The impact of Brexit on the European alternative funds landscape and details of a new fund platform for Jersey have been added to the agenda for the Jersey Finance London Funds Conference this month.


Jonathan de Lance-Holmes, Partner at Linklaters, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the event, due to take place on Tuesday 21 March, offering a high-level view of how Brexit is likely to impact the UK asset management and wider European alternative fund industry. Jonathan is a senior partner in the firm’s Investment Management group and has more than 25 years’ experience working on private equity and other alternative funds.


Also joining the line-up is Deborah Lloyd, who became Chairman of the Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) at the beginning of the year. Deborah will participate in a panel session exploring evolution within the alternative fund arena alongside fellow panellists Tim Morgan, Partner at Mourant Ozannes and Vice Chair of the Jersey Funds Association; John Maxey, Tax Partner at Deloitte; and Mike Jones, Director of Policy at the Jersey Financial Services Commission. During that session, attendees will also get to hear further details about the new Jersey Private Fund platform, launched this week.


Meanwhile, also confirmed as speakers at this year’s Conference are Jonathan Pugh-Smith, Legal Counsel at Bregal Investments LLP; James Duffield, Director at Aztec Group; Robert Mellor, UK Asset Management Tax Leader at PwC; Jane Pearce, Managing Director at Vistra; and Rob Milner, Partner at Carey Olsen.


Last month it was announced that Jonathan Bullock, a director of the Softbank Vision Fund, said to be the largest fund in the world with up to US$100 billion to invest in the global technology sector over the next five years, would be speaking at the event, along with broadcaster Nick Robinson and behavioural economist and award-winning Financial Times columnist Tim Harford.


Geoff Cook, CEO, Jersey Finance, said: “Jersey’s funds industry strives to be at the cutting edge of the alternatives sector, and with that in mind having the opportunity to hear from some real trailblazers in our industry at our Conference this year is fantastic. There’s no doubt that Brexit is featuring highly on the agendas of managers at the moment, whilst with Jersey positioned squarely as the leading IFC for international property fund structuring, I’m delighted to welcome the recently appointed Chair of AREF to our conference.”


Mike Byrne, Chairman Jersey Funds Association, added: “This event also gives us a prime opportunity to showcase Jersey’s latest innovation in its regulatory framework, the Jersey Private Fund. Whilst this new structure is anticipated to give managers and investors in all asset classes greater choice and a much simpler and streamlined regime, its launch also demonstrates that Jersey is serious about its commitment to innovation in the global alternatives industry.”


The half-day conference, which has ran since 2001, is being held at the award-winning 8 Northumberland Avenue. Starting from 12.30pm, it will include a networking lunch, afternoon tea, and post-conference drinks. For more information visit or book now here