Led by Faizal Bhana, Jersey Finance’s Director for Middle East, Africa & India, Jersey Finance is delighted to partner with leading regional law firm Hourani & Partners to jointly host a networking evening event on doing Business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The invite-only event will also highlight the growing ties between Jersey, India, KSA and the UAE.
The evening event will provide an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with businesses with similar interests.
This is an invitation only event. If you are interested in attending this event, or if you have any questions, please email 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.
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.
Sunita Singh-Dalal Partner, Hourani & Partners
Sunita advises significant business families, private clients, trustees, private banks, regulatory authorities and foreign law firms on Cross Border Estate and Succession Planning, Wealth Management, formulating and implementing Family Codes of Governance, Family Constitutions and establishing Family Offices.
She is a full member of STEP (Africa and Arabia), regularly chairs and presents at international wealth management forums and is highly respected by members of the Global Private Client Industry and has been consistently ranked by Chambers and Partners as a Private Client and High Net Worth Adviser.
Sunita is regarded as a leading authority on Middle East private client issues by global private wealth industry groups.
She is the only female lawyer in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (and greater GCC) who is ranked as a Private Client Expert by Private Client Global Elite. She received the 2022 Private Client Lawyer of the Year Award.
Walid Chiniara Advisor to Business Families
Walid S. Chiniara is an international finance lawyer, an activist, and a thought leader in the field of governance, its history, and philosophical foundation.
After 15 exciting years practicing law across several jurisdictions, Walid spent the last 25 years serving families in business, looking to preserve and grow their Wealth in the hands of future generations.
He worked alongside a large number of iconic families from around the world, building family offices, managing conflict, and devising family-specific tools, tailored to address their needs and those of the NextGen family business entrepreneurs.
Over the years, he forged himself a reputation as the go-to person for mission impossible family business succession planning, and the 7-Step Methodology™ he has developed has been recognized by his peers as a game changer. For many, it has become the family business succession planning tool par excellence.
Hourani & Partners is one of the leading law firms in the Middle East.
The Firm is led by a team of former ‘Big Law’ attorneys who share a common belief to do business effectively in
the region, clients need trusted legal advisers on the ground who understand the market and are able to efficiently navigate through the nuances involving the legal and regulatory landscapes and the opaque processes that tend to be common place in the region.
Beyond pure legal acumen, the team at Hourani Partners has the requisite technical, commercial and cultural capabilities, as well as established contacts and networks within the public and private sectors, to deliver bespoke service solutions that allow clients to successfully achieve their business objectives.
Hourani & Partners strives to provide clients with a personal service that is underpinned by international
standards and best practices.