U.S. Bank Depositary Services was recently named depositary services provider for the Leadenhall UCITS ILS Fund PLC. In this role, U.S. Bank provides core depositary services of asset safekeeping, fiduciary oversight and cash monitoring to Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP.
U.S. Bank introduced its full depositary services offering in Europe in 2018. The offering supports regulated investment funds domiciled in the EU that are required to appoint a depositary to comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS).
“As we expand our business, we’re committed to supporting clients’ depositary needs with our customizable service offerings, state-of-the-art technology and global resources,” said Joe Neuberger, president of U.S. Bank Global Fund Services. “We worked closely with Leadenhall, as we do with all our clients, to determine their specific requirements so we can provide just the right selection of services.”
U.S. Bank Global Fund Services Ireland also serves as the principal administrator of fund accounting, financial reporting and investor services for Leadenhall products.
“Given the complexity of the current regulatory environment, it’s essential for funds to find a bank-backed depositary with a solid balance sheet and strong credit rating,” said Linda Gorman, head of U.S. Bank’s alternative investment solutions division in Europe. “Clients are looking for expertise they can trust; they want a provider with a deep understanding of the industry, investments and their goals.”
Leadenhall currently has more than $5.5 billion in assets under management (AUM), having launched in 2009 with investment from parent insurance company, Amlin. The firm primarily invests in insurance-linked products for institutional investors.
“We had high expectations when we announced our new depositary solution last year,” said Breda Sullivan, U.S. Bank head of depositary services – Europe. “Now, with a client like Leadenhall selecting us to serve in this important role, it further affirms the product we’ve developed and our capabilities to deliver a client-centric solution.”
Leadenhall’s COO, Chris Learmonth, commented on what attracted the fund to U.S. Bank Global Fund Services and the depositary offering: “The team at U.S. Bank partnered with us to identify all our custodial, reporting and operational needs. They provided us with a flexible, cost-effective solution that meets all necessary regulatory requirements and gives us great confidence in their fiduciary oversight.”
U.S. Bank Depositary Services is authorised and supervised by the Central Bank of Ireland in the provision of services to Irish schemes.
“We take pride in maintaining a strong and ethical reputation in the industry, making us a trustworthy choice for Irish regulated investment funds,” said Sullivan.
U.S. Bank is an active member of the Irish Funds Industry Association. Sullivan serves a member of the Depositary Committee and participates in various sub-committees and leadership events to remain deeply engrained in the local market.
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U.S. Bank Depositary Services provides depositary services to the Company as required under the UCITS Regulations. Elavon Financial Services DAC, trading as U.S. Bank Depositary Services, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and is registered in Ireland with the Companies Registration Office Reg. No. 418442. The registered office is Building 8, Cherrywood Business Park, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18 W319. U.S. Bank Depositary Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp.
U.S. Bank Depositary Services has as its main business activity the provision of custodial and depositary services, and related services, to collective investment schemes. In addition, the Depositary currently provides Depositary “Lite” services to a $13 billion book of non-EU alternatives funds marketing into the EU. For more information on our depositary services, visit us at http://www.usbfs.com/usbfs/alternative-investment-solutions/European-admin/depositary-services.aspx.
Leadenhall Capital Partners offers dedicated funds and managed accounts that give institutional investors access to both life and non-life insurance linked investments. Investors benefit from the attractive returns of the sector, whilst diversifying their risks from the traditional capital markets. Many instruments, such as cat bonds and private placements of collateralized reinsurance, are used to transfer insurance-linked risk to the capital markets. Leadenhall uses all of them to ensure liquidity, profitability, diversification and growth.
Kimberly Mikrot, U.S. Bank Public Affairs & Communications