Seizing the opportunities in global IFS and professional services
The looming Brexit on March 29th, global capital and FS markets, and the opportunities for financial and professional services firms arising form the agenda of The Financial Centres Summit, Dublin, 2018.
Inspiring figures will address the themes of product development, risk management, the forces of technology, and the product and jurisdictional platforms of the future in 13 sessions that will hear over 60 speakers expert in global capital markets, portfolio management, funds, and aviation finance. The Summit will present opportunities for delegates to mix at the social events at the Summit which will start with a Welcome Reception on the evening of October 2nd in Castle Hall, Dublin Castle. This will follow the afternoon Masterclass Workshop, with 'Blockchain' as its theme, that will kick off the Summit with sessions that will examine applications up and running in areas including derivatives contracts, insurance, and KYC/moneylaundering.
See the FCSDublin latest Speaker Announcements here:
Outgoing Chairman, Bar Council of Ireland
Paul McGarry SC whose term of office as Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland ended in July 2018 was elected in 2016. During his time as chairman of the Council he was instrumental in promoting Ireland as a common law jurisdiction for options in finance and contracts, and has been a strong advocate of the need to protect an independent judiciary.
He was called to the Bar in 1996 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, having graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1991 and LLM in European Law in 1992. He primarily practices in the area of public, commercial and European law.
Former SEC Commissioner, USA; Chief Legal Officer, Mylan Inc, Former CEO of Patomak Partners LLC Washington DC.,
Daniel M Gallagher former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from November 7, 2011 to October 2, 2015, and President of Patomak Global Partners, LLC, until 2017 he is Chief Legal Officer of Mylan Corp, and is a former director of the Irish Stock Exchange. As SEC Commissioner, he directed the SEC's reform of Money Market Funds regulation in the United States. See Dan speaking about the last financial crisis and its potential to happen again on CNBC, Sept 9th 2018.
Partner, Jones Day
Ed Nalbantian has more than 25 years of experience representing lenders, borrowers, and counterparties in a broad range of cross-border structured and leveraged finance transactions including OTC derivatives and related debt capital markets financings.
He served as co-leader of Jones Day's Banking & Finance Practice from 2009 to 2015. He practiced in the Firm's Paris Office from 1998 to 2004 and continues to represent clients involved in the Paris market. He frequently writes and lectures on structured finance topics. Jones Day is the French Counsel of ISDA, whose France and Ireland Master Agreements Contracts were launched in 2018.
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Intelligence, Brown Brothers Harriman
Adrian Whelan is a Senior Vice President of Regulatory Intelligence at Brown Brothers Harriman. He is based in Dublin. Before joining Regulatory Intelligence, Adrian was the Head of Depositary for BBH Trustee Services (Ireland) Limited. Adrian joined BBH in 2011, prior to which he ran a regulatory consultancy firm. Adrian is an active participant in industry groups, including Irish Funds and ICI Global.
Partner and Head of Investment Funds, Walkers
Nicholas is based in Walkers' Ireland office where he is an investment funds partner and head of the Investment Funds team in Ireland. He has over fifteen years' experience in asset management and investment funds where he has worked in both legal and finance related positions. Prior to joining Walkers he was Senior Legal Counsel of PIMCO's EMEA funds business in London.
He has extensive experience advising funds, promoters and service providers on a wide range of asset management and investment fund related matters, including on the establishment, authorisation and operation of all types of Irish investment funds including UCITS, QIAIFs, RIAIFs, fund of funds, ETF's, master-feeder structures and closed-ended funds. He authored the following industry overview: in Finance Dublin in January 2018
He has advised across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies including hedge fund, private equity and real estate strategies as well as more traditional liquid investment strategies, with particular expertise in advising managers of fixed income and debt focussed investment strategies.
Nicholas also has extensive experience advising on cross-border asset management and investment fund related matters and has previously advised on the establishment of investment fund platforms involving funds in jurisdictions outside of Ireland, including parallel investment fund structures.
Nicholas has participated in various industry association working groups and committees (including those at the Investment Association, ICI Global and EFAMA) and has attended meetings at ESMA in Paris in order to provide technical guidance on investment fund related matters. Nicholas currently sits on the UCITS Product and Brexit Steering Groups at Irish Funds. Nicholas has spoken at a wide range of investment fund conferences and currently lectures on the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute programme which is delivered in London, Zurich and New York.
Principal, Atlantic Vantage
Brian is Principal of Atlantic Vantage, since July '18, providing advisory services focused on governance, risk management and strategy formulation mainly in the financial services area, and formerly Director of Traded Markets, Development and Operations of the Irish Stock Exchange, now a unit of Euronext. As Director, Traded Markets, Development, Operations (a joint COO/CFO brief) was responsible for the integrity, efficiency and development of the Irish Stock Exchange's markets for its traded securities. For 20 years he oversaw the Exchange's overall operations, finance, risk management and managed the relationships with strategic partners as well as being responsible for the Exchange's IT strategy. He was a member of the Executive Committee and as Company Secretary, to the Group and to subsidiary Boards, has proactively and successfully managed a diverse stakeholder base, from shareholders to regulatory authorities.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation and EVP, Embraer
John is President & Chief Executive Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation and EVP at Embraer S.A. John joined Embraer in 2011 as Vice President, responsible for Customer Finance, Asset & Risk Management. The following year John was appointed SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, taking on broader executive responsibilities incorporating worldwide sales of commercial aircraft and services. In 2016 John was appointed President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation and, as an EVP, joined the management board of Embraer S.A. Prior to joining Embraer, John spent fifteen years in executive roles at various leading commercial aerospace advisory, leasing, and banking organizations. Of note, in 2001, John was a co-founder of RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC Aviation Capital; at the time the world's third largest lessor) and the firm's Managing Director in New York, responsible for leading the bank's commercial aircraft leasing and asset-backed lending to airline customers across the Americas. John is a Fellow at The Royal Aeronautical Society, President Emeritus of The Wings Club and Director Emeritus of ORBIS International. An AMP graduate of Harvard Business School, John was awarded an MBA from the University of Limerick and remains active at UL as an adjunct professor. John is a published author in the International Journal of Aviation Management with a 2017 paper entitled Strategy and Competitive Rivalry in the OEM Single Aisle Market.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, AerCap
Mr Kelly was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of AerCap on May 18, 2011. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer of AerCap's U.S. operations from January 2008 to May 2011. Mr. Kelly served as AerCap's Group Treasurer from 2005 through December 31, 2007. He started his career in the aviation leasing and financing business with Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) in 1998 and continued working with its successors AerFi in Ireland and debis AirFinance and AerCap in Amsterdam. Prior to joining GPA in 1998, he spent three years with KPMG in Dublin. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Master's degree in Accounting from University College, Dublin.
CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital
Peter is Chief Executive Officer of SMBC Aviation Capital, a position he has held since 2004. Barrett has been active in aircraft leasing and finance for over 25 years, initially working for Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) where he specialised in aircraft cross border tax leasing and securitisations. Peter holds a B.Eng from University College Cork (UCC).
Chairman, Jersey Funds Association
Mike Byrne is the chair of the Jersey Funds Association. He specialises in alternative funds (private equity, hedge, infrastructure, fund of funds). He is a partner in the Channel Islands firm of PwC, based in Jersey
Former CEO, Simplitium
Jamie Khurshid, grew up in the Middle East and worked throughout his career between New York and London at investment firms Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and The Royal Bank of Scotland with responsibility for new business, regulation and strategic investments. He is recognised for setting up two consortium ventures, Boat Services Ltd and Turquoise Exchange. In 2014, he joined Cinnober Financial Technology as partner to develop and build their bank and broker strategy. Whilst at Cinnober, he negotiated the acquisition; and subsequently made CEO; of Boat Services Ltd, Europe's longest running independent regulatory and transparency services vehicle for the financial and (re)Insurance industry.
Senior Vice President. Product Development Alternatives, Northern Trust Ireland
Ian Headon is responsible for technical development of, and regulatory deployment within, Northern Trust's depositary business across EMEA. He joined Northern Trust in May 2005. He has been Chairman of Irish Funds Task Force on AIFMD and is currently on the Industry's Alternatives Steering Group.
Partner, Financial Services Group, Matheson
Tara Doyle is a partner and head of the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group at Matheson. She practises Irish financial services law and advises many of the world's leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies, broker-dealers and corporations carrying on business in Ireland or through Irish vehicles. Tara has extensive experience in advising a wide range of domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, marketing and sale of financing and investment vehicles and products in Ireland and other jurisdictions. In particular she specialises in advising on the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the establishment of private and public investment funds, the structuring, offer and sale of investment instruments and investment products, the provision of investment advice and other financial services and the public issuance of equity and debt securities.
Tara has spoken at a number of international financial services conferences, including the IFIA seminars in Milan, Frankfurt, New York, Boston, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore and has contributed articles to financial services and investment industry journals.
Tara is a member of the Council of Irish Funds, the representative body for the Irish funds industry, of which she was chair in the year to May 2018.
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 )
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).
Christian Donagh is a partner in the Structured Finance and Derivatives Group at Matheson and is head of the firm's derivatives practice. Christian's practice focuses on advising asset managers and investment banks doing business in and from Ireland in relation to securitisations, CLOs, fund-linked structured products, repackagings, securities lending and repos.
Christian regularly advises Irish corporates and their counterparties in relation to ISDA master agreements and collateral arrangements relating to over-the-counter derivatives transactions such as interest rate and currency linked swaps, caps and collars and on compliance with EMIR. Frequently, the firm provides legal opinions on issues relating to the enforceability of close-out netting provisions and collateral arrangements documented using industry standard or bespoke derivatives, repo and prime brokerage documentation.
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Services Ireland and the Channel Islands, State Street
Tadhg Young is a senior vice president, country head of Ireland and head of Global Services for Ireland and the Channel Islands. Tadhg oversees the management of Ireland's largest fund services provider, servicing assets for some of the world's leading investment management firms and financial houses. He joined State Street in 2007 and before his current role was Chief Operating Officer of State Street International (Ireland) Limited. Prior to joining State Street, Tadhg was Head of Trustee, Custody and Middle Office Servicing with IBT Ireland (acquired by State Street in 2007). He has also held a number of senior management roles with Allianz Global Investors Ireland and Dresdner Bank in Ireland. He qualified as a chartered accountant while working as a tax consultant with PwC. Tadhg was a member of the Council of Irish Funds from 2013 to 2017 and was Chair of the industry body 2015/2016. He is currently a member of the Irish Funds Working Group. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Irish Taxation Institute.
Head of Market Infrastructure and Technology, International Swaps & Derivatives Association (ISDA)
Clive Ansell is Head of Market Infrastructure and Technology at ISDA and is based in London. Mr. Ansell joined ISDA in November 2008 with primary responsibility for equity derivatives and has had subsequent roles overseeing data and reporting implementation under EMIR and confirmation processing compliance as well as providing general trading and post trade processing support across all asset classes.
Fergus is an Assurance Partner with EY Financial Services. He has over 13 years' experience in providing audit and business advisory services to our financial services clients. Fergus works primarily within the firm's asset management practice and his clients include many of Europe's largest hedge fund managers and asset servicers' whom he advises on structuring, regulation, valuation issues, accounting and disclosure. He has also worked with alternative funds in the design and set-up of operating and governance structures. Fergus has extensive experience of investment pricing models and in auditing the valuation of a wide variety of investment product types and is EY Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) campaign leader for Ireland.
Chief Business Development Officer, Objectway Group
As Chief Business Development Officer, Peter is responsible for Objectway's growth and international expansion. After a successful R&D career, Peter worked at Belgian start-up Business Architects, where he founded the eXimius business unit and expanded it internationally. The unit later spun off as eXimius NV, later acquired by Thomson Reuters. When Objectway Group acquired eXimius NV in 2012, Peter joined Objectway as CEO of its Belgian subsidiary Objectway NV. Peter holds engineering degrees from Leuven University and Antwerp University as well as an Executive MBA degree from Antwerp University.
Matt Hedigan is based in Walkers' Ireland office and specialises in banking and finance transactions in, and through, Ireland with particular emphasis on cross border debt capital markets, structured, asset and fund finance transactions, including mortgage and aircraft securitisations, warehousing, CLO, loan portfolio financing, repackaging and real estate finance transactions. He regularly advises on Irish and European Union financial services and securities law including the Prospectus Directive, EMIR, AIFMD, MiFID, Market Abuse and Capital Requirements Regulation. Matt also specialises in advising clients on derivative and securities lending transactions being entered into by a wide range of Irish entities utilising industry standard documentation such as ISDAs and GMRAs.
Chief Financial Officer, Ryanair
Neil Sorahan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Ryanair in October 2014, having previously served as its Finance Director from June 2006. Prior to that, he was Ryanair's Group Treasurer from January 2003. Before joining Ryanair, Neil held various finance and treasury roles at CRH plc, the international building materials group (June 1992 to December 2002).
Head of Asset Servicing Product Innovation, EMEA, Northern Trust
Anthony has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years and joined Northern Trust in October 2007. He manages Northern Trust's Asset Servicing Product Innovation Group, which is responsible for developing new products, keeping the business up to date with technology changes in the both the financial and non-financial markets, as well as looking to access new external technologies and services that will enhance our clients' investment management processes.
During his time at Northern Trust, Anthony has run the EMEA Product Solutions group, has built out Northern Trust's collateral and liquidity solution for clients who will trade derivatives under the EMIR regulatory framework, and has run the EMEA performance analytics function supporting both asset managers and owners.
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Anthony worked for Mellon Analytical Solutions (MAS) where he was responsible for relationship management, working with over 200 asset management clients.
Earlier, he worked for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he supported the international book of business for the performance team, and at Intersec Research.
Managing Director, AFIC, Marsh
Since June 2017, Robert Morin has been the Managing Director, Transaction and Business Development Leader of the Aircraft Finance Insurance Consortium (AFIC), a groundbreaking collaboration between Marsh and a panel of highly-rated global insurance companies to offer a new way to protect the financing of purchases of Boeing commercial aircraft. Prior to the launch of AFIC, Mr. Morin was the SVP of Business and Product Development at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), and, prior to that, the Vice President of EXIM Bank's Transportation Division for more than 15 years. During his time leading the Transportation Division, Mr. Morin oversaw the successful expansion of EXIM Bank's aircraft financing program, as it grew from a portfolio of approximately 300 aircraft to more than 1,100 commercial aircraft leased to airlines and aircraft leasing companies around the world and securing more than $50 billion in EXIM Bank loan guarantees. Mr. Morin was also responsible for pioneering new products and initiatives including EXIM Bank's hugely successful capital markets product.
Chief Executive Officer - International DST Financial Services, DST International Holdings Ltd
As both a regulator and industry leader William Slattery has been one of the most influential figures in both the creation and growth of Ireland's IFS industry. During his 23 year tenure at the Central Bank of Ireland he was instrumental in developing the Irish funds regulatory regime and the subsequent development of Ireland's world-class funds sector. Highly regarded in both the public and private sectors, the former head of State Street's Irish and Luxembourg businesses was a long-standing member of the Irish Government's IFSC Clearing House Group, is a former Chairman of Financial Services Ireland and was a member of the Public Expenditure Review Group, established by the Irish Government in 2009, as part of its response to the Irish economic crisis.
President and CEO, CDB Aviation
Peter Chang, the President and CEO of CDB Aviation, the aviation leasing arm of China Development Bank, one of the three 'policy banks' of the Peoples' Republic of China, has been an active member of the aviation community for the past four decades, starting his career in Boeing, and entering the leasing industry with Guinness Peat Aviation. He was the pioneer of aircraft leasing in China, having leased the first aircraft there as MD at GPA. He started work at Boeing immediately after graduating in 1979 and his vast experience includes manufacturing, sales and leasing. Having long been at the forefront of aviation leasing, aside from serving in China as MD at GPA, he has served as Executive Vice President of Aircastle Advisers and International Leasing Finance Corporation. Prior to joining CDB Aviation he was the Principal for the China Aviation Advisors Group.
Head of International Financial Services, Corporate Strategy and Public Policy, IDA Ireland
Kieran Donoghue is Head of International Financial Services, Corporate Strategy and Public Policy at IDA Ireland. Since before the global financial crisis he has led the marketing of Ireland as a location for international financial services.
Director, FCCA FCSI FBCS, Z/Yen Group Limited
Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI FBCS Co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London's leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics. He is an Alderman of the City of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.
Assurance Partner, EY
Lisa Kealy is an Assurance Partner in EY's Financial Services Organisation and has more than 18 years' experience in the provision of audit and advisory services to the financial services industry. Lisa specialises in both regulated and alternative investment funds and her client base includes Irish and offshore investment funds, asset management companies, administrators and treasury operations. Lisa advises clients on many aspects of accounting, regulatory, market, industry and operational matters. Lisa is the firm's Asset Management Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) leader for EMEIA and has written reports on both the European and global ETF market. She has also written numerous articles on the asset management industry covering a variety of industry topics which impact on investment funds, market dynamics and regulatory topics. Lisa has also spoken at a number of international conferences in various European and Asian cities. Lisa holds a first class honours degree in Pure Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, from which she holds a practicing certificate. She is a member of the IFIA's ETF group and a past member of IFIA's alternative investment committee.
Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation, Central Bank of Ireland
Ed Sibley was appointed Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation on 1 September 2017. He is an ex-officio Member of the Central Bank Commission and is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank - Single Supervisory Mechanism. As Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation, Ed is responsible for leading the supervision of credit institutions, insurance firms and the asset management industry. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Credit Institutions Supervision, responsible for overseeing the Central Bank's supervisory work for all banks and credit unions operating in Ireland. He joined the Central Bank in 2012 in the Banking Supervision area. Ed has more than 20 years' experience working in the financial services sector. His previous experience includes working for the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) leading the supervision of European banks operating in the UK; and a variety of risk management roles in Bank of Ireland and PwC. Ed has an MBA from Smurfit Business School, and a degree in Economics.
Chief Risk Officer, Aberdeen Standard Investments.
Gareth Murphy is Chief Risk Officer of Standard Life Aberdeen plc and Aberdeen Standard Investments. He joined Standard Life in January 2017 as Chief Risk Officer of Standard Life Investments and Deputy Group Chief Risk Officer. Previously, he spent six years as Director of Markets Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland. During that time, he was also a member of Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority and chair of its Investment Management Standing Committee. From 1995, Gareth spent thirteen years in the investment banking and hedge fund industries, initially at Long-Term Capital Management, then at JP Morgan where he was Co-Head of European Equity Flow Derivatives and then at Castlegrove Capital Management where he was a partner. This period is book-ended by two stints at the Bank of England where he started his career as an economist in 1992 and subsequently returned during the financial crisis in 2008. Gareth Murphy graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Mathematics and Economics. He holds a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.
President & CEO, The Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a public-private partnership whose mission is to promote and develop Toronto's financial services sector, and to establish its prominence as a leading global financial centre. Jennifer's 20-year career in the financial services industry has included senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and global risk management. Prior to joining TFSA, Jennifer was the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada's largest industry association and advocacy group for women in the financial sector. Jennifer is a Director on the Board of the Canada Development Investment Corporation ("CDEV") and was named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner (2015, 2017).
Director Corporate & Government Rating, S&P Global Ratings
Betsy R. Snyder is a Director in S&P Global Ratings Corporate Ratings group. She joined the company in 1990 and specializes in coverage of transportation companies, including aircraft lessors and the airline industry. She also works extensively on Structured Finance transactions related to her areas of specialization. Prior to joining S&P, Betsy was an equity research analyst for Merrill Lynch and L.F. Rothschild.
Managing Director, External Relations & Strategic Issues, TheCityUK
Gary Campkin, Managing Director, External Relations & Strategic Issues, has wide business experience with over 25 years working at the CBI, including 15 years as Head of the International Group, and as an independent consultant. He has led work on multilateral and bilateral trade and investment, government support for business overseas, CSR, human rights and globalisation issues. From 2013-2016 he was Director, International Strategy at TheCityUK until taking over this new role leading the organisation's UK, European and International work. Gary has extensive experience of international negotiations and delegations, governance and reputational issues. His leadership roles in international business organisations have included 8 years as Chairman of the Multinationals and Investment Committee of the Business, and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Director of Distribution, KBC Bank Ireland plc
Darragh is the Director of Distribution at KBC Bank Ireland where he leads the delivery of KBC's integrated omni-channel distribution across all physical and digital channels and is a member of the bank's senior leadership team. He joined KBC Bank Ireland in 2010 where he previously held positions of Director of Products and Director of Retail Recovery. Darragh has 20 years' experience in corporate finance and banking. He previously worked as Corporate Finance Director at Eisner Amper Ireland and has held various roles in retail, corporate and SME banking. A holder of a BA in Economics from University College Dublin (UCD), Darragh is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Associate Partner, Business Tax Advisory, EY
Petrina Smyth is an Associate Partner in EY's Financial Services Organisation, with more than 15 years' experience advising international financial institutions, investment funds and leasing companies on taxation. Her focus is on structured finance transactions and asset leasing, in particular aircraft leasing. Petrina's recent experience includes advising on the establishment and financing of aircraft leasing structures and aircraft investment platforms and on the disposal and acquisition of aircraft portfolios. Petrina has also advised on numerous securitisation transactions, including the securitisation of hire-purchase contracts, pan-European and Irish distressed debt and ABS transactions. Petrina is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford, and is qualified as a solicitor in Ireland and in England and Wales. She is also an Associate of the the Institute of Taxation in Ireland (AITI).
Managing Director, Frankfurt Main Finance
Väth is spearheading Frankfurt's push for Brexit business and the early successes enjoyed by the German city in this regard highlight the work being done by Väth and his team at Frankfurt Main Finance. He is also a founder of the World Alliance of International Finance Centers that aims to explore cross-fertilisation opportunities and facilitate cooperation between FCs.
CEO, Paris EUROPLACE
Arnaud de Bresson is Managing Director of Paris-EUROPLACE. M. de Bresson is the first chairman designated of the World Association of Financial Centres (WAIFC), a newly consituted body in 2018 to bring together international financial centre promotional bodies in common dialogue. He has served as the chief executive officer of Institut Europlace de Finance (IEF). He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the competitiveness division of Finance Innovation.
Chairman, 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".
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. See Patrick Young on Twitter
Business Development Manager, Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)
Dr. Edel O'Connor is the business development manager for the Irish Maritime Development Office at the Marine Institute. In recent years, Edel has led the strategic development of the national marine technology programme and SmartOcean initiative to 'marinise' Ireland's strengths across ICT and engineering into new areas of the blue economy. In this role, Edel has led the development of international partnerships across research and industry, supporting the growth of Ireland's reputation as a compelling place to do business in this sector. Edel has also been closely involved with the strategic development of actions associated with Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan -Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, and in particular led a number of highly successful events promoting Ireland's digital ocean opportunity.
Secretary General, AMICE Secretariat
Sarah Goddard is the secretary general of AMICE (the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe), a Brussels-based representative and advocacy body for the mutual and cooperative insurance industry across Europe which represents approximately 30% of insurance premiums in the region. Sarah Goddard has over 25 years' experience of the global re/insurance industry. Before joining DIMA, of which she became the first CEO more than 10 years ago, Sarah worked as Editor for the Global Reinsurance magazine and as International Bureau Chief for the Business Insurance magazine. She started her career at Lloyd's of London and graduated from the University of Manchester, UK.
CEO, Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn Bhd
Farah Jaafar-Crossby is the Chief Executive Officer of Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn Bhd (LIBFC Inc.), the official promotion and marketing agency for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) since January 2018. She assumed this role after more than three years as the Director of Market Intelligence and Strategic Communications, in LIBFC Inc. Farah was formerly attached to the Asian Institute of Finance and Bursa Malaysia, where she was involved in senior market development and strategic communications roles. She also managed the Association of Stock Broking Companies Malaysia, the industry lobby group representing Malaysian stockbrokers, allowing her a unique insight and hands on experience with issues surrounding multiple stakeholder management.
President and CEO, IBA Group Limited
Phil is President and CEO of global aviation consultancy International Bureau of Aviation. IBA is one of the leading authorities on commercial aircraft lease rates and aircraft valuations.
Head of Trading, CDB Aviation
John Leenane is Head of Trading at CDB Aviation. Mr. Leenane has extensive experience in the aircraft operating leasing industry and brings deep expertise to CDB Aviation's leadership team in areas such as lending, financing, trading, pricing, portfolio management, aircraft acquisition, and development of strategic relationships. Prior to CDB Aviation, Mr. Leenane was Regional Director, Europe & Asia - Financial Institutions Group at CIT Aerospace.
Contributing Editor, Aviation Finance
Joe is Contributing Editor, Aviation Finance, at: aviationfinance.aero the world-leading fortnightly publication on the financing and economics of air transport, and Director of Corporate Broking in Goodbody Stockbrokers.
Managing Director, Industrials/Consumer - Airlines, Cowen
Over a Wall Street career spanning 30 years Cowen MD Helane Becker has become renowned as a stand-out analyst in the airline and aircraft leasing sectors, with an unparalleled understanding of the dynamics of the business. Frequently ranked as top aviation analyst across the sector Becker's depth of experience shows through in her thought leadership and analysis of how the often complex variables of the aviation sector will play out.
Managing Director, ConsenSys
Kehoe, managing director of Consensys, is a strong advocate for leveraging DLT for financial services applications. He identifies compliance with the 'Know Your Customer' requirement of customer onboarding as a key area of promise for blockchain/DLT applications to ease the burden for financial institutions. Kehoe previously led Deloitte's EMEA Blockchain Lab.
Chief Executive Officer, Goshawk
In the space of just five years CEO Ruth Kelly has taken Goshawk Aviation from startup to a 'top 10' best-in-class, full-service aircraft leasing platform. Demonstrating innovation in its approach to both sides of the balance sheet, under Kelly's leadership Goshawk has emerged as one of the most creative and dynamic platforms in the aircraft leasing business today.
Managing Director, Aviation Financial Consultancy, DVB Bank
Kieran O'Keefe is a Managing Director and Head of the Aviation Financial Consultancy division of DVB Bank based in London. His current responsibilities include advising airlines and lessors on raising finance and developing new investor markets for aircraft financing. From 2011 to 2013 he was based in DVB's Singapore office covering Asia. Kieran has worked in the aviation and investment banking sectors for the past 29 years, involved primarily in the areas of structured finance, advisory and aircraft operating leasing. During that time he has completed financings for aircraft worth over 7.0 billion.