WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards 2018


A warm welcome to the WealthBriefing GCC Region Awards 2018. Nominations are now open and we look forward to seeing old and new faces taking part in this prestigious event.

For those new to the awards, the categories are focused around three main areas:

  • Experts (individuals and teams)
  • Products
  • Services for wealth managers and clients/institutions of all sizes and types

As in previous years, independence, integrity and genuine insight will be the watchwords of the judging process and will be conducted by an expert panel drawn from both private banks and trusted advisors/consultants to the sector.

To avoid any conflict of interest we have two judging panels. One panel of bankers who judge the trusted advisor categories. Another panel of trusted advisors who are responsible for judging the banking categories.

Winning an WealthBriefing GCC Region Award sets organisations and individuals apart from their peers and is a tangible demonstration that they have something special to offer, rewarding achievement and showcasing top class performance and innovation.

We very much hope you take part and look forward to seeing you at the 2018 awards ceremony.

Key Dates

  • Nominations close 9 September(at midnight)
  • Shortlist announcement 20 September
  • Awards dinner 7 November (from 7.00pm)

Judging Process

There will be two judging panels for the awards. A panel of trusted advisors who will be responsible for judging the private banking categories. A second panel of private bankers will judge the trusted advisor categories. This is to ensure that commercially sensitive information is kept confidential and to avoid conflicts of interest.

Trusted Advisor Panel

Laurence Black

Regional Director, Client Solutions, MENA

Asiaciti Trust Group

Laurence is regional director, client solutions, EMEA for Asiaciti Trust in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He joined Asiaciti Trust in 2012 and has over 30 years experience in the offshore finance industry. Based in the Middle East for the past 20 years he has particular skills and experience in cross border planning, the establishment of offshore trusts and company formation. Before joining Asiaciti Trust he held a number of senior positions within the trust & fiduciary industry and more recently was head of fiduciary services, MENAP for a major international financial institution in the Dubai International Financial Centre. He is a full member of STEP Worldwide (Society of Trust and Estate Planners) and was the founding Chairman of STEP Arabia.

Tim Casben


Gowling WLG

Tim Casben is managing partner of the firm’s Dubai office and heads the firm’s corporate practice in Middle East, focusing on corporate structuring, finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private investments. Tim works across a number of sectors including advising family offices on succession structuring and working with the firms IP team advising the new wave of technology related entrepreneurs.  Before moving to Dubai Tim spent 12 years with Lawrence Graham in London principally advising entrepreneurs on IPO’s and M&A transactions. He has worked in the Middle East for over eight years.

Walid S. Chiniara


Deloitte & Touche, Middle East

Walid is a partner at Deloitte & Touche and heads its private client services practice in the Middle East. He is an international corporate finance lawyer with 35 years’ experience across the five continents. Walid is a leading family business advisor who dedicated the last 20 years to building and serving family offices. He provides legal strategy, dynastic planning and mediation services to elite business families and HNW family business entrepreneurs in the GCC and the MENA region.

Sabila Din

Chief Executive & Founder

Din Consultants

Sabila works with global private banks, family offices and entrepreneurs across EMEA and Asia. She also matches investment from Asian family offices to alternative asset opportunity in the UK. Her work in the female economy includes - assisting banks to build female investor business, assisting female business owners scale up and championing women on family office boards. She works with the World Bank/IFC in various African and Arab countries, building financial capacity to drive SME growth and gender financial inclusion. Prior to setting up Din Consultants, Sabila held various senior roles at ABN AMRO, Asia, JWT HK, Streets Financial UK and Associate, IBM e-business fs consultancy EMEA. Sabila is chair of the Institute of Directors, City of London, financial services group and is Freeman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.

Deepak Malhotra

Chief Executive Officer

Mayfair Private

Deepak is the chief executive officer of Mayfair Private, Dubai. He specialises in advising UHNW families who have complex advisory requirements and works closely with clients to develop strategies that safeguard the family and best protect their assets.

He was previously a managing director at Barclays Wealth, where he was head of the AMEA wealth advisory business. He trained and qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, working with the blue chip professional firms Deloitte & Grant Thornton.

Valérie Mantot

Director and Head of MENA

Sanne Group

Valérie is head of CRM –Asia Pacific based in Singapore and has overall responsibility for business development and the services delivery for the Asia and MENA region.

Prior to joining Sanne, Valérie worked for more than fifteen years as a corporate law and funds lawyer at leading law firms in Paris, Luxembourg and Dubai. She has gained considerable experience working with asset managers and family offices with respect to structuring their cross border investments globally.

Sofia Mota

Head of Regulatory and Compliance Services


Sofia has over 10 years experience in the financial services sector and of consulting across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has a strong knowledge of financial products regulatory framework derived from extensive work experience in top-tier financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments diploma in investment compliance. Sofia’s acumen also embraces internal control expertise in compliance, operational and regulatory risk management across retail and wholesale markets.

Yann Mrazek

Managing Partner

M / Advocates of Law

Yann is the managing partner of M/HQ, a Dubai based multi-services platform primarily providing for the needs of successful individuals and wealthy international families. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice and is regularly solicited as a speaker on these themes. He has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He notably advises on mitigating exposure to mandatory local ownership rules in Middle East corporate vehicles and complying with Shariah succession principles. Yann is the Chair of STEP Arabia.

Manoj Prasad

Executive Vice Chairman

Que Capital

Executive vice chairman and chief executive officer, Que Capital Limited. Que Capital is headquartered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Manoj has held senior management & leadership positions at several global investment banks: Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital & HSBC. At these institutions, he led the Global South Asian and East African market franchises. He also played a critical role in re-building Barclays’ investment banking and wealth management franchise in the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. He is the founder of “MP Morgan Capital Partners Pte. Ltd.”, a Singapore-based venture capital & consulting firm.

Izabella Szadkowska

Partner, Corporate Commercial Department

Al Tamimi

Izabella is a partner in Al Tamimi & Company’s Corporate & Commercial Department (UAE and Saudi Arabia).  Prior to moving to the UAE, Izabella worked in Warsaw at Clifford Chance and White & Case.  Izabella combines private practice and in-house experience, having acted as Head of Group Legal Department for a major UAE conglomerate, Al Rostamani Group. Izabella specialises in corporate and commercial work, M&A transactions as well as provides corporate restructuring, ownership restriction and trust structures advice and assistance and advising family businesses in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Daniel Williams

Investment Director

Arbuthnot Latham

Daniel Williams is investment director for the British private bank Arbuthnot Latham, and is head of investments for the banks Dubai office in the DIFC. Daniel joined Arbuthnot Latham in 2011 from a boutique investment house in London and has over 12 years experience working with International Investors. Having travelled in to the region since the opening of Arbuthnot’s office in 2013 he moved to the UAE in 2015 in order to provide full time support to clients in the region. Daniel is responsible for the investment outlook for HNW, UHNW, family office and trusts in the GCC and sits on the global investment committee for the bank.

Private Bankers Panel

Mannan Adenwalla

Managing Director

LGT Bank (Middle East)

With more than 29 years’ banking experience in the UAE, Mannan Adenwalla assumed the role of managing director of private banking and asset management group, LGT (Middle East) in 2012. Mannan had previously been managing director of Clariden Leu Asset Management, Dubai which he set up and then led for six years. Before this he worked for ABN AMRO Bank, where he managed his clients and a team of relationship managers for nearly ten years. Having begun his career in the banking industry in 1984, Mannan’s responsibilities at LGT include developing the business across non-resident Indian and subcontinent markets.

Oliver Ansingh


Index & Cie

Oliver Ansingh is the CEO of Index & Cie, a DIFC based wealth management firm endorsed to hold and control client assets, opening client accounts directly with the firm, and providing a full range of private banking products and services thereafter.

He has over 16 years of financial services experience in both investment banking and private banking roles and has spent the last 13 years in Dubai working for leading onshore and offshore private banks, including Credit Suisse, Julius Baer and Emirates NBD.

Alain Baron

Managing Director, Head of MENA Markets

Mirabaud (Middle East)

Alain Baron is an experienced investment professional, who has worked in the wealth management practice in the MENA Region for over 15 years building long term investment objectives to maintain and grow investors wealth.

He joined Mirabaud Bank in 2012 and is currently serving as managing director, head of MENA markets. Since then he has aligned interests between family businesses through creating a mutual investment philosophy.

As a non-executive director, Alain Baron is a member of the board of directors for Proton Partners International specializing in the development of the largest global network of proton beam therapy cancer centres across UK and the international markets.

Patrick Crowley

Senior Vice President

DBS Private Bank

Patrick joined DBS Private Bank Dubai in March 2017 as its senior vice president after a spell with Standard Chartered Private Bank Dubai.

In his new role Patrick aims to exploit his reputation as a trusted advisor with entrepreneurial families to drive the bank’s growth in the ultra-high net worth and NRI private client segments, principally in the ME and Africa.

Patrick’s 20-plus years experience in the sector began at Allied Irish Banks where he rose through the ranks to head up its deposit-taking unit in Jersey. His subsequently moved to BNP Paribas, then Bank of Nova Scotia before joining ABN AMRO Jersey where he rose to become head of private banking and later its country head. He moved to Dubai to join Lombard Odier in 2012.

Sebastian Graewert

Head of the Representative Office, Dubai

CA Indosuez (Switzerland)

Sebastian has had an international private and and investment banking career in a variety of senior leadership roles. He spent 14 years with Credit Suisse in London, Zurich and Dubai where he focused on investment banking services for UHNW and family office private banking clients. Sebastian also worked for UBS Wealth Management in Dubai where he was head of the firm’s representative office before moving to Asia as head of the MENA region based in Singapore.

Sebastian joined CA Indosuez as head of its office in Dubai in June 2017.

Manoj Kapur

Managing Director

Bank J Safra Sarasin Asset Management (Middle East)

As managing director at Bank J Safra Sarasin (Asset Management) Dubai, Manoj Kapur is responsible for leading a team of private bankers, a role he assumed in March 2010. He has over 30 years banking experience in the sector in management, private banking and corporate banking. Manoj joined the bank from Lloyds International Private Banking where he was head of private banking for nearly four years. He was a senior manger at HSBC Private Bank in Dubai prior to that.

Martin Liebi

Deputy CEO, Head of Private Banking

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Martin Liebi has vast senior management experience in the banking and financial sectors with Swiss and international clients in all parts of Switzerland. Prior to his present role he was a member of the executive committee and head of private banking at Notenstein La Roche Privatebank. Here he successfully managed various growth projects related to private clients whilst strengthening its offices in Switzerland.

Before that role he was for seven years a member of the executive committee, head of the Zurich office and head of private banking at Schroders Switzerland where he was in charge of the entire Swiss and international private client base. Martin has also worked with Lloyds TSB Bank in Geneva, and with Credit Suisse in Lugano.

Venkat Mahadevan

Managing Director & Head of Retail Banking


Venkat Mahadevan is based in Dubai and heads the retail bank for Citi in the Middle East, which focuses on wealth management services for affluent and high net worth clients as its primary proposition.

He has about 28 years of experience in banking and in Citi, having spent most of his career in various roles in consumer banking and in wealth management. Venkat also has extensive experience in the various aspects of off-shore wealth management. He worked with Citi in India, USA and Singapore prior to moving to the UAE.

Ludovic Pernot

Head of Private Banking, Middle East

Liectensteinische Landesbank

Prior to joining Liechtensteinische Landesbank as head of private banking ME in 2017, Ludovic was head of MENA at Falcon Bank since 2014. Ludovic launched his career in banking at Credit Suisse in 1989 where he stayed for 17 years. Over this time he rose through various senior appointments eventually to become head of Far East private banking for CS Geneva. In 2006 he moved to create the Geneva Booking Center FE/ME at Julius, becoming executive director of its Middle East ISC operation in 2008. In 2011 Ludovic was appointed CEO of Mirabaud Private Bank (Middle East) a role he grew until his appointment at Falcon Private Bank.

Bruce Weatherill

Chief Executive

Weatherill Consulting

Bruce is a chartered accountant with over 37 years financial services experience, previously a partner in PwC, latterly as Global leader of their Wealth Management practice and the key driver of their bi-annual Wealth Management Report. Bruce is now CEO of Weatherill Consulting providing advice on client centricity and wider strategic matters to wealth managers. He is the author of The Value of Trust: the quest by Wealth Managers for Trusted Advisor status and a number of other thought leadership reports. Bruce is chairman of ClearView Financial Media and a non-executive of a number of companies including Fidelity Holdings UK, The Wisdom Council, ComPeer, JDX Consulting and Ten Group.

Daniel Williams

Investment Director

Arbuthnot Latham

Daniel Williams is investment director for the British private bank Arbuthnot Latham, and is head of investments for the banks Dubai office in the DIFC. Daniel joined Arbuthnot Latham in 2011 from a boutique investment house in London and has over 12 years experience working with International Investors. Having travelled in to the region since the opening of Arbuthnot’s office in 2013 he moved to the UAE in 2015 in order to provide full time support to clients in the region. Daniel is responsible for the investment outlook for HNW, UHNW, family office and trusts in the GCC and sits on the global investment committee for the bank.








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