It has been wonderful over the past three months to see our Business Development team travelling globally once more, and for the most part our global events schedule is back in full swing. We’ve held our first ‘roadshow’ since the pandemic, in Nairobi, and have plenty more events scheduled to take place across our key markets later in the year.
While having several international offices has served us well throughout the pandemic, holding events within the regions in which we operate has always been a key part of our plans. In the last quarter alone, we have held events in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait, South Africa, New York, and of course London and Jersey.
Our first roadshow since the pandemic took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Jersey’s relationship with Africa is broad, deep, and based on shared interests. Over many decades, Jersey has built strong connections with Africa by supporting both inbound and outbound investment for private and institutional investors. Our roadshow focussed on themes such as sustainable finance, private wealth, corporate services, funds, family businesses and infrastructure. A key message delivered at these events by our Member firms and speakers was that Jersey’s international finance centre (IFC) is in a prime position to be at the forefront for supporting new, and absolutely critical, waves of investment into Africa as the continent recovers from the pandemic – attracting capital to the continent and creating jobs.
Later this year we will hold a further two roadshows: one in South Africa, and one in the USA, which will take in New York (where our office is based), as well as key cities that are new to our events programme – Miami, San Francisco and Chicago. We will also be holding our annual flagship Private Wealth Conference in London, in addition to events in Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Kenya, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat and Nigeria! As you can see, Jersey as an IFC truly does have a global footprint – a fact which our ‘Global Value Chains’ report (which I mentioned in my last blog) attests to. If you haven’t had a chance to look at this research yet, I encourage you to do so.
Aside from events, we continue to add to our library of evidence-based research and independent insights. Most recently, in conjunction with IFI Global, we’ve produced a whitepaper exploring the origins of the key international fund jurisdictions around the world, how they became established bases for the asset management industry and how they are evolving. Additionally, The Gibson Strategy Jersey Private Wealth Report 2021/22 is an independent research study, part-sponsored by Jersey Finance, compiled using findings from more than 130 Jersey-based individuals sharing their expert views, insights and experiences in the context of Jersey private wealth.
Through our regional thought leadership, we have published editorials on ESG and Shari’a compliant investment, in conjunction with Hubbis issued a whitepaper targeting family offices, and sponsored African Business magazine’s special report exploring why Jersey’s international finance centre is fast becoming the number one choice for South African Wealth Managers, to name just a few.
In the second half of the year, we will continue to add to this research, with a report on the emerging fund manager market as well as some more specific regional insights.
We look forward then to the coming months with a sense of optimism. Earlier this month, several of our Business Development Directors visited Jersey from our regional offices for the first time since the pandemic. They all remarked how they are seeing an uplift in travel into their regions, with many of our Member firms resuming in-person visits, so please do contact us at any time if you would like to learn more about Jersey or the Member firms we represent.
Photo Gallery: A Selection of Events April - July 2022
1 & 2: Malaysia Wealth Management Forum (Kuala Lumpur)
3 & 4: CFA Stamford Dinner (USA)
5: Liberation Day Reception (Dubai)
6 & 7: SAVCA Private Equity Conference (South Africa)
8 – 12: Corporate Structuring Considerations from a Saudi and International perspective (Jeddah, Riyadh – Saudi Arabia)
13 – 18: Nairobi Roadshow (Kenya)
19: Commonwealth Business Forum, CHOGM (Rwanda)
20 – 22: Funds Focus: Private Equity and Venture Capital (London, UK)
23: UAE Financial Crime Risk Assessment Roundtable – In Partnership with Themis (Jersey)