First Derivatives has major growth plans for Asia and has recently established subsidiary companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. There are many young men and women from the island of Ireland working in the region many of whom occupy positions of influence within capital markets firms.
First Derivatives is a Gold Sponsor for this year’s Asian Gaelic Games event, held in Kuala Lumpur from October 10th, making the Company one of the highest profile sponsors at the tournament.
The decision to sponsor the Asian Gaelic Games and the Asia Irish Business Forum again this year was an obvious one. With an average employee age of 26 among its 900+ staff globally, First Derivatives’ links with sport and with the GAA in particular have been well documented. Brian Conlon CEO of First Derivatives was himself a senior county footballer for his native county Down. Past and present there are other county players within the company’s ranks and the social connection afforded by sports bodies such as the GAA allow the Company’s young consultants to feel home from home when seconded overseas. Across the globe the Company boasts male and female players with teams such as the Manhattan Gaels, Hoboken Hurlers and Armagh NY in the US, Thomas McCurtain Mens and Ladies teams in the UK, Stockholm Gaels in Sweden, St Pats Toronto in Canada and the Tokyo Gaels in Japan.
Chief Operating Officer Adrian Toner said: “Our sponsorship of the games over the past 3 years highlights our connection with Irish culture and this sponsorship we hope, will raise our business profile among the Irish diaspora living and working in Asia. The Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum is a key business conference for us. Markets in the Far East are still experiencing strong growth. Our aim is to continue to expand our operations in Asia in response to the growing demand for our software and services.”
Joe Trolan Chairman of the Asian quoted: “The ACB are once again delighted to have First Derivatives as a major sponsor of Annual Asian Gaelic Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year marks the 19th year of the games and they have been getting bigger and better every year. The level of the games has improved, but more importantly, the diversity of the over 800 participants has continued to increase every year. This growth has been fueled by the support of First Derivatives and it is hoped that we can continue the relationship in what has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing Gaelic sport tournament outside of Ireland.”