Aqua Participates In The "Jersey Finance" GCC Roadshow 2016
Entitled "Clear Direction" the 2016 Jersey Finance Annual GCC Roadshow took place on 18 April in Doha. It brought together a range of world class industry professionals to discuss the key issues currently shaping the growth of the GCC market. In attendance were a broad range of of members of the GCC advisory community, including wealth practitioners, lawyers, investment managers and other finance professionals.
Led by Geoff Cook, CEO, Jersey Finance, this year's event will include keynote speeches from Joe Moynihan, Director of Financial Services for The Government of Jersey, and Safwan Moubaydeen, Partner of multinational law firm, Dentons.
In his speech, Joe will look at how Jersey, through its political and economic stability, has become an international finance centre of substance, as he provides an update on a number of key topics including tax, legislation and regulation.
Meanwhile, Safwan, whose career includes a period of service at the Royal Hashemite Court of the late King Hussein of Jordan, will offer his views on a number of key themes currently shaping the growth of the GCC market. With more than 30 years' experience practising law in Jordan and the GCC, Safwan has extensive expertise advising regulators, banks, governments, national and multinational corporations on various aspects of energy, banking, aviation, technology, corporate governance, media and telecommunications law and on legal reform and regulatory matters.
Moderated by Gary Hales, Business Development Director, Jersey Finance, the panel of experts will include: Joanne Luce, Managing Director, Aqua Group; Owen Lynch, Director, LGL Trustees Limited; Jon Barratt, Head of Real Estate Services, Elian; and Wadih Abou Nasr, Country Senior Partner and Tax Partner, PwC.
The panel offered key insights into a number of recent trends, such as the increase in GCC investors purchasing UK real estate, as well as the rising number of family offices in the GCC, which are expected to double to over 400 during the next eight years. Additionally they highlighted Jerseys strengths as a centre of choice for Islamic finance as it continues to meet the demands of the GCC advisory community and offered strategies on how advisors can align their service offerings to ensure that they keep on top of this trend.