Jersey Finance is delighted to be a sponsor of STEP Arabia Conference 2022 two-day conference in Abu Dhabi, taking place from Sunday 6 – Monday 7 November. Jersey Finance will also be Platinum Sponsor of the 2022 STEP Arabia Brunch Conference, which will take place on Monday 7 November and we will be hosting a panel session themed on ‘Family Governance’, with more information, such as timings and speakers, to be updated on this page once confirmed.

With the pace of implementation of UAE foundations growing at an exponential rate, this year STEP take a look at the broader GCC to see what is happening in Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain.

STEP also consider regional cryptos, as well as a UAE structuring and tax update.

In the wake of the high profile inheritance dispute regarding the late Majid Al Futtaim, they have a family governance panel to see what lessons can be learned to avoid some of the issues for the heads of other GCC families.

The objective of this conference is to provide delegates with the latest regional legacy planning developments and practical examples from leading industry experts, as well as a taste of the potential solutions under consideration.

Business Development Director for Middle East, Africa and India, Faizal Bhana, will also be attending the conference and would be delighted to connect with contacts old and new. To arrange a meeting with Faizal ahead of the event, kindly use the contact profile above.

For more information, please contact 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 and Africa. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised both corporates 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.

Having successfully mentored for HRH Prince 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 currently mentors MBA students from the prestigious and the world’s leading business school, the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

James Campbell

James Campbell Partner, Ogier

Described by leading legal directory Chambers and Partners as "one of the thought leaders in trust law" and named a Leading Individual by Legal 500, James has significant experience advising professional trustees, family offices, intermediaries and high-net worth families on all aspects of Jersey trusts, foundations and estate planning together with all related company and commercial law issues. He has significant experience working with clients and their advisors in the Middle East and in advising on Sharia compliant fiduciary structures.

Venue: Authorities Building, ADGM, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi