Delegates representing more than 30 countries tuned in to a webinar series showcasing Jersey’s global financial services expertise in September.
The special virtual one-day event on Tuesday 22 September attracted an audience of more than 1,200 finance professionals, lawyers, business introducers and other key contacts. It was designed to highlight Jersey’s strengths as an international finance centre, the role it can play in supporting global economies and the breadth of its services.
At the same time, the panel session structure of the day enabled expert speakers from around the world to contribute to a whole series of issues pertinent to the financial services industry, with delegates able to choose which would be of most value to them.
Delighted with the take-up for the event, Joe Moynihan, Jersey Finance’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:
‘We were able to demonstrate with great clarity Jersey’s global network and highlight in some detail the multi-faceted areas of Jersey’s finance industry, how the industry has shown resilience this year in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it continues to evolve to meet the new demands of our global client base right across our private wealth, funds, sustainable finance and fintech sectors. Furthermore, we were able to illustrate how together we can aid economic recovery across the globe through our global connections, depth of expertise and forward-thinking international outlook.’
Jersey’s key role in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery was a point stressed by Senator Ian Gorst, Jersey’s Minister for External Relations, who delivered a keynote address. Describing Jersey as ‘a capital warehouse providing access to cross-border investment’, he outlined how Jersey is able to bring benefits to people worldwide through the quality of its financial services.
Following the Minister’s presentation, there followed a series of short talks in which some of Jersey’s senior government officials highlighted the strengthening of Jersey’s global connections. Each illustrated how the government is deepening political, commercial, cultural and educational ties with countries around the world, from the US through to Africa, the Gulf and the Far East. Jersey Finance’s overseas representatives also provided an overview of how the jurisdiction is building business in key markets abroad.
Topics in the spotlight in the panel sessions included: the growth in family offices and what it means to be a responsible investor in 2020; choosing a fund domicile and the use of innovative solutions in an increasingly complex regulatory world; the rise in sustainable investments and impact investing; and trends in digital finance, technology and artificial intelligence.
In addition to top speakers from Jersey and London, leaders in their field from Africa, the Middle East and the Far East contributed to the various debates. Underpinning the key messages at the event was the increasing importance of robust regulation and legislative developments across all sectors. There was a further keynote address on the day from Martin Moloney, Director General, Jersey Financial Services Commission, who updated the audience on Jersey’s regulatory armoury.
Hosted by Jersey Finance, the event was staged in collaboration with the Government of Jersey, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, Digital Jersey and Locate Jersey.
Moynihan added: ‘We had a superb agenda and a stellar range of expert speakers who were able to relay in their own words why the connectivity of Jersey’s finance industry offers such a unique global footprint for an international finance centre.’
To view any of the webinar events and to see a list of the panel moderators and speakers, visit Jersey Finance’s webinar archive.