Private Investor Middle East

International conference

26 - 27 September 2018

The Montcalm London Marble Arch

Speaker confirmations for 2018:

Fadi Al Husseini has been the Head of the Family Investment Office of HE Sheikh / Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Sulaiman’s Group (AAS Group) since January 2004. Mr. Al Husseini has also represented the group in several Boards of Directors in the Tourism & Lodging, Consumer Discretionary, and Financial Industries. Mr. Al Husseini is on the Advisory Board of Private Equity Funds EuroMENA II & EuroMENA III.

Previously, Mr. Al Husseini worked with Ets. F.A. Kettaneh SAL, Beirut – Lebanon, in their Automotive Division & with BLOMInvest Bank, Beirut – Lebanon, in the Private Banking Division. Mr. Al Husseini obtained his postgraduate degree in MMB Money & Banking and graduate degree in BA Business Administration from the American University of Beirut.

Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Sulaiman Group is a conglomerate that spans its activities across multi-countries/region & multi-industries. The group is also a long time investor in several Public & Private Investments. The group has seeded and has been one of the active developers & contributors to several Companies.

The ABA is led by George Kanaan, its Chief Executive Officer, who was appointed in 2009. George is based in London but also spends a significant amount of time in Beirut.

George began his banking career with Citibank in New York in 1975 and in the late 1980s established and managed the London-branch of Saudi American Bank (in which Citibank then held a 40% stake). He later moved to Riyadh to manage a family office before returning to London. George is a leading figure in London's Arab community. His interests extend far beyond banking and finance to include fine art and the collecting of memorabilia.

Jeffrey completed his studies at Manchester University and London Business School, and qualified as IMC with the UK Institute of Investment Management and Research.

He started his career as an investment analyst and then as a portfolio manager in the Asia and Emerging equity and credit markets, initially managing long-only funds and then long-short funds. During this period he worked in Hong Kong from 1992-2000. As a portfolio manager his funds generated consistent first quartile returns.

In 2008 he moved into the wealth management area with Barclayswealth in London, as Emerging Market debt specialist and member of the global strategy committee.
Jeffrey joined CPB as the Capital Markets Strategist in January 2013, where he is the EMEA specialist and a voting member of the Global Investment Committee. Additionally, using his broad background as both an investment analyst and fund manager, in both equity and credit, within both buy-side institutions and wealth management, Jeff produces EMEA equity and credit market commentary and investment lists, highlighting investment recommendations to CPB clients..

Bruno is Chief Executive Officer of ADIB UK, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), one of the world’s leading Islamic financial institutions with more than one million customers and £25 billion in assets. He also held the position of Head of Credit Solutions of the ADIB private bank in Abu Dhabi prior to heading ADIB UK’s operation. He has over 25 years’ international experience in the financial services industry having held senior leadership roles at several banks around the world. Prior to joining ADIB, Bruno was Managing Director at NVISION Investments for eight years. He has also held senior private banking and wealth management positions at Arab Bank, Ansbacher, Mashreq Bank and BNP Paribas.

Fadi Halout is the Head of Private Banking and member of the Executive Committee of Europe Arab Bank.
Fadi joined EAB from National Bank of Abu Dhabi, based in Paris where he was the Country CEO and Managing Director Wholesale Banking for the past 12 years. Prior to National Bank of Abu Dhabi, he was Head of Marketing & Financial Products at BLC Bank (France) and Head of Products Development at Credit Agricole Indosuez Group – BFO.
Fadi was also lecturer in Asset Management courses, post-graduate degree, at Paris-Dauphine University from 2001 to 2005.
Guest speaker in several conferences, he was elected President of the foreign banks association in France (CBEF), from 2013 to 2017, where he serves now as Honorary President & Board Member. He is co-founder of Arab Economists Circle in France.
Fadi has a Trium Executive MBA from HEC Paris, London School of Economics and New York University Stern and a Master’s Degree in industrial Organisation from Paris-Dauphine University.

Paul Stibbard joined Rothschild in 2012 as Executive Vice Chairman with primary focus on Trusts and Wealth Management. Paul was formerly Co-Chairman of the Global Wealth Management Practice and Head of Wealth Management Department, Baker McKenzie London. He graduated from Cambridge University (Natural Science and Law) and INSEAD International Business School (MBA, Dean’s List) Fontainebleau. He specialises in advising individuals extensively on cross‑border tax, trust and succession issues, advising on issues relating to succession of substantial family-owned businesses and creation of complex offshore structures for wealth preservation.  Paul lectures extensively on many of these topics.  Paul also completed an Islamic Diploma Course at the Islamic College, London in 2010.  He is an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. In May 2008 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from CityWealth. Chambers Global and Chambers UK Directories rated Paul in the top tier as a private client adviser and Spears Wealth rated him as one of the top five Private Client Lawyers in June 2010. In September 2012, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the STEP Annual Awards. He was Chairman of the Presiding Judges of the STEP Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and is a Presiding Judge again in 2017.

Jesdev is the Head of Sidra Capital UK a division of the CMA regulated entity in KSA.

He studied Law, attained an MBA and is a member of the RICS.  He was previously a Managing Director of Deloitte in the Middle East before he started his own ‘Family office’ 3 Associates Capital. Prior to that he was with Land Securities and Goldman Sachs Whitehall Real Estate Fund.

His main area of expertise is Property Investment, debt restructuring and Infrastructure.  He is recognised as an authority on cross border UK - Middle East Property investment. Most recently he led the bid on the $1.3bn Grosvenor House and Plaza Hotel bids and led a team restructuring Dubai’s $19bn debt challenges in 2010. Since then he has worked with IBBC in Iraq, raised capital for an Afghan oil refinery, acquired Investment assets in the UK and continues to be one of the leading figures in London Hotel investments for multifamily offices and an active panel member at the London Sukuk Summit.

Prior to CedarBridge Partners, Imad was Executive Director for Gulf Capital Private Equity, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He successfully invested more than $220 million throughout the MENA region in strategic sectors including healthcare, education, and utilities.

Before joining Gulf Capital, Imad was an Independent Consultant for 12 years. He worked with several regional and international organizations on investment and market research assignments.

Imad's has many diverse leadership roles throughout the MENA region. He is a director in the board of Advanced Laboratory Services, the leader in advanced laboratory services in Saudi Arabia; a director in the board of Kids Foundation, an operator of nurseries; and a director in Triumpharma, a leading CRO services provider in the Middle East. He also held directorship positions in Maarif Education and Training Holding, the largest educational group in Saudi Arabia, Metito Holding Ltd, the leading water engineering company in Middle East, and TechnoScan Investment Holding, a leading healthcare provider in Middle East.

Imad is also a Founding Member of the MENA Private Equity Association, An expert in PE and VC in the Middle East and MENA region, Imad is a frequent presenter at conferences. He also co-authors the annual MENA PEA report on the state of PE and VC in the Middle East.

Philip van Hilten (1952), tax attorney at law, is a member of the Finance and Structuring practice group. He specialises in corporate law and tax law with a focus on ongoing international clients and cross-border operational, asset, acquisition and finance transactions. Philip advises international clients since 1976 on tax and legal efficient structures, whereby also asset protection and governance play vital roles. He has worked in many foreign places such as Paris, Luxemburg and Dubai.

He is former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Council of the International Bar Association and member of American Bar Association with particular focus on international taxation, bilateral investment treaties, corporate law and international wealth management+estate planning .

He is board member of various Associations and Foundations in and outside the Netherlands having served for many years as member of the executive committees of 2 privately held, major multinationals. He has published a variety of books and articles a.o. on corporate and tax optimisation of multinationals, bilateral investment treaties and corporate and family governance and has lectured numerous times about these and other tax and legal topics.

David Metcalfe is the President of Premier Diamond Group (North America) Ltd. a Toronto based company with affiliate offices in Valletta Malta, and the Tel Aviv Diamond Bourse.

Premier Diamond specializes in the purchase and sale of natural colored diamonds for wealth accumulation and estate planning purposes and holds membership in the International Colored Gemstone Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

An engaging speaker, Mr. Metcalfe is a pioneer in the branding of natural colored diamonds as a hedge against a declining valued U.S. dollar and a private non-registered hard asset that belongs in every investor’s asset portfolio.

David commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Singapore International Commercial Court, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.

He currently practises in Dubai, London, New York and Abu Dhabi (Outer Temple Chambers), Sydney (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) and Brisbane (Sir Harry Gibbs Chambers) and is an associate member of chambers in Auckland (Shortland Chambers) and Darwin (William Forster Chambers). He has acted for Commonwealth and State Governments as well as individuals and corporations. David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.

He has lectured at the University of Sydney for the Master of Taxation course, the University of Queensland for the Master of Laws course and served as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Trusts & Trustees.

He is Chairman of the STEP International Client Special Interest Group, a member of the STEP World Wide Council and various STEP Committees, a co-chair of the United Arab Emirates Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, a Member of the Middle East and North Africa Branch Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK), a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers, a Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.

David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years and in 2014 was the Tax Institute’s Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon) for his services to Australia-Japan relations. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for, among other things, "service ... to taxation law and legal education."

Houssam Nasrawin has founded the business organization Arab Business Leaders meant to bridge the GCC to Africa and Europe
He previously founded the consulting firm Mideast Capital Ltd, active in Europe to advise European SMEs to establish in the Middle East
He worked in Private Equity in Dubai for Agility Logistics investment arm. He has experience in London and Paris, mainly working in Investment Banking at La Societe Generale and at Credit Agricole. He then joined Pechel Industries Partner, a private Equity firm in Paris 
Houssam holds a Master in Finance from Audencia Business School (France) and a BA in International Economics from the University of Paris Nanterre. He also studied at the Ohio State University, USA
He is a French and Jordanian citizen and lives between Dubai, UAE and Paris, France

Robert advises on tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy individuals, their advisers and trustees. He acts for a wide range of clients including the owners of landed estates, business people, non-domiciliaries and international families with assets in multiple jurisdictions.

Robert is a Trustee of a number of UK trusts including several that hold heritage assets, and he also acts as Executor. Robert advises on contentious trust and probate work, and has recently been involved in applications to vary and rectify trusts both in the UK and offshore.

Robert has developed a reputation for advising a number of high profile US families based in the UK (alongside their existing US advisers) and he is also experienced at advising Middle Eastern families on the creation and reorganization of trusts, including Sharia compliant structures. He is also known for his sensitive handling of complicated family situations.

Robert is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He has spoken at conferences and seminars in a number of locations worldwide, including London, New York, Geneva, Bahrain and Dubai.

Ian Edge is also Barrister, 3 Paper Buildings, Temple London

 

Ian Edge is a specialist in most legal matters concerning Islamic/Shari’a law and the laws of the Middle East. He acts as advocate in matters of commercial and private international law relating to the Middle East or Islamic law and is considered one of the leading experts on the civil and commercial laws of the Middle East (including the application of Islamic law).
His clients include governments, major corporations and banks as well as Royal and Ruling family members as well as the scions of the most well-known and leading families in the Middle East. Ian is the only non-UAE resident member of the DIFC Legislative Council which he has sat on since its inception. Ian was appointed to the International Committee of the Bar
Council as the member with responsibility for the Middle East and Chairman of the IC’s Middle East Interest Group in which role he served for four years.
Ian has written publications on commercial law with particular reference to Middle East and Islamic Law and has a good working knowledge of French and of written Arabic.

Dawn is a partner in the contentious trust and succession team.
Having a wealth of experience of litigation in most offshore jurisdictions, as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Dawn advises all parties who may be involved in a dispute arising out of lifetime estate planning or on death, whether about trusts, foundations, professional negligence, fraud or succession. Previously a divorce lawyer, she also specialises in advising trustees and beneficiaries caught up in divorce proceedings.
Dawn uses her experience as to what can go wrong to advise trustees and protectors on their duties and how to manage and reduce their risk. Settlors are advised on how to create robust structures. Once a problem has arisen she advises on methods to defuse contention, risk mitigation and alternative dispute resolution as well as on proceedings if necessary, ranging from consensual to the most hostile. Dawn features in Who’s Who Legal’s list of International Private Client Lawyers as one of the ‘most highly regarded practitioners in the world’, described as ‘phenomenal’ according to their sources who praise her ‘responsiveness’.

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti
B.A., LL.M.(Warwick), LL.D., TEP
Managing Partner, Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates
Legal | Tax | Corporate

Dr Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, managing partner of Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates, a leading law firm with offices in Malta, Cyprus, London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Dr Chetcuti heads the firm's Private Client practice, specialising in private client tax planning, wealth structuring and citizenship and residency planning.   Dr Chetcuti is a key advisor on Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Golden Visa, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus.  Dr Chetcuti was the first to be licenced by the Identity Malta Agency (licence IIP 001) to directly file citizenship applications under the Malta Individual Investor Programme.  Within his tax planning and wealth structuring function, he specialises in the use of Cypriot and Malta holding companies, Malta & Cyprus participation Exemption regimes, Malta & Cyprus royalty companies, Malta & Cyprus trusts and foundations and Professional Investor Funds.  Jean-Philippe spends his time between the firm's Malta and Cyprus office.

Dr Chetcuti is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and sits on the executive council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He is also a co-founder and secretary of the MAFE Malta Association of Family Enterprises and has led proposals for the enactment of a world first Family Business Act in Malta.

Emma is a partner in the real estate team. She advises on all aspects of residential property with particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters, leasehold enfranchisement, complex funding arrangements, acting for clients from overseas and ancillary tax matters.

Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship have been his passion. This has been demonstrated in numerous ways including being an author and leader of innovation, change and growth. Experienced in innovative service and programme design, revenue generation, social enterprise and social investment, venture start-up and management, and business strategy consulting across multiple third sector verticals.

Based in the UK for 17 years, he spent over 15 years as a chief executive of a variety of Canadian charities/ social enterprises/ associations; and he has 20 years experience as a social entrepreneurial consultant internationally working with over 300 charities, social enterprises, infrastructure support organisations, and trade/ professional associations of all sizes and in rural and urban settings in the UK and internationally. Currently he is Chief Executive, Philanthropy Impact whose purpose is to increase philanthropic giving and social investment across Europe by working with wealth/ professional advisors to HNWI.   

Basim Al-Ahmadi is a political risk consultant at SET Advisory & Co-Founder of Global Risk Insights. He manages the Middle East & North Africa practice at SET Advisory, a leading boutique business intelligence firm based in London. SET Advisory provides due diligence, corporate investigations, political risk assessments and market entry studies across Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Western Europe. Basim is also the co-founder of Global Risk Insights (GRI), a world leading publication providing political risk analysis for the business community. GRI have over 200 analysts on their team, ranging from former presidential advisors, diplomats, industry experts to professors. The publication has been widely referenced, including by leading think-tanks, financial institutions, military generals, former foreign ministers and major media outlets such as BBC World, CNBC, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Politico and many others. Basim was also previously Editor of Bonds & Loans, a leading debt market publication based in London, read by bankers, investors and lawyers worldwide.

Basim is the co-founder and former President of the Political Risk & Investment Society at the London School of Economics (LSE). He holds an MSc in Theory & History of International Relations from the LSE and a First Class BA (Hons) in Politics with International Relations from the University of York.

Olga Aburdene is the Managing Director of Capital Trust Limited. Ms Aburdene’s responsibilities include sourcing, execution and follow-up across all of the Groups’ activities. Prior to joining the Group in 2002, Ms Aburdene worked at Barclays Capital as a corporate finance analyst on the “Balance Sheet Advisory” team, providing corporate finance and strategic advice to European banks and insurance companies. Previously, she had worked at Linnco Europe, a financial brokerage firm. Ms Aburdene holds a B.Sc. in Management from King’s College London.

Reem Al Rasheed is Alfanar's Operations Director. She is focused on reorganising Alfanar’s internal systems and organisational structure to facilitate Alfanar's smooth growth. She is also involved in helping social enterprises develop their strategies and business plans through creating sustainable revenue streams to support their social purpose activities. She previously worked at Dohler, a leading German flavours and fragrances manufacturing company, focusing on strategy, HR and operations. She also worked with the Greater Amman Municipality to develop and implement a strategy to create a child-friendly city. She holds a BA in economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Filippo is a Partner in Mishcon Private. A dual qualified English solicitor and Swiss lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) he advises clients on international tax and estate planning issues. Able to approach both common law and civil law issues from a practical perspective, he routinely advises on the establishment and restructuring of both trusts and foundations as well as on UK and international tax and succession planning issues, including family governance and disputes. Filippo has also advised a number of governments on the introduction of private foundations' laws and successfully lobbied the Swiss government on the recognition of trusts in 2007 (various amendments to ratification bill).

More recently, he appeared as an expert before the Council of Europe and the EU data protection authorities in connection with the introduction of the OECD's Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the EU's Beneficial Ownership Registers.

Filippo is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

Michael was called to the Bar in 1992 and prior to joining Peters & Peters was a senior specialist prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters (CPS). He was a key member of a small specialist unit responsible for the prosecution of serious and high-profile fraud, terrorist, espionage and special interest criminal matters, including the Stansted Airport Afghan hijacking and the prosecution of Paul Burrell (Princess Diana’s butler). He is listed as one of only 10 of the world’s best investigative lawyers.

Since joining Peters & Peters Michael has dealt with a wide range of business crime matters. He has particular expertise in criminal cartels, economic sanctions, extradition, corruption, mutual legal assistance, private prosecutions and FCA investigations.

His practice and ability was recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 (2009) which described him as ‘an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors’.

Michael regularly appears in the media to discuss his specialist areas and he is the author of the leading textbook on the UK Criminal Cartel Offence: The Law of Criminal Cartels – Practice and Procedure (Oxford University Press).

He was recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative lawyers in the 2011 FT Innovative Lawyer Awards and included in the list of the UK’s leading lawyers in Who’s Who Legal. He is ranked annually as a leading lawyer in the leading directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. More recently, Michael was recognised in the 2017 The Lawyer ‘Hot 100’ list, for his high profile representations and his key strategic role as new Senior Partner of Peters & Peters.

Ali Almihdar brings to the Bar of England and Wales, much experience of legal practice in the Middle East. He splits his professional time equally between Saudi Arabia and London.

His work covers Sharia Law, Middle East Arab Law and the full spectrum of commercial legal practice from advice to drafting, arbitrations to advocacy. He has offered Saudi legal advice and services over a wide range of subjects including advising clients in negotiation of contracts, formation of Saudi Companies, foreign capital investment licences for temporary or continuing commercial activities in the Kingdom, shipping, intellectual property matters, agency and distributorship, Sharia finance, construction projects, arbitration, litigation before courts and tribunals, labour law matters, private client, succession and general Saudi corporate legal advice.

Being equally comfortable working in either English or Arabic, Ali is well positioned to represent clients in the English and Saudi courts and Official Circles and in any other jurisdiction where his dual qualifications will gain him rights of audience. He is also the holder of an official Saudi Translation Licence: Arabic to English and English to Arabic.

Ali is frequently invited to lecture on his areas of specialism, both in the UK and abroad. He has lectured in London at SOAS, London University on, “The Means of Proof in the Sharia System of Law” and at the Saudi – British Society, Cambridge University and the Arab -British Chambers of Commerce, where he has drawn comparisons between certain aspects of the Sharia and the Common Law.

Dr Adnan Abrahim has over 30 years of legal experience working in the Arabian Gulf countries and the United States within the sectors of Banking, Investment, Finance, Corporate, Real Estate, and Arbitration.
Adnan is an Attorney of Law admitted to practice in the states of New York and Michigan, having completed his Juris Doctorate at Michigan State University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
He is also admitted to practice before the Dubai International Financial Center Courts.
Prior to joining Bloom Holdings as its general counsel, Adnan has had extensive experience working as general counsel and practicing attorney in:

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (UAE)
  • Warba Bank (Kuwait)
  • Anwar Al Bisher Law Offices (Kuwait)
  • The International Investor (Kuwait)
  • The International Investors Group (Kuwait)
  • Gulf Bank (Kuwait)
  • Graham & James (Kuwait)
  • Jabbara, Saleh, Fadel, Harroun & Abrahim (Detroit, Michigan)

Emma is a Partner in Mishcon Private and Head of the Reputation Protection group. She advises individuals, companies and charities on defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and data protection concerns. She is particularly adept in digital technology and online publications, often advising in times of crisis and in the context of wider disputes. Emma provides claimants and defendants with pre- and post-publication advice, including obtaining, defending and discharging injunctions. Her clients span a wide range of geographies and industries, including media and entertainment, technology, financial services, politics, publishing, art, property, sport, fashion and the charity sector. She regularly trains journalists and PR and other professional advisors on publication concerns. Emma takes a holistic approach to Reputation Protection, encouraging clients to prepare in advance for potential challenges, and effectively mitigating any damage caused by negative publicity.
She has experience of commercial litigation in a range of forums, often acting for international clients in complex disputes. Emma also has experience working with charities, providing strategic focus to their campaigns and their dealings with government.
Recognised as outstanding in her field by Spears Wealth Management's Index for Reputation Protection lawyers, Emma is described as a trusted advisor in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. She was included in Management Today's 35 Women Under 35; ranked in the Telegraph's LGBT Top 50 Executives in 2015 & 2016, and celebrated in the Pride Power List 2016, 2017 and 2018. Emma founded Mishcon's Pride Network, and set up the firm's sponsorship of Pink Law, a pro bono legal advice service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Emma was a founding trustee of Action Breaks Silence, a charity that exists to empower women and girls and to educate boys, and is working internationally to tackle gender-based violence.