lawyer? 2008, World Tax 2008 and European Legal Experts 2007.

He consults to the Irish Government‚€ôs economic advisory body Forfas on tax matters, and has also participated in lobbying for industry on tax through the American Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Securitisation Forum.

Andrew is a law graduate of University College, Dublin and an Irish and UK qualified solicitor. He is also qualified as an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute and worked as a tax consultant with Ernst & Young before joining A&L Goodbody.

Padraig Rushe

Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking

Padraig Rushe is a Director of Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking where he has responsibility for IFSC, Financial Services and Multinational Companies. He is the current Chairman of the IFSC Banking and Treasury Group at Department of An Taoiseach and also Chairman of FSI Banking and Treasury Group.

Tim Burggraaf

Representative of Holland Financial Centre and Partner

Tim joined Mercer in 2001. He has a Masters in Pensions and Life Assurances from the Hermes University and is a member of the Dutch Order of Pension Experts (NOPD) and the Circle of Pension Specialists (KPS). In addition to being managing consultant for several large multinational clients, Tim chairs Mercer's Dutch Centres of Excellence on Pan-European Solutions as well as Defined Contributions and is a member of their European equivalents.

Prior to joining Mercer, Tim worked with Aon Consulting and number of other pension providers (insurers).

Tim is a regular speaker at conferences and has published two books (on defined contributions) and a number of articles on the topic.

John Coffey

Head of Treasury ALM
BNP Paribas (Dublin) Branch

John is currently Head of Treasury ALM for BNP Paribas in Dublin,where he is responsible for managing a balance sheet of ‚ā¨ 25 billion. John has spent all of his career in Treasury & Capital Markets and has gained extensive experience in Foreign Exchange, Money Markets, Bonds & Credit and related derivative markets. John has managed teams of Traders & Sales in these areas, assisting the rise to prominence of BNP Paribas in the local markets.

Since 2004, John has focussed primarily on growing the bank's funding base. The success of this project, allied with his experience of several previous market crises left John well placed to navigate BNP Paribas Dublin through the current credit crisis, leveraging the bank's AA+ rating and the substantial customer base built up by his team over recent years.

John Coffey began his banking career with Bank of Ireland in 1977. He moved into Treasury when he joined IIB bank in 1979 and he joined BNP as a Senior FX trader in 1981. He is a qualified CPA Accountant.

Jeffrey Owens

Head of Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

Jeffrey Owens, a public finance expert, completed his doctoral work at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom in 1973. In addition to his economic degrees, he is a qualified accountant.

He has taught at Cambridge, the American University of Paris, Bocconi University in Italy and Queen Mary's College in London. He is an international civil servant at the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, where he has focused his activities on the fiscal policy implications of the globalisation of national economies, the taxation of Multilateral Enterprises, the broader policy issues that arise in the areas of cross-border direct and portfolio investment. He has also examined issues related to tax administration and micro-economic implications of domestic tax policies and issues related to Fiscal Federalism. His earlier work dealt with the development of international currency markets and the implications for monetary policies and the organisation of financial institutions.

He has made numerous contributions to professional journals, has published a number of books ("The Growth of the Euro-Dollar market", "Local Government Finance: an international perspective"; "A Comparison of Tax Systems in North Africa and Europe") and has been the author of many OECD publications on taxation. A full list of publications can be provided on request.

Dr. Owens' position as Director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, his frequent participation in international conferences and business seminars and his high level contacts with representatives from governments and the business community have provided him with a unique international perspective on economic policy issues, on trends in the financing of governments and the implications for the business community. He has also been responsible for organising numerous major conferences and seminars and, over the last five years, has organised many international conferences with major non-member countries in the Asia, NIS and South America regions. In that context, he has forged links between APEC and the OECD and with the United Nations, the Regional Development Banks, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Owens has maintained close links with the business and academic communities in which he worked at the beginning of his career.

Anne-Marie Bohan

Matheson Ormsby Prentice

Anne-Marie is a partner in both the Information Technology Law Group and the Banking and Financial Services Department at Matheson Ormsby Prentice, and is head of our Outsourcing Group. She advises on all aspects of outsourcing, information technology law and e-commerce law, with specific focus on the requirements of financial institutions and financial services providers in these areas.

Anne-Marie has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts for the development, sale, purchase and licensing of hardware, software and IT systems for both suppliers and users of IT within the financial services industry and across a broad range of other industries. She has also acted in some of the largest value and most complex IT and telecommunications systems and services outsourcing contracts, including advising on the largest and highest value financial services outsourcing to date, in Ireland. Anne-Marie‚€ôs practice also includes advising a broad range of clients on data protection and privacy issues, including employee data protection issues.

Bernard Murphy

University of Limerick

Dr. Murphy holds a MA in Economics from University College Dublin and a PhD in Finance from the Financial Options Research Centre (FORC) at Warwick Business School. He joined the University of Limerick in 1994 where he is currently Course Director for the MSc in Computational Finance programme. During a leave of absence from UL in 2001-02, he helped to set-up and co-headed the global financial engineering group in British Petroleum, where he was responsible for the development of proprietary financial models used by energy traders on the gas and power derivatives desks. It was on his return to UL from BP that he first proposed the establishment of a campus-based financial markets trading floor which would provide a realistic backdrop for both Masters and PhD students to carry out advanced quantitative research in the financial and energy markets. He is currently participating in a multi-institutional academic consortium which is preparing a financial mathematics / computational finance based research programme which will meet the applied research needs of the international financial services sector in Ireland.

John Leenane

Senior Vice President Structured Finance
Orix Aviation Systems

John Leenane has over 14 years experience in banking specialising in Structured finance and capital strategies.He joined ORIX in January 2008 having spent the previous 18 months setting up and running a mortgage lender. He was previously head of structured finance in ABN Amro in Dublin, Investec bank in Dublin and International Investment and Underwriting (IIU) and spent 10 years in practise as a chartered accountant in London

Kevin Humphreys

Director, Safety Regulation
Irish Aviation Authority


Aidan Walsh

Tax Partner - Financial Services Group
Ernst & Young

Aidan is a Partner in the tax division within Ernst & Young's Financial Services Group. He has over 15 years experience in advising clients on the taxation implications of financial services activities. Aidan is a qualified solicitor, has a diploma in corporate treasury and has completed his ACCA exams. Aidan is a member of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is also an associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

He works closely with clients and colleagues in the world's major financial centres and in many tax advantaged financial centres. He also worked for periods in London and New York.

Aidan has published and spoken widely on the taxation of financial services in Ireland, tax risk management and other matters. He is one of the co-authors of the leading text book in the area: Taxing Financial Transactions in Ireland published by the Institute of Tax Ireland.

He is also a co-author, with PJ Henehan, of Global Tax Risk Management published by Tottel in the UK in 2007 and has been sold to tax professionals in over 20 countries.

John O'Leary

Tax and Legal Services Partner

John is leader of the PwC financial services tax practice in Ireland. John specialises in insurance, banking and securitisation and advises on international taxation and structured finance transactions. He has extensive experience in advising international insurance and banking groups with operations in Ireland. John is a regular speaker and presenter on international tax issues facing the FS industry. He is a member of the PwC Eurofirm Insurance and Pensions Group and the PwC EU Direct Tax Group which identifies and highlights discriminatory tax treatment in the EU and advises clients on remedies.

Damon D'Agostino

Chief Sales Officer
CIT Aerospace International

Mr. D‚€ôAgostino began his aviation career with AMR Corporation, and has held management and supervisory positions with small business organizations as well as a position with the United States Department of the Interior. In 1994, he joined CIT Aerospace as an Aerospace Analyst, tracking aircraft values, industry trends, and issues of concern to CIT's aircraft portfolio.

In 1996, Mr. D'Agostino was promoted to a Marketing Officer where his responsibilities included aircraft sales and leasing. In 1998, shortly after being promoted to Assistant Vice President, Mr. D‚€ôAgostino was awarded the role of Vice President of sales and leasing for CIT‚€ôs commercial aircraft to airlines located in North America and the South Pacific Region. In his current role, Mr. D'Agostino is responsible for the Global marketing and sales functions inside of CIT Aerospace's commercial aircraft group, responsible for a portfolio of approximately US$8 billion. Since 1996 Mr. D‚€ôAgostino has been an active member of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), serves on a number of non profit and educational boards and is a frequent speaker at university and industry conferences.

Mr. D'Agostino is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. He also has received an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his graduating class.

Fernand Grulms

Luxembourg for Finance

Fernand Grulms is a graduate in finance and econometrics from the University of Liège in Belgium. He also took courses in actuarial science at the University of Louvain la Neuve and at Cambridge University (UK).

He worked for several banks in Luxembourg and has an experience in finance of 24 years. In September 2007, he has been appointed by the Luxembourg Government as CEO of Luxembourg for Finance. Luxembourg for Finance is an agency which is aimed at enhancing the development of the Luxembourg financial centre. It is a public private partnership between the Luxembourg State and the financial sector.

Before this appointment, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Luxembourg Bankers Association. From 1999 to 2005, he was managing director of PECOMA, a pension consulting firm in Luxembourg. He is a certified pension actuary registered with the Luxembourg social security supervisor IGSS.

Fernand lectured ‚€útechniques & mathematics of finance‚€Ě at the University of Luxembourg from 1987 to 2004.

He is also the founding Chairman of the Economist Club Luxembourg and the author of a report on the future of the Luxembourg public pension regime.

Hartmut Schwesinger



Andrew Rigby

Brodies LLP

Andrew Rigby joined Brodies in 2007 and was formerly a partner at Addleshaw Goddard in London. He is recognised particularly for his expertise on large projects for banks and financial institutions, principally in the fields of technology transactions and IT and BPO outsourcing, and appears in the Best of the UK list prepared by Chambers and Partners.

Andrew has been involved in a number of ground breaking and heavily regulated outsourcing deals for clients involved in the Financial Services Sector. He was involved in one of the first Procurement outsourcing deals in the UK valued at US$6 billion, Offshore Outsourcing of Credit Risk and Equity Research deals and some of the first middle office fund management outsourcing transactions involving assets in scope valued at over √ā¬£160 billion.

Andrew has been viewed as a thought leader in the financial services field for many years and has been consulted by various Governments including the UK Cabinet Office, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Argentinian Government and the Government of the Cayman Islands.

James Cottle

Airbus Financial Services

First class honours degree in history at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Cambridge University scholar. Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, Massachusetts, USA 1978-79.

1) Citibank, N.A., London Branch, Graduate trainee Asset Based Finance department in 1979. Appointed Resident Vice President in 1985.

2) Airbus Industrie in Toulouse from 1986 until December 1993 as Senior Director, Customer Finance.
1994-2002 Senior Director, Sales Finance, with Airbus North America Holdings, Inc.
2002-3, Head of Participations and Joint Ventures, Airbus S.A.S.
2003-current, Managing Director of Airbus Financial Services in Dublin (Airbus‚€ô principal financing vehicle).

Also member of executive council of Federation of Aerospace Enterprises in Ireland (FAEI)

Anthony Belchambers

Chief Executive
Futures and Options Association (FOA)

Anthony Belchambers is a barrister and currently Chief Executive of the FOA. Previously he served as General Counsel for the UK Joint Exchanges Committee (JEC) where his responsibilities included co-ordinating exchange activities and lobbying on behalf of the London-based derivatives markets in relation to international, EU and UK regulation and taxation issues. Prior to joining the JEC, he held the position of Company Secretary and General Counsel to the Association of Futures Brokers and Dealers (AFBD), where he played a major role in securing the licensing of the first UK regulatory authority to cover derivatives and drafting the UK regulations for derivatives.

He is also Chair of MiFID Connect, a member of the Court of the Guild of International Bankers (GIB) and a co-founder, in their original forms, of both the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF). He initiated the establishment of the UK Parliament's Associate Parliamentary Group on Wholesale Financial Markets and Services and the EU/US Coalition on Financial Regulation.

More generally, he is closely involved with HM Treasury and UK Trade & Investment in developing London's role as a global financial centre and is a regular member of the Lord Mayor's business parties on overseas missions.

To view a copy of the Second EU-US Coalition Report on Financial Regulation please click here

Mike Claffey

Life Strategies

Mike Claffey joined Life Strategies as a director in October 2005. Prior to joining Life Strategies, Mike worked in AEGON Scottish Equitable International, and previously for Prudential International based in Dublin. He started his career in 1990 in Eagle Star.

Mike has spend the last 10 years of his career working for international life companies operating in a range of markets across Europe. Throughout this time he has held a range of actuarial and operational roles, gaining experience of financial reporting, product development, company start-ups, distribution development, and systems and operational management. He has also gained detailed experience of fund and portfolio bond administration, and the associated back office functions.

Mike a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and currently discharges the role of Appointed Actuary for a range of life companies. He has an M.Sc in Mathematical Sciences from the National University of Galway.

Paul Ellis

HSBC Alternative Fund Services Ireland


Tony Wiltshire

Better Regulation


Pat Wall


Pat is a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin. He specialises in investment management, insurance and pensions. He is a member fo the IFSC Clearing House Group (CHG) which has overall strategic responsibility for development of Ireland's international financial services industry. In that capacity he chairs the Pan-European Pensions Task Force which has a mandate to advise the CHG on how Ireland should position itself to benefit from the emerging EU single market in pension provisions. He is also a member of the PwC Eurofirm Insurance and Pensions Group. He played a key role in the framing of the all island financial services strategy recently announced by Brian Cowen and Peter Robinson.

Patrick L Young

Derivatives Vision

Patrick L Young is a leading expert in all aspects of global market infrastructure and financial centres, and the pubisher of Exchange Invest the daily newsletter on all aspects of securities and derivatives exchanges worldwide. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling "Capital Market Revolution", and "New Capital Market Revolution", as well as "The Promiscuous Investor" and "The Exchange Manifesto".

Young advises on investment in exchanges and financial market infrastructure world-wide, and is a member of the Leaders Programme (top 5 p.c.) of the world's largest research consultancy, Gerson Lehrman Group. He has been involved in advising financial centres world-wide for more than a decade.

Patrick returns to moderate sessions at the Financial Centres Conference this year. A frequent broadcaster and speaker at industry conferences throughout the world, he has written Op Eds for leading financial newspapers including AFR, Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal."Patrick L Young is a leading expert in all aspects of global market infrastructure and financial centres. As the author of three books, including the bestselling "Capital Market Revolution", and "New Capital Market Revolution", as well as "The Promiscuous Investor" and "The Exchange Manifesto".

See Patrick's summary as concluding chairman of Fintel's 2009 Global Financial Services Centres Conference here:


Cormac Murphy

Partner, Financial Services Risk Management
Ernst & Young

Cormac has worked with clients in the financial services industry for 18 years - both domestic institutions and multinational subsidiaries. At Ernst & Young, he leads a team of 65 professionals dedicated to advising such organisations on issues of policy, structure and process around credit, market, operational, regulatory and technology risks. This team act as both advisors and internal auditors to a range of leading financial institutions. Over the last two years, Cormacs has been on assisting clients with Sarbanes Oxley and Basel 2 compliance, as well as providing internal audit ans SAS70 assurance services. Cormac holds strong views on matters of corporate governance including the role of internal and external audit, non-executive directors, compliance officers and regulators, as well as the emerging profession of risk managers.

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