Led by Faizal Bhana, Director Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance is delighted to be co-hosting this exclusive evening roundtable with Proven, a leading international outsourcing and corporate consultancy firm, based in Saudi Arabia.
Our in-person event aims to provide insights on the developments and key issues for corporate structuring from a Saudi and international perspective.
The audience will hear updates from representatives from both Jersey Finance and Proven, and from a panel of Saudi and international experts on corporate structuring, who will consider the topic from a Saudi, Gulf and global perspective, relevant to both Saudi and international corporate managers and administrators.
This event is open to Jersey Finance member firms only to attend these exclusive in-person events in Saudi Arabia.
For more information, please contact a member of our Events Team.
Faizal is a UK qualified lawyer and for many years has worked and advised, and is a trusted advisor to institutions, corporates and families across the Middle East and Africa. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised both corporates and families including on their international investment and holding structures.
Faizal is responsible for developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in Africa, the Middle East and India. He is focussed on his key markets, regularly travelling to all these countries, liaising and working with key stakeholders, including public and private institutions, corporates and families, building long term mutually beneficial relationships.
Faizal graduated with a first class in his undergraduate Law (LLB) Honours degree and a distinction in his postgraduate (MSc) degree in Islamic Banking and Finance, both from top tier UK based universities.
Having successfully mentored for HRH Prince Charles’ charities, the Prince’s Trust and Mosiac, over several years, Faizal continues with his passion for mentoring young, dynamic and promising entrepreneurs globally. Faizal currently mentors MBA students from the prestigious and the world’s leading business school, the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
Omer Saleem Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Proven
Omer Saleem has 14 plus years of experience in the finance sector, specifically financial valuations, management & internal strategy. He has added value in operations and strategy arenas at some of the biggest players in the industry like Goldman Sachs and Credit Agricole. His area of expertise is in financial markets specifically in valuations, financial management (cash flow management, expense analysis, budgeting & forecasting), strategy development, change management and client relationship management. He has operational and managerial experience in these areas. In addition, he has been through multiple M&As which have added to his skills set in short & long-term business strategy development, business process improvement and restructuring. His work experience is complemented by an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Asad Khan Chief Economist & Head of Research, Jadwa Investment
Asad Khan is the Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research at Jadwa Investment, where he covers economic and energy-related developments in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Prior to this, he worked at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, in London, as an Associate Director in the Oil & Gas team, covering the EMEA region. Asad holds a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London) and has extensive experience in economic-related research positions within Investment Banking, Retail Banking and Real Estate sectors, in addition to working within the UK Civil Service.
Hugh O’Donnell Head of Equiom Fiduciary, Middle East
Based in Dubai for over a decade, Hugh is the Senior Executive Officer of Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited and is responsible for developing new private client business across the Middle East. Hugh’s focus is on meeting the individual requirements of high & ultra-net worth individuals and corporations by offering them a full range of trust and fiduciary services. Hugh has over 25 years’ experience in wealth planning & fiduciary management with top tier private banks and trust companies throughout Europe and the Middle East. Hugh holds an LLB (Hons), was called to the Bar of England and Wales and is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). He also holds a Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management, acts as the Vice Chairman of STEP Arabia and is bilingual in English and German.
Mohammed Almarzouki Partner, ZM Law
Mohammed manages the corporate practice at ZM Law. He trained at a magic circle firm in London and worked for a leading Saudi law firm in Jeddah and Riyadh prior to joining ZM Law. Mohammed has a particular focus on corporate and commercial transactions, including private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, general corporate regulatory and advisory work, in the energy, transportation, health, e-commerce, education, food and beverage and real estate sectors, among others.
Lama Homaidan AlTurki Legal Consultations Director, Council of Health Insurance
Lama Homaidan AlTurki is a Saudi licensed attorney and notary with a 10 year experience in corporate and commercial law. Mrs. AlTurki has an LLM in commercial law and expertise in corporate structuring, restructuring, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&As, and liaising off-shore structuring. Mrs. AlTurki has represented local and international clients in complex commercial transactions in diversified industries within the territory of Saudi Arabia. Mrs. AlTurki’s recent practice is in B.O.T/B.O.O.T contracts and PPPs in the health sector. Mrs. AlTurki has contributed in building the legal infrastructure of a national platform in the health sector that is transforming the health care sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is used to enhance the level and quality of health services.
Fivos Athos Sarelis Senior Legal Consultant, SEDCO Holding
A bilingual legal consultant, over 10 years of experience having worked in private practice and in-house roles in the UK, Greece and KSA. His legal practice focuses on HNWI Wealth Management, Family Company Governance, International Regulatory Compliance, Private Equity, Real Estate Assets, Sharia Financing, and generally Commercial Transaction and Corporate Structuring. His academic background is in English Law, European Business Law, and International Business Strategy, grants him insight into the needs and opportunities of his clients. Fivos is passionate about his work, and dedicated to supporting ethical and socially responsible investment.
Hamid Harasani Managing Partner, Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm, Jeddah
Hamid is a Saudi qualified lawyer with domestic and international legal experience, with a PhD in Waqfs and trusts from King's College London, an LL.M in contract law from McGill University, a BA in Islamic law from the Islamic University in Madinah. He specialises in dispute resolution, cross-border transactions, Waqfs and wealth planning, corporate law, and employment law. He has various publications, most important of which is his recent book titled Towards the Reform of Private Waqfs: A Comparative Study of Islamic Waqfs and English Trusts (Brill 2015).
Ian Rumens Head of Private Clients – Jersey, Ocorian
Ian leads the Private Client Service Line in Jersey. He has international experience in both the legal and fiduciary fields, where his expertise lies in advising individuals, families, and family offices in achieving strategic objectives. He applies a pragmatic solution-based approach to fulfilling client needs. As a key advisor to many international families in his role as a professional trustee and director, he is often involved in sophisticated, cross jurisdictional structuring for the deployment of private capital. Ian was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2002 (non-practicing) and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Proven provides business support solutions that enable their clients to access ME markets, grow their business, and succeed in finding untapped efficiencies in operating their business. Our portfolio includes a multitude of businesses; big multinationals, local brands, government entities, and SMEs, providing the same level of service excellence no matter their industry or size. With a reputation as the leading outsource business services provider in the region, we offer bespoke, professional, and tailored solutions for each client. By combining consulting, expert advice, and local knowledge with our in-house solutions, we can maximize results for our clients.
Services are administered by a local team of experts with over a decade of experience in BPO, corporate services, corporate immigration, shared services and global talent management, and offshoring. We create and extract value for our clients by forging service delivery solutions that impact every chosen aspect of the business while ensuring that these strategies align with their needs and budget. Our comprehensive service offering along with our long-standing partner network allows us to provide a single stop for services tied to all business verticals.
Registration and Refreshments
Welcome from Proven
- Omer Saleem, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Proven
Welcome from Jersey Finance
- Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Update
- Asad Khan, Chief Economist & Head of Research, Jadwa Investment
- Hugh O’Donnell, Head of Equiom Fiduciary, Middle East
- Mohammed Almarzouki, Partner, ZM Law
- Lama Homaidan AlTurki, Legal Consultations Director, Council of Health Insurance
- Fivos Athos Sarelis, Senior Legal Consultant, SEDCO Holding
- Hamid Harasani, Managing Partner, Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm, Jeddah
- Ian Rumens, Head of Private Clients – Jersey, Ocorian
Open Discussion, Q&A and Close