Guernsey Funds Forum names Crispin Odey as this year’s keynote speaker

One of the UK’s best-known hedge fund managers, Crispin Odey, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Guernsey Funds Forum.

The founding partner of Odey Asset Management will be the lead speaker at Guernsey fund industry’s flagship annual event, which this year is titled ‘Real funds and real money in a post-truth world’, and takes place on 11 May at etc. venues, 155 Bishopsgate in London.

Guernsey Finance chief executive Dominic Wheatley, pictured above at last year’s event, said: “Crispin is one of London’s best known hedge-fund managers and his wealth of knowledge and experience is sure to bring a fascinating insight into the state of the markets and what lies ahead for the industry, particularly in light of Brexit, which he supported wholeheartedly.”

The event, which last year attracted nearly 500 delegates, will be moderated for the eighth successive year by ITV News anchor, Alastair Stewart OBE. Panellists already confirmed include Ed Gander from Weil, Joseph Cohen from Trilantic Capital Partners, Tony Mancini from KPMG, Thomas Laverty from Kirkland & Ellis and independent director Simon Holden.

The first panel session, entitled ‘Mountains of money’, will focus on the low return rate environment, the risks of holding cash and the influences on fundraising and investment execution in the light of Brexit.

‘Brexit uncertainty’

“With so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, we felt this was an important focus for this year’s event, while also looking at what Guernsey has to offer in the funds space,” added Wheatley.  “Last year’s event was praised for focusing on the big and relevant issues and we want to continue that trend.”

The second panel session, ‘Add substance add value’, will consider the definition of substance as it relates to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and base erosion and profit shifting. The panel will also discuss substance and value creation in Guernsey.

The 2017 Guernsey Funds Forum is hosted by Guernsey Finance in conjunction with the Guernsey Investment Fund Association.

Gary Robinson
Head of Video and Ezines at Open Door Media Publishing. Deputy Editor, International Investment. An experienced journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years' financial services experience, both as journalist and originally as a fully qualified IFA, Gary works across both International Investment and InvestmentEurope titles. Previous video production credits include projects on BBC, C4 and SKY.

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