All eyes will be on former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont (pictured) and Economics Editor and Broadcaster Stephanie Flanders as they debate the future of the financial markets at the Guernsey Funds Forum 2012.
The event, titled ‘Shaken not stirred’, will be held at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on Wednesday 2 May. It will comprise three sessions, culminating in a keynote debate featuring Lord Lamont and Stephanie Flanders where the audience will have the opportunity to cross-examine the pair in a ‘Question Time’ format. The debate and the preceding panel sessions will all be moderated by Senior ITV News Anchor Alastair Stewart.
Peter Niven, Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance – the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry, said: “Attracting speakers of the calibre of Lord Lamont and Stephanie Flanders is a real testament to the growing stature of the Guernsey Funds Forum and how it is viewed by industry. Last year’s event attracted more than 400 participants and we hope to better that this time around.
“What is equally impressive is that the additional panellists we are now able to confirm have an exceptional breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the funds arena and their insight into current and future market trends will provide for an interesting and informative discussion around the key issues in the industry.”
The forum will begin with a panel session ‘regulation never dies’ which will look at how much regulation investors need, whether regulation is good for the investment fund industry, strategies for managers to survive in a highly regulated world and the role of corporate governance. Panellists for this debate are Karsten Langer of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA), Ian Sayers of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), Adrian Garner of MMIP Investment Management, William Marle of LCF Rothschild and Claire Wilkinson from MVision Private Equity Advisers.
The second session, ‘the world is not enough’, will look at investor demands and returns, how managers can keep investors happy in the economic climate and how managers can attract investors in the current marketplace. Stephen Ziff of Coller Capital and Christopher Fawcett from Fauchier Partners, will be joined as panellists for this debate by Rob Barr of Pantheon Ventures, Oleg Myshkin from Fleming Family Partners and Evren Unver of Turkven. They will share with the audience their views on regulation, how they decide where to invest and where they plan to invest their next funds.
Mr Niven added: “We believe that Guernsey continues to offer great opportunities as a fund domicile and by putting on events such as the Guernsey Funds Forum we can continue to build on our strong reputation. The event will not just be informing delegates about developments and trends in the Island but also as a conference which has leading figures tackling the wider issues facing the industry.”
The Guernsey Funds Forum 2012 gets underway with registration at 12.30pm on Wednesday 2 May 2012 at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, EC4V 5AJ. The forum itself begins at 1.30pm and is followed by a drinks networking reception at 5.30pm. As well as the conference, there will also be an exhibition of Guernsey service providers, including the Island’s leading fund administrators, custodians, multi-jurisdictional legal practices and global accountancy firms.
The event is hosted by Guernsey Finance, in conjunction with the Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA). Keynote speakers Lord Lamont and Stephanie Flanders have been sponsored by Mourant Ozannes, while moderator Alastair Stewart is being sponsored by Carey Olsen. The event is supported by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), the EVCA, the AIC, Preqin and HFM Week.
For more information about delegate, exhibition and sponsorship opportunities contact Fiona Murray by email [email protected] or tel. +44 (0) 7781 123808.