FCSDUBLIN2018, the Mission Statement

Conferences, seminars and summits have always sought to make a difference to the lives of their participants and in the futures of the collectives whose concerns and welfare they are about. Really valuable conferences produce real and lasting results – and this is what FCSDUBLIN2018 is all about.

FCSDUBLIN2018 will address key dilemmas now being faced by the global financial services industry. The speakers focussed on these global issues will be challenged to find answers to these and other questions.

In FCSDUBLIN2018 the key Dilemmas to be addressed will include the following five questions:

  • In Aviation Finance, is there too much capital trying to get in? How can Chinese capital be integrated as a stabilising factor?

  • In Financial Regulation, can the destabilising potentials of fintech be managed?

  • In Investment Funds and Asset Management, can the industry deliver new products in the next 10 years that will address the problems of cost, the pursuit of beta, and wider and more democratic distribution?

  • In Global Financial Centres, after Brexit, can EU 27 continue to progress as a single FS and Capital market? And what will be needed for it to do so?

  • And in FS Marketing and Product Development Strategy, can financial services globally deliver in the context of a bigger world economy in 2025 and beyond without triggering a new financial crisis of the scale seen in 2007-8?

Each of these themes address real dilemmas which require real answers. And this approach will not just apply to the big questions, it will be used across the board in respect of every issue addressed. FCSDUBLIN2018 will not be a talking shop ... it will be a workshop.

That's why we're describing our October 2nd pre Summit events in Dublin Castle as 'Master Class Workshops'. In Blockchain, for example, one of the pioneers of DLT, Professor Michael Mainelli, will moderate an afternoon session examining potential applications in areas of direct interest to IFS companies in Dublin - from aircraft leasing, derivatives and banking to speciality insurance and funds. This is a science-based and evidence-based approach that will apply to all sessions of the Summit.

The programme will also feature individual case studies of success. We will explore, for example, how increasingly granular data is enabling custodians to deliver better inputs to produce superior performance for asset managers, how work at the coalface in derivatives is laying the groundwork for global markets that can develop beyond the silos of individual jurisdictions and analogous developments in areas such as aircraft securitisation, airline treasury and capital markets planning, insurance, pensions and big data – how it is affecting areas such as cat risk, and money market funds, ETFs, and Exchanges.

FCSDUBLIN2018 will bring these discussions together in an easily manageable format for delegates – with the one plenary session on the morning of October 3rd, then dividing into two great streams, the Financial Centres Conference, Dublin, 2018 and the Aviation Finance Conference, 2018, at FCSDUBLIN2018. Both will feed into, and from, the Masterclass Workshops held on October 2nd.

Conference luncheon, in the Hibernia Conference Centre in the Upper Castle Yard at Dublin Castle, will provide one of many opportunities for delegates to network at the Summit. The venue, one the country's most iconic, underscores the significance of Dublin's deep roots as a financial centre. It reminds us that IFS in Ireland did not start in 1987 with the establishment of the IFSC but goes right back to the 'Magna Carta Hiberniae' of the 1200s, a charter still extant in modern Irish law.

Our mission, above all, is to ensure that FCSDUBLIN2018 is a valuable conference that will produce real and lasting results for you and your company. We look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Ken O'Brien
Finance Dublin and Aviation Finance