Clear Direction - Dubai

Clear Direction - Dubai

Wednesday 20 Apr 2016, 12:00 - 14:30

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Finance Centre, Gulf

Pricing: No charge

Wednesday 20 Apr 2016, 12:00 - 14:30

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Finance Centre, Gulf

Pricing: No charge

Entitled ‘Clear Direction’, the 2016 Jersey Finance Annual GCC Roadshow, Dubai event, will take place on 20 April at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dubai and will bring together a range of world-class industry professionals to discuss the key issues currently shaping the growth of the GCC market.

Led by Geoff Cook, CEO, Jersey Finance, the event will feature keynote speeches from Joe Moynihan, Director of Financial Services for The Government of Jersey, and a panel session of industry experts, which will cover a range of topics including Islamic finance, multi-generational and multi-jurisdictional family offices and real estate. 

The lunchtime event will offer key insights into a number of recent trends, such as the increase in GCC investors purchasing UK real estate, as well as the rising number of family offices in the GCC, which are expected to double to over 400 during the next eight years. 

With the value of Shariah-compliant assets worldwide expected to rise from US$2 trillion to US$3 trillion by 2019*, the event will also highlight Jersey’s enduring strengths as a centre of choice for Islamic finance, as it continues to meet the demands of the GCC advisory community.

The conference follows on from our successful 2014 and 2015 roadshows, and is set to attract a broad range of members of the GCC advisory community, including wealth practitioners, lawyers, investment managers and other finance professionals, in addition to providing plenty of opportunities to network.

Please reserve your complimentary pass early to avoid disappointment.

*Standard & Poors

Speakers

Geoff Cook

CEO, Jersey Finance

Geoff Cook

Geoff joined Jersey Finance as Chief Executive in January 2007.  In promoting the finance industry of Jersey, Geoff visits many of the world's leading finance centres on a regular basis, highlighting the strengths of Jersey as a financial jurisdiction and updating Government officials, regulators, finance professionals and international investors on legal and regulatory developments and service innovations offered by Jersey.

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In addition to speaking at Jersey Finance hosted events, Geoff is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and seminars around the world and he writes frequently on the issues affecting Jersey and other finance centres in leading magazines. As a result of his blog and the articles he has authored, Geoff has featured in media such as the Financial Times, The Economist, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Bloomberg TV.

Previous to his role at Jersey Finance, he was Head of Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Plc, based in London, and responsible for the delivery of Financial Planning Services to the 10 million HSBC customers in the UK.  His earlier career was spent at a senior management level with HSBC Bank plc in the UK and as Head of Personal Financial Services and Deputy to the Chief Executive at HSBC Bank International Limited in Jersey.


Joe Moynihan

Director of Financial Services Chief Minister's Department – The Government of Jersey

Joe Moynihan

Joe Moynihan is Director of Financial Services for the States of Jersey since January 2013. This role provides advice to government Ministers on all aspects of financial services policy.  In addition, working with Jersey’s financial services marketing and regulatory bodies, he is responsible for helping to ensure that the financial services sector remains globally competitive. He is also a board member of Jersey Finance Limited, the promotional body for Jersey’s finance industry.

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Prior to his current position he had been with AIB Group for over 35 years working in Ireland and Britain and has been based in Jersey since 1993.  He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB Jersey and Isle of Man in February 2007. He was responsible for running the bank’s offshore operations in both Jersey and the Isle of Man, setting strategic direction and representing the offshore business at AIB Group level.  The business included Private, Ex patriate Personal and Corporate Banking, Investment, Fiduciary and Fund Services and employed over 250 members of staff.

Joe is a graduate member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and holder of an MBA from CASS University in London. He is a Past President of the Jersey Bankers Association and a member of the Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors. 


Gary Watts

Regional Head of Corporate Commercial, Al Tamimi & Company

Gary Watts

Gary is head of Al Tamimi & Company’s Corporate and Commercial Department. Gary is a highly experienced corporate lawyer who has practised in both advisory and transactional settings for more than 20 years.

In Australia, Gary was the senior corporate partner for a regional Australian law firm (Fisher Jeffries) serving corporate and institutional clients. Gary served as Chairman of the Law Council of Australia’s peak technical committee on corporate law matters and as a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel. He was also a member of the statutory advisory committee advising the Australian Government on the reform of corporate and securities law.

Gary has practised in the UAE since 2006. Gary has particular expertise in structuring issues for corporate groups operating throughout the GCC/MENA countries and is an expert in directors’ duties, corporate governance, shareholder rights (both listed and family companies) and corporate trusts.

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Gary’s experience in the Gulf region includes major acquisitions (Coca Cola acquiring USD 1 billion stake in Aujan, Empower District Cooling (government entity) acquiring Palm District Cooling for USD 500 million, Qatar First Investment Bank acquiring Emirates National Plastics), IPO’s (Air Arabia, Deyaar Development and Drake & Scull), due diligence enquiries, corporate restructurings and complex private equity agreements.

Gary has advised some of the largest family companies in the Middle East and the wider MENA region on their legal structures and regularly drafts“tailor-made” and comprehensive Family Constitutions for major family groups in the region.


Richard Nunn

Moderator

Richard Nunn

Richard joined Jersey Finance originally as Business Development Director for the UK, before relocating to the Middle East to cover the GCC region. Prior to Jersey Finance, he spent six years based in Barclay’s Jersey office as an Investment Manager before going on to lead the business development and client relationship teams. He then spent eight years with Barclays International and led their UK Resident Non Domicile business.


Frederick Deacon

Director, Whitmill Trust Company Limited

Frederick Deacon

Frederick is one of the Whitmill Group’s main Board Directors and is responsible for overseeing the management of the Institutional Client and Fund Administration Team in Jersey. Frederick also looks after a number of family structures and is responsible for overseeing the marketing and new business development functions of the organisation. He is also a Director of Whitmill Trust Company (Gibraltar) Limited.

Prior to joining Whitmill in 2007 Frederick spent 14 years as part of the senior management team of a bank owned trust company.

Frederick operates predominantly out of our Jersey offices but also spends time in Whitmill’s Gibraltar office, as well as being a regular traveller to London, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE.

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Frederick studied law at Bournemouth University and at the Inns Court School of Law in London where he completed the academic stage of training for the Bar of England & Wales in 1991. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

In his spare time, Frederick enjoys spending time with the family and walking the dog. He is a keen follower of rugby and football and enjoys sailing when both the time and the opportunity present themselves.


Tim Cartwright

Director, Corporate & Private Client, Hawksford

Tim Cartwright

Tim has enjoyed being involved with both corporate and private clients in the management, preservation and enhancement of their wealth for over 30 years

Tim is a member of the Hawksford Board and is one of the director team who took part in the management buy out from Rathbone Brothers plc in October 2008.

He heads up the Dubai office and is part of the executive team which spearheaded the development of new business and relationships throughout the Middle East, where he spends much of his time working with corporate and private clients. Given the international nature of work undertaken on behalf of clients, he is authorised to act as a principal person under the current regulations in Jersey, Guernsey, BVI and Qatar.

Tim is a full member of STEP and also a committee member of the STEP Jersey branch, which is one of the largest offshore branches in the world. He also holds the DTEP diploma from the Institute of Financial Services. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a Diploma in Company Direction. In an honorary role, Tim is a long standing member of the States of Jersey Rates Appeal Board.


Trevor Norman

Director, Volaw Trust & Corporate Services Limited

Trevor Norman

Trevor Norman is the Director of the Islamic Finance and Funds Group at Volaw Trust & Corporate Services Limited in Jersey.

Trevor is responsible for the management of Volaw’s structured finance clients, including special purpose vehicles and collective investment funds; he is an acknowledged industry specialist in Islamic finance work. In 1995 he oversaw the establishment of a Shari’a-compliant fund investing in US real estate and since that time has worked on a wide variety of other Shari’a-compliant transactions including several real estate funds, asset backed securitisation structures and Sukuk. He is a Director of a number of companies administered by Volaw on behalf of its clients which have been established to own real estate across a wide variety of sectors, including commercial, distribution, retail, hotel and student accommodation.

He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Institute of Directors, and the International Tax Planning Association.


Alastair Glover

Principal Associate, Gowling WLG

Alastair Glover

Alastair is a Principal Associate based in the Dubai office of International law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.

Alastair advises high net worth individuals and families, family offices and trustees on global wealth holding and succession structures, tax and relocation.

Acting for a diverse range of clients requires Alastair to have a strong working knowledge of onshore and offshore laws in multiple jurisdictions and to use his practical experience to match the legal tools available to each client's unique circumstances to design and implement structures which achieve the client's objectives.

Alastair was recently named ''Rising Star'' at the GCC Region WealthBriefing Awards 2015. He was recognised for his focused and effective professional commitment and impressively wide knowledge.


Programme

12:00 - Registration and Networking Lunch


12:45 - Welcome

  • Geoff Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Finance

13:00 - Keynote Speaker

  • Joe Moynihan, Director of Financial Services, The Government of Jersey

13:15 - Keynote Speaker

  • Gary Watts, Regional Head of Corporate Commercial, Al Tamimi & Company

13:40 - PANEL

This panel of experts will offer key insights into a number of recent trends, such as the increase in GCC investors purchasing UK real estate, as well as the rising number of family offices in the GCC, which are expected to double to over 400 during the next eight years.

Richard Nunn, Moderator

  • Frederick Deacon, Director, Whitmill Trust Company
  • Tim Cartwright, Director, Hawksford
  • Trevor Norman, Director, Volaw Trust & Corporate Services Limited
  • Alastair Glover, Principal Associate, Gowling WLG

14:15 - Q&A Session


14:20 - Closing Remarks

  • Geoff Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Jersey Finance

14:30 - End of Session

Venue

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Finance Centre

P.O. Box 482032 Gate Village, DIFC Dubai, UAE

Social Coverage

Get in touch

Contact our Events Team

Georgina Matthews

Georgina Matthews

Events Manager at Jersey Finance

Tel: +44 (0)1534 836008
Email: georgina.matthews@jerseyfinance.je

Presentation

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The Jersey Finance GCC Roadshow 2016 Presentation - Dubai