About Bridge

Bridge Consulting (“Bridge”) was established to provide specialist business and management advice and support to the financial services industry. Bridge has a global client base which includes investment managers, insurance companies and banks. Our services range from governance solutions and operational support to strategic advisory work.

The philosophy behind Bridge is to apply real world knowledge and experience to assist clients in developing and implementing practical solutions to the business issues that face them.

Our experience lies in making the complex simple – in presenting companies with a range of options, with the factors behind each choice clearly outlined in terms that are relevant to the decision being made. The professionals who work for Bridge have gained this experience in a variety of roles, as practitioners, in industry and in working for regulators.

Experience

Establishing a business in Ireland

Bridge has assisted organisations seeking to establish operations in Ireland both in the financial services and non-financial services sector. We have assisted a multinational to establish a substantive presence in Ireland by providing administrative support including accounting, treasury and company functions. This initial support developed over time to a business development function, whereby Bridge assisted the company launch some of its parent company’s range of products in the Irish marketplace.

Project Management

Bridge has helped organisations select and implement new IT systems in order to meet changes in corporate structures and new regulatory requirements. One example involved the secondment of a consultant to work as part of a larger project team for a London-based investment manager. This project involved the replacement of the organisation’s back office accounting and reporting system.   Adding to the complexity of this project, at the same time the organisation was replacing its front office systems,  custody and fund administration systems as well as undergoing a change in structure as a result of a takeover.  Bridge assisted with the corporate restructuring and new company launch, the introduction of new services and products, the setting up and re-engineering of business processes and the training of key staff. The project was successfully implemented and Bridge completed a handover of its work to the organisation following a period of post implementation support.

Independence

Bridge offers clients a truly independent non-conflicted service designed to put the interests of our clients first. An independent service is critical in light of the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which our clients operate.

The composition of a Fund Board is a critical component of a successful fund structure. Bridge will assist in sourcing appropriate non-executive directors in order to identify the optimum solution and to meet client’s regulatory requirements. Provision of non-executive directors is not a service which Bridge typically provides to clients, as it is seen as incompatible with its core service and has the potential for conflicts of interest.

David Dillon

Director

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David Dillon is a solicitor having qualified in 1978. He is a graduate of University College Dublin Bachelor of law and has an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. David was a founding partner of Dillon Eustace Solicitors a foremost firm in financial services.

David is a director of a number of Irish based investment and fund management companies. He has served as a member of a number of committees and sub-committees established by the Irish Law Society relating to commercial and financial services law. He is a former Chairman of the Investment Funds Committee (Committee I) of the International bar Association, past Chairman of the government’s IFSC Funds Working group and a member of the IFSC's Clearing Group. He was a member of the Certified Accountant Accounts Awards Committee. He is currently on the organising committee of the Globalisation of Investment Funds organised by the ICI and the IBA. He worked with the international law firm of Hamada and Matsumoto (now Mori Hamada and Matsumoto) in Tokyo durng 1983/1984. Mr. Dillon speaks regularly at international fora.

Contact David Dillon

Email: david.dillon@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: + 353 (1) 566 9800

Paul McNaughton

Director

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Paul McNaughton has over 30 years experience in the Banking/Finance, Fund Management & Securities Processing Industries. In addition Paul spent 10 years with IDA (Ireland) both in Dublin and in the USA marketing Ireland as a location for multinational investment.

He went on to establish Bank of Ireland’s IFSC Fund’s business before joining Deutsche Bank to establish their funds business in Ireland. He was overall Head of Deutsche Bank’s Offshore Funds business, including their hedge fund administration businesses primarily based in Dublin and the Cayman Islands, before assuming the role of Global Head of Deutsche’s Fund Servicing business worldwide. Paul left Deutsche Bank in August 2004 after leading the sale of Deutsche’s Global Custody and Funds businesses to State Street Bank and now acts as an advisor and non-executive director for several investment companies and other financial entities. Paul is a director of the Irish stock Exchange .

Paul holds an Honours Economics Degree from Trinity College Dublin. He was the founding Chairman of Irish Funds formerly the Irish Funds Industry Association and a member of the Irish Government Task Force on Mutual Fund Administration.He was instrumental in the growth of the funds business in Ireland both for traditional and alternative asset classes.

Contact Paul McNaughton

Email: paul.mcnaughton@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: + 353 (1) 566 9800

Patrick Robinson

Director

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Patrick Robinson has over 15 years experience in the Asset Management and Funds Services industry. Patrick began working as a consultant with Bridge Consulting in October 2009, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in August 2014.
Patrick has an in-depth knowledge of UCITS and AIFM requirements and has project managed fund launches to include providing assistance on product development. He has established the risk, compliance and operational infrastructures of a number of asset management firms.

Patrick joined Bridge Consulting from RBS Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd. where he headed the Operations Team responsible for the supervision and oversight of a variety of managers and service providers contracted to funds managed by RBS FSI. Prior to this Patrick worked with Olympia Capital (Ireland) Ltd. where he managed the Fund Accounting Operations for an array of clients with a diverse range of alternative fund products. He holds a Masters degree in Finance and Investment from the University of Ulster.

Contact Patrick Robinson

Email: patrick.robinson@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9812

Hugh Grootenhuis

Independent Director: Bridge Fund Management Company

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Hugh Grootenhuis graduated from the University of Cambridge where he read Geography and Land Economy. Mr. Grootenhuis worked for the Schroder Banking Group for eighteen years where he obtained a wide range of investment banking experience. He worked for Schroders in both Tokyo and Singapore, as well as London, and spent the majority of his time in the international equity capital markets group. In Singapore, he was the director responsible for Schroders’ South East Asian capital markets business.
Mr. Grootenhuis joined Waverton Investment Management Limited (“Waverton”, previously called J O Hambro Investment Management Limited) in 1999 as a director of new business. Since joining Waverton, Hugh has been responsible for marketing Waverton’s private client business as well as structuring new long only and hedge fund vehicles. In May 2007 he was appointed head of all the funds business and joined the executive board. In June 2009 Mr. Grootenhuis was appointed Chief Executive Officer and acted in this capacity until July 2015. Mr. Grootenhuis was appointed as a Special Advisor to S.W. Mitchell Capital LLP in January 2016 to assist with the development of its business, including governance and oversight. Mr. Grootenhuis is also a director of the S.W. Mitchell Capital plc, Dublin range of UCITS funds, and SWMC European Fund and SWMC Small Cap European Fund, Cayman long/short funds.

Contact Hugh Grootenhuis

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Kevin Bonner

Consultant

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Kevin Bonner is an Irish resident with over 10 years experience in varied operational roles in the funds industry. Kevin joined Bridge Consulting in September 2013 from Credit Suisse where he worked within their Trustee function. Prior to this Kevin held a number of positions with Invesco Global Asset Management Limited and previously worked with RBS Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd. where he worked in the Operations Team responsible for the supervision and oversight of a variety of service providers.

Kevin holds an Honours degree in Business Studies, with a specialism in law from Dublin City University and also holds a Professional Certificate in Compliance.

Contact Kevin Bonner

Email: kevin.bonner@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9807

Joyce Byron

MLRO

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Joyce is an Irish Resident with over 8 years' experience working exclusively within the area of AML compliance. Joyce joined Bridge in February 2015 from Morgan Stanley Fund Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley. Whilst there Joyce worked in the area of AML for various European and US clients. Previously, Joyce worked with SS&C GlobeOp and Citco Fund Services Ireland, where she worked in an AML operational role in the area of Fund Administration.

Joyce holds an LLB from the University of Limerick, an LLM from Trinity College Dublin and is a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland. In addition, Joyce holds a Diploma in European Law from the Law Society of Ireland, a Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering from the ICA in conjunction with the University of Manchester and has completed the ACAMS exam. Joyce is the appointed Money Laundering Reporting Officer for a number of regulated funds. Joyce is also a member of the ACOI's Professional and Development Services Committee.

Contact Joyce Byron

Email: joyce.byron@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9805

Michael Doyle

Senior Consultant

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Michael Doyle is an Irish resident with over 30 years experience in wholesale financial services. Prior to joining Bridge Consulting in June 2013, Michael worked with Northern Trust for 2 years where he developed the UCITS IV compliant risk framework around Northern Trust’s internal Management Company offering. Prior to that Michael was the Head of Risk Management & Compliance at Bank of Ireland Securities Services (BoISS) at the time of acquisition by Northern Trust, where he also built out and implemented an Operational Risk Management framework for the firm. He has a background in Internal Audit and International Banking with Bank of Ireland.

Contact Michael Doyle

Email: michael.doyle@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9810

Brian Finneran

Senior Consultant

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Brian Finneran is an Irish resident with over 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Brian joined Bridge Consulting in November 2014. Before this he worked for Marathon Asset Management (London) managing the Hedge fund operations team with responsibility for the oversight, control and development of Marathon’s alternative fund range. Prior to this, Brian worked with Citi Hedge Fund Services (previously BISYS Hedge Fund Services) where he managed a team responsible for the administration of a number of hedge fund and fund of hedge fund clients.
Brian holds a Degree in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Contact Brian Finneran

Email: brian.finneran@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9801

Fiona Hanrahan

Senior Consultant

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Fiona Hanrahan is an Irish resident with 17 years experience of fund administration. Prior to joining Bridge Consulting in January 2013, Fiona worked with Northern Trust, where she managed a team with responsibility for the financial reporting requirements of a number of UCITS management companies. This included the preparation and review of monthly management accounts, annual financial statements, capital adequacy calculations, corporation tax returns and bi-monthly VAT returns. The team also looked after the timely processing and approval of fund expense payments across all funds administered by Northern Trust.

Fiona holds a Degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Contact Fiona Hanrahan

Email: fiona.hanrahan@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9804

Mina Lenakou

Consultant

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Mina Lenakou is an Irish resident with 8 years’ experience in varied roles in the financial services industry mainly focusing on compliance monitoring. Mina joined Bridge Consulting in June 2014 from HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Ltd where she worked within their Trustee function. Prior to this Mina worked for the Greek Financial Regulator in the supervision of asset management companies and collective investment schemes as well as Societe Generale (Dublin) covering hedge funds and private equity funds.

Mina holds a MSc in Mathematical Finance from the University of York, UK and a BSc in Finance from University of Piraeus.

Contact Mina Lenakou

Email: asimina.lenakou@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9819

Cliona McNamee

Consultant

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Cliona is an irish resident with over 9 years’ experience in the financial services industry primarily in the Trustee area. Cliona joined Bridge in July 2014 from BNY Mellon Corporate Trust where she worked as a Client Service Manager for a key collateralised debt/loan client. Prior to that Cliona worked with Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Ireland) Ltd for 7 years in the Trustee function and was responsible for a number of top tier clients whilst also carrying out oversight of service providers. Previously, Cliona worked with HSBC Securities Services (Ireland) Limited, where she worked in an operational role in the area of fund administration.

Cliona holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Business Management from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and is also holder of the ACOI Professional Diploma in Compliance.

Contact Cliona McNamee

Email: cliona.mcnamee@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9802

Karen Nolan

Senior Consultant

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Karen is an accountant with over twenty five years experience of fund administration, primarily in the fund accounting and financial reporting areas. Karen has previously worked with International Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited (the former Irish fund administration business of Baring Asset Management, now part of Northern Trust) and Bank of Ireland Securities Services Limited, and has also worked as an independent consultant for a number of other financial services companies in Dublin.

Karen joined Bridge as a consultant in January 2010 and was appointed Head of Designated Persons Services in February 2017. Karen acts as a Designated Person to UCITS management companies and self managed investment funds, is the Compliance Officer for AIF management companies, and provides governance support services to a range of fund structures operating in Ireland for whom she is currently assisting with the restructuring required due to the implications of Brexit.

Karen holds a Degree in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds the Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and holds the Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments.

Contact Karen Nolan

Email: karen.nolan@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9806

Mark Crossan

Senior Consultant

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Mark Crossan is an Irish resident and has over 28 years experience in the financial service industry, primarily in Business Development and Relationship Management. Mark recently joined Bridge in May 2016 having previously worked for Royal Bank of Canada Investor & Treasury Services for approximately 10 years. As Director of Client Coverage, Mark was responsible for developing the bank’s custody and fund administration relationships with a number of strategic US clients, primarily focused on UCITS and AIFs. From 2010 to 2014 Mark was based in the UK and Canada where he carried out a similar role working with a broad range of clients including asset managers, investment banks, insurance companies, wealth managers and institutional clients such as hospitals/foundations.

Prior to RBC, Mark spent 9 years in the financial software / data solutions industry working with Linedata (formerly Global Investment Systems) and MoneyMate. He started his career in financial services spending 9 years in Irish domestic banking and life assurance.

Mark holds qualifications in both Banking and Life Assurance. He previously participated on the Irish Funds Marketing Committee (formerly Irish Funds Industry Association).

Contact Mark Crossan

Email: mark.crossan@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9809

Colin McKeon

Head of Management Company Services

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Colin McKeon is an Irish resident with extensive experience in funds, treasury, banking and prudential supervision spanning a career over 26 years in Ireland and overseas. Before joining Bridge in July 2016 Colin worked for the European Central Bank (‘ECB’) in Frankfurt. In his role at the ECB Colin worked in micro-prudential supervision undertaking a range of tasks in close cooperation with the national central banks within the Eurosystem and with national supervisors within the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Prior to his time in Frankfurt Colin was a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Ireland and Head of the Institutional Investor Group. Under Colin’s leadership this group was responsible for managing and developing a diverse range of strategic global clients primarily investing through UCITS / non UCITS and AIF structures. Over a period of just under 10 years at Northern Trust Colin was a Director of the Northern Trust management company acting as Chairman of the Investment, Risk and Compliance committee of the board. At Northern Trust, Colin was a member of the management team in Ireland along with being a member of the executive team for the institutional business in EMEA.

During his career Colin has held other various senior roles in funds and banking having worked at State Street, Dresdner Bank and Scotiabank. Colin holds a BA degree in Economics and English Literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Treasury Management.

Contact Colin McKeon

Email: colin.mckeon@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9803

Heather O'Connor

Fund Accounting Operations Manager

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Heather O’Connor is an Irish resident with over 15 years experience in the financial services industry, primarily fund administration.
Prior to joining Bridge in March of 2017 Heather resided in Vancouver Canada.
While in Canada, Heather worked for Pinnacle Fund Services where she was responsible for the administration services to Pinnacle clients and their investors. Prior to that, she worked for Genus Capital Management Inc. an investment management company who manage custom investment portfolios for institutions and families.
Before her departure From Ireland in 2012 Heather worked for IFS (a State street Company) for 9 years where she managed teams responsible for the administration of a number of hedge fund clients.
Heather holds an Honours Degree in Finance and Economics from the National University of Ireland is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

Contact Heather O'Connor

Email: Heather.O'Connor@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9817

Gillian O’Brien

AML Consultant

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Gillian is an Irish resident with over 6 years financial services experience, mainly in Transfer Agency and AML compliance. Gillian joined Bridge Consulting in April 2017 after working in Australia with both Deutsche Bank AG and BNP Paribas Securities Services.

Prior to this, Gillian worked as an Assistant Vice President in the Investor Services Department of Maples Fund Services (Ireland Limited), a boutique fund administrator in Dublin. In her role there, Gillian was responsible for the end-to-end Transfer Agency process for a number of private equity and Irish UCITS funds.

Gillian holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Finance from NUI Maynooth and the ACOI Professional Certificate in Compliance.

Contact Gillian O’Brien

Email: Gillian.o’brien@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9818

Sean Brady

Investor Services Operations Manager

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Sean Brady is an Irish resident with over 8 years’ experience working in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Bridge in May 2017 Sean worked in Morgan Stanley Fund Services as a Team Leader supporting US hedge fund clients.
Prior to that Sean worked with Deutsche Bank from 2009 in a number of roles including Investor Services, USD Customer Service and Electronic Banking System Support.

Sean holds a degree in Business Studies from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Contact Sean Brady

Email: sean.brady@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9816

Anthony Doyle

Consultant

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Anthony Doyle is an Irish resident and has over 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Bridge Consulting in April 2017, Anthony worked with GAM Fund Management where he was an Operations Manager overseeing their Middle Office Department. Anthony also held managerial positions in both the fund accounting and Corporate Actions/Pricing & Data department.

Prior to GAM Anthony worked for Ord Minett Ltd in Sydney, Australia where he held positions on their IPO administration and Corporate Action departments.

Anthony holds a Bachelor Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Contact Anthony Doyle

Email: anthony.doyle@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9811

Angelica Cullinan

Fund Accounting Analyst

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Angelica Cullinan is an Irish resident. In 2017 Angelica completed a BSc. Finance at Queens University, Belfast.
Prior to completing her degree Angelica completed a 1 year Internship with GAM Fund Management Ltd. where her role as a Valuations and Settlements Administrator focused on trade settlement, reconciliations prior to NAV valuation and internal control reporting.
Angelica recently carried out the role of Analyst for Queens University Student Managed Fund. Prior to this Angelica acted as Treasurer to Queens University Oxfam Society from 2013 to 2015 and as President to Queens University Finance and Actuarial Society from 2016 to 2017.
Within Bridge Consulting, Angelica will be supporting Fund Accounting Operations for Bridge Fund Management Ltd.

Contact Angelica Cullinan

Email: angelica.cullinan@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9808

Bona Mae Patlong

Operational Support

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Bona Mae Patlong is an Irish resident. In 2017 Bona Mae completed a B.A. (Hons) International Business at DCU, specialising in French and Finance. This included 1 year at Graduate Management School Angers, France.
Prior to completing her degree Bona Mae completed a Marketing Internship at Chatbudi, Nova Innovation Centre, UCD.
Bona Mae acted as the Co-founder & Secretary of DCU International Justice Society from 2016 to 2017.
Within Bridge Consulting Bona Mae’s role will focus on supporting the Designated Person team. This includes the review and monitoring of reports received from fund delegates, the maintenance of fund compliance calendars and assistance with the drafting of Designated Persons reports.

Contact Bona Mae Patlong

Email: bonamae.patlong@bridgeconsulting.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 566 9815