ISIS Fund Services has opened a business development office in Charlotte with the addition of Kristin Steele. This is the second time in as many weeks that a fund services firm has announced that it is opening up an office in Charlotte. On June 2, Citco Fund Services—part of The Citco Group of Companies—said that is planning to open an office in Charlotte that will create 258 jobs over the next five years.
At ISIS, Steele will work directly with Ede Conyers, CEO, Brian Desmond, COO and Jane Lewis, associate director, on establishing and growing a hedge fund administration presence in the U.S. Steele’s previous experience includes vice president, senior client relationship manager for HSBC Alternative Fund Services and director of investor relations at Citco Fund Services (USA).
“We could not be more delighted to welcome Kristin to our team and to spearhead our expansion efforts not only offshore, but into the U.S. market,” said Conyers. “The opening of a U.S. office is equally exciting for ISIS as it will enable us to build on our existing client base throughout the U.S.”
Currently headquartered in Bermuda, ISIS services 50 funds with assets under administration of $2.5 billion from its Bermuda office. ISIS also has a large corporate governance group that currently services 60 clients.
The opening 2 weeks ago of Citco Fund Services saw the addition of 258 jobs to Charlotte’s economy. Citco Fund Services, a firm that caters to hedge funds and other financial companies, will open an office in uptown Charlotte with plans to hire more than 200 employees during the next five years. The global company — with offices in New York, Miami and other cities — also will relocate some senior managers to the Queen City to launch the new office in the Charlotte Plaza tower on College Street.
Citco will invest about $3 million in the new office and staffing. The company is eligible to receive state job-development investment grants of up to $4 million over six years.
The jobs, on average, will pay more than $78,000 annually, plus benefits. The average wage in Mecklenburg County is $48,770.
“This decision couldn’t have been any easier,” Citco Chief Operating Officer Jay Peller says. In addition to the tax incentives, he noted Charlotte’s experienced labor pool, low cost of living, real estate, colleges and access to clients on the East Coast as the main factors in picking Charlotte for the firm’s new office.