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Join us on Tuesday 19 March for our first Funds Focus London event for 2024, which will look at Democratisation – The Changing Face of Private Markets.

As the movement towards broadening the investor base for private assets continues, our panel of industry experts will explain what to expect, as private investors enter the market.

This event is ideal for investors, managers, advisers, and service providers – to get up to date with the latest news and trends.


Nicola Le Brocq › Director – Funds and Corporate, UK, Jersey Finance
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Born in Jersey, Nicola has a strong regulatory background having spent over six years at the Jersey Financial Services Commission – working in Securities supervision, authorisation and enforcement – before moving into industry in investment gatekeeper and regulatory consultancy roles.  During the last seven years, Nicola’s London based roles for two global financial technology companies saw her concentrate on regulatory technology solutions as a product and market specialist working extensively with Alternative Investment Managers in the UK and US.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith Managing Director, AIMA

Nick Smith joined AIMA in February 2017 and is the Managing Director, Private Credit for AIMA’s private credit affiliate, the Alternative Credit Council (ACC). His role focuses on public policy and regulatory issues affecting private credit managers as well as the ACC’s active research and events programme. Nick has 10+ years of experience in public affairs having previously worked in advocacy roles for the retail, banking and asset finance sectors. Nick has a degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester and Chairs the networking group Labour in the City.

Stuart Pinnington

Stuart Pinnington Head of Alternative Assets, IQ-EQ

Stuart is an experienced director having held various global board positions for over 12 years and worked in financial services for 20+ years. He previously worked as a funds lawyer in the City and the Caribbean; he also qualified as a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. He has worked for a global fund administration business initially as jurisdictional MD then as part of the group management board leading the group’s international funds division.

Marie Fitzpatrick

Marie Fitzpatrick ICS Head of Client Experience - Fund Services, JTC

Marie is based in JTC’s London office and has over 25 years’ experience in global funds, including experience in private equity accounting. Marie was appointed Head of Client Experience for ICS in 2024, where she is responsible for overseeing client experience across the global ICS network, ensuring that clients have a positive interaction with JTC, understanding client needs and their challenges. Marie has also played a leading role in building and maintaining intermediary relationships and growing organic new business in the fund and corporate services markets with a particular mandate on developing JTC’s global private equity offering. Before joining JTC, Marie held a senior position at Langham Hall where she had responsibility for growing new business across Europe. Prior to this, Marie spent 11 years working for two prestigious private equity firms. Marie is also a qualified certified chartered accountant and Fellow member of the ACCA.

Robert Mellor

Robert Mellor Partner & UK Alternatives Markets Leader, PwC

Rob has over 35 years of experience advising clients within the asset management (“AM”) sector. Rob began his tax career at HMRC before joining PwC in November 1998. Rob is responsible for a number of Private Asset focused AM clients advising on issues such as Fund, House and Investor issues including tax authority investigations, M&A deals, Transfer Pricing and Reward (carry, co-investment, ownership structures) as well as overall Operating Model design and governance. Rob has worked on a number of Funds structured for HNWI and worked with Private Banks and Wealth Managers to structure aggregator structures into Alternative Investment Fund structures. Rob is in the global PwC Editorial Board for AM Industry thought leadership pieces ranging from AM 2020” (issued in 2014) and the recently issued “Embracing Exponential Change” series and for the last 5 years has led PwC’s sponsorship of Funds Congress.

Russell Kelly

Russell Kelly Head of KIG Advisory, KPMG

Russell leads the Advisory function across the KPMG Islands Group encompassing Crown Dependencies, Bermuda, Cayman, Bahamas and Malta, focusing on Deal Advisory Services. He leads engagement teams across a number of prominent clients and sectors, including the finance sector encompassing asset management, insurance and banking. Russell’s Deal Advisory experience consists of acquisition and vendor due diligence, together with public company transactions, mainly focused on UK and US exchanges. Public company transactions undertaken include a significant number of LSE Main Market AIM IPO’s of Isle of Man, Cayman and BVI entities, and restructuring of AIM quoted entities. Russell has also undertaken a number of engagements in the asset management sector in jurisdictions (including Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Switzerland and Gibraltar) on behalf of private equity owners in both a due diligence and lead advisory role.

Dilmun Leach

Dilmun Leach Group Partner, Walkers

Dilmun Leach is a member of Walkers' Jersey Investment Funds & Corporate practice group in Jersey, advising on a range of funds, corporate and regulatory matters. Dilmun’s funds practice involves the establishment and restructuring of investment funds in a range of asset classes including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, CLOs/debt, and open-ended hedge funds. He advises on the establishment and licencing of fund managers and investment advisers in Jersey, and setting up various fund satellite vehicles including carry and co-investment vehicles, and alternative investment and securitisation vehicles.


Grant Thornton Limited is a Channel Islands practice and is a member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the world’s leading international organisations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. We are an owner managed business and have been operating in Guernsey and Jersey for more than 40 years.

Our Financial Services Group assist businesses that operate in an increasingly complex and heavily regulated environment. Grant Thornton’s multi-disciplinary Financial Services Group uses its deep knowledge of the sector to provide robust, independent and professional advice on today’s most important issues.

We provide services to clients across the whole of the industry, and our expertise covers:

  • Audit and Assurance
  • Tax
  • Restructuring, Liquidations and Recovery & Re-organisation
  • Advisory including Risk Assurance, Data Analytics, ESG and Regulatory consulting
  •  Business Risk
  • Transactional Advisory Services




8.30 am

Registration and Welcome Reception



  • Nicola Le Brocq, Business Development Director – Funds, UK, Jersey Finance
9.00 am
9.05 am


  • Nick Smith, Managing Director, AIMA

Panel Discussion

9.15 am
10.00 am

Q&A with


Closing Remarks


10.05 am
10.10 am



Event Ends

11.00 am