Newsletter - September 2018
The Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) is proud to announce the election of its new Executive Committee for 2018/2019. In an era of Brexit uncertainty, GFIA will venture to establish Gibraltar as the pre-eminent jurisdiction for funds and management of crypto assets. James Lasry was elected once more as Chairman with Jay Gomez as Deputy Chairman, Moe Cohen as Treasurer, Heather Adamson as Secretary, Yan Delgado as Head of Marketing, and Benjy Cuby as Head of Training. In addition, David Diez de Artazcoz, Aaron Payas, Faith Howe, Derek Baglietto and Jonathan Garcia were also elected onto the Executive Committee.
Among other plans are the creation of a “Think Tank” which will be led by James Lasry and Jay Gomez. The Think Tank will serve as a forum to analyse the development of Gibraltar as a funds and investment management jurisdiction and to share practical know-how amongst fund and investment practitioners.
GFIA Chairman James Lasry said 'I am delighted to return to the helm of GFIA after working with Joey Garcia and Adrian Hogg for four years as deputy. I would like to strengthen our ties with government and the GFSC and to consolidate our position as the world pre-eminent crypto-funds funds jurisdiction.'
|Deputy Chairman||Jay Gomez|
|Technical Committee||Jay Gomez / James Lasry|
|Investment Managers Committee||David Diez de Artazcoz|
|Administrators Committee||Benjy Cuby / Heather Adamson|
|Auditors Committee||Moe Cohen / Faith Howe|
|Lawyers Committee||Jonathan Garcia / Jay Gomez|
|EIF Directors Committee||Aaron Payas|
|Banks Committee||Derek Baglietto|
GFIA’s main objectives for the upcoming year are:
- A resurgence of the technical committee as an ongoing forum for the discussion of technical issues;
- Focus on preparing Gibraltar and marketing it as a crypto funds jurisdiction;
- Strengthening the relations with the FSC, particularly with the funds and investments sections and the DLT department;
- Progress the legislative reform to ensure a dual regime after Brexit to ensure that investment firms and funds have the option not to comply with onerous directive driven demands when they no longer have the benefits of passporting;
- To welcome DLT focused members into GFIA for mutual benefit from their participation and input in the development of GFIA and of Gibraltar as a DLT and crypto funds jurisdiction;
- Reinstatement of GFIA’s annual dinner as an evidence to the financial community in Gibraltar that the GFIA community is a strong, dynamic and active participant in the professional and social fabric of Gibraltar.
TEL AVIV - 8th -11th of October 2018
GFIA will be represented at the Tel Aviv event together with The Finance Centre and Gibrael on the 10th of October 2018.
LONDON - 23rd of October 2018
A breakfast will be hosted by the Minister for Financial Services, the Hon. Albert Isola at the Royal Automobile Club (89 Pall Mall) from 8.45am to 11.00am. Members are welcome to register at the earliest possible opportunity with the Finance Centre (tables of 10 are available, for more info visit: http://www.gibraltarfinance.gi/en/contact). Breakfast is free of charge. The programme will focus on the future Crypto in the context of funds and asset management (New Fund Legislation, Code of Conduct and a Panel will address the major topics in the field).
LONDON - 24th of October 2018
GFIA will be represented at the GibFin London (https://gibfin.com), the Gibraltar International FinTech Conference that will take place at the QEII Center, Westminster.
GFIA is in discussions with the Gibraltar Finance Centre to see which conferences it will propose to its members to attend. London, Zurich, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore are all being considered.
A new GFIA training plan is currently prepared which will propose a series of 4 to 5 seminars on Crypto investment and changes to the funds and investment industries brought about by blockchain technologies (Code of Conduct, Investment Strategies, Administration, Security & KYC). Other seminars could be proposed in the field of MIFID II, other asset classes. We are inviting members to engage with GFIA regarding areas of training they would like to see happening.
Regular meetups will be organised to exchange views on financial markets, investment opportunities and updates on the regulatory framework. Breakfast and lunch presentations from external fund managers will also be proposed to our members.