Mark Flanagan

Chief Operating Officer, Backbone Capital Partners

Mark is a professional with almost 30 years financial services experience working with investors, investment managers, funds and service providers. In particular with regards to advising on operations, governance, operational due diligence and structuring to attract and support institutional investors across all asset classes.

He is COO to Backbone Capital Partners Ltd. He acts as an Advisor and Non-Executive Director within Alternative Investments. Previously he worked in senior roles in Aon’s Investment team within Operational Due Diligence, as a Director in the Risk, Structuring and Operations team with AXA Investment Managers and as Deputy Head of Cayman National Fund Services in the Cayman.

He has worked with over 500 investment managers and helped launch over 100 funds with start-up, emerging and institutional investment managers. He has lived and worked in Ireland, Cayman Islands, United Kingdom and South Africa.

He is actively involved in a number of industry initiatives working with managers, service providers, industry organisations, the media and investors to create and implement operational best practices and transparency. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at conferences to promote these issues as well as teaching courses on due diligence, hedge funds and real assets to investment managers and investors.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a  Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.