The Spear's Wealth Insight Forum focuses on the needs and interests of HNWs. The annual ‘billion-pound meeting of minds’ will feature a number of panels on subjects ranging from wealth management to citizenship and residency, property, tax and trusts, luxury and more.
The Spear’s Wealth Insight Forum helps wealth managers, lawyers and other private client professionals to navigate the world of their HNW clients by bringing together a network of experts to share insight, intelligence and opportunities.
As well as panel discussions, presentations from Spear's writers and an interview with a leading entrepreneur, this virtual event offers the chance for virtual networking and to participate in live Q&A sessions with panellists and delegates.
Partner, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
Ceris Gardner is a name partner and head of charities and immigration at Maurice Turnor Gardner. She advises UK and non-UK domiciles and resident individuals, families, estates and trustees UK and international tax and succession issues, establishing UK and offshore trusts, family limited partnerships and other cross border asset holding structures. She has experience with advising on matters concerning immigration, philanthropy as well as art and heritage property matters. She is renowned for her work on grant making and operational charities on matters of charity law and tax. She is a regular contributor to Spear’s magazine, and is a Spear’s top ten tax and trust lawyer.
Dr. Christian Kaelin
Chairman, Henley & Partners
Dr. Christian H. Kaelin, TEP, IMCM, Chairman of Henley & Partners, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in investment migration and citizenship-by-investment, a field he pioneered. Holding master’s and PhD degrees in law from the University of Zurich, he is a sought-after speaker and advises governments and international organizations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of many publications, including standard works such as the Global Residence and Citizenship Handbook, the Kälin – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, and the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook.
Greg Boyd is a partner in Harneys Transactional Group in the BVI. He was admitted to practice BVI law in 2006 and regularly advises clients and their onshore advisers on BVI corporate and finance matters. He services a broad spectrum of clients that includes financial institutions (including DFIs), public and private businesses, private equity funds, family offices, high-net-worth individuals and start-ups.Greg collaborates with global clients on cross-border corporate and finance transactions spanning seed and series capital raising rounds, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions (public and private), corporate reorganisations, IPOs and take privates. In addition to advising on market leading transactions, Greg enjoys working on ESG motivated projects that achieve impact investment and sustainability utilising the BVI Company and BVI Corporate law to maximise multinational investment attraction and reduced corporate risk. Over the years, Greg has advised many Multilateral Lending Agencies, Development Financial Institutions and Private Equity Firms on their emerging market and frontier market investments.
Director, Frank Hirth
Awards: Spear’s 500 Top Ten Tax Advisors 2019. Spear’s 500 Top Recommended, 2016-2018. Spear’s 500 Recommended, 2016 and eprivateclient Top 35 under 35, 2013. Iain joined Frank Hirth in 2000 and has successfully established and built the Trust and Estates service within our Private Client offering. Iain personally covers numerous areas of US and UK taxation for both individuals and families. He also offers specialist advice relating to FATCA reporting. Iain recently turned his attention to the firm’s business development plans and has been travelling the globe to promote Frank Hirth to new markets. Iain is a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and US Enrolled Agent (EA), and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016. Iain was listed in ePrivate Client’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2013, and was also honoured when listed in The Spear’s 500, 2016.
Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP
The Legal 500 describes him as a ‘very experienced tax lawyer with commendable professionalism and responsiveness’ and Chambers describes James as ‘the fount of all knowledge’. He has a wide ranging practice, advising on international trusts, taxation, pensions and disputes. In 2018, James was listed in the annual Spear’s Top Ten Tax & Trust Lawyers for the first time, having previously been Top Recommended. He is also the holder of various awards, including ‘Private Client Law Firm of the Year’ in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2015 & 2017) and the British Legal Awards (2015). He lectures widely and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media. As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians. He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning.
Office Managing Partner, Appleby British Virgin Islands
Jeffrey Kirk is the managing partner of the Appleby British Virgin Islands office and he leads the BVI office Corporate Practice Group. He advises on public and private M&A, capital markets, banking & finance, investment funds & services, private equity, (re)insurance and other corporate matters. He is also the global head of the Appleby Islamic Finance Practice Group. Jeffrey has worked in the Appleby London, Bermuda, Hong Kong and BVI offices and has extensive experience advising on the laws of the BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
CEO, St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Unit
Nestor Alfred is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. Prior to this position, he served at a senior/executive position in varied areas within the financial services sector i.e. taxation, banking (offshore and domestic) and financial regulations. In his banking career he worked in the Islands of Barbados, Cayman Islands and Sant Lucia. In his role as the Chief Regulator for Saint Lucia’s Offshore and Insurance sector, Nestor acquired extensive expertise in compliance; anti-money laundering and counter- terrorist financing and was the first ever Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluator coming out of Saint Lucia. Nestor has a passion for teaching/lecturing and was a part-time lecturer with the University of The West Indies and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (Saint Lucia). Nestor is a strong supporter of Caribbean regionalism and has the distinguish opportunity to serve as an appointed Commissioner to CARICOM Competition Commission , a Commission so set up to deal with anti- competitive cross-border business conduct and promoting and protecting competition in the CARICOM Community amongst other functions.
Managing Director & Co-Head Strategic Clients & Family Offices, Global Growth Markets, Private Banking, Barclays
Phanos Theophanous is a Managing Director and Co-Heads the Strategic Clients & Family Offices for Global Growth Markets for the Private Banking division of Barclays, based in London. He is responsible for leading the coverage and development of select strategic clients and coordinating the delivery of the bank’s full range of expertise, products and solutions across EEMEA, India and Asia to Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) individuals, their investment entities, private wealth structures, family offices and corporates. He joined Barclays in October 2011 as a Managing Director in the UHNW team, covering Eastern Europe. He studied economics and mathematics in the UK. Upon completing his studies, he joined Deloitte in 2001 and was promoted to Partner in 2008. He has been a speaker at numerous international wealth management conferences and has published in academic journals. Since 2017 he has been included every year in the Spears 500 Top UHNW Advisers and Spears Wealth Management Index. He was named Leading Individual (Banker) at the WealthBriefing European Awards in 2019. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a Chartered Wealth Manager and holds a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Partner, Amsterdam & Partners LLP
Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 36 years experience working in emerging markets. His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is highly regarded for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy. Amsterdam has been retained by multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals on issues pertaining to state intervention, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors. His expertise in political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several governments and world leaders, such as the Republic of Turkey, the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures. With significant experience on the ground in numerous markets across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk. The law firm has developed a formidable white collar criminal defence practice, representing companies and executives in complex multinational anti-corruption cases, including advising on matters pertaining to the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other new statutory requirements. Amsterdam has represented high profile political prisoners, such as the former head of the Yukos oil company in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the Venezuelan businessman Eligio CedenÞo, who were both successfully released into freedom.
CEO, RegulAItion & Honorary Research Professor – UCL, Financial Computing and Analytics
Sally has a unique background and experience. As solicitor and barrister, she held various roles in the financial services industry. She was a senior member of the Policy and Legal team of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, General Counsel of a financial services firm and Head of Compliance. She was a financial services partner at international law firm Clyde & Co. She advised government agencies on numerous legislation projects including drafting new infrastructure legislation to cater to digital identities on the blockchain. She has extensive experience in advising government agencies on establishing new tax efficient financial jurisdictions. As CEO of RegulAItion, Sally develops strategic partnerships with regulatory agencies and leads the development of new technology with the aim of delivering a new technology infrastructure that will benefit the financial services industry as a whole. As Honorary Research Professor at UCL, Sally coordinates UCL’s RegTech collaborations and projects on behalf of Prof. Treleaven’s research group.
Head of Business Development and Marketing, BVI Finance Limited
Currently head of business development and marketing, Simon is a senior financial services’ professional with strong international experience gained in the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia as well as major experience in both public and in private sectors. Combining an investigative background with 25+ years of first-hand experience of international financial services and product innovation and design, Simon has spent much of his working life in the private sector with senior roles including Baring Asset Management and Barclays Wealth. He has previously worked at the BVI Financial Services Commission as Special Advisor to the CEO and prior to that as Senior Advisor to the Securities and Commodities Authority in Abu Dhabi and as Director, Supervision (DFSA) within the Dubai International Financial Centre. A prolific writer, published author and public speaker, Simon has a law degree and MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services. Simon is also a Fellow of the Corporate Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) and a Fellow of the International Compliance Association. Simon sits on the National Advisory Committee of the Chartered Securities and Investments Institute as a Board Member – the NAC covers the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. Simon teaches post graduate diploma courses for the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in Corporate Governance and also Anti-money laundering.