Led by Faizal Bhana, Director Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance is delighted to be co-hosting this exclusive evening seminar 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 Africa and India. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised corporates, family offices 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.
Faizal is a regular contributor and an international speaker, providing thought leadership at both public and private engagements across the Middle East and Africa. A regular contributor to both regional and national publications across the Middle East and Africa, Faizal has been interviewed on various platforms including the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CGTN, Arab news, Gulf News and various other leading global and regional media outlets.
Having successfully mentored for HRH King 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 mentors MBA students from the prestigious and the world’s leading business school, the Saïd Business School at Oxford University. Additionally, Faizal also mentors select NexGen UHNW family members from his region, supporting and guiding them as they take on more responsibility and positions of leadership within their global family businesses.
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.
Jochen Hundt Managing Partner, Hundt & Partners
Jochen Hundt is a German legal and business consultant, managing partner and founder of Hundt & Partners Legal and Business Advisory. Jochen was born in 1969 in Landshut, on the outskirts of Munich. Hundt Legal established an ever-expanding litigation and arbitration practice in 2018 when KSA lawyer Nouf Al-Qahtani joined. In 2020, Hundt Legal then acquired the Middle East Practice of German management consulting group Scheer and was rebranded into Hundt & Partners Legal & Business Advisory. Hundt & Partners are today running a legal and tax advisory practice out of Riyadh, with a team of seven, and a management consulting practice out of Jeddah, with a team of four. Jochen has published many articles in regional and international reviews, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences both in the MENA region and in Europe. He is also a founding member of several lawyers' and business organizations. In Riyadh, Jochen is advising over a dozen western embassies and foreign trade missions.
Bashar Bazian Managing Director, Crestbridge
Bashar is the Managing Director of Crestbridge Bahrain B.S.C (c); he has extensive experience in Trust and Financial services. With over 30 years’ experience in the region, Bashar has a strong track record in developing relationships with financial institutions, UHNW families and institutional investors. He has a wealth of experience, most recently as a private consultant, and previously as the former CEO of Intertrust Bahrain, Director at Credit Suisse, Regional Head Private Banking for Arab Bank Group, and UBS Merrill Lynch before that. He is responsible for the growth strategy and performance of our Bahrain office in addition to business development activity in the Middle East.
Dr Mohammed Alswaidan CEO of ETF Bureau in KSA
Mohammed is an expert in Islamic finance with work experience of over 12 years in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was one of the establishment team joining Alinma bank in Riyadh at Shariah Group and enhanced his experience in the Shariah team at Gatehouse Bank in London. He focused on the wealth management structure, his interest subject is debt structuring in shariah-compliant methods. He was awarded his PhD degree in Sukuk risk structure analysis from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Mohammed contributed with academic research in Sukuk that was published in Academic journals in the USA and the UK. In 2011, Saudi diversified manufacturing company (SABIC) research chair selected Mohammed’s Master's dissertation for their accepted research plus published and funded by the SABIC. In addition, Mohammed participated in many global conferences presenting papers on Islamic finance.
Farida Azarioh Country General Manager UAE, Intertrust Group
Farida started her career at Intertrust in 2013 and holds a master’s degree in civil law from the University of Amsterdam. After her study she worked as a paralegal at a Dutch law firm and later joined Intertrust where she fulfilled the role of Senior Relationship Manager and Commercial Executive with a focus on the Middle East. In 2018 she was seconded to Intertrust Dubai to focus on business development in the region. In 2021 she returned to the Middle East to take on the role of Country General Manager of our offices in the DIFC and the ADGM. As a Country General Manager, she is responsible of managing our office with a team of professionals who are providing Corporate, Trustee and Fund Administration services to our clients in the region.
Rizwan Osman Partner, Clyde & Co
Rizwan specialises in Corporate Law and has experience in advising on complex cross-border transactions in the oil & gas, mining, trading, transport and logistic sectors. Rizwan advises clients of all business sizes from small and medium size institutions to multinational corporations providing them with a comprehensive full legal service. He has also assisted a large number of clients across all industries in connection with setting up and franchising their business in Saudi Arabia. With over 12 years' experience in the market, five of which are in Saudi Arabia, specialising in all aspects of corporate matters including foreign direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and investment funds.
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
- Moderator: Jochen Hundt, Managing Partner, Hundt & Partners
- Bashar Bazian, Managing Director, Crestbridge
- Dr Mohammed Alswaidan, CEO of ETF Bureau in KSA
- Farida Azarioh, Country General Manager UAE, Intertrust Group
- Rizwan Osman, Partner, Clyde & Co
- Asad Khan, Chief Economist & Head of Research, Jadwa Investment
Q&A and Close