Dubai: Opportunities for Investment

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Date: Thursday 12 November 2015

Time: 09:00 - 13:30

Pathfinder Middle East and Menas Associates in partnership with Dubai Department of  Tourism and Commerce Marketing & Dubai International Financial Centre

invite you to

An exclusive half-day event hosted by Clyde and Co. to highlight the latest opportunities in Dubai for British investors in the fastest growing core areas, and to explore new regional and related business opportunities in Dubai for British Companies

12 November 2015
09.00 - 13.30
London, United Kingdom

Please note, we reserve the right to refuse entry and due to high demand, entry may be initially restricted to one person per company. 

Confirmed speakers:

  • His Excellency Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee CVO - UAE Ambassador
  • His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Al Maktoum - First Secretary and Head of
  • Economic Department, UAE Embassy
  • Arif Mohamed Amiri - Deputy CEO, DIFC Authority
  • Chirag Shah, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, DIFC Authority
  • Fayha Sultan - Marketing Manager, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce
  • Peter Hodgins- Partner, Clyde and Co., Middle East
  • Sally Sfeir-Tait- Partner, Clyde and Co., Middle East 
  • Michael Thomas - CEO, Pathfinder Middle East
  • Nicholas Wade - Middle East Manager, Menas Associates
  • Oliver Cornock - Managing Editor, Oxford Business Group
  • Ali Hassan - Senior Representative, Europe and North America, DIFC Authority
  • Nick Tolchard - Managing Director of Intl Investment, Invesco
  • David Schraa - Regulatory Council, Institute of International Finance
  • Zak Hydari - CEO, European Islamic Investment Bank
  • Brian Salmanpour – Chairman, Kay International
  • Mark Beer - Registrar, DIFC Courts
  • Jim Johnston - EMEA Regional President, Wells Fargo International Group
  • James Fleming- CEO, Arbuthnot Latham


09.00 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 09.35 Welcome by Fayha Sultan, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce 
09.35 - 10.05 Plenary Session

  • Keynote address by HE Abdul Ghanem Almutaiwee, UAE Ambassador
  • Keynote address by Arif Amiri, Deputy CEO, DIFC Authority 
  • A Macro Overview of Dubai's financial services sector and future developments by Oliver Cornock Managing Editor, Oxford Business Group

10 .05 - 11.05 Panel Session 1: It's all about Risk | Chair: Nicholas Wade, Menas Associates
How risky is the Dubai market? How effective is the recently established Credit Bureau? This panel explores systemic factors, such as the role of GRE's and real estate sector, protecting your business (DIFC vs. onshore), the regulatory role of DIFC, and the role of Dubai Courts.

  • Peter Hodgins, Partner, Clyde and Co., Middle East
  • Oliver Cornock, Oxford Business Group 
  • David Schraa, Regulatory Council IIF
  • Mark Beer, DIFC Courts

11.05 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.25 Panel Session 2: Dubai Markets | Chair: Ali Hassan, Senior Representative, Europe and North America, DIFC Authority
An Exploration of Dubai's Capital and Commodity Market Developments - looking ahead for opportunities

  • Nick Tolchard, Managing Director of Intl Investment, Invesco
  • Sally Sfeir Tait, Partner, Clyde & Co. Middle East 
  • James Fleming, CEO, Arbuthnot Latham 
  • Jim Johnston, Regional President, Wells Fargo

12.25 - 13.10 Panel session 3: Outlook and Opportunities | Chair: Michael Thomas, Pathfinder Middle East
A concluding look at the future potential of the region for Dubai based Companies and identifying priorities for growth and future markets, such as Africa, Asia and Iran.

Keynote: His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Al Maktoum

  • Brian Salmanpour, Kay International
  • Zak Hydari, CEO, EIIB
  • Chirag Shah, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, DIFC Authority
  • Nicholas Wade, Middle East Manager, Menas Associates


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