Leading funds experts are to put the future of
'offshore' under the microscope at next month's
Guernsey Funds Forum in London.
ITV news anchor Alastair Stewart OBE will host the Guernsey
Funds Forum 2010 which will take place at the Grange St. Pauls
Hotel on Wednesday 26th May.
The half-day conference and exhibition is titled 'Flight to
Quality' and will see Guernsey and UK funds experts tackling
the key issues facing the industry in the wake of the global
financial crisis and the aftermath of the British General
The conference programme incorporates the sessions
'Transparency' including Bridget Barker from Macfarlanes,
'Distribution' with Scott Cochrane of Herbert Smith and
'Alternatives' featuring Jon Moulton, Better Capital.
Other speakers include: Kimberly Tara, Chief Executive Officer
of FourWinds Capital Management; Morten Spenner, Chief Executive
Officer of International Asset Management; Jonathan Hooley,
Chairman of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX); and Carl
Rosumek, Deputy Director of Investment Business at the Guernsey
Financial Services Commission (GFSC).
Peter Niven, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance – the
promotional agency for the Island's finance industry, said:
"The speakers at this year's Guernsey Funds Forum are of a
very high calibre. I am extremely confident that with these experts
and Alastair Stewart chairing the sessions we will get to the very
heart of the important issues and latest developments affecting the
future of the 'offshore' funds industry in the wake of the
global financial crisis and the result of the British General
"The interactive nature of the event also makes it an
excellent chance for Guernsey and UK delegates to not just hear
from the panellists but also raise questions and put across their
views, as well as being able to take advantage of the networking
As well as the conference, there will also be an exhibition of
Guernsey service providers, including the Island's leading fund
administrators, custodians, legal practices and accountancy firms.
The event is being supported by the Association of Investment
Companies (AIC) and one of the speakers will be Director General,
Mr Sayers said: "The funds industry globally has had a
tough time during the last year to 18 months and there remain
challenging issues which need to be addressed, particularly in
relation to so-called 'offshore' centres. The Guernsey
Funds Forum provides an ideal opportunity to take stock of where we
stand and look into the crystal ball at what the future might hold
for the funds industry."
Mr Niven added: "In the face of such uncertainties it is
important for us to remind business introducers that Guernsey still
offers great opportunities as a fund domicile and we will take
every step possible to ensure that it continues to do so in the
"In particular, we have an environment that is well-suited
to alternative and more esoteric asset classes of funds. The
quality of our leading service providers and professional advisers,
robust yet pragmatic regulation and high standards of corporate
governance means we have an offering in the market that is
unsurpassed by our competitors."
The Guernsey Funds Forum takes place on Wednesday
26th May 2010 at the Grange St. Pauls Hotel, 10 Godliman
Street, London, EC4V 5AJ. For more information about delegate,
exhibition and sponsorship opportunities contact Fiona Murray at
Orchard Events email@example.com.
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