By Sean CostelloHead of Business
Development for the Gulf Cooperation Council and India, Jersey
Jersey's commercial ties with the GCC nations have never
been stronger. Jersey Finance's new office in Abu Dhabi,
established in response to increasing requirements from both
corporate and private clients for international and cross border
financial services, is clear evidence of Jersey's commitment to
developing business in the Gulf.
Besides Jersey Finance, there are up to 10 Jersey firms with a
presence in the GCC, with more actively planning one, and many more
leading international banking and finance institutions with offices
in the Gulf that also have a substantial office presence in Jersey.
There are close contacts between the regulatory authorities in
Jersey and those in the Gulf and high level governmental contacts
have been maintained through the regular delegation visits that
Jersey undertakes to GCC countries.
Jersey makes its mark in Abu Dhabi
The official opening of the Abu Dhabi office was celebrated at a
reception at the British Embassy in March. A Jersey delegation
including Jersey's Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf,
the Director-General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission
and representatives of Jersey's finance industry attended the
event, which was hosted by the British Ambassador HE Dominic Jermey
CVO OBE and officiated by HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan
Al Qasimi, Minister for Foreign Trade.
His Excellency Dominic Jermey told the invited guests that
Jersey and London complemented each other as financial centres and
were frequently part of the same transaction chain facilitating the
deployment of mobile international capital. He was confident that a
similar relationship would evolve between Jersey and the Abu Dhabi
financial centre going forward.
Jersey Finance also marked its arrival in Abu Dhabi by
sponsoring an event held at the British Embassy in April to
celebrate The Queen's birthday. The party attracted hundreds of
specially invited guests, including senior Emirati ministers, and
was a wonderful opportunity to highlight Jersey Finance's new
permanent presence in the region.
A strong and stable partner
Throughout the global financial crisis, Jersey has remained a
strong, stable partner for international business, acting as a
conduit for the distribution of capital to the world's leading
finance centres and as a gateway to European markets. As the global
recovery continues to gather pace led by the emerging economies,
Jersey's legal and finance practitioners, working from a
jurisdiction of substance with high standards of corporate
governance, are well-placed to build on their long-established
commercial ties with clients throughout the Gulf. In addition to
our new permanent presence in Abu Dhabi, Jersey Finance has also
recruited representatives in India, the UAE's biggest trading
partner. We are confident that this link will be of great value
going forward, as Jersey continues to grow its business across the
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