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Maples Group Appoints New Head of MPMF

30 Mar 2021

MPMF Fund Management (Ireland) Limited ("MPMF"), the Maples Group's alternative investment fund manager and UCITS management company, has announced the appointment of industry expert, Declan McHugh who will have overall responsibility for MPMF's business in Ireland.

An evolving regulatory environment, new and extensive authorisation, operational and transparency requirements, and increasing demands from regulators and investors have made operational efficiency more important than ever.  At the same time, the management company space has rapidly matured and has become increasingly integrated with investment manager operations. Given these dynamics, fund managers are looking for holistic solutions – including management company, legal, fiduciary and fund services – that can effectively address their resource, technology and governance requirements.  With demand for this support expected to grow, Declan's appointment will ensure MPMF is well positioned to continue to deliver best-in-class solutions to the market. 

Declan joins having spent five years in a senior role at an Ireland-based management company.  He brings more than two decades of additional experience in compliance, finance, risk, and operations across various roles in the management company space and with global investment management firms. He also has significant regulatory experience, previously serving as a Senior Regulator with the Central Bank of Ireland within the Investment Firms and Fund Supervision Department.  He is a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Bankers and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and has spoken at industry events and contributed to industry bodies.  Leveraging this expertise, Declan will be responsible for overseeing operations and driving MPMF's strategic priorities.  Furthermore, the perspective he brings from his varied experience will ensure MPMF is able to continue delivering the highest standards of service to clients and collaborating effectively with regulatory bodies. 

"I am excited to join the MPMF team and look forward to leading a management company that is truly unmatched in the value it can bring to clients," said Declan.  "I have been impressed by the depth and breadth of the combined offering of the Maples Group and its client-focused approach and believe we will be uniquely positioned to capitalise on opportunities and deliver a premier service to clients in this growing space."

"Clients around the globe and across a broad range of investment strategies have successfully leveraged MPMF's solutions for local management support and the fulfillment of regulatory obligations, and we look forward to further enhancing our offering as the market continues to evolve," said Mark Weir, Deputy Global Head of Fund Services for the Maples Group.  "We are delighted to welcome Declan to the team and are confident that his deep expertise, innovative approach and leadership will be vital to the on-going growth of the MPMF business."

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