Finance industry professionals will explore the future direction of the funds industry and the role of the offshore market at the annual funds conference hosted and organised by Jersey Finance in London next month.

One of the event highlights will be a panel debate facilitated by John Humphrys, from BBC Radio Four’s flagship ‘Today’ programme, in which speakers at the event will examine issues such as comparisons between onshore and offshore domiciles, an assessment of where, why and how fund managers are setting up as the financial markets realign themselves after the economic fallout and the implications of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFM) Directive, a key piece of EU legislation.
 
Geoff Cook, the CEO of Jersey Finance will open the conference, before introducing a heavyweight panel of guest speakers. The first session will be delivered by David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, who will provide an overview of recent economic events and a look towards the future as the global economy begins to recover from deep recession.
 
Presentations will follow from Neill Nuttall, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Global Multi-Asset Group at J.P. Morgan in London who will discuss the global outlook for investors and the strategies to mitigate risk; Simon Burgess, Head of EMEA Real Estate Fund Services, State Street Global Services, Jersey, who will explain why the global firm has made a major investment in Jersey and highlight some of the advantages of the jurisdiction; and Brendan McMahon, Partner, Global Asset Management Private Equity Leader, PwC Channel Islands, who will review the implications of the AIFM Directive for the private equity industry and will discuss how Jersey is responding and the opportunities that have been created.
 
A question and answer session will follow the panel debate and Nigel Strachan, Chairman of the Jersey Funds Association, will close the conference before inviting delegates to break for an evening reception and networking session.
 
Geoff Cook explained:‘Jersey’s flag ship funds conference provides us with an important opportunity to talk to the fund’s professionals within the City whose decisions impact on the success of Jersey’s funds industry. Regulatory changes have thrown up new opportunities and we shall be assessing these for the funds sector in both the European and new emerging markets and pinpointing the role Jersey plays. We will outline why asset managers rate Jersey highly and continue to choose it for their funds business.
 
Naturally we intend to consider the AIFM Directive and  its impact but we will also assess other key issues that will alter the alternative investment funds landscape in both the long and short term.’
 
Jersey Finance’s 6th Annual London Funds Debate takes place on Wednesday 6th April, at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square with the exhibition and registration beginning at 3.30 p.m and the conference starting at 4.30 p.m.  
 
For a full programme please visit: https://www.jerseyfinance.je/Events/Jersey-Finance-Events/Annual-London-Funds-Debate/  and to register as a delegate please contact claire.wilby@jerseyfinance.je.
 
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