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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.

Minister for Finance says Ireland has formed an alliance with smaller EU states to advocate common position in EU

17th May 2018: A common position on CMU was cited by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, as an example of the common interests that would be shared by other member states in the 'association' which he said includes the Nordics, Baltics and Dutch. The Minister was delivering a keynote address at the Irish Funds Annual Conference in the Convention Centre Dublin today. The Minister also said the much anticipated ILP legislation is currently being reviewed in his department and draft legislation can be expected during the course of the summer. Read more at Finance Dublin.

Thomson Reuters to move €300 billion-a-day forex derivatives MTF business to Dublin from London

May 15th 2018: Thomson Reuters has applied to the Central Bank of Ireland to move its FX Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) to Dublin to maintain access to the EU's single market after Brexit. Thomson Reuters MTF is one of the largest trading platforms in the global forex market with derivatives trading volumes of more than $300 billion a day. Global foreign exchange is a $5 trillion a day market. The move was welcomed by Minister for Jobs & Enterprise Heather Humphries, and IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan.

The ICAV at the heart of Ireland’s robust investment funds industry

As the Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle (ICAV) enters its fourth year, Meliosa O’Caoimh, Managing Director, Northern Trust, Ireland, identifies the factors behind its success and what will be required to ensure that its growth momentum is maintained. In a wide ranging review, in the 2018 edition of the Finance Dublin Yearbook, she also assesses the key pillars of the Irish investment funds industry, and its service record for both domiciled and non domiciled funds, including the $100 billion Irish ICAV industry that has emerged in the 3 years since the passing of the ICAVs Act in March 2015.

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