Final speakers line-up confirmed for Channel Islands Funds Forum

Posted: 24/08/2017

Patricia VolhardWith just over a month to go to the Channel Islands’ largest funds event, BL Events has announced the final speaker line-up.

The Channel Islands Funds Forum: A Sharper Focus is produced in partnership with PwC, sponsored by Appleby, JTC Fund Services and Optimus Group, and supported by Altair, Puritas and Rossborough Professional Risks.

It will take place from 11am to 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 September at the Radisson Blu in St Helier. It will be preceded by a presentation from Preqin on the global alternative assets industry and where the Channel Islands sit in that landscape; and will be followed by drinks and the opportunity to network. 

As in previous years, the conference will bring together leading funds practitioners from the Channel Islands and beyond to discuss the challenges, opportunities and issues that are dominating the funds space right now. 

The full speaker line-up is as follows:
• Emma Bailey, Director, Investment Supervision and Policy Division, Guernsey Financial Services Commission
• Amy Bensted, Head of Hedge Funds, Preqin 
• Mark Boleat, Deputy Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
• Amy Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, Jersey Finance 
• Mike Byrne, Chairman, Jersey Funds Association 
• Tom Carr, Head of Real Assets Products, Preqin
• Lisa Cawley, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, London
• Gavin Farrell, Partner, Ferbrache & Farrell, Guernsey
• Christopher Griffin, Counsel, Carey Olsen, Jersey
• Michael Johnson, Head of Fund Services, Intertrust 
• Mike Jones, Director of Policy, Jersey Financial Services Commission
• Niamh Lalor, Partner, Ogier, Jersey
• Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO, The International Stock Exchange
• Gurpreet Manku, Assistant Director General, BVCA
• Robert Mellor, Tax Partner, PwC, London
• Adam Moorshead, Managing Director - Guernsey, JTC Group
• Cathy Pitt, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
• Ben Robins, Partner, Mourant Ozannes, Jersey
• Paul Smith, Chair, Guernsey Investment Funds Association
• Scott Spencer, Senior Investment Manager, Ravenscroft Investment Management, Jersey
• Patricia Volhard (pictured), Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
• Andrew Weaver, Partner, Appleby, Jersey
• Dominic Wheatley, Chief Executive, Guernsey Finance 
• Paul Wilkes, Group Partner, Collas Crill, Guernsey

On confirming the final speaker list, Carl Methven, CEO of BL Global said: “We’re always humbled by the calibre of the speakers who are willing to give their time to take part in this conference. Their views and insights are what always makes for a fascinating and thought-provoking day.”

The conference will comprise a variety of sessions and panels covering a wide range of subjects, as follows:
• A round-up of what’s happened in Guernsey and Jersey’s funds industries in the previous year 
• The global geopolitical landscape and its impact on funds
• A panel of experts from outside the Channel Islands give their take on the funds industries in Guernsey and Jersey. 
• The Channel Islands respond – following on from the previous session, funds practitioners respond to the points raised 
• An examination of where the funds industry will be gaining business from in the coming year 
• What next for funds? What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the coming year? 

Delegate places for the full conference (including Preqin presentation and networking drinks) are available at £395 – discounts are available on block bookings. For those wishing to only attend the Preqin seminar, the ticket price is £40. Up to 6.5 hours of CPD are available depending on the sessions attended.

For more information on the schedule and to book tickets, visit the dedicated website or email Carl Methven at

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