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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.

Brexit win for Dublin as world's largest repository, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) establishes a post trade markets infrastructure GTR service for OTC and exchange traded derivatives

July 18th 2018: The largest trade repository in the world DTCC, said in a statement today that it will extend its presence in Europe by adding a new location in Ireland ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. The decision to choose Dublin is a win for Ireland, in the light of post Brexit competition amongst EU-27 jurisdictions to attract financial infrastructure businesses in the wake of Brexit, with Amsterdam a strong competitor to gain much of the UK Brexit-related drift to date in other areas of the financial infrastructure ecosystem, such as exchanges.

EY announces 520 new jobs, many with average salaries of up to €65,000

July 12th 2018: EY announced the creation of 520 jobs, adding to its total existing headcount of more than 2,500 on the island of Ireland today. The new roles on offer will be filled by 215 experienced candidates, with average salaries of €65,000 per annum, depending on experience, with the other 305 roles to be with its 2018 graduate intake, in September, an increase of 57 roles on last year’s intake.

Leaving Cert not fit for purpose according to Certified Public Accountants in Ireland president

25th May 2018: A 30% drop in the number of people entering the accountancy profession since the start of the recession is leading to a shortage of qualified accountants in Ireland according to Cormac Mohan, President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA).

Morgan Stanley confirms Dublin expansion plans

17th May 2018: Morgan Stanley has confirmed plans to extend its fund management activities in Ireland. Ruairi O'Healai, COO and CEO Morgan Stanley Investment Managers, said the firm intends to establish a new business in Ireland and that is has a number of licence applications pending with the Central Bank of Ireland in connection with this. This is a project that has been targetted by IDA Ireland for some considerable time since the Brexit vote. Two other firms, Legg Mason and Standard Life Aberdeen, also confirmed their plans for their Dublin operations at the Irish Funds Annual Global Funds Conference 2018.

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