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Anne Keys from The Panel takes part in the 1st Annual ITAS Summit – #ITASIreland

Anne Keys from The Panel was delighted to take part in the first day of the ITAS Summit at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin 8. This two day event covers a range of topics currently in the news and of great relevance within the TA (Transfer Agency) industry.

Day 1

The day began with a talk by Detlef Glow (Head of EMEA Research, Lipper) on global fund distribution trends. He spoke of the growth in AUM and how 2015 had been a very positive year for funds so far.

This was followed by an interesting panel discussion on “The Future of Alternative Fund Administration and TA Services” and a great interview by Ghassan Hakim (CEO, Riva Financial Systems) with Pat Lardner (CEO, Irish Funds Industry Association). Lardner was questioned on the new branding for Irish Funds and industry insights.

The interview with Pat Lardner was followed by a critical look on the Funds industry by Dominic Hobson, Founder of COO Connect.  He spoke of the different layers of intermediation and the price of getting it wrong. How the industry needs to look at what it’s doing wrong and make improvements.

Just before the lunch break a panel discussing “Client Assets regime – What does this mean to investors and asset managers?” took to the stage.

After the lunch break Olivier Lens (Head of Funds & Investment Management at SWIFT) took to the stage with an international panel discussing “Fund Automation Initiatives”.

This was followed by the panel discussion where our own Managing Partner Anne Keys took part as a panellist. The topic was “Talent Pool in Ireland” and also included panellists such as Pierre-Yves Rahari (Senior VP – Head of Shareholder Services, PIMCO), Jenny Young (Director, Invest NI) and moderator Kieran Fox (Director – Business Development, IFIA). Anne spoke on how TA has moved up the value chain in terms of the fund servicing offering and how it’s seen as the hub of client services. The panellists all spoke on how companies should to open up to the benefits that versatility in employee backgrounds can have to their operations.  They also discussed what’s happening on the ground in Ireland in terms of Transfer Agency and how attracting and retaining top talent is key to further growth and success of your TA and funds business.

The afternoon saw a further panel discussing “Client Segmentation in the spotlight: How to bring the TA service offering to the next level” and a talk by Anand Ramachandran (Senior Director, Global Banking Solutions Practice at Oracle). He spoke on the topic of “Best practices for successful TA operations”.

The day was concluded by a hugely insightful talk by Jamie Woodruff, an ethical hacker on the topic of Cyber Security best practices”.

ITAS Ireland Summit 2015
ITAS Ireland Summit 2015
"Talent Pool in Ireland" panellists at the ITAS Ireland Summit 2015
“Talent Pool in Ireland” panellists at the ITAS Ireland Summit
Kieran Fox (IFIA), Anne Keys (The Panel), Pierre-Yves Rahari (PIMCO) and Jenny Young (InvestNI)
Kieran Fox (IFIA), Anne Keys (The Panel), Pierre-Yves Rahari (PIMCO) and Jenny Young (InvestNI)
Olivier Lens (SWIFT), Bernard Tancré (Clearstream), Jon Willis (Calastone) and Pablo Álvarez Lapena (Allfunds Bank SA)
Olivier Lens (SWIFT), Bernard Tancré (Clearstream), Jon Willis (Calastone) and Pablo Álvarez Lapena (Allfunds Bank SA)
"Talent Pool in Ireland" panellists at the ITAS Ireland Summit
“Talent Pool in Ireland” panellists at the ITAS Ireland Summit

To learn more about day 2 of the summit, follow @ITAS_Events and #ITASIreland on Twitter for all the most up-to-date commentary.