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The Panel sponsors Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2016

On Thursday 23rd June, the Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2016 took place in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 4. The Panel were delighted to be there and to be the official sponsors of the morning coffee break.

The annual Irish Funds Conference brings together participants from across the international investment funds community and sees industry leaders take to the stage to discuss current challenges and topics of interest.

The Panel Funds team were delighted to host the first coffee break of the day, prior to the CEO panel discussion and to meet with new and known contacts in the beautiful surroundings of the hotel.

Keynote speaker of the day was Minister of Finance, Mr Michael Noonan, TD.

Present from The Panel was; Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury), Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR), Kevin Adam (Recruitment Consultant, Funds) and Grace Leonard (Recruitment Consultant, IT & Business Change).

To find out more about Irish Funds click HERE.

Image via Alan Bluett
Image via Alan Bluett

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) and Padraig Kenny (MD, RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Ireland).

Images courtesy of Mal Convery (Marketing Executive, The Panel).

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GAIMOps and GAIM Amsterdam 2016

On Monday 20th of June, the three day conferences GAIM Ops and GAIM kicked off in Amsterdam. The Panel were delighted to be there and to participate to the line-up of speakers on both days.

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) together with Joanna Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) hosted two very interactive sessions on “How to win the war for talent”. The sessions focused on attracting and retaining talent in a competitive market, Wall Street V Silicon Valley and diversifying your talent pool. There were lively discussions on the millennials and over 45 talent pool. Anne and Joanna would like to thank all those who attended and for their contributions to these sessions.

On day two, Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury) took to the stage as a part of a panel discussion on Talent management. He was joined by Michael S.J. Hart, Distribution Head of Business Development/Deputy CEO at Amundi Alternative Investments and Thomas Hickey, Partner at Foley & Lardner.

The first keynote speaker at the event was former Minister of Finance of Greece, and Economist Yanis Varoufakis. To watch interview with him on the topic of “What is the social purpose of finance?” click HERE.

The second keynote speaker was Michael Woodford, the first CEO in history to become a whistle-blower of his own corporation.

This three day event gathers over 300 C-level alternative investing operations, due diligence and compliance experts is a key event on the annual Funds calendar and The Panel was delighted to be asked to be a part of it.

Click on the following links to learn more about the two conferences GAIM Ops and GAIM.

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) together with Joanne Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) [Image source: GAIM Conference]
Robert Lee (moderator), Thomas Hickey (Partner, Foley & Lardner), Alan Bluett (Partner, The Panel) and Michael Hart (Distribution Head of BD/Deputy CEO, Amundi Alternative Investments) [Image source: Paddy Governey]
Keynote speaker: Former Minister of Finance of Greece, and Economist Yanis Varoufakis [Image source: Paddy Governey]
Keynote speaker: Yanis Varoufakis
Anne Keys and Joanne Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) during boardroom session day 2. 
Keynote speaker: Michael Woodford, the first CEO in history to become a whistle-blower of his own corporation.
Fiona Treble (moderator), Elissa Kluever (Partner/MD, Omni Partners LLP), Samantha Bower (Head of Marketing & Investor Relations, M&G Investment Management Limited), Adi Divgi (President & CIO, EA Global LLC) and Noelle Tevis, MD, PVE Capital)

 

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GAIMOps and GAIM Amsterdam 2016

On Monday 20th of June, the three day conferences GAIM Ops and GAIM kicked off in Amsterdam. The Panel were delighted to be there and to participate to the line-up of speakers on both days.

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) together with Joanna Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) hosted two very interactive sessions on “How to win the war for talent”. The sessions focused on attracting and retaining talent in a competitive market, Wall Street V Silicon Valley and diversifying your talent pool. There were lively discussions on the millennials and over 45 talent pool. Anne and Joanna would like to thank all those who attended and for their contributions to these sessions.

On day two, Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury) took to the stage as a part of a panel discussion on Talent management. He was joined by Michael S.J. Hart, Distribution Head of Business Development/Deputy CEO at Amundi Alternative Investments and Thomas Hickey, Partner at Foley & Lardner.

The first keynote speaker at the event was former Minister of Finance of Greece, and Economist Yanis Varoufakis. To watch interview with him on the topic of “What is the social purpose of finance?” click HERE.

The second keynote speaker was Michael Woodford, the first CEO in history to become a whistle-blower of his own corporation.

This three day event gathers over 300 C-level alternative investing operations, due diligence and compliance experts is a key event on the annual Funds calendar and The Panel was delighted to be asked to be a part of it.

Click on the following links to learn more about the two conferences GAIM Ops and GAIM.

Anne Keys (Managing Partner, The Panel) together with Joanne Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) [Image source: GAIM Conference]
Robert Lee (moderator), Thomas Hickey (Partner, Foley & Lardner), Alan Bluett (Partner, The Panel) and Michael Hart (Distribution Head of BD/Deputy CEO, Amundi Alternative Investments) [Image source: Paddy Governey]
Keynote speaker: Former Minister of Finance of Greece, and Economist Yanis Varoufakis [Image source: Paddy Governey]
Keynote speaker: Yanis Varoufakis
Anne Keys and Joanne Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos) during boardroom session day 2. 
Keynote speaker: Michael Woodford, the first CEO in history to become a whistle-blower of his own corporation.
Fiona Treble (moderator), Elissa Kluever (Partner/MD, Omni Partners LLP), Samantha Bower (Head of Marketing & Investor Relations, M&G Investment Management Limited), Adi Divgi (President & CIO, EA Global LLC) and Noelle Tevis, MD, PVE Capital)

 

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PRMIA Event – 16th June with guest speaker John Fell

On Thursday 16th June PRMIA Ireland held its second event of 2016. Key note speaker was John Fell, Deputy Director General for Macro-Prudential Policy & Financial Stability in the ECB, Head of the Financial Stability Division and Editor of the ECB’s Financial Stability Review and chair or co-chair of a number of international working groups – including the Macroprudential Policy Group (MPPG), reporting to the ECB’s Financial Stability Committee (FSC), and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) task force on stress-testing.

The talk was insightful and hugely topical as Fell spoke about “Stress-testing, an ECB Decision Maker’s Viewpoint” and held an open discussion on the topic. 

John’s talk was followed by a Q&A session officiated by Alan Bluett (Partner, The Panel) and a reception afterwards to allow for networking.

Special thanks to Deloitte for kindly hosting the event.

John Fell speaking at PRMIA
PRIMIA audience

To learn more about PRIMIA Ireland click HERE. 

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PRMIA Event – 16th June with guest speaker John Fell

On Thursday 16th June PRMIA Ireland held its second event of 2016. Key note speaker was John Fell, Deputy Director General for Macro-Prudential Policy & Financial Stability in the ECB, Head of the Financial Stability Division and Editor of the ECB’s Financial Stability Review and chair or co-chair of a number of international working groups – including the Macroprudential Policy Group (MPPG), reporting to the ECB’s Financial Stability Committee (FSC), and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) task force on stress-testing.

The talk was insightful and hugely topical as Fell spoke about “Stress-testing, an ECB Decision Maker’s Viewpoint” and held an open discussion on the topic. 

John’s talk was followed by a Q&A session officiated by Alan Bluett (Partner, The Panel) and a reception afterwards to allow for networking.

Special thanks to Deloitte for kindly hosting the event.

John Fell speaking at PRMIA
PRIMIA audience

To learn more about PRIMIA Ireland click HERE. 

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The WXN Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Gala

On Thursday 16th June, The Panel was delighted to once again attend and host a table at the WXN (Women’s Executive Network) Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Gala Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin 4.

This annual award gala celebrates female business leaders from a variety of industries. The event was attended by 400+ attendees and The Panel was delighted to host a table at the event.

Speakers included a fascinating keynote from Mary Fitzgerald, an award winning foreign correspondent and a very inspirational interview between moderator Louise Kennedy (designer) and Breege O’Donoghue, Group Director of PRIMARK Ireland dressed from head to toe in Primark finest.

Many thanks to the organisers and sponsors for another great event.

Representing The Panel at the event was Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR) and Shauna Fox (Consultant, Legal & HR).

HSBC Corporate Executive Awards
HSBC Corporate Executive Awards Nominees
Breege O Donoghue Director, Primark Stores Limited being interviewed last night by Louise Kennedy

To learn more about WXN Ireland click HERE.

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The WXN Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Gala

On Thursday 16th June, The Panel was delighted to once again attend and host a table at the WXN (Women’s Executive Network) Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Gala Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin 4.

This annual award gala celebrates female business leaders from a variety of industries. The event was attended by 400+ attendees and The Panel was delighted to host a table at the event.

Speakers included a fascinating keynote from Mary Fitzgerald, an award winning foreign correspondent and a very inspirational interview between moderator Louise Kennedy (designer) and Breege O’Donoghue, Group Director of PRIMARK Ireland dressed from head to toe in Primark finest.

Many thanks to the organisers and sponsors for another great event.

Representing The Panel at the event was Anne Keys (Managing Partner), Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR) and Shauna Fox (Consultant, Legal & HR).

HSBC Corporate Executive Awards
HSBC Corporate Executive Awards Nominees
Breege O Donoghue Director, Primark Stores Limited being interviewed last night by Louise Kennedy

To learn more about WXN Ireland click HERE.

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The Panel sponsors the Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2016

On Thursday 23rd June, Anne Keys and the funds & investment management team at The Panel are delighted to attend and sponsor the morning coffee at the Irish Funds Annual Funds Conference at The InterContinental Hotel, Dublin 4.

The conference attracts delegates from the international investment funds community and highlights the topics that are currently in the news. It allows industry professionals from a wide variety of businesses to come together, network and listen to top class speakers from the world of investment and funds.

The full agenda is available for download on the right hand side of this screen.

Speakers include:

Alan O’Sullivan, Chairman & CEO Legg Mason Inc

David Wright, Partner, Flint-Global, ex Secretary General IOSCO

Sven Gentner, Head of Unit Asset Management, European Commission

Gareth Murphy, Director of Markets Supervision, Central Bank of Ireland

Verena Ross, Executive Director, ESMA

Leonard NG, Sidley Austin LLP

And many more …

To register for the event

For more information about Irish Funds

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The Panel to speak at GAIMOps & GAIM Amsterdam Conference 2016

On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June, 2016 the GAIMOps conference & GAIM conference is taking place in Amsterdam. This annual event sees a gathering of some of Europe’s leading C-Level Alternative Investment, Due Diligence and Compliance experts meet and network. The event hosts an array of industry professionals that shares their insights and research to attendees.

The Panel is delighted to announce that two of our senior partners are speaking at the events.

Anne Keys, Managing Partner will speak at the GAIMOps conference on both days, on the topic of “The latest trends in recruiting and retaining top talent”. She is hosting the boardroom session together with Joanna Thompson de Colonges (International Marketing Funds Consultant, and Paris Chair of 100Women in Hedge Funds, TMS Arktos.

Monday 20th (13:45 – 14:45) – Track 1: Talent Management & Fee Structures

Tuesday 21st (16.05– 16.55) – Track 1: Operational Risks & Boards & Talent Management

Alan Bluett, Partner (Banking & Treasury) will speak at the GAIMS conference on the second day, taking part in the panel discussing “New structures, concepts and initiatives in Fund structures that will continue to morph the alternatives industry”.  Alan will be the third speaker of the panel and will cover the topic of “Talent Management: it’s now firmly back on the Executive’s agenda. What are the macro and micro impacts of attracting, securing and retaining talent? How do we keep the Financial Services industry attractive to the new millennials?

Tuesday 21st (09:00am – 09:45am)

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We will cover the event on social media and here on our website, so keep an eye out throughout the 3 day event.

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For more information on this event or for the agenda visit the GAIMOps /GAIM Amsterdan website

Anne Keys hosting panel discussion at GAIMOps Ireland Conference, 21st October 2015.
Alan Bluett speaking at PRIMIA Ireland event
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Interview Dress Code – What works for women

Nicola Thorp, the receptionist who was sent home from PwC in London (by outsourcing firm Portico) because she refused to wear ‘2-4 inch heels’ has caught the attention of the wider corporate world in recent weeks. The incident has raised debate and has forced a number of companies to review their expectation around dress code in the workplace. So with this topic filtering down to ‘watercooler talk’ we’ve found that the ‘heel’ incident has also raised some questions amongst our female candidates around ‘appropriate dress’ for interviews. Are there rules? If so what are they? And how ‘rigid’ are they?

First Impressions Count

We all know that having the technical skills set, an impressive academic record and excellent knowledge of your chosen industry goes a long way to helping you secure the next step in your career – but time and time again we are reminded by our clients that presentation at interview is crucial. Our clients, regardless of industry (financial services, fintech, technology, pharma, professional services etc.) expect that any candidate (male or female) who is arriving for interview make a positive impression upon entering the room.

Why?

Well firstly it shows that you’re making an effort to impress the interviewers (a given), but secondly and most importantly, it demonstrates that you’ll make the same effort to impress their clients should you get the job. This is of critical importance if you are interviewing for a client facing role.  Companies want to make sure they are hiring people who will represent them appropriately at client meetings, networking events, industry conferences etc. So taking note of how a potential employee presents themselves at interview is high on the check list when assessing potential employees.

What if you’re interviewing for a non-client facing role?

Same applies. At interview, you still need to turn up looking smart and professional. 

Does the industry/profession, or level of role make a difference to what you should wear?

In a nutshell, yes. As a rule of thumb, the more traditional professions such as law, accountancy, banking, compliance etc. will expect that all candidates (men and women), regardless of level, arrive at interview very well presented.  So we advise that you stick to what you know works: wear a smart, well cut suit.

And while is true that most technology or pharmaceutical companies offer their employees the option of casual dress in the day job (jeans/runners/t-shirts etc), it’s still very much the case that at interview stage they want their potential employees to make an effort with their appearance. Again, stick to the suit unless otherwise stated.

There are always exceptions of course, and with the ever expanding number of technology and creative organisations recruiting across the city these exceptions are on the increase.

If your meeting has been set up by a recruitment firm, ask them what the dress code for the interview is if you are unsure. By way of example, we had Senior Lawyers (male and female) interviewing for a General Counsel position at an international gaming company and we were advised by the client to tell all candidates ‘not to wear a suit’. This was unconventional for such a senior legal role, but the client really wanted the lawyer to reflect the casual, ‘start-up’ culture of the company. They felt a suit was too formal for their environment (even at interview stage).

Key points to consider when deciding what to wear to interview:

  • Stick to what’s tried and tested – wear a full suit if you are interviewing for roles in the following areas: accountancy, legal, finance, funds, banking, treasury, compliance etc.
  • There are no set rules around wearing heels, but if you think they look better with your outfit, then wear them. Otherwise wear smart flats that reflect your profession and industry.
  • Smart trouser/skirt suits work well, as do dresses with a well cut, tailored jacket  
  • Hair and make-up? Keep it simple, but a well-groomed and neat appearance will leave a stronger professional impression
  • As we know, the choice of accessories can really make or break a look. If you’re interviewing for a very senior role, a subtle and understated approach might be best. But if you feel you want to show your creative side, then go for a statement piece of jewellery or an edgy scarf that complements your outfit. Use common sense here, and know your audience!
  • Finally avoid overdoing perfume, and if you’re a smoker, try not to have a cigarette just before you go into the interview. Nothing masks the smell of smoke unfortunately.

If you’re currently interviewing for a new role, or hope to be interviewing over the next few months, we hope these pointers will help you. Once you feel comfortable that you’re presenting yourself to your highest potential, it’s what you wear in attitude and confidence that really makes the difference!

Best of luck!

Sarah Kelly,

Partner (Legal & HR)

Thank you Rebecca Quigley, Stylist, for sourcing the images. For more information on Rebecca’s blog and stylist services visit her blog.