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CEO Forum 2014

Frank Keane, Partner and Head of International Business at MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland), will attend the 26th CEO Forum, an event organised by Enterprise Ireland. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, 26 November at the Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.

The theme for the 2014 Forum is ‘Internationalisation – Rising to the challenges’ and attendees will have the opportunity to hear and share views on the challenges and successes facing today’s CEOs. Panellists and keynote speakers, including Mark Little, Broadcaster, Author and Social Media Entrepreneur, Anne Heraty, CEO, Cpl Resources plc., Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair, will explore areas including ‘Excellence Through People’ and ‘Developing & growing an international business’.

For more information on MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business offering, please visit our website.

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MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) attends IIBA Annual Luncheon

Frank Keane, Partner and Head of International Business at MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) attended the Ireland India Business Association’s Annual Luncheon in the Shelbourne Hotel on Wednesday, 12 November.

Special guests on the day included:

  • Ambassador of India to Ireland, Mrs Radhika Lal Lokesh.
  • Eamonn Foley, CEO IAA.
  • Eoin Ryan, former TD and Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.
  • Maeve Collins, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

For more information on how MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) can help Indian businesses or your Indian clients establish operations in Ireland, please contact a member of MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business team.

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American Chamber FDI Women in Business Network

Jennifer KellyRoisin Cahill and Sarabeth McGuire, members of MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business team, were delighted to join the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland at their inaugural FDI Women in Business Network event. The event focused on the theme of “Current Leaders Influencing Future Leaders”, and was hosted by Vodafone Ireland on Friday, 7 November 2014.

The panel, comprising four exceptional current business leaders (Louise Phelan, American Chamber of Commerce President & PayPal Vice President of Global Operations, EMEA; Anne O’Leary, Vodafone, Chief Executive Officer; Aisling Hassell, Airbnb, Head of EMEA CX; and Julie O’Neill, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Senior Vice President & General Manager) shared stories of the opportunities & challenges they faced to become the leaders they are today.

MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland.

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Web Summit 2014

Members of MKO’s  (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business team will attend the Web Summit in Dublin on 4 – 6 November.  The Web Summit, which is Europe’s largest technology conference, will attract over 20,000 attendees, including a number of EisnerAmper’s clients involved as both participants and attendees.

MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business team, led by Frank Keane, Partner, has established itself as a leading advisor to high growth US and international businesses doing business in and from Ireland.  Our Firm works closely with Ireland’s largest law firms, and government bodies including Enterprise Ireland and the IDA Ireland to assist these businesses in establishing operations in Ireland.

For more information on how MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) can help your business establish operations in Ireland, please contact a member of the International Business team.

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Premier International Associates US Conference 2014

Alastair MacDonald, Managing Partner, and Frank Keane, Partner and Head of International Business, attended the Premier International Associates Conference that was held in Boca Raton, Florida, from the 31 October till the 2 November 2014.

MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland)  is a member of Premier International Associates, a global network of leading accounting, tax and advisory firms focused upon international trade.  Company presentations, Q&A sessions, group discussions and workshops offered members the opportunity to interact with the extended Premier International network and to gain in-depth insights into technical updates and practice management worldwide.

 Premier International Associates is one of the top 30 international accounting and professional service networks. Founded by SRLV (London) in 1996, it has grown from to more than 60 firms globally through membership and affiliation.  Details of Premier International Associates can be found

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MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) attends GAIMOps Ireland Conference

Senior members of MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) and EisnerApmer LLP’s Financial Services teams attended the GAIMOps Ireland conference in Powerscourt from 8 – 10 October, 2014.  GAIMOps is Europe’s preeminent Hedge Fund event for Compliance level operations, Risk Compliance and Due Diligence Executives to share best practices. The conference presented opportunities for hedge fund executives and industry experts to cement formidable business partnerships, engage in valuable and strategic networking and share what’s top of mind with peers.

Ronan Murphy, Partner Designate from MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) and Nick Tsafos, Partner at EisnerAmper LLP, attended seminars on topics including:

  • Keynote speech from John Bruton, President of IFSC Ireland and former Irish Prime Minister which included topics such as the success of Irish Funds industry to date and future directions for the industry.
  • AIFMD 2.0 The AIMA Debrief – Interpreting, prioritising and deciphering the most important elements of the sweeping reform. From remuneration to investor disclosure; accessing outside help with AIFMD authorisation and reporting and the impact of the Directive on non-EU fund managers.
  • How A Manager Is Handling And Adapting To AIFMD – How a firm implemented AIFMD and lessons along the way. How compliance is monitoring the reverse solicitation. What should investors be asking and looking for from managers? As depositories seek to transfer or discharge their liability, what are the implications?

These seminars also included panel discussions comprising experts from the Irish, European and US hedge funds industry.

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Irish Funds Industry Association Seminar – San Francisco

Senior members of MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) Financial Services team travelled to San Francisco on 8th October, 2014 to attend seminars hosted by The Irish Funds Industry Association highlighting Ireland as fund domicile of choice for investment funds.

Diarmaid O’Keeffe, Partner and Head of Financial Services, and Ray Kelly, Partner Designate, Financial Services, attended seminars on topics including:

  • Why Ireland for investment products which included detail on the flexibility of fund structures and success of Irish Funds industry to date.
  • Ireland’s solutions for US Managers with alternative products under the AIFM Directive.
  • Opportunities presented to US Managers from the introduction of the new Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) and Ireland’s proposals to allow Loan Origination within Irish domiciled funds.

These seminars also included panel discussions comprising experts from the Irish and European funds industry.

To learn more about the services offered by MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) to companies and service providers in the Financial Services sector, click here.

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Chartered Accountants Ireland – Credit Union Forum

Diarmaid O’Keeffe (Head of Financial Services at MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland)) and Dean Roche (Senior Manager, Financial Services at MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland)) were guest speakers at Chartered Accountants Ireland Credit Union Forum. The forum was aimed at auditors of credit unions and took place on Friday, 26 September, in Chartered Accountants House, Dublin.  Diarmaid and Dean addressed an audience comprising credit unions representatives and auditors.  Their presentation “Audit of Credit Unions – Risks for consideration in planning your audit” covered the following topics:

  • Legal & regulatory framework and risk factors;
  • Business model – risks for consideration in planning your audit;
  • External audit file reviews – recurring themes; and
  • Using the work of internal auditors.

The forum allowed attendees to ask questions, gain insights and discuss matters relating to the risks to be considered when planning an audit of a credit union.

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Funds Audit Secondment Programme

Patrick Thornton, a member of EisnerAmper LLP Financial Services Team, is currently in Dublin to partake in a 3 month Funds Audit Secondment Programme with MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland). Patrick will be working with EisnerAmper’s Financial Services team providing audit, accounting, advisory and forensic accounting services to the Firm’s International and Irish clients. Patrick will work with a portfolio of clients including securitisation companies, treasury companies, section 110 companies, aircraft leasing companies, regulatory authorities, and financial services companies.

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MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) attends Matheson’s annual International Business Forum

Diarmaid O’Keeffe, Partner  and Head of Financial Services at MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland), attended Matheson’s annual International Business Forum that took place on the 10th September in UCD. Matheson’s International Business Forum aims to bring together the key stakeholders of international business in Ireland including policy makers, professional advisers, business leaders and academics to exchange thoughts, perspectives and visions for the future of international business activity in Ireland. One of the keynote speakers was Lord Peter Mandelson, British Labour Party politician and President of the international think tank Policy Network. The Q&A and discussion session was facilitated by Mr Quentin Peel of the Financial Times.

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MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) Trade Tour to India

Senior members of MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business team travelled to India on a trade tour from 24 August to 29 August.  Frank Keane, Partner and Head of International Business, and Cormac Doyle, Partner and Head of Tax, visited Mumbai, Pune and Delhi during the week-long trade tour.

During the trip, MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) team, alongside representatives of IDA Ireland, met hundreds of Indian enterprises at various stages of development to share their expertise and promote Ireland as a location to do business and as a gateway to Europe.  Frank and Cormac explained why Ireland is a favoured location for foreign investment in sectors such as ICT, Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals.

EisnerAmper Partners also met with the Director General and members of Mahatma Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA) prior to hosting an event in Pune on 26 August aimed at tech firms, entrepreneurs, business owners and those seeking entry to the European market.

MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) is a financial services and international trade focussed firm of accountants and advisors that uses its specialist skills and experience to advise financial services and trading entities setting up in, operating from, and using Ireland as a gateway to Europe. To learn more about how MKO (now EisnerAmper Ireland) can assist your company or your clients, please visit


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Certificate in Irish and UK GAAP (FRS 100-102)

Jennifer Kelly, Director of MKO’s (now EisnerAmper Ireland’s) International Business Department, has been awarded with a Certificate in Irish and UK GAAP (FRS 100-102) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland. The course, which was delivered by financial experts including Professor  Robert Kirk, provided participants with a detailed understanding and knowledge of how companies will switch from adopting local SSAPs and FRSs to applying FRS 102, which is based on International Financial Reporting Standards and the principal accounting issues surrounding the transition to the new FRS.

For further information on how the changes to Irish GAAP and transition to FRS 100-102 will affect your company, please contact Jennifer Kelly.

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