The Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) has been actively promoting Gibraltar financial services during October 2012. The Association attended the Invest’12 Forum in Geneva on October 10-11 and then hosted a range of events in London on October 16 in conjunction with the Finance Centre’s Gibraltar Day celebrations.
Gibraltar was represented by ten of GFIA’s member firms at the Invest’12 Forum in Geneva along with the Gibraltar Finance Centre which included an address by James Tipping, Finance Centre Director of Gibraltar.
Following on from the success of the Forum, GFIA held a marketing day in London on Wednesday, October 16. The day included an ‘education session’ in the morning for London financial journalists with the Hon. Gilbert Licudi QC, Minister with responsibility for Financial Services and was followed by an Industry Practitioners Event held at the historic Merchant Taylors Hall.
The practitioner’s event, chaired by James Lasry, Chairman of GFIA, was well attended with over 120 participants at least 80 of which were London based and who had no previous professional experience with Gibraltar. The event was supported by the attendance of 12 GFIA member firms.
The event included an address by the Hon. Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar, and other talks from a panel which included James Tipping, Joseph Caruana, Deloitte Limited and James Lasry. James Lasry, Chairman of GFIA said “The Gibraltar funds and investment management industries can only succeed with full support from Government and the Regulator. We are grateful to the Chief Minister and the Minister with responsibility for Financial Services as well as to James Tipping, Finance Centre Director for their support of all these initiatives”.
The Hon. Gilbert Licudi QC commented: “I am convinced that Government working in partnership with industry is the best way of leveraging Gibraltar’s profile in financial services and encouraging new business opportunities.”