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Jersey Finance is delighted to be a sponsor of Informa Connect’s conference: “Cross-Border Planning: Wealth Management Solutions for the New Age Business Family” in Dubai, which aims to discuss and unpack the key issues facing the internationally mobile private client.

Faizal Bhana, Jersey Finance’s Director – Middle East, Africa and India, will moderate a panel of both local and international practitioners (including representatives from Jersey-based firms) to discuss “What now for Family Businesses and Family Offices?”. The panel will cover the following topics:

  • A look at Saudi Arabia, UAE and wider GCC countries’ family businesses and family offices
  • How families are developing their internal structures and processes
  • Exploring succession and governance
  • The interaction between the board and management/shareholders
  • Incorporating harmony between professional management and family management
  • Considering ESG in the family enterprise’s decision making

For more information, please contact a member of our events team.


Faizal Bhana › Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
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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.

Akeela Bharuchi

Akeela Bharuchi Head of Middle East, Equiom

Akeela is the Head of Middle East for Equiom Group, a global company specialising in end-to-end private wealth structuring and business support services to private, institutional, and corporate clients. A UK solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in UK and the Middle East, and with over 20 years of commercial experience, Akeela specialises in advising international businesses and investors on a broad range of corporate commercial matters. Her team of highly experienced qualified corporate services professionals specialise in employee savings/pensions and end of service solutions, governance risk and compliance consulting and outsourcing, company formation, licensing, structuring, company secretariat and corporate administration and bespoke business enabling solutions.

Dipali Maldonado

Dipali Maldonado Senior Counsel, Private Client Services, Al Tamimi & Company

Dipali Maldonado is a Senior Counsel in the Private Client Services team at Al Tamimi & Company and has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners Private Wealth law for 3 years in a row. Dipali has also been shortlisted for the Wealth Management Lawyer of the Year in the Women in Business Law Awards 2023-EMEA and her team has won multiple awards, most recently the 9th Annual Wealth Briefing MENA Awards for exceptional “Legal advice provision for UHNW individuals, families or wealth managers”. She is a regular speaker at international conferences relating to private wealth, succession and estate planning in the MENA region, newspaper, radio & podcast contributor and has published a number of articles and chapters for the international legal and business community. Dipali is also an active member of Al Tamimi and Company’s India Desk given her large NRI client base.

Richard Jordan

Richard Jordan Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Richard advises UHNW families and family offices on the co-ordinated structuring of international private wealth. He is a partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP and has been consistently regarded as one of the most influential professionals working in the private wealth sector.

Dan Toft

Dan Toft Senior Executive Officer, UAE, Praxis Group

A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2006 Dan has more than 20 years' experience in the offshore fiduciary services industry. Utilising Praxis' extensive office network, Dan has a background specialising in wealth structuring for Middle Eastern families looking to safeguard assets for future generations. In his current role Dan assists GCC-based families looking to structure local assets and corporate clients exploring gratuity planning options. He also provides solutions to clients seeking to structure investment through ADGM's Funds regime.