GCC Roadshow 2017

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 12:00 - 14:30

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, Dubai

Pricing: Tickets are complimentary

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 12:00 - 14:30

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, Dubai

Pricing: Tickets are complimentary

Entitled ‘New Perspectives’, the 2017 Jersey Finance Annual GCC Roadshow will take place on Wednesday 3 May at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai and will bring together a range of world-class industry professionals to discuss several key issues currently shaping the global market and growth of the GCC market.

Led by Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance, this private wealth focused event will explore high-level topics, including Islamic finance, multi-generational and multi-jurisdictional family offices, real estate and the ever evolving needs of the GCC UHNWIs.

The lunch-time event will also offer key insights into a number of recent trends, including the launch of the joint Jersey Finance/Hubbis white paper on the “Driving Forces Behind HNW Investors” which researched the issues and thought-processes behind the internationalisation of GCC’s HNWIs investments.

The conference follows on from our successful roadshow events of the last three years, and is set to attract a broad range of members of the local advisory community, including wealth practitioners including lawyers, investment managers and other finance professionals, in addition to providing plenty of opportunities to network.

 

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Speakers

Geoff Cook

Chief Executive, Jersey Finance

Geoff Cook

Keynote Speaker

Geoff joined Jersey Finance as Chief Executive in January 2007. In promoting the Island’s finance industry, Geoff regularly visits many of the world’s leading finance centres to highlight the strengths of Jersey as a financial jurisdiction and to update government officials, regulators, finance professionals and international investors on legal and regulatory developments and service innovations.

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

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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.


Abdul-Haq Mohammed

International Managing Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Abdul-Haq Mohammed

Keynote Speaker

Abdul-Haq is the International Managing Partner at Trowers & Hamlins and leads its International real estate team. He specialises in all aspects of development work and advises investors on major property projects in the region. He has particular expertise in leading large teams on complex projects and transactions, including the development of airports, transport networks and social housing.

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Before moving to Bahrain in 2005, Abdul-Haq spent several years in the commercial property team in Trowers & Hamlins’ London office and he continues to advise Middle Eastern investors on their acquisitions in the UK market. 

Abdul-Haq is consistently recognised as a top-tier lawyer by both The Legal 500 and Chambers Global.

In 2017, Chambers Global said " The "very responsive and very creative" Abdul-Haq Mohammed is highly regarded by a wide range of sources. Clients identify him as "hugely respected" and value his "ability to provide good commercial advice." 


Peter Unwin

CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR, FIRST NAMES GROUP

Peter Unwin

Panellist

With more than 20 years’ experience in the private client and corporate services arenas, Peter joined First Names Group as Client Services Director in October 2014. He is responsible for overseeing a range of management activities, in particular the development and enhancement of client relationships, and regularly has oversight of family wealth and complex cross-border transactions for his clients. Having come to First Names Group from a leading multi-family office, Peter has a wealth of experience dealing with GCC families. He has been involved in strategic planning for family governance, including succession planning and family constitutions, and is well versed in the establishment, administration and governance of multi-jurisdictional structures for the holding of a variety of business interests, investments, lifestyle assets and philanthropic activities. 

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Peter brings his considerable experience, which also includes running a trust company in the British Virgin Islands, to bear in supporting his team of private client experts and ensuring the very best service for his clients. Peter is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of the Institute of Directors.


Michael Evans

Managing Associate, Ogier

Michael Evans

Panellist

Michael has a broad range of experience from more than ten years in various areas of banking and finance work, having acted on a wide variety of transactions for both financial institutions and borrowers (from the Middle East and elsewhere) looking to use offshore structures to access finance. Michael's particular focus is on Islamic finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance and fund finance.

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Before joining Ogier in August 2015, Michael trained in the London and Dubai offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, qualifying into their banking team in London in 2007. Following this, Michael moved to the Middle East, working at Clifford Chance LLP in Dubai, Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, The Commercial Bank of Qatar in Doha and a large private wealth fund in Bahrain.


Michael Giraud

Director and Head of New Business Development for Trust, Salamanca Group

Michael Giraud

Panellist

Michael is a Director of Salamanca Group's Jersey trust company and works closely with high net worth international families and their advisors to establish and administer complex and bespoke wealth management structures. These structures hold a mix of financial and non financial assets, carry interests, various direct investments, global property portfolios, chattels, family business shares, off balance sheet debt and complex investment portfolios.

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Michael has a dual role within the Jersey office with oversight of the Middle Eastern, North African, West African and North American connected structures and also undertakes new business activity for the trust group. He has previously worked in the Cayman Islands and Jersey for RBC Wealth Management’s fiduciary companies where he dealt extensively with UK, French, Latin American, US and Canadian families. Educated in South Africa and England, Michael holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He has been named as a Top 35 under-35 Practitioner by Private Client Practitioner on multiple occasions and has previously been named as one of Jersey’s Future Leaders by Citywealth magazine. Michael frequently drafts articles for private client publications and is fluent in spoken French.


Ismael Hajjar

DIRECTOR, MENA PRIVATE CLIENT SERVICES LEADER, EY

Ismael Hajjar

Panellist

In his role, Ismael focuses on assisting families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA with the design and implementation of succession, inheritance, governance, wealth and confidentiality planning strategies. This includes advising on the taxation of family members (e.g. tax residence) and family businesses as well as advising on investments such as real estate and private equity.

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Ismael has more than 11 years of relevant professional experience and has worked within the Luxembourg wealth and fund management industry for seven years before relocating to Dubai. During that time, he has gained considerable experience in international tax planning and has advised on a number of high-profile transactions and group restructurings with a particular focus on projects originating from the Middle East and Asia. He has developed an extensive experience in fund tax structuring, including Shariah-compliant funds, with a focus on private investment funds for single and multi-family offices.

He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-comptable”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK). Ismael is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and active member of STEP Arabia.


Richard Nunn

Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance

Richard Nunn

Moderator

Richard joined Jersey Finance originally as Business Development Director for the UK, before relocating to the Middle East to cover the GCC region. In March 2017, he was promoted to Head of Business Development for Jersey Finance. 

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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.


Programme

12:00 - Registration and networking lunch, teas and coffees


 

13:00 - Welcome

  • Geoff Cook, Chief Executive , Jersey Finance

 

13:20 - Keynote Speaker

  • Abdul-Haq Mohammed, International Managing Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

 

13:40 - PANEL

  • Richard Nunn, Moderator, Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
    • Michael Evans, Managing Associate, Ogier
    • Michael Giraud, Director & Head of New Business Development for Trust, Salamanca Group
    • Ismael Hajjar, Director, MENA Private Client Services Leader, EY
    • Peter Unwin, Client Services Director, First Names Group

Q&A Session


 

14:20 - Closing Remarks

Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance


 

14:30 - End of session

 

 

Venue

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai


 


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Contact our Events Team

Georgina Matthews

Georgina Matthews

Events Manager at Jersey Finance

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