Training & Development
GFIA provides both training and professional development for financial professionals throughout Gibraltar. While there is a discount for GFIA members who participate in seminars and courses, GFIA aims to build the quality of the local workforce as a whole.
The GFIA training committee works to achieve this goal in several ways.
Seminars are offered on a regular basis throughout the year and are ideal for professional development purposes. Seminars range in topics from those who are just beginning a career in finance to those who are seasoned professionals.
• 10 January 2019 Think Tank session - Beyond Brexit: Marketing Gibraltar’s Investment Sector Globally
Social / Networking meetup to follow (further details to follow) Finance Centre, Gibraltar
• 31 January 2019 Breakfast and dinner event as a follow-up to October’s Breakfast * Gibraltar House, London
• March 2019 Programme TBC * Hong Kong
• 04 April 2019 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner The Rock Hotel, Gibraltar
• 09-10 October 2018 Gibraltar Day, Tel Aviv
On this occasion, GFIA was represented by Moe Cohen (Treasurer at GFIA, Chartered Accountant and founder partner of RSM Gibraltar) who spoke on the panel The Benefits of Doing Business in Gibraltar. The event was very successful with a general feeling of a dynamic demand for Gibraltar’s solutions for all crypto businesses, including EIFs, as a result of its government initiatives and support to this industry also thanks to a well-established legislation and the particularly attractive banking solutions.
• 22 October 2018 Gibraltar Day Lunch, London
• 23 October 2018 Funds and Asset Managers Breakfast, Royal Automobile Club, London
A vibrant and well received event by the Gibraltar and UK communities. Important contributions where made by Minister Albert Isola and James Lasry as described above in the announcements section.
• 24 October 2018 GibFin, QEII Centre, London
The primary symposium for the Gibraltar DLT Ecosystem aiming at giving the widest possible audience the chance to join the global visionaries who are forging the DLT future and to experience Gibraltar’s world leading DLT community. The event spanned for a whole day and benefitted from the participation of prominent personalities as contributions from The Hon. Fabian Picardo (Chief Minister, Government of Gibraltar), Minister Albert Isola, Dr Wulf Kall with his overview of current crypto economic models, Joey Garcia with his talk on global regulatory developments for 2019 and their impact on the DLT market and Sian Jones (Gibraltar Financial Services Commission). GFIA was represented on this occasion by James Lasry and Jay Gomez on the panel Crypto Investment Models for 2019.
• 20 November 2018 Quaero Capital - Investing Away From The Crowds, The Sunborn, Gibraltar
The session opened with an introduction by Amancio Pérez (Head of Sales Iberia & Latam) and explored Investment strategy, with focus on perspectives and investment ideas for 2019 by Arrash Zafari (Fund Manager for Quaero Capital New Europe and member of the European Small Cap investment team).
• 21 November 2018 Startup Grind, WTO, Gibraltar
Further to the success of the previous edition, this year's event featured important contributions on crypto funds and EIFs from James Lasry (Partner and Head of the Funds Team and a member of the FinTech team at Hassans International Law Firm) and on the exponential growth in the blockchain sector by Nick Cowan (CEO of Gibraltar Stock Exchange and founder at the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange).
• 22 November 2018 EIF Directors Meetup
• 28 November 2018 Think Tank session on Security Tokens, Hassans, Gibraltar
This inaugural session focussed primarily on the possibility of tokenising funds. Topics of the discussion where: - Using blockchain to raise funds: Security Tokens and Regulatory Regime (James Lasry) - Issues related to the EIF Regime and Prospectuses Act (Jay Gomez, Triay & Triay, GFIA) - New Regulations on tokens (Sian Jones, GFSC) - Security tokens in other jurisdictions (Sheldon Freedman, Hassans, FinTech and Funds Team)
• 14 December 2018 Crypto Funds Case Study Seminar, The Sunborn, Gibraltar
Following the publication of GFIA’s Corporate Governance Code for Gibraltar Crypto Funds, the seminar included mini-case studies covering key issues faced by directors, lawyers, administrators, auditors and clients in the establishment and running of crypto funds. A particular emphasis was placed on the practical realities of working with the crypto funds and saw the relevant contributions from local professionals experienced with crypto funds as James Lasry (GFIA, Hassans), Sam Buxton (Digital Asset Management), Faith Howe (GFIA, EY), Carlos Martins (Lendingblock), Marek Mahdal (Rockchain) and Benjy Cuby (Finsbury Trust).