Regulation, Risk and Reward: A Balancing Act

Jersey Finance’s early evening event will provide expert insights and perspectives on risk and compliance. It will examine how these are mitigated and balanced by international finance centres within the Gulf region and globally.

Our flagship Dubai event features a fireside chat and panel session of industry experts led by Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance and An Kelles and Faizal Bhana from Jersey Finance’s Middle East Regional Hub office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).

The high-profile event is aimed at the GCC-based professional advisory community, family offices, families and key players in the financial services ecosystem, as well as Jersey-based wealth professionals and offers delegates significant networking opportunities.

Please note this venue has changed from last year. View the full address below.

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Allan Wood › Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
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Born in Liverpool, Allan has more than 25 years’ financial service experience in Jersey and the UK.

As Global Head of Business Development, Allan is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Jersey as a leading international finance centre across key strategic overseas markets including Africa, the Gulf region, Asia, the US and the UK.

Allan joined Jersey Finance in 2015 as Business Development Director, before being promoted to Regional Head – West, where he was responsible for overseeing the Africa, US and UK markets.

Prior to Jersey Finance, Allan spent five years with Barclays in Jersey, where he was Vice President and leader of the Jersey International business within Barclays Wealth & Investment Management division. Before this, he spent 20 years with Royal Bank of Scotland.

A keen runner in his spare time, Allan successfully completed the London Marathon in 2014 and 2016, while he is also Chairman of The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a Director of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation, and an advisor to the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board.

An Kelles › Director – GCC, Jersey Finance
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An joined Jersey Finance in May 2016 as the Business Development Director for Asia and is now based in our Middle East Regional Hub office, in the DIFC in Dubai.

An studied law in Belgium at the University of Leuven including one Erasmus exchange year at Queen Mary and Westfield College in London. She subsequently did an LLM in international business law at Trinity College Dublin.

An qualified as a lawyer in Belgium before moving to Dublin to work in the international business team of the law firm Matheson. In 2009, she went to work for ATC Corporate Services in Luxembourg as a corporate lawyer and later as a business unit manager. After a shareholding change in 2013, ATC Corporate Services merged with the Intertrust Group. An joined the Intertrust Hong Kong office in 2014 as a business unit director for the European and the Private Equity 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.

Elaine Hughes

Elaine Hughes Group Company Secretary of the AW Rostamani Group

Elaine is a qualified corporate governance practitioner, chartered Company Secretary, and experienced AML & compliance officer with over 20 years’ experience in the provision of advisory services to various Boards of Directors and Government Bodies on all aspects of corporate governance, company secretarial and regulatory compliance matters affecting companies, directors, shareholders, and other stakeholders. She is a fellow of the Governance Institute, a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and recently completed the Harvard Business School Senior Leadership program with AW Rostamani. Her specialisations include corporate governance and regulation, board support for director, committee and shareholder meetings, decision making and accountability, directors' duties and training, subsidiary governance and succession planning and structuring.


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Venue: Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai