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Ireland Sectoral Strengths Finance

Plan your next finance meeting, conference or incentive experience in the financial powerhouse that is Ireland

Ireland Sectoral Strengths Finance


ith our famed approach to hospitality and our sophisticated infrastructure, Ireland is a world-class destination for financial conferences, meetings and events. Home to more than 430 financial services companies, covering everything from asset management to aviation finance, we provide the perfect location to meet, collaborate and learn. Excelling as a financial powerhouse since the 1980s, our nation plays a vital role as a financial hub on the global stage. Our renowned financial community services every major economy in the world, and our excellent credentials mean that influential thought leaders regularly meet on our small but mighty island to announce new innovations, share insights and forge partnerships that shape the future of finance. Ireland has built a highly successful international financial services industry over the last three decades. From its origins in Dublin’s Docklands, the sector has spread to all corners of the nation with regional hubs in Cork, Drogheda, Galway, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.


€4.2trillion worth of assets under administration in Ireland

in the world for inward investment by quality and value. Fintech companies such as, Wells Fargo, Paypal and MasterCard, along with a host of newer disruptors like Stripe, Remitly, Square and Coinbase call Ireland home. 6th best country globally to invest in

Ireland is one of the top 15 most innovative countries in the world

40 %

of all global hedge fund assets are serviced in Ireland

Our key finance activities include Investment management and fund services


Investment banking


Investment fund and debt listing


Trading platforms

Aviation financing

Sustainable finance Ratings agencies

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Fund Management

Corporate treasury operations

Global Business Services


Did you know?

Ireland is home to 20 of the top 25 global financial institutions

17 of the top 20 global banks are based in Ireland

Ireland is the fourth largest exporter of financial services to the European Union

Ireland is a global FinTech innovation hub with start-ups like Stripe blazing a trail

Ireland is the third largest fund jurisdiction in the world

11 of the top 15 global insurance companies call Ireland home

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the European base for FC4S (International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability)

Ireland Sectoral Strengths Finance

Key Players 1. I NSURANCE MetLife, Allianz, Zurich 2. I NVESTMENT MANAGEMENT State Street, Fidelity, Northern Trust 3. BANKING Citi, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Bank of Ireland, AIB 4. P AYMENTS Mastercard, First Data, PayPal 5. S TART-UPS Stripe, YapStone, Kabbage 6. P ROP TRADERS SIG, Citadel, Geneva Trading 7. F UND/SERVICING BNY Mellon, Citco, BNP Paribas

Company Spotlight 8. C iti Citi celebrated 55 years in Ireland in 2020. Today the Irish operation employs 2,000 people, with most based in Dublin’s Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Citi is the single largest employer in the IFSC.

9. S AP SAP’s operations in Ireland began in 1997 with the opening of its first Dublin office. SAP now has three office locations in Ireland, employing over 1,200 people in both Dublin and Galway.

Key Contacts State Bodies 11. Department of Finance 12. I ndustrial Development Authority (IDA) 13. Enterprise Ireland – The Irish Advantage 14. Financial Services Ireland 11 13 4 12 1 14 2 3 8 9 6 15 16 22 17 7 10 21 19 20 5

15. Skillnet

Research/Innovation Centres 16. F inancial Services Innovation Centre


17. A IB Centre for Finance & Business Research, Waterford Institute of Technology 18. Arclabs 19. I rish Academy of Finance (IAF)

10. Z urich Ireland has hosted Zurich for over a decade, employing approximately 1,000 staff across its operations.

20. The ADAPT Centre 21. FinTech 22. Dogpatch

Plan your next finance corporate meeting, conference or incentive trip in Ireland and discover a wealth of connections, collaboration, and creativity

Your building blocks to success As a global financial organisation, association, professional conference organiser or destination management company, you are seeking inspiration, introductions, and information about Ireland – one of the world’s top business tourism destinations.

Let the Meet in Ireland team at Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, assist you with: Recommendations on destinations in Ireland based on sectoral strengths Facilitating introductions, where possible, to industry and academic leaders and economic development agencies Assistance in request for proposal placement, connecting you with relevant suppliers Destination supports – site inspection funding and programme enhancement funding The Meet in Ireland team is standing by to help you plan your next corporate meeting, conference or incentive trip, drawing on the unique beauty and innovative spirit of Ireland. For more information, please contact us on: T: +353 1 884 7152 E: Or visit

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