held in association with Nicsa in june, panel discussions, round-tables and speeches will focus on global asset management
The Dublin Funds Industry Association (DFIA) is to hold its sixth annual Global Funds Conference from 3-5 June at Dublin Castle.
Held in association with National Investment Company Services Association (Nicsa), ' the DFIA's US counterpart ' the conference brings together people from all sides of the fund management industry ' from professional advisers to banks and fund managers ' to discuss the problems and opportunities in financial services.
There will be panel discussions and round-table forums as well as keynote addresses, focusing on global asset management and how companies are adapting to changes.
International Investment will compile the official conference supplement to be available in the June edition. The conference is sponsored by some of the biggest names in the financial services industry and this year is expected to attract 300 delegates ' the maximum attendance capacity.
'While markets are depressed, people are keen to find new opportunities,' said Niamh Marshall, partner at KPMG in Dublin and chairperson of the DFIA's conference committee.
'Despite the decline in the equity markets, the industry is still strong and it is continuing to grow,' she added.
The conference will be opened by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the National Gallery of Ireland on 3 June. The rest of the conference will continue in Dublin Castle the following two days.
Following a talk by Jeffrey Holland, chairman of the DFIA, there will be a keynote address by Lindsay Tomlinson, chief executive of Barclays Global Investors Europe.
The topics covered on the first day will include distribution of financial services products and the implications of regulatory changes in Europe, especially the impact of Ucits 3. The perennial topic of hedge funds will make a come-back, this time in a discussion about investment in the asset type by high net worth individuals, pension funds and the looming impact of a growing retail market. The following day will focus on broad industry issues ' from a 'state of the industry' round table, featuring high-profile chief executives, to the effects of industry consolidation and global asset allocation strategies.
The DFIA, set up in 1991, represents the fund industry in Ireland, with custodian banks, administrators, managers, transfer agents, fund promoters and professional advisory firms involved in the international fund services industry in Ireland, among its members.
Nicsa has a mandate to provide educational services and information exchange between the various sections of the global investment industry. The joint conference was established to continue promoting the strong relationship between Ireland and the US. Many of the larger institutions which arrived in Dublin tended to be American firms, although there is a strong European presence. The conference has since attracted interest from financial institutions in several Central European nations.
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