Jersey Finance is delighted to have collaborated with Trowers & Hamlins in a webinar discussing “Trends in Fund Structuring Regionally and Internationally”.
With multiple developments in the choices for fund structuring and the consequences of those choices, Jersey Finance and Trowers & Hamlins jointly hosted this webinar with the objective of providing useful insights relevant to fund promoters, asset managers, investors and industry professionals.
A wide ranging and interesting discussion covered:
- trends we are seeing in fund structuring and, in particular, funds domiciliation,
- key considerations for choosing fund structure and domicile and the increasing investor influence over such decisions,
- challenges faced in relation to regulatory developments across a number of jurisdictions as well as improvements and opportunities created,
- opportunities for European capital raising for regional investors,
- the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on funds and the changing relationship between funds and their investors,
- new opportunities and structures offered in the GCC and internationally,
- certain sector specific issues to consider when establishing funds,
- the use of shari’ah compliant wrappers for conventional investments,
- challenges to the conventional fund model such as discretionary accounts and permanent capital funds
We were joined by other industry experts and insiders to enhance this interesting and wide ranging panel discussion.
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.
Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.
Elliot is focussed on defining strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Hedge and Private Equity Management Companies and Funds.
Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.
Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association and the BVCA Channel Islands working group.
Brian Howard Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Brian is a partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Bahrain office and heads our corporate team in Bahrain as well as our international funds practice. He has nearly 20 years' experience working with clients from or investing in the GCC. He advises clients in respect of public and private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring and regulation (including corporate finance, company and group structuring, shareholders' and joint venture arrangements, constitutional documents and corporate governance) in addition to a broad range of commercial and contractual matters.
Nick Green Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Nick Green is a Dubai-based corporate partner and cross-border investment specialist. Over 6 years regional experience and previously a partner in the London corporate team focused on structuring UK and European Real Estate capital markets' deals from the Middle East, acting for family offices, institutional investors and high net worth individuals.
Jeremy Ingham Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Jeremy is the Resident Managing Partner of the firm's Bahrain office, and head of Trowers & Hamlins’ International banking and finance team. He worked in Bahrain between 2006 – 2014 returning to Manama in 2017. Jeremy was based in Muscat, Oman with Trowers between 2014 – 2017 as resident managing partner of our Oman office. He continues to travel to Oman regularly where he assists a wide range of clients. Jeremy specialises in all areas of corporate banking work acting for banks and other financial institutions as well as corporate borrowers.
Paul Perris Chief Commercial Officer, Crestbridge
As a member of the group executive, Paul provides strategic input into the direction and development of the business and is responsible for a number of key client relationships. Paul has over 25 years’ experience establishing and administering a wide variety of multi-jurisdictional corporate, real estate, fund and private wealth structures, working with clients including global funds, institutions, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. Prior to joining Crestbridge in 2012, Paul was a Partner and Group Director at a global provider of offshore legal and fiduciary services. Paul is a Chartered Secretary and member of STEP.
Wajdi Al Jallad Managing Director, Keypoint
Wajdi has been the Managing Director of Keypoint since the company was set up in 2006. Under his direction, Keypoint has developed into a firm which provides a wide range of professional business advisory services to a variety of clients in the Kingdom of Bahrain and across the region. A ‘hands on’ manager, Wajdi is extensively involved in all of Keypoint’s services and is responsible for setting up and implementing Keypoint’s strategies and operations and for assuring the quality of its services to clients. Wajdi started his business consultancy career in 1995 with a ‘Big 4’ accounting and consultancy firm. In addition to his role as managing director, his primary business focus includes advising clients on establishing business vehicles – including trusts, funds, joint ventures and limited liability entities – and their ongoing compliance with Bahrain’s business laws and regulations.