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Cork as a financial services centre to expand with 250 new positions announced in Clearstream and Apex Fund Services

2nd March 2018: Apex Fund Services has announced the creation of 50 new roles in Cork, adding to this week's announcement by Clearstream, a unit of Deutsche Börse Group, that it is to create 200 new jobs adding to its existing jobs count of 362 to bring total employment at Clearstream to 562. The new Clearstream jobs will be located at Navigation Square, the largest and most significant office development to be undertaken in the city's commercial centre. The announcement of 50 new jobs by Apex Fund Services and the opening of its new Carrigtwohill office has been welcomed by Cork Chamber of Commerce as 'excellent news for the region'. See also this article: 'Cork has all the attributes it needs to become an IFS hub', in the 2017 edition of the Finance Dublin Yearbook.

Euronext acquisition of ISE to deepen the Irish Stock Exchange's offering in a post-Brexit era, helping to position it as a global hub for debt, funds and ETF listings

A sale of the 224 year-old institution for €137 million, excluding an additional €21.8 m in regulatory capital (17.1 times 2016 earnings) follows a strategic search during the course of this year by the ISE for a partner to strengthen its offerings potential after Brexit. Euronext is a pan-European exchange, spanning Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK and is the largest European exchange aside from the London Stock Exchange, which is about twice its size by capitalisation.

Read all about Airborne Capital's plans to target $5bn of managed assets in 5 years in the next editions of Finance Dublin and Aviation Finance

November 23rd 2017: Airborne Capital, a new specialist aircraft leasing and asset management company, is targetting $5 billion of aircraft assets under management within five years. The company has received substantial backing from FEXCO Group, Ireland’s largest privately owned financial services company and is led by CEO Ramki Sundaram and an experienced management team including Cian Dooley and Anand Ramachandran.

Dublin's tied vote of 13-13 in the final round of EU vote for the European Banking Authority underlines Ireland's standing as a foremost financial centre in the EU27

November 21st 2017: Dublin's loss, on a draw from a fishbowl to Paris for the right to host the European Banking Authority, while exasperating for Irish national interests augurs well for the future of Dublin as a winner of Brexit-exiting banks, despite the inevitable draw Paris will be able to exert as new host city of the EBA, after London. Frankfurt's distant showing as third in the second round draw (of 3 cities) draw is further underpinning of Ireland's position.

EBA weighs up risk and rewards of Fintech in new Discussion Paper

The European Banking Authority takes a cautious and carefully balanced view in its deliberations on how it should approach FinTech in its latest Discussion Paper. In reviewing the FinTech landscape in Europe the EBA raises many more questions than it answers, concluding that it should undertake much more detailed follow-up work in a number of areas. But it does raising warning flags about possible unevenness in the playing fields offered by different jurisdictions, in the area of sandboxing and innovation hubs, for example.

Designer of the world's first ILS blockchain transaction to speak at the Financial Centres Summit, Dublin, October 2017

Cedric Edmonds, director of Solidum Re, whose idea it was to use a blockchain and who was key in the design and the implementation of the ILSBlockchain and surrounding structural mechanics, says an alternative to Euroclear was required as it was becoming increasingly difficult to access Euroclear efficiently for smaller private placement note issues.

Irish money messaging App, Plynk, secures €25 million Series A Raise and announces plan to expand in UK and Europe

Dublin, Ireland, June 7, 2017: Plynk, Europe’s first money messaging app, today announces a Series A raise of €25 million by private investment trust, Swiss Privée Ltd. The money messaging app, trialled since 2015 in the Irish market, is set to expand to the UK and Europe, and consolidates original seed investment funding of €750,000 backed by Enterprise Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Delta Partners, the NDRC and a number of angel investors. .

Pepper Money to Beef up Lending Operations with Launch of New Commercial Products

Brand looks to build on success of mortgage lending by providing alternative loan options for commercial borrowers looking to refinance or acquire new properties

Bank of England Governor in keynote speech in Washington sets out vision for a post Brexit global banking system

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England says the global financial system faces a "fork in the road", and Britain should avoid taking steps that would lead to its fragmentation. 'Brexit will be a litmus test of the future of international cooperation. The UK and the rest of the EU have exactly the same rules and the most highly developed frameworks of supervisory cooperation. Their capital and banking markets are already highly integrated. They have the potential to create the template for trade in financial services.'

Legg Mason to open management company in Dublin to add to Brexit options

10th March 2017: Baltimore-Maryland headquartered asset manager is to open a fund management company in Dublin to serve clients in the European Union afer Brexit,. The company has a management company in the US, and its portfolio of management companies includes Edinburgh-based Martin Currie. Legg Mason is an active asset manager with over 360 investment professionals amongst its worldwide staff of 3,400.

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