Aliya Allen re-joined the law firm of Graham Thompson as a partner in February 2016. She returned to the firm after four years as the CEO and Executive Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB). In that position she provided industry leadership in the development of the Investment Condominium (ICON) legislation. And similarly led the Graham Thompson team of technical advisors to the Bahamas Securities Commission in the revision of the Investment Fund Act.
Her practice areas include banking law, investment funds, securities law, trusts and estate planning and structuring, securitisation and capital markets. She began her career at Graham Thompson in 2007, leaving in 2012 to take up the leadership at the BFSB. She has worked as counsel, to the Office of the Attorney General with focus in international cooperation and civil matters. Aliya Allen has been recognised by the prominent London-based Chambers and Partners as a leader in her field, and Citywealth Leaders List as one of IFC Top 200 Powerwomen.
Ben Arrindell Cidel Bank & Trust Inc. Barbados
Ben is Deputy Chairman of Cidel, currently consulting on business and product development opportunities utilizing Barbados' treaty network. Prior to joining Cidel, Ben was an international tax and managing partner of Ernst & Young, Barbados. In this capacity, he provided international tax services to international clients, including many major multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals. Ben has over 30 years of work experience in both the UK and Barbados. Ben has served as adviser to the Barbados Government since 1998 on double taxation treaty strategy, the development of new legislation, and the impact of international tax developments on the Barbados International Business Sector.
Ben is a member of the Barbados Tax Treaty Negotiating Team and has participated in Barbados' tax treaty negotiations with a number of countries including Canada, China, Italy, Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the US. He is also a frequent speaker worldwide on international tax matters. Ben has made a significant contribution to the development and amendment of new and existing legislation in Barbados. He is currently a member of the Barbados Government's Joint Policy Working Group, CARICOM Working Group on Fiscal Policy, Barbados Government Council of Economic Advisers, CARIFORUM Task Force on the Development of Caribbean International Financial Services, and the Credit Rating Committee of Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services Limited ("Caricris"). He has also served on the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (2005-2013) and is a former chairman and director of the Board of Directors of the Private Sector Association (2007-2011).
In 2012, Ben was awarded the Silver Crown of merit ("SCM") by the Government of Barbados for services to the Barbados International Financial Services Sector.
Toussant Boyce Caribbean Development Bank Barbados
Dr. Toussant Boyce is Head of the Office of Integrity, Compliance and Accountability (ICA) at the Caribbean Development Bank, an international financial institution.
In addition to being a banker, academic and Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and New York, Dr. Boyce is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
He started his career with the Republic Bank Group as General Counsel of its commercial banking operations in Guyana and as a Manager, Corporate Finance of its merchant banking operations in Trinidad and Tobago. He then practiced law in New York during the 2007-09 global financial crisis as a finance counsel with international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He was also appointed as Special Counsel on crisis resolution to financial regulator the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Toussant Boyce holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with distinction from the University of Guyana; a Stonier Executive Diploma in Banking from the American Bankers Association; a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School; double Master of Laws degrees in international financial law from Harvard Law School in the United States of America and in commercial law from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom with first-class; and a Ph.D. in international financial regulation from Cambridge University.
He has presented in many countries and published in international journals on various subjects including commercial, banking and corporate law and international law and financial regulation.
Theo Burrows Higgs & Johnson Bahamas
Theo Burrows is an associate in the Private Client & Wealth Management practice group of Higgs & Johnson in The Bahamas. He specializes in trusts, wills, estate planning, foundations, private trust companies, and he also advises trust companies on the development of new services, issues arising in trust administration and regulatory compliance.
In particular, Theo regularly reviews trust deeds in order to ensure that their terms and provisions are in compliance with Bahamian law and provides advice to trust companies with respect to the avoidance, unravelling or variation of any of the terms and provisions within trust deeds which are often deemed to be unwieldy, unduly complex or administratively unworkable.
He has recently authored The Bahamas chapter of the Third Edition of an essential reference book published in 2017 by STEP and Global Law and Business titled, "A Practical Guide to the Transfer of Trusteeships", which outlines the difficulties that arise upon the transfer of trusteeships, particularly in respect of the negotiation of indemnities, and sets out a suggested approach with precedent deeds and detailed drafting commentary.
Theo is a member of STEP, the Bar of England and Wales, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and The Bahamas Bar Association. He also speaks Mandarin at an intermediate level having lived and studied in The People's Republic of China from 2010 to 2012.
Giles Carmichael Chancery Chambers Barbados
Giles Carmichael is a graduate of Durham University in England where he studied law. He furthered his studies by obtaining a Masters in Law from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and completed a MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid.
Giles Carmichael is admitted to practice in Barbados and is called to the New York Bar.
Mr. Carmichael is a Partner at Chancery Chambers LLP, Barbados and works on corporate and commercial matters, advises on regulatory issues in Barbados, including securities, banking and insurance regulation and overseas overall management of the firm.
Luis Chalhoub Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman Panama
Luis A. Chalhoub has 30 years experience, is a present partner of Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman, and specializes in banking, securities, all kind of legal vehicles used for wealth planning, and commercial laws. He regularly advises local and international clients.
Luis graduated cum laude from Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in Panamá and obtained a master degree (LLM) from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, USA. In addition, he has attended several postgraduate studies and seminars, both in Panama and other jurisdictions.
He has been professor of the Commercial and Banking Law Master Program of Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in Panamá for more than 20 years, and of the Trust Courses of the Comite Latinoamericano de Fideicomiso (COLAFI) of the Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos (FELABAN).
Luis has collaborated with the World Bank in publishing the Doing Business Report, Panama section. He has also published, as coauthor "Some Conferences on Trusts, Private Interest Foundations and its uses in Panama", as author "Cases on Trusts analyzed by the Panamanian Courts", as coauthor a Legal Dictionary Spanish-English / English-Spanish, published by West Publishing Co., and as author the Panama Chapter, in the book "International Commercial Fraud", published by Sweet & Maxwell, England.
Luis has been very active in several non-profit associations. He presided STEP Panama Branch from 2012 to 2015 and also presided its Education Committee. Has also been very active in Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa (APEDE), where he has been elected director during 6 years and is its current vice-president.
Luis is a frequent speaker in seminars and conferences related to trusts, private interest foundations, corporations, and estate planning, both in Panama and in Latin America.
Brian Cohen Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Canada
Brian Cohen is a partner and lawyer in Gowling WLG's global Private Client Services Group. Based in Toronto, he assists clients in the areas of estate planning, trusts and personal taxation, with a focus on advising high net worth individuals on succession planning alternatives.
Brian also advises donors, charitable organizations, public and private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations regarding the tax implications of formation, registration, governance and planned giving strategies.
In addition, Brian frequently advises clients on estate litigation matters.
Brian is a past recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Hoffstein Book Prize in Trusts and Estates. He is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Canada, Chambers HNW, Best Lawyers in Canada, Acritas Stars and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Peter Cotorceanu G&TCA and Anaford Switzerland
Peter Cotorceanu is CEO and Founder of GATCA & Trusts Compliance Associates LLC (G&TCA) and creator of the website www.gatcaandtrusts.com. Peter is also Of Counsel to Anaford Attorneys at Law in Zurich. Peter specialises in FATCA and CRS compliance for the fiduciary industry and U.S. tax and cross-border issues. Before returning to private practice in 2014, Peter worked for UBS in Zurich as Head of Wealth Structuring for UHNW clients and Head of Product Management for Trusts and Foundations. In the latter role, Peter was responsible for implementing FATCA for UBS’s trust companies in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, and Singapore. Prior to working for UBS, Peter worked as an attorney at Baker& McKenzie’s Zurich office. Peter was also a law professor, both full-time and part-time, for several years in the U.S. He is an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia and before the U.S. Tax Court. Peter is also a New Zealand barrister and solicitor.
Ryan Devaux Boslil Bank Limited St. Lucia
Ryan Devaux is the Chief Executive Officer, a director and minority shareholder of Boslil Bank Limited ("Boslil"), formerly Bank of Saint Lucia International Limited. He has led the development and expansion efforts of the Bank from its infancy in 2005 and the most recent sale process of the Bank from East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited ("ECFH") to PROVEN Investments Limited ("PROVEN"). PROVEN is an investment holding company run by a very experienced financial services team and is itself incorporated as a Saint Lucia International Business Company and listed as a US denominated listing on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Boslil has built an active client base in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Central and South America, including offices in Uruguay and Panama. The bank provides transactional banking services in 15 currencies to international clients.
Ryan previously worked with the global firm of Ernst & Young. During that time he worked in their London, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario offices in Canada from 1998 to 2003 and in their Barbados office for two years from 2003 to 2005. His area of focus during that time was financial services, with a specific focus on the offshore financial services sector. His client base has included offshore banks, domestic banks, venture capital funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and insurance companies among others.
Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and his Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
In addition to the above, Ryan serves as Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Board of Saint Lucia as well as a director of various other private and charitable board/committees. Married with four children, he is also an active member of his community.
Elise Donovan BVI House Asia Hong Kong
Elise Donovan is the Director of BVI House Asia, the British Virgin Islands Government's representative office in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of the BVI International Finance Centre (now BVI Finance) which is responsible for marketing, promoting and reputational management of the BVI's financial services industry. She has written numerous articles and spoken at global forums about the role of the BVI as a world-class international finance centre.
She has also served as director of the BVI International Affairs Secretariat and at the BVI Financial Services Commission. She was a member of the BVI's Tax Information Exchange Agreement Negotiating Team with such countries as China, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the Nordics. She also worked with the committee that drafted and negotiated the 2007 Virgin Islands Constitution, which brought about a number of progressive developments for the country. She holds a bachelor's and master’s degrees from Carleton University (OTT) and Columbia University (NY), respectively.
Eric Dorsch Kozusko Harris Duncan USA
Eric's practice centers on the needs of domestic and international high-net-worth individuals and families, taking a holistic approach to the wide range of issues related to their assets and business interests. In essence, Eric acts as a general counsel to his clients on matters related to their tax concerns, family goals and business priorities. He is a sophisticated legal thinker and an intuitive advisor who navigates complex areas of the law and multi-layered family dynamics with equal skill and attention.
Eric relishes the problem-solving nature of his practice and enjoys engaging with especially challenging taxation and governance matters. Eric provides guidance to his clients on issues ranging from domestic and international estate planning to governance and tax optimization of family held businesses and investments. He has developed a particular expertise in expatriation planning, planning for foreign trusts, pre-immigration planning and issues related to the IRS foreign asset reporting compliance programs.
Prior to joining Kozusko Harris Duncan, Eric was an executive at the New York City Business Integrity Commission and the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Eric began his legal career as a juvenile and adult public defender.
Eric received his J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1998 and his LL.M. in Taxation, also from N.Y.U., in 2011. Eric graduated from Wesleyan University in 1992.
Andrew Ferreira Chancery Chambers Barbados
Andrew C. Ferreira TEP is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and of the Norman Manley Law School, and is admitted to practice in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. He is at present a Partner, and the Head of the Commercial and Tax practice at Chancery Chambers in Barbados.
He has completed post graduate legal studies in international law and holds membership in several international organisations, including the International Tax Planning Association, the International Fiscal Association and British Institute of International and Comparative Law; and participates at the Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration sponsored under the auspices of the ICC, the AAA and ICSID.
At Chancery Chambers, he has worked on transactions and structures involving the traditional and non-traditional use of trusts, including the creation of bespoke trusts in respect of insolvency protection, regulatory capital protection for financial institutions, and trusts in relation to investment protection and fiscal planning; and he has developed an extensive knowledge of the law of equity and trusts and of current issues related directly and indirectly to the application and use of trusts in corporate planning.
In addition he has represented clients in respect of litigation related to judicial rectification, on applications for judicial orders, and provided expert opinion and support in arbitration proceedings dealing with the trust laws of Barbados.
Tara Frater Lex Caribbean Barbados
Tara E. Frater, TEP is a Partner based in the Barbados office of Lex Caribbean. She advises institutional, corporate and high net worth individuals in the context of international business. Tara has lectured across the Caribbean in various fora on legal and private client issues and her speaking engagements include various Caribbean and Latin American conferences hosted by STEP. She has been acknowledged as a 'Recognised' Trust Lawyer by PLC Which Lawyer? and has published in leading international publications.
Tara serves as the Chairperson of the STEP Barbados Branch, a Director of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), and Chairperson of BIBA's Marketing and Communications Committee. She made the Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200 List in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014, which recognises women of influence in government, private wealth, private client advisory and philanthropy across international financial centres. She has keen interest in cryptocurrencies and the transformative potential of blockchain technology.
Sharalee Gittens Chancery Chambers Barbados
Sharalee Gittens was educated at the University of the West of England, Bristol where she pursued a four
year Bachelor of Laws degree in Law with Spanish, during which time she spent six months in the Law
Faculty of the University of Seville and two months in the Malaga office of one of Spain's leading
commercial law firms Larrauri Y Lopez Ante. She also received her professional legal training in Bristol,
England, where she undertook the Bar Vocational Course and was subsequently called to the Bar of
England and Wales in July 2009. Sharalee commenced her career in Barbados working at Chancery
Chambers from May 2010. Sharalee, a Barbadian national who uses English as a first language is fluent
in Spanish and also speaks basic French, took up membership with the Barbados Bar Association in June
2011. Although working in a variety of fields, Sharalee has focused her work in the ambit of Commercial
& Corporate Law. Besides providing legal opinions and drafting financial and security documents for
various international commercial transactions, some of her assignments have included transactions
concerning groups of Barbadian and International shipping companies, the acquisition of interests in
groups of offshore and global groups of companies as well as various streaming and funding contracts for
the mining and exploration of gold and other mineral interests. Sharalee also manages a portfolio of
insurance companies with an emphasis on the incorporation and licensing of segregated cell companies
and other complex structures. Another main focus of her work is in employment law advising corporate
employers from the point of recruitment through engagement, variation of contracts, employment disputes
and termination, both contentious and non-contentious. Sharalee became an associate member of the
Caribbean Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in April 2014 and completed her formal
training as a member of STEP in 2017. In 2016 she assisted in an international trust arbitration
concerning a Barbados purpose trust and in that year also co-authored the Barbados chapter of a
publication titled Attorney-Client privilege in the Americas, a project spearheaded by the American Bar
Association. Sharalee has been an annual contributor to the Doing Business survey project of the World
Bank since 2013 for the insolvency, labour law and security interest areas.
Roland Haggins BITT Barbados
Roland Haggins is the Vice President of Enterprise Integration and Sales at Bitt Inc. He has taken his fifteen plus years of global financial industry experience into the dynamic environment of decentralized blockchain based digital tokens and virtual commodities. Mr. Haggins has been invited to speak at the annual International Monetary Fund meetings, United Nations International Telecommunications Union and he is a member of the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative Focus Group.
Being able to utilise his significant experience working with some of the largest financial institutions in the world including Franklin Templeton Investments, he has executed projects in the areas of banking, investments and technology.
Mr. Haggins has created a framework to transition from traditional paper currencies to more fungible distributed ledger and blockchain-based digital currencies. This technology will be particularly valuable to promote financial inclusion for the most vulnerable in society, namely the unbanked in emerging markets and developing regions, which now have the ability to leapfrog their developed counterparts. He provides strength to the strategic management process where business development, technology innovation and operations all intersect.
Tanya Hanna GrahamThompson Bahamas
Tanya R. Hanna is a partner in Graham Thompson, one of the leading law firms in The Bahamas. A member of the firm's Private Client/Financial Services Practice Group, she specializes in trusts and estate planning and represents a wide range of offshore and domestic clients, both institutional and individual. Her professional practice also extends to corporate law and bank regulatory law.
A dedicated member of STEP, Tanya served the Bahamas branch of the organization in various capacities including serving successively as Deputy Chairperson and then Chairperson. As Chairperson of STEP, she served concurrently as the STEP representative on the Bahamas Financial Services Board.
Tanya was prominently involved in the research and preparation of the contribution from The Bahamas for the STEP publication "The Regulation of Trust and Company Service Providers", published in 2006. She also served on the committee responsible for the enactment of The Bahamas' Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2011. Tanya is also named as a leading lawyer in her field of practice in the Citywealth Leaders List. More recently she was also named a "power woman" in the Citywealth Leaders List, one of only seven women at the Bahamas Bar to receive this recognition. Further, in December, 2015, Tanya received the prestigious "Founder’s Award For Outstanding Achievement" from STEP. In 2017, Tanya was named as a "notable practitioner" in the area of trusts law by Chambers and Partners and was also named in IFC's Powerwomen Top 200 list.
Liza Harridyal Sodha is the Principal of Harridyal-Sodha & Associates.
Liza manages a successful law practice and team of professionals offering services in Company and Commercial matters, formation of Banks & Insurance Companies, Environmental Law, Tax Planning, Conveyance, Trademarks & Patents, Employment Law and the law of Trusts.
In 1994, Liza graduated with honours from the law faculty at the University of Manchester, England and then articled in London, England. Thereafter, she completed a professional training course in Jamaica to qualify as a Caricom lawyer prior to being called to the Bar in Barbados in 1996. In 2001, Liza earned a Masters Degree in the Law of International Trade & Finance from the University of Wolverhampton and London.
Shortly following acceptance to the Barbados Bar (1996), Liza worked for a private Barbados based wealth management international bank as in-house Counsel and Trust Officer, and then moved on to a leading law firm in Barbados. Liza Harridyal-Sodha & Associates (LizaLaw) was formed in 2002 and has become a well-known practice in international circles.
Liza is the Deputy Chair of the Joint Working Policy Group, which advises the Ministry of International Business in Barbados.
Kerry Harris ReBoot Consulting Canada
After leaving her role as President of the Canadian business unit of global PR agency Weber Shandwick in 2010, Kerry formed brand strategy firm ReBoot Consulting.
She has extensive experience in developing and implementing traditional marketing strategies and plans with digital, interactive, social media and mobile delivery channels and is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post Canada.
As a brand strategy consultant, she works with owner/entrepreneurs, government, large private sector clients and a number of start-up's just to keep it real. She has recently finished her first book and has started on her second.
Kerry speaks frequently on CSR, brand strategy, reputation management and demographics in the digital age and was a visiting professor for five years at Ryerson University in the Department of Radio and Television Arts. She is also one of just 200 Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to present "An Inconvenient Truth".
Walid Hejazi Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Canada
Walid Hejazi is an Associate Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has lectured and consulted extensively around the world, working with governments and business executives on better understanding global innovation and business strategies. He has testified extensively before parliamentary committees working to shape policies on global competitiveness and international tax structures, and appears regularly in the media. He teaches in Rotman's MBA, EMBA, and custom executive programs, and has published extensively.
Bas Horsten SGG Corporate & Fund Services Curacao
Bas Horsten is currently general manager of SGG Corporate & Fund Administration Services Curaçao, with a regional responsibility for the Caribbean offices and Latin American markets. He is a TEP, member of STEP and has 25 years of experience in estate planning and corporate & trust services. He is chairman of STEP Curaçao, a current board member of the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange and a former board member of CIFA (Curaçao International Financial Association). He has prior experience as general manager of respectively the Cayman, BVI and Curaçao based operations for the Citco Group. For the past 20 years, his commercial focus has been the Americas, with specific interest in wealth planning for Latin American HNWI and families. He holds a law degree of Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Core areas of expertise are corporate structuring and administration, trust and estate planning as well as fund services. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and Spanish, with a fair knowledge of French, German and Russian.
SGG Group is a leader in investor services which include administrative and accounting solutions for investment funds, multinational corporations and family offices. The company has over 1500 employees and offers a comprehensive range of value-added services to customers across more than 25 countries. SGG Group focuses on working closely with its clients and delivering high quality of service which has allowed the company to achieve leading positions in a number of key markets in which it operates.
Harry Joffe Discovery Life South Africa
Harry Joffe is Head of Legal Services at Discovery Life and has 18 years' experience in estate planning, tax, trusts and insurance matters. He frequently runs training sessions all over South Africa for large groups of financial advisors, trustees and representatives of trust companies in these fields.
Harry is the convener of the ASISA [body of all insurance, mutual fund and linked product companies in South Africa] sub-committee on policyholder tax matters. He also frequently writes articles for the Insurance and Tax magazine as well as the STEP Journal. He has been published in De Rebus, the South African Attorney’s magazine.
He has spoken about tax, trusts and estate planning issues on Talk Radio 702 and has frequently appeared on TV programs such as Business Day TV and CNBC Africa. He often addresses both local and international conferences, having spoken, inter alia, at four STEP Conferences in Mauritius, as well as two STEP Conferences in the Caribbean. He also spoke at both STEP South Africa Conferences in Johannesburg, as well as the one in Cape Town.
Harry holds several qualifications including: a BA and LLB degree, and a Higher Diploma in Tax from Wits University. He also has a LLM degree in Tax from the University of Johannesburg. Harry is also a qualified Certified Financial Planner for both the life and health disciplines.
He is a member of STEP, and is Chairman of the Johannesburg branch. He successfully organised the first ever STEP South Africa conferences that were held in Johannesburg in 2012 and 2014, both of which attracted over 150 people. He was also a co-organiser of the STEP South African conference in Cape Town in 2016.
Joseph Kellogg WE Family Offices USA
Joseph Kellogg helps wealthy families to make informed decisions within their wealth enterprise. As partner of WE Family Offices, he works with clients to identify their unique objectives and challenges and to implement a comprehensive planning strategy in coordination with their estate and tax planning professionals.
Prior to working with the multi-family office, Joseph provided wealth-planning services for international private clients of UBS AG (Miami) and of HSBC Private Bank (Miami). In 2002, he opened and managed the Miami representative office for the Amicorp Group providing corporate and fiduciary structures to both corporate and private clients. From 1997 to 2002, Joseph worked with the Citco Group of companies and was based in Curacao, and later in the British Virgin Islands. He is former Chair and Board Member of STEP Miami Branch and former Vice-Chair and Board Member of STEP USA.
Joseph is an attorney licensed in New York and Florida and received his J.D. from the American University in Washington, D.C., his LL.M. (Tax) from the University of Miami, and studied in a one-year master in law program at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico, D.F. He is fluent in Spanish.
Toine Knipping Amicorp Singapore
Toine is the Chief Executive Officer and a Co-Founder of Amicorp Group and Amicorp Community Foundation. Toine holds the top executive responsibility for the strategic development of Amicorp Group. As the person responsible for product development of the company, he is involved in designing solid solutions, based on legal, political and emotional changes in the international tax planning arena. Toine regularly speaks at international conferences on solid modern financial structuring, on impact investments for High Net Worth Individuals, and on encouraging wealthy people to use their money for development purposes rather than mere accumulation of wealth.
Toine's past professional experience includes various positions with: Antillean Management Corporation Amaco; McLaughlin Bank; Banco de Venezuela; and Safra Bank. Additional financial experience includes Credit Lyonnais Bank in the Netherlands and Chase Manhattan Bank in both New York City, and in the Netherlands.
Toine lives in Singapore. He studied Business Administration and Dutch Commercial Law at the University of Brabant in Tilburg and holds an LL.M. ("Mr.") degree. He is a graduate with an Executive MBA of INSEAD which he attended in both Fontainebleau and Singapore.
For many years Toine has been a member of the board of CIFA (Curaçao International Financial Association), and holds memberships with the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Hans Mahncke The University of West Indies Barbados
Dr Hans Mahncke holds LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees in law. Hans has been teaching law at renowned tertiary institutions since 2002. He specialises in core common law subjects, as well as in international economic law and trusts. Hans is the author of numerous books and his research has been published in pre-eminent journals, including the Journal of Chinese Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. He is a frequent speaker at law conferences across the globe. Hans is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, having previously been director of the College of Law in Hong Kong.
Simone Martin BVI FSC BVI
Simone Martin is employed at the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission and is currently the Head of Enforcement. Simone's diverse experiences at the Commission encompassed several regulated sectors, including fiduciary services, insurance, and investment business, having recently held the titles of Deputy Director, Fiduciary Services and Acting Director, Insurance. During her sixteen years at the Commission, she has materially contributed to legislative reform, the conduct of compliance inspections (primarily in relation to trust business and company management business), and the development of the National Risk Assessment of the Virgin Islands.
In 2008, Simone participated in a mutual evaluation as a Financial Expert with CFATF. She was also a member of the core team member of the Joint Typologies Working Group that produced the FATF Report on Money Laundering using Trust and Corporate Service Providers, published in 2010. In addition, Simone is a member of the Working Group for Trust and Corporate Service Providers established by the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors ("GIFCS") that published the International Standard on the Regulation of Trust and Corporate Service Providers, in October, 2014. She materially contributed to the development and conduct of GIFCS's Supervisory Colleges for Trust and Corporate Service Providers and was appointed as Co-Chair of the first GIFCS Supervisory College.
Simone holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, conferred at the University of the West Indies (October, 2002), and an undergraduate degree in Accounting conferred at the University of the Virgin Islands (May, 1998). In addition, she is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association of the UK and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, being permitted to use the TEP designation.
As Vice President, Private Banker, Pearline is responsible for developing private client business within Bermuda.
Prior to joining the Private Banking team at Butterfield, Pearline held the position of Deputy Head of Butterfield Trust (Bermuda) Limited and Managing Director of Appleby Trust (Bermuda) Limited (now known as Estera Services (Bermuda) Limited).
Pearline graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (minor in Business Administration) in 1989. Pearline is the first Bermudian to attain the highly accredited designation Associated Chartered Institution of Bankers. She has been a full STEP member since 1997 having achieved her TEP designation in 2002 by successfully completing the International Trust Management Diploma with Distinction.
Pearline served as an Executive Member of the Bermuda Association of License Trustees (BALT) and often mentors those expressing a desire to pursue a career in International Trust Management and banking. She is a past Executive Member and Chair of the STEP Bermuda Branch and a former committee member of the STEP Caribbean and Latin America Regional Committee.
In 2012, Pearline was named on the Citywealth Leaders List as one of the Leading Trustee Prominent Figures. She was also named as one of the Most Influential Women in Bermuda by Bermuda Re+ILS magazine. In 2015, she received the prestigious STEP Founder's Award for her exceptional contribution to STEP.
Pearline is married with two children and lives in Bermuda. Her son, Nathan Trott is a Goal Keeper with Westham United Football Club. (#34). Nathan is reserve Goal Keeper for England and is a featured player in FIFA 2018.
Joyce Murraine Bank of Asia (BVI) Ltd.
Ms. Joycelyn Murraine has over 44 years' experience in the banking sector. She joined Scotiabank in 1969, and has progressed through a series of increasingly senior position across the Bank. She was one of the first females in the Caribbean region to head a country for Canada’s most International Bank. Progressive senior roles included Senior Operations Manager, Retail Banking Manager, Commercial Banking Manager and Managing Director of Scotiabank (British Virgin Islands) Limited). She was Chairman of the Board for Scotiabank (British Virgin Islands) Limited from 2005 to 2013.
Under Ms. Murraine's Management, her team achieved many Awards and recognition for Service Excellence and for achieving or surpassing company's profitability objectives; one Award was for steering her Organization to win the prestigious "Best Bank Award" in the Virgin Islands, and the Global Bank of the Year (2012) Award from the Financial Times London, The Banker Magazine.
Ms. Murraine was featured in Scotiabank's Global Magazine 2006 for her accomplishments as a dynamic leader. She was one of the Speakers at the Women of Power Symposium held in the British Virgin Islands which consisted of over 200 professional women from across the region. She served on a number of committees in the Virgin Islands such as the Financial Advisory, Team BVI, the Financial Services Business Development, IFC (Marketing), to name a few. Ms. Murraine was the President of the BVI Bank Association from 2007 until 2011. She retired from Scotiabank in 2013.
Ms. Murraine maintains active involvement in several community service organizations such as the Rotary Club, and is a board member for the Non-Profit Youth Empowerment Project (YEP).
Bimpe Nkontchou W8 Advisory LLP UK
Bimpe Nkontchou oversees client relationship management at W8 Advisory, as well as providing in-house legal, tax and real estate advisory support for clients. She is a dually qualified lawyer, with over 30 years' collective experience in England & Wales and in Nigeria respectively. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and qualified as a Solicitor in the UK in 1997.
She was previously founder and managing partner of Addie & Co. Solicitors in London, with a specialist private client department, which advised affluent African entrepreneurs on asset and wealth management issues for 16 years. She is a qualified Trust & Estate Adviser, an accredited Family Business Adviser and also holds a diploma in International Trust Management. She recently became a Member of the English Bar and a member of the Honourable Order of the Middle Temple.
Her work includes advising affluent African business owners on important issues surrounding asset and wealth management and family business succession planning. She offers essential advice on the value of sound corporate and family governance to support the growth and continuity of the founding owner's vision and legacy.
James Quarmby Stephenson Harwood LLP UK
James was recognised as 'private client lawyer of the year' in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2017) and 'tax and trusts lawyer of the year' in the Spears Wealth Management Awards (2016).
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.
James is currently named in the eprivateclient's "50 Most Influential in Private Wealth" and his team is 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 (such as BBC TV News, BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Bloomberg TV).
As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA). James is also a contributing editor for Lexis/Nexis.
Dr. Jan Yves Remy Former Senior Associate, Sidley Austin LLP St. Lucia
JAN YVES REMY advised governments and private stakeholders on international trade matters, with a focus on dispute settlement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Jan Yves worked closely with other members of the firm's International Trade and International Arbitration groups on a range of international trade and dispute resolution matters.
Jan Yves' recent representations include matters involving sovereign governments engaged in high-profile ongoing disputes at the panel and appellate stages of WTO dispute settlement.
Most recently, Jan Yves has also been advising clients on various aspects of the legal and policy implications of Brexit.
Prior to joining the firm, Jan Yves worked for six years as a legal officer with the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO in Geneva, where she assisted Members of the Appellate Body in their disposition of appeals of trade matters conducted under the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. Jan Yves provided legal counsel to the Appellate Body Members in a number of complicated and high profile WTO disputes involving a wide range of substantive areas of WTO law. She worked closely with one of the current Appellate Body Members on an arbitration under Article 21.3(c) of the DSU, concerning the reasonable period of time to be accorded a Member to bring its WTO-inconsistent measures into conformity with WTO law. During her tenure at the WTO, Jan Yves also delivered seminars on WTO law and procedure to government trade officials.
Before joining the WTO, Jan Yves also served for two years as a services trade analyst at the Caribbean Negotiating Machinery, where she assisted in coordinating the negotiating positions of Caribbean governments and advised and represented them in multilateral, bilateral and regional negotiations. She has continued her interest and involvement in the Caribbean legal and trade spheres, and has completed a doctoral thesis on Caribbean regional integration through the examination of the role of the Caribbean Court of Justice in advancing Caribbean integration, due to be published shortly.
Jan Yves is a frequent speaker on WTO law and Caribbean law matters at universities, conferences and seminars, and teaches international trade law at the University of the West Indies Law Faculty, St. Augustine Campus. She has been called to the Bar in St. Lucia and St. Vincent.
Angela Robinson Chancery Chambers Barbados
Angela Robinson received her legal training in Barbados and Trinidad at the University of the
West Indies. Prior to her call to the Bar she worked in the financial services sector in
Barbados. She holds a BSc. Management Studies and is a qualified accountant who has worked
in the area of international tax consulting in the United States and Barbados. At Chancery
Chambers she has focused her work in the ambit of Commercial and Corporate Law and
Corporate/Business organizations.and has advised multiple international and local clients, both
large and small. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Canada and the UK
and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Keith Robinson Carey Olsen Bermuda
Keith Robinson is a partner in the trusts and private wealth and dispute resolution practices of Carey Olsen Bermuda. He has more than 20 years experience of a wide range of commercial litigation including in particular expertise in high-value trust litigation and court approved trust restructurings, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. He has represented trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious cases before the Supreme Court of Bermuda. Keith has been involved in many major trust cases in Bermuda and has advised trustees, beneficiaries, settlors and protectors in respect of a wide range of non-contentious Bermuda trust matters and also acts as a Protector.
Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2017, Keith was partner at another offshore law firm in Bermuda having relocated to the Island in 2008. Keith was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland (1996), Ireland (2000), Bermuda (2009) and England and Wales (2010). He is an elected member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL) and a member of STEP, currently serving as Chair of the STEP Bermuda Committee. He serves on the Trust Focus Group and the Trust Law Reform Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA).
Stuart Rohatiner Gerson Preston USA
Stuart Rohatiner is a partner at the accounting firm of Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber. His expertise is in tax advisory work in international tax, real estate, sports and entertainment and estate planning. Mr. Rohatiner has worked on untangling high profile Ponzi investment schemes, as well as in complex international tax structures. He is a frequent speaker in tax related panels and recently spoke to a group of international tax practitioners at the Harvard Club in NYC. He is very active in the community and is a frequent speaker on financial literacy for athletes and to students in the Miami-safe Public Schools. He also launched sportsdollars.org, a website dedicated to financial education for athletes.
In the next few months, a financial literacy hotline will be installed at the Overtown Youth Center, under Mr. Rohatiner's guidance, to assist members in dealing with difficult day-to-day financial questions.
Mr. Rohatiner's clients come from as far away as the Far East, Europe, Latin America and South America. Prior to moving to Miami, Mr. Rohatiner resided and worked in Boston, Washington D.C, New York City and Dallas.
In addition, Mr. Rohatiner is on the board of the ALS Recovery Fund of South Florida, a booster for Miami Senior High School, a member of the University of Miami Citizens Board, an activist with the Council of Educational Change and a founding member of Birthright Israel Miami Leadership Council.
He is Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.
Jan Willem Schenk HVK Stevens Legal B.V. The Netherlands
Jan Willem Schenk started working in 1992 at Nauta Dutilh. He specialises in private wealth advisory, mergers and acquisitions, (cross-border) restructuring and investment fund formations and setting up and advising on employee benefit schemes. He also advises family enterprises and their family members on governance, wealth planning and asset protection and national and international companies in the field of (corporate) governance.
Jan Willem worked at Smeets Thesseling van Bokhorst Spigt, a well-known firm on Curacao from 1996 until 1999. Jan Willem was international equity partner at CMS, European law firm from 2000-2008 and Baker & McKenzie, a global tax and law firm from 2008-2011 and equity partner at Van Doorne, a law office from 2011-2013.
Jan Willem also advises companies regarding transactions in and with Curacao and the former Dutch Antilles.
Connie Smith Tricor Caribbean Barbados
Connie Smith is the Managing Director of Tricor Group's operations located in Barbados, Tricor Caribbean. Tricor acquired the corporate administration services division of Ernst & Young Caribbean in April 2007. Prior to this, Connie was a Partner of Ernst & Young Caribbean and was responsible for the development and management of Ernst & Young Caribbean's office in the British Virgin Islands for a number of years.
Connie served as President of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) twice and currently still is a Director and Chair of BIBA's Service Providers and International Business Companies Committee, through which she contributes to initiatives relating to legislation, growth and practice policies for the sector. In her role as President of BIBA, Connie served as a Director of Invest Barbados, the investment promotion agency of the Government of Barbados, and also Director of the Barbados Private Sector Association.
Connie, a Governance Professional, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), The Governance Institute in the United Kingdom, Chairman of the Barbados Branch of ICSA, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Connie is an active philanthropist. Some of the causes she is very engaged with include:
· Deputy Chair and Director of ASPIRE - The Barbados Charities Support Network, whose mission is to develop and improve the sustainability of registered Barbados charitable enterprises.
· Trustee of Plastic Oceans Trust, Barbados - Plastic Oceans Trust is part of a global network of independent not-for-profits and charitable organizations, united in their aims to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation.
Connie is from Barbados where she currently lives with her husband and their two young daughters.
Jeremy Stephen University of West Indies Barbados
Jeremy Stephen has extensive experience in private equity, and economic consulting in Barbados regionally. His core consulting specialities include corporate advisory; financial due diligence; economic analysis; economics of cryptocurrencies, and web and app development.
He has provided business advisory services, inter alia, to the Government of Barbados; the Caribbean Development Bank; One Caribbean Media; The Craane Group (Merrill Lynch); and G&A Communications. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Board Director at COSCAP (Barbados).
He lectures in Banking & Finance at the University of the West Indies - Cave Hill Campus. His research in cryptocurrencies has produced the widely regarded research paper in conjunction with Professor Winston Moore: "Should Cryptocurrencies be included in the Portfolio of International Reserves held by the Central Bank of Barbados?"
A former Commonweatlh Scholar, Jeremy received his MSc. Finance degree with a concentration in Portfolio Management, Financial Statement Analysis and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College London in 2007, and the BSc. Economics in 2005 from the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill Campus, with First Class Honours.
Additionally, Jeremy is a music composer and mixing engineer who, as an avid Chelsea fan, bleeds Chelsea blue.
Tammy Thornhill Chancery Chambers Barbados
Tammy Thornhill received her legal training in Barbados at the University of the West Indies and
the Legal Education Certificate in Trinidad and Tobago at the Hugh Wooding law school. At
Chancery Chambers she has focused her work in the areas of Commercial and Corporate Law.
Besides providing legal opinions and drafting financial and security documents for various
international financing transactions, she manages a portfolio of companies and has advised many
international and local clients, including financial institutions. She is well versed in the area of
pensions and has drafted all relevant documentation in respect of pension plans, provided advice
to clients and certified pensions after the passage of the Occupational Pension Benefits Act in
2011. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2014. In the area of
trusts, she has drafted documentation and advised not-for-profit organisations, clients with
financing transaction and clients with wealth management concerns.
Roy Zur Cybint Solutions USA, Israel
Roy Zur is a cyber intelligence expert, the founder and CEO of several cyber companies, including Cybint, a cyber education
company. Roy has over a decade of experience in cyber and intelligence operations from the Israeli security forces (Retired Major), and has developed cyber education programs and technological solutions for companies, educational institutions and government agencies around the world.
Prior to his current position, Roy has received law and business degrees, and served as a legal adviser in the Israeli Supreme court. In addition, Roy is a practicing attorney, and the chairman of the Israeli Legislation research center (OMEK Institute), which includes 150 researchers, who work with the Israeli parliament.