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Following a Cabinet decision, the Department of Finance has announced the 'green light' to publish the Investment Limited Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2019

June 13th 2019: The long awaited, but greatly welcomed, Investment Limited Partnership legislation has been given the green light by the Cabinet, with the promised publication of the Investment Limited Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2019. The legisation was recently signalled as being due this week by the Minister of State for Financial Services, Michael D'Arcy, and true to his promise, the Department of Finance yesterday confirmed that the Government gave the green light to publish the Investment Limited Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2019. The aim is "to improve the regulatory landscape for private funds", a statement says.

The Government has published "Ireland for Finance", the replacement for its 'IFS 2020' strategy, covering the period out to 2025

April 26th 2019: The Strategy was jointly launched by Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy TD. The vision of the strategy is 'for Ireland to be a top-tier global location of choice for specialist international financial services'. The full Report can be accessed here

Northern Trust names new leader for its business in Ireland

Northern Trust has appointed Meliosa O’Caoimh as country head, Ireland. She succeeds Clive Bellows, who in late-2018 was appointed as head of Global Fund Services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Reporting to Bellows, O’Caoimh is responsible for all asset servicing business activities conducted from Northern Trust’s Dublin and Limerick offices.

Deloitte Ireland names Harry Goddard as new CEO effective from June

16 January 2019: Deloitte Ireland has announced its current head of its Consulting practice ,Harry Goddard as its next CEO to succeed Brendan Jennings on 1 June next, following his election by the firm’s partners. In addition to leading 750+ professionals in the Irish Consulting practice, Goddard currently heads up Deloitte’s technology practice across the EMEA region, which spans over 25 countries and includes over 8,000 technology consultants. He has over 20 years’ experience in the professional services and consulting industries, and was a key player in the establishment of Deloitte's blockchain lab in Dublin.

Professional Services: EY Ireland announces 24 new Associate Partners across five locations on back of FY fee income growth in ROI of 28% in year to June

Friday 9th November 2018: EY Ireland today announced the appointment of 24 new Associate Partners across the island of Ireland. The professional services firm last week also reported strong growth in employee headcount and revenue figures, with double-digit growth, driven by strong performance across its four service lines, Assurance, Tax, Advisory, and Transaction Advisory. In its financial year to end June 2018, EY recorded fee income growth of 28% in the Republic of Ireland to €316 million for the year to 30 June 2018 , up from €247 million in its financial year 2017, with 14% growth in headcount to 2,245 employees for the same period.

Brian Hayes MEP to retire from politics to take up new role as CEO of the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland

Tuesday November 6th: Brian Hayes MEP for Dublin announced today that he will not be contesting next year’s European Parliament elections at the end of his mandate as Dublin MEP in the parliament, and will be taking up a new role with BFPI in April 2019 as "central to Ireland’s continued economic recovery must be a healthy, sustainable and customer focused banking sector". "I am looking forward to working with the BPFI team and the Financial Services industry as a whole, to help reposition the sector as a crucial driver for real investment and growth in Ireland’s future.

Mike Fontaine replaces Susan Dargan in State Street EMEA role

Mike Fontaine will replace Susan Dargan as co-head of Global Services, EMEA at State Street Corporation. Fontaine, who was previously executive vice president, US Investor Services at State Street has relocated from Boston to Dublin. Dargan, who had announced her intention to leave State Street in March 2018, is expected step down in the coming weeks to pursue personal interests. State Street SVP Tadhg Young replaced Dargan as country head for Ireland in June 2018 and is also head of global services Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Fexco acquires Thomas Exchange Global, London’s largest specialist forex business

15th August 2018: Fexco today announced the acquisition of London’s leading retail foreign exchange (FX) company, Thomas Exchange Global (TEG). The deal strengthens Fexco’s position as the largest independent FX operator in the UK where it holds 12% of a £9 bn market. The acquisition of TEG which serves over 1 million customers in London across its 15 prominent branches also positions Fexco as the largest independent FX operator in the city, a statement from Fexco said. Fexco has been on the acquisition trail in the UK retail foreign exchange sector for a number of years, and this is its latest acquisition.

Goodbody acquisition by consortium of Chinese strategic investors led by Zhongze group

July 31st 2018: Goodbody Stockbrokers is to be acquired by a consortium of Chinese strategic investors who will take 100% ownership of the company. The deal is planned to close at end 2018, and is subject to regulatory approval.

Eight EU Finance ministers come together to present common position on Capital Markets Union (CMU) priorities and matters of common interest

18th July 2018: The finance ministers of Ireland and its new partners in an alliance that includes Nordic and Baltic states and the Netherlands have called for resources to be focused 'on those outstanding parts of the CMU Action Plan with the largest impact, which enjoy broad support among Member States and can be completed quickly.' A statement posted on the Irish Department of Finance website today outlines their view on CMU. CMU will be major theme at the upcoming Financial Centres Summit, Dublin 2018 which takes place in Dublin Castle on 2nd & 3rd October.

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