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Sectoral Strength: Finance

The ideal location to meet, collaborate and learn for the global financial sector

An international financial hub

Home to 430 financial services companies

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International Associations are now seeking destinations with large clusters of aligned industry leaders. Ireland is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, and is a centre for innovation and inspiration, thanks to a nation with a ‘can do’ attitude.

With services covering everything from asset management to aviation finance — combined with our specialist approach to hospitality and sophisticated infrastructure — Ireland is ideally equipped to be a world-class destination for financial conferences, meetings and events.

Learn more in our Sectoral Strengths digital flipbook

Did you know?

Ireland’s financial community has an associated workforce of over 42,000

Servicing every major world economy and over 40% of all global hedge fund assets, Ireland’s financial credentials mean that influential thought leaders regularly meet here to announce new innovations, share insights and forge partnerships that shape the future of finance.

Fact file

  • Ireland is home to 20 out of the top 25 global financial institutions.
  • 17 of the top 20 global banks are based in Ireland.
  • 11 of the top 15 insurance companies make Ireland their home.
  • Over 40% of all global hedge fund assets are serviced in Ireland.
  • Ireland is the fourth-largest exporter of financial services to the EU.
  • Start-ups like Stripe are blazing a trail in this global FinTech innovation hub
  • Over 60% of the world’s leased aircraft are managed from Ireland.
  • Ireland is the third largest fund jurisdiction in the world, with 4.2 trillion of assets under administration here.
  • Dublin is the European base for FC4S (International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability).

A national network

Ireland's financial community has spread to all corners of the country

From its origins in Dublin’s Docklands, finance companies have expanded across Ireland — there are now regional hubs in Cork, Drogheda, Galway, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

Among the 430 finance companies based throughout Ireland, star players include: 

  • MetLife, Allianz, Zurich (insurance)
  • State Street, Fidelity, Northern Trust (investment management)
  • Citi, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, Bank of Ireland, AIB (banking)
  • Mastercard, First Data, PayPal (payments)
  • Stripe, YapStone, Kabbage (start-ups)
  • SIG, Citadel, Geneva Trading (prop traders)
  • BNY Mellon, Citco, BNP Paribas (fund/servicing)

Company spotlight

Selected success stories from the sector


Citi employs 2000 people, with most based in Dublin’s Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC).


SAP now has three office locations in Ireland, employing over 1200 people in both Dublin and Galway.


Ireland has hosted Zurich for over a decade, employing approximately 1000 staff across its operations.

Key industry links

Sources of information and support at your fingertips

Planning your next corporate meeting, conference, or incentive trip in Ireland means a wealth of connections, collaboration, and creativity, set against the backdrop of a spectacular island experience. Here are some key sources of information.

Research/innovation centres  

Let the unrivalled knowledge centres in Ireland attract delegates from around the globe. 

Your building blocks for success

The Meet in Ireland Team are ready to help

Your building blocks for success

With over 1,000 high growth multinational companies choosing Ireland as their strategic European base, as well as seven universities, numerous teaching hospitals and research centres, we are in a strong position to shape the content of your most successful conference yet. 

Let Meet in Ireland assist you with recommendations on regional destinations in Ireland based on sector strengths and make introductions to industry and academic leaders or economic development agencies. We can also assist with financial support. Contact us today for more advice.

Find out more in our Sectoral Strengths Finance flipbook.

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