Speakers announced for Channel Islands Funds Forum

Posted: 11/09/2018

With just over two weeks to go to the Channel Islands Funds Forum, BL Events has announced that several funds industry hard-hitters will be joining this year’s speaker line-up.

The Channel Islands Funds Forum – ‘Untangling Complexities in Challenging Times’ – is produced in partnership with Appleby, sponsored by Butterfield and Optimus Group, and supported by Altair, Puritas and Rossborough Professional Risks.

It will take place from 9am-3pm on Wednesday 26 September at the Hotel de France in St Saviour's Road, St Helier. 

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. 

The speaker line-up for the event is as follows:
• Bridget Barker, Executive Director, Corporate and Funds, Zedra
• Pippa Davidson, Managing Director, Praxis Fund Services (Jersey)
• David Christmas, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London)
• Andrew Harding, Group Partner, Appleby
• Michael Johnson, Head of Fund Services, Intertrust in the Channel Islands
• Barry McClay, Chief Operating Officer, Ipes
• David Miller, Executive Director, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
• Peter Mills, Director and Founder, Optimus Group
• Jean-Paul Peters, Head of Funds Banking (Guernsey), RBS International
• John Riva, Senior Partner, KPMG Channel Islands
• Lisa Springate, Head of Technical, Jersey Finance
• Andrew Weaver, Partner, Appleby

Confirming the 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.” 

Andrew Weaver from Appleby commented: “We are delighted to once again be involved with the Channel Islands Funds Forum, the flagship event for funds in the islands. This sophisticated event brings together some of the best minds across Jersey and Guernsey to discuss the future development of the sector and how ever-changing external factors, such as technological development, continue to change the landscape in which we operate. We're looking forward to another informative and collaborative event.”

The conference will comprise a variety of sessions and panels covering a wide range of subjects:
Keynote – setting the scene for the Channel Islands funds landscape. What might the future hold post-Brexit and beyond?
Jurisdictional comparison – what advantages do the islands have over other jurisdictions and are they deemed too expensive to administer funds?
Tax update – all the latest tax-related issues in the funds space 
Fundraising and finance – an overview of the fundraising landscape and where business is likely to come from
Tech and funds – a futuristic look at where the sector needs to go, including fintech and the challenges of artificial intelligence 
Panel debate – how to internationalise the Channel Islands funds industry

Delegate places for the conference are available at £395, with discounts available for multiple bookings. 
For more information on the schedule and to book tickets, click here or email Carl Methven at events@blglobal.co.uk

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