Guernsey: Guernsey Funds Forum 2013 Goes Back To The Future
Last Updated: 1 March 2013

This year's Guernsey Funds Forum in London will examine the future shape of the global funds industry and ask whether the return of investor confidence will change the dynamics of the sector.

The event will be held at the Grange St Paul's Hotel in London on Thursday 2 May and will culminate in a keynote debate featuring industry experts Nigel Vooght, PwC's Global Financial Services Leader and head of its future- focused initiative ' Project Blue', and Better Capital's Jon Moulton. The debate and the preceding panel sessions will be moderated by ITV News Anchor, Alastair Stewart.

Fiona Le Poidevin, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance - the promotional agency for the Island's finance industry, said: "The Guernsey Funds Forum continues to develop year on year and has become a must-attend event in the calendar of many key investment fund decision makers in London. This year we will once again be showcasing Guernsey's offering through some thought leadership discussions on the future of the funds industry globally.

"Nigel Vooght and Jon Moulton's debate on the future of the global funds industry promises to be a fascinating conclusion to the day. We are also very pleased to have Alastair Stewart moderating the event for what will be the fourth consecutive year. His professionalism, knowledge and authority ensure that the speakers get to the heart of the matters at hand and the audience is given an opportunity to have their say. This will be particularly evident this year as delegates will be able to voice their opinions via handheld interactive voting systems. These devices will be used for each panel session and the keynote debate."

The Guernsey Funds Forum 2013, titled 'Back to the Future', is taking place from 1pm, starting with registration and lunch and concluding with a networking drinks reception at 5.45pm.

The main forum content will begin with a panel session, 'Investor relations and influence', which will examine how managers need to keep pace with the evolving investor mindset, the key risks for investors and the changing factors in successful fundraising.

Panellists for this first session will include Darren Winder, Head of Economics and Strategy at Oriel Securities; John Daghlian, Partner at O'Melveny & Myers and Adam Turtle, Partner at Rede Partners.

The second session, 'Regulation - the bigger picture', will look at how regulation will affect the investor landscape, adopting successful strategies to deal with new regulation and who will bear the cost of state-directed capitalism.

Confirmed panellists for this session include Tim Hames, Director of Policy and Research at the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA); Carl Rosumek, Director of Investment Business at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC), and Nigel Farr, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

As well as the conference, there will also be an exhibition of Guernsey service providers, including the Island's leading fund administrators, custodians, multi-jurisdictional legal practices and global accountancy firms.

The event is hosted by Guernsey Finance in conjunction with the Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA).

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