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Kinetic expands Regulatory consulting and compliance team in Dublin with two new appointments

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Ciara O’Sullivan and Leon Stafford have joined Kinetic Partners in Dublin, to further strengthen the highly regarded regulatory consulting and compliance team, complementing and reinforcing the Firm’s already strong market position in Ireland in both UCITS consulting and general Central Bank regulatory consulting services.

O’Sullivan has over 15 years’ experience in the industry. She provides a range of regulatory advisory services to the Dublin Funds community and most recently has been in a compliance consultant role with a large US Investment Manager in Dublin. Prior to this O’Sullivan worked with Brown Brothers Harriman in a number of roles, including European Compliance Officer, Head of the Trustee Group and Chairperson of their Market Initiative Group. O’Sullivan was the chair of the Association of Compliance Officers of Ireland Funds Working Group, and is currently an author and lecturer of Irish funds industry regulatory educational courses. 

Stafford has over 10 years’ operational compliance experience and joins Kinetic Partners from Pioneer in Dublin where he held a compliance role responsible for monitoring group compliance, with a particular emphasis on trading, investment and code of conduct compliance. He previously held compliance positions with the Financial Regulator (now Central Bank of Ireland) as well as with PFPC International Limited (now PNC), and International Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited. Stafford is a Member of the Association of Compliance Officers and holds a professional Diploma in Compliance. 

O’Sullivan says: “I am delighted to be joining Kinetic Partners and look forward to building on the impressive expertise already in place. Having held positions in both asset servicers and investment managers I am acutely aware of the regulatory issues affecting business today. Kinetic Partners, with the depth and breadth of expertise and focus on client service, is ideally placed to be a true independent regulation partner for businesses.”

Stafford says: “I am excited to be joining Kinetic Partners at a time of enormous regulatory change. The Firm’s focus on staying ahead of the curve, providing independent expert advice and truly understanding client needs has proved a differentiator in the market. I am looking forward to building on that reputation.” 

Kinetic Member Killian Buckley (pictured) adds: “We are delighted to be welcoming Leon and Ciara on board given their wide-ranging experience in the Irish regulatory marketplace. They will be highly valuable additions to the team at a time when firms are facing ever increasing scrutiny of their regulation and compliance practices, and investors and regulators are demanding ever higher standards. Kinetic Partners is committed to providing clients with exemplary advice delivered by high calibre and industry-respected professionals.” 


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