More than 500 people attended the Guernsey Funds Forum 2015 in
London last week.
Held at the new etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate, the Forum was
hosted by ITV
news anchor, Alastair Stewart, OBE, and the keynote speech was
delivered by Guernsey resident and private equity specialist Guy
Hands, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Terra Firma
Capital Partners Limited.
Dominic Wheatley, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance, said he
was delighted with the number and quality of attendees, as well as
the content of the sessions.
"The event allows us to reinforce and build upon our key
relationship with the City of London so to have attracted such an
impressive number of delegates is hugely encouraging for the funds
industry in Guernsey," said Mr Wheatley.
"It was fascinating to listen to Guy – a highly
respected individual in the investment community and a long-time
supporter of Guernsey's fund industry – give the audience
a real insight into his view of the future for private equity. His
call for a return to the traditional values of private equity
resonated with many in the hall. The panel sessions that followed
Guy were equally compelling and allowed for a really informative
debate between the speakers and delegates."
Among the delegates was Jim Miller from Somerset Capital,
who said the event had been very constructive.
"I was really impressed with Guy Hands and it was good to
get a refresher on what the private equity industry is up to and
what the main issues are facing GPs," said Mr Miller.
Daniel Venn, Head of Fund Administration at BC Partners,
and Lauren Dunford, Senior Associate at Clifford Chance, were similarly impressed.
"The speakers were fantastic, very insightful. The panels
were very good, well executed and very well put together. The
emphasis on regulation and the way investors are focussing on due
diligence is a key thing for the industry at the moment," said
Ms Dunford said: "It was good to see a cross-section of
people speaking on the panels. One of the things I found most
encouraging was the general mood of the panels and audience which
seemed more upbeat than conferences of recent years since the sea
change in European regulation. They were much more positive about
the future of the industry and Guernsey's position within
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