ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com
Africa Law Practice
ALP (Africa Law Practice) is a commercial law firm in Nigeria, established as the result of a carefully cultivated 25-year vision. The partnership practices under the name ‘Africa Law Practice’ and ‘ALP Legal’.
The firm is a strategic merger of distinct practices bringing together legal, business and policy expertise that underscores Africa’s growth. The merged practices have easily placed ALP Legal at the forefront, as a leading corporate commercial law firm.
As increased investment and rapid private sector growth in Africa transformed its economies, the need for home-grown, regionally-oriented and excellent quality legal services became imperative. This also led to the establishment of ALP Legal, as a Nigeria-based, Africa business-focused firm that delivers the very best of African legal and advisory services.
The partners have over 100 years of combined experience in legal and business advisory services in Nigeria and internationally. Additionally, our significant experience in the public sector and government relations gives us an advantage in helping our clients to navigate Nigeria’s sometimes complex regulatory and public sector landscape.
The firm has significant industry knowledge which covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
- Energy, natural resources and infrastructure
- Admiralty and maritime
- Transport and logistics
- Financial services
- Culture, media and creative industries
- Hospitality and leisure
- Consumer goods and retail
- Regulatory and government affairs
Our Practice expertise include:
- Corporate and commercial
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
- Risk management
- Business advisory
- Private clients
Africa Law Practice recently became one of the Strategic Partners of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the only Nigerian Law firm to become a strategic Partner.
Lagos, Nigeria. Also in Abuja (FCT)
Africa Legal Associates
Africa Legal Associates (ALA) is a corporate and commercial law firm located in Accra, Ghana. The firm operates as a one-stop service centre, offering a wide range of legal services to support its clients in Ghana and beyond.
ALA is unique, because in addition to providing excellent legal services, its lawyers have diverse multi-disciplinary expertise in business, political risk analysis, public policy, intelligence, strategy, communications, including crisis management and an extensive understanding of the political economy and investor opportunities in Africa.
The firm’s integrated approach to servicing the needs of its clients, in addition to a strong, reliable network of contacts within both the public and private sectors in Ghana, as well as its collaboration with a number of reputable international law firms on cross-jurisdictional work, has ensured that although quite young, it is currently one of the fastest growing law firms in Ghana, positioning it as a key service provider in the new economic order for Africa – The African Continental Free Trade Area.
Africa Specialty Risks Ltd (ASR)
Africa Specialty Risk Group (“ASR”) is a reinsurance business focused on the provision of bespoke risk mitigating (re)insurance solutions. The group’s focus is African corporates and sovereigns offering a comprehensive range of products including: Political Risk, Trade Credit, Political Violence and Terrorism, Energy, Construction, Property, Parametric, General Liability, and Financial Lines. ASR is backed by Helios Investment Partners fund IV and benefits from their extensive reach across Africa.
ESG considerations are central to ASR’s values, particularly in relation to local capacity building. ASR works proactively with local regulators to develop skills and provide training to local underwriters.
African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank)
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution with the mandate of financing and promoting intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank was established in October 1993 and owned by African governments, the African Development Bank and other African multilateral financial institutions as well as African and non-African public and private investors.
The Bank was established under two constitutive documents, an Agreement signed by member states, which confers on the Bank the status of an international organization, and a Charter signed by all Shareholders, which governs its corporate structure and operations. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that are supporting the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby sustaining economic expansion in Africa.
At the end of 2019, the Bank’s total assets and guarantees stood at USD$15.5 billion and its shareholders funds amounted to US$2.8 billion. Voted “African Bank of the Year” in 2019, the Bank disbursed more than US$31billion between 2016 and 2019. Afreximbank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A-), Moody’s (Baa1) and Fitch (BBB-). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.
Agile Business Consortium
Agile Business Consortium is the not-for-profit professional body for Business Agility, now more than 25 years old. Our mission is to lead, promote and enable business agility worldwide.
We are the originators of AgilePM®, AgileBA®, AgilePgM®, AgilePfM®, and AgileDS™, as well as the creators of the ‘Framework for Business Agility’ and the ‘Agile Project Framework’.
Through our distributors we have certified over 150,000 agile Project Managers around the globe.
We are the world’s oldest agile organisation, with members in over 30 countries around the world, and we are organisers of the world’s longest running Agile Business Conference.
Algo Fuels Ltd
Algo Fuels is an innovative, vertically integrated, biofuel company that specialises in the production and retail of clean ‘drop-in’ fuels, derived solely from algae, as direct alternatives to traditional fossil fuel diesel.
Algo Fuels provides a clean, more fuel efficient, cost effective and higher performing replacement to fossil fuels. Our patented production and refinery process turns high-lipid content algae into clean fuel that conforms to EN15940 and ASTM D975 regulations.
Algae grows 20–30 times faster than food crops whilst containing 30 times more fuel. This allows us to quickly grow our biomass commercially without impacting human food sources and limiting our use of agricultural land.
Bartley Cohen is a leading Australian disputes and commercial litigation law firm.
For more than 20 years, it has provided high quality legal services to a wide range of domestic and international businesses and clients. Its partners and staff represent clients (both plaintiff and defendant) in a wide variety of commercial disputes across a broad cross-section of industry sectors.
Bartley Cohen has been consistently recognised as one of the top litigation law firms in Queensland. Few, if any, firms the size of Bartley Cohen offer the breadth and depth of experience in commercial litigation matters that it does. Boutique and independent by design, Bartley Cohen offers contact with highly experienced lawyers responsible for all aspects of a client’s legal matter, and who will be proactive in shaping strategies suited to meet a client’s diverse needs and commercial imperatives. With a dedicated focus on commercial litigation, the firm is able to offer specialised advice to pre-emptively manage commercial risks and act in commercial disputes.
The firm has received the following recent accolades in the independent publication, Doyles’ Guide:
- Leading Professional Indemnity Law Firms – Queensland – First Tier (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Firms – Queensland – Second Tier (2018, 2017, 2015) Third Tier (2019, 2016)
- Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Firms – Queensland – Recommended (2018, 2017)
- Leading Medical Negligence Firms (defendant) – Queensland – (2018, 2017) Third Tier (2016) Second Tier (2015)
Bassadone Automotive Group
Established in 1904, Bassadone Automotive Group specialises in the export primarily of Toyota and Jeep vehicles to the UN, GO’s and NGOs in developing countries.
Our Chairman and 100% owner, George AC Bassadone OBE took over his father Alfred Bassadone’s business over 40 years ago and has since developed the Group into its current position as a significant Private European Automotive distributor consisting of 8 companies exclusively devoted to the Automotive industry active in Finland, The Baltic States, United Kingdom, Spain and Gibraltar; employing circa 500 employees worldwide. In 2018 the group sales for new cars alone was just under 36,000.
Over this time the Group has developed and expanded to its position as one of the leading independent automotive groups in Europe; 6,000 Toyotas are supplied yearly to the United Nations and NGO’s. The Bassadone Group are the agents for Peugeot, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Suzuki, SsangYong, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Izusu.
In 2007 Bassadone Automotive Group was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) standard and went on to be accredited with the IiP Gold and Champion Status in 2014. In 2017 a new level was introduced and the Group attained the highest possible status : Platinum.
Bestway Group is the tenth largest privately-owned business in the United Kingdom with an annual turnover of in excess of £3.2 billion and third largest family business in the UK.
Bestway is the second largest wholesaler in the UK, the third largest retail pharmacy in the UK, the largest cement producer in Pakistan and the second largest private bank in Pakistan. The Group provides employment to over 38,000 globally including 15,000 in the UK.
BoardPAC Pvt Ltd
BoardPAC is a dynamic enterprise technology solution that caters to corporate board meetings across the world.
BoardPAC is used by over 50,000 Board Members across 40 countries and it is a trusted solution by Global Fortune 500 listed companies such as Mercedes Daimler, EY, Deloitte, Petronas, MayBank, Yes Bank, OCBC Banking Group with Bank of Singapore and Great Eastern.
Leading organizations from each country such as Bidcorp, Bombay Stock Exchange, Reserve Bank India, Bursa Malaysia Stock Exchange, Hong Leong Group, Prudential has been BoardPAC’s primary focus in providing the highest of service to cater to specialized needs of Board Members of the largest companies in each region.
Both on-premise and cloud storage options are supported by BoardPAC across all leading cloud platforms such as AWS, MS Azure including compatibility across Android, iOS, and Windows platforms.
The BoardPAC website link is https://www.boardpac.co
British & Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland (B3CF)
The B3CF is committed to building, strengthening and sustaining business between Finland the United Kingdom and the rest of The Commonwealth since its establishment in 2008.
Our mission is to serve our members as a pro-active resource, based on the three tenets of “Voice, Information and Profit advantage (VIP)”.
Our relationship to influential and well-connected resources, such as the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC), British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and the Genesis Initiative (GI) helps further our boundaries and connections, giving one more piece of leverage for cementing success.
Brunswick Group LLP
Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues. Our purpose is to help companies play a more successful role in society.
We advise on critical issues at the centre of business, politics and society, and help our understand and navigate these interconnected worlds.
Cameroon National Shippers’ Council
Cameroon National Shippers’ Council is a Public Agency created by Decree n° 75/118 of 21 January 1975.
Enable each shipper to perform import and export operations with ease regardless of the mode of transport chosen and at an optimal cost.
Providing assistance to and protecting the interests of shippers with a view to contributing to the promotion of international trade. The main objective of the CNSC is to fulfil these missions while its permanent challenge is to meet the expectations of shippers.
In order to achieve these objectives, the CNSC carries out field actions such as training, information, studies and counselling, negotiations and the construction of infrastructures.
Over the last ten years, we have stepped up our activities and made significant investments for the benefit of shippers. These include and are not limited to the creation of new services, the opening of CNSC’s country office in Paris-France and regional offices in the port cities of Kribi and Limbe, the construction and operationalization of cargo warehouses within the ports of Douala, Kribi and Tiko Wharf and the undergoing construction of the Douala-Ndjamena corridor trucker accommodation centres. All these achievements and many others make the CNSC a key player in international trade and trade facilitation.
Capital Maharaja Organisation
The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited is the largest privately owned, multifaceted group of companies in Sri Lanka. It comprises over 20 operating companies, divided broadly into nine spheres of activity:
- Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Media, Entertainment & Communication
- Personal Care & Consumer Products
- Plastics – HDPE, PVC
- Infrastructure Projects
- Services – Shipping and Logistics
- Land Bank / Real Estate
In each of these spheres, the Group has one or more companies that, if not the market leader, are leaders in the field. Moreover, in many of these industry sectors the Group has either pioneered the business, or been the first in the private sector to embark upon such activity in Sri Lanka.
The group continues to seek opportunities to diversify through joint ventures with internationally renowned partners.
Cavendish Group is a leading corporate development and recruitment firm providing bespoke services to source first-rate candidates with the talent, skills and industry knowledge required to elevate a business.
The company has years of experience in identifying and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, upholding the belief that championing employee wellbeing is the key to success. Cavendish works to transform companies, working for more than 25 years with world-leading organisations to build essential C-suite networks among global technology firms. The Cavendish recruitment process stems from a philosophy of finding and retaining talent and fostering an environment in which individuals can realise their potential.
Cavendish Group works both with firms seeking to fill vacancies or work on a growth area and individuals wishing to take the next step in their career. It has worked creatively and collaboratively with top-tier clients including Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company and the Wellcome Trust.
CDC is the UK’s development finance institution, wholly owned by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. Founded in 1948, our mission is to support the building of businesses in Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
We do this with a dual objective: to support growth and jobs that lift people out of poverty, and to make a financial return, which we reinvest into more businesses. In this way, we use our capital over and over again to help create the jobs and economic stability that will enable countries to leave poverty behind.
We invest in Africa and Asia because over 80% of the world’s poorest people live in these regions. We focus on investing in countries where the private sector is weak, jobs are scarce, and the investment climate is difficulty, but particularly in sectors where growth leads to jobs. These sectors are financial services, infrastructure, health, manufacturing, food and agriculture, construction and real estate, and education.
Charltons is a boutique Hong Kong corporate finance law firm with branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangon, Myanmar. Charltons focuses on Hong Kong corporate finance law and provides cutting edge legal advice to Hong Kong, PRC and international clients.
Charltons has a track record of over 20 years representing major multinational clients on complex cross border and domestic transactions. The firm is experienced in advising local and international companies, controlling shareholders, sponsors and underwriters on IPOs on both the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the GEM market. Charltons is well recognised for its work advising companies on the legal requirements and implications of their capital raising on listing and we provide ongoing advice to listed companies regarding their compliance with continuing obligations under the Hong Kong Listing Rules.
Charltons advises on securities law, funds law and cryptocurrency. The firm advises on Hong Kong M&A law and cross-border M&A transactions. Charltons has considerable experience advising on the formation and management of offshore, Hong Kong and China investment funds.
Charltons has a substantial pro bono practice establishing and advising Hong Kong based charities and foundations.
Cititrust Holdings Plc
CITITRUST Holdings Plc is a Pan African diversified investment Holding Company established to seize the emerging opportunities in Financial Services Industry and Alternative Investments. The firm’s aspiration is to be the gateway and catalyst for mobilising capital for growth and development across Africa.
Cititrust Holdings Plc history dates back to 2007 with the establishment of Cititrust Financial Services Limited, a Financial Services Holding Company based in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2017, The Group Launched its African Expansion Plan and the Group Structure with establishment of CITITRUST DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS Plc. Today CITITRUST HOLDINGS PLC is a Non – Operating Investment Holding Company and all our services are carried out through our various subsidiaries across Africa.
Our services include Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Pension Management, Insurance and Alternative Investments; and these are carefully thought-out in pursuant of the Group’s ambitious pan-African investment strategy for diversification and return enhancement.
As stated in our investment mandate, we always drive our subsidiaries to “play the game better”, we often aim to “change the game” via helping our companies with acquisitions, new product development, expanded business strategies, and accessing new sources of capital.
At the opening of FY 2020, our strategic focus included scaling up the business operations in our 16 countries of operations namely; Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Botswana and Liberia – with acquisition and upgrading of our licenses, and opening more digital branches over the usual brick and mortal branches. The turndown of events unpredicted in 2020 did not stop us in achieving our strategic goals and below are strives achieved;
- In 2020, our Nigeria operations successfully acquired the following companies – Core Capital Limited; Atlass Portfolios Limited; Core Trust and Investment Limited; and Great Hope Insurance Brokers Limited.
- In Ghana, Credit Microfinance Bank Limited was acquired; our Fund Management and Pension Licenses in Ghana were renewed, despite the tough Ghana Financial Services Market terrain.
- In South Africa, CITITRUST Financial Services (PTY) Limited was issued an NCR (National Credit Provider) License to operate nationally in South Africa. (ii) CITITRUST Capital Management (PTY) Limited, South Africa was authorized as a Financial Services Provider in terms of the Financial Advisory & Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002.
- CFS Group Plc, Nigeria, a subsidiary of CITITRUST Holdings Plc, launched a wholly-owned Asset Management Company subsidiary, CITITRUST Asset Management following the receipt of approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
- Registrar of Financial Institution, Malawi approved the grant of a license to South Atlantic Asset Management, Malawi (a subsidiary) to operate as a portfolio manager. The portfolio Manager will target Malawian and African Clients in the diaspora – this is in pursuant of the Group’s ambitious pan-African investment strategy for diversification and return enhancement.
- In Kenya, we had obtained the licence to commence Fund and Asset Management Business by Capital Market Authority of Kenya – Cititrust Asset Management Plc, Kenya. By Q1 2021, Our full-fledged Commercial Banking Operations in Liberia will commence on a full scale; concluding engagements is currently ongoing with Central Bank of Liberia.
- CITITRUST embarked on “EMEA Growth Strategy” – a daunting objective to take on a region as broad as Europe, Middle East and Africa in one swoop. As at date, CITITRUST has successfully secured Investment banking license in the United Kingdom (UK) and licensing almost completed in Mauritius and the United States of America.
- Our awards in 2020 so far include; The Global Banking and Finance Award (“Decade of Excellence Investment Holding Company, Africa 2020 category); International Business Magazine Award (“Best Investment Holdings Company in Africa 2020” and “Excellence in Financial Services Africa 2020”), our Group Chief Executive, Mr. Adeyemi Adefisan-Williams also featured in Forbes Africa 2020.
- As at date, CITITRUST has over 30 subsidiaries across Africa with numerous branches. Within the context of a challenging global and local operating environment (i.e. COVID-19 Headwinds and lock-down containment measures); CITITRUST has been able to thrive amidst the decreasing economic growth rate, which makes our return to performance even more remarkable and achieved financial results and performance, indicative of a resilient portfolio, diversified revenue streams, and ultimately it shows a sustainable and a future assured Investment Company.
City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.
We aim to:
- Contribute to a flourishing society
- Support a thriving economy
- Shape outstanding environments
By strengthening the connections, capacity and character of the City, London and the UK for the benefit of people who live, work and visit here. Our reach extends far beyond the Square Mile’s boundaries and across private, public and voluntary sector responsibilities. This, along with our independent and non-party political voice and convening power, enables us to promote the interests of people and organisations across London and the UK and play a valued role on the world stage.
Clarkslegal LLP is a leading, full service commercial law firm with a reputation for being innovative, practical, commercial and strategic, able to draw on expertise from our associated companies to help deliver solutions for our clients in the UK and internationally.
We act for a wide range of businesses, from start-up and SMEs, to multinationals and FTSE250 companies as well as numerous public sector bodies and individual clients.
Our aim is to make things happen for our clients, whether from a legal perspective or by helping them make the right connections to achieve their desired business outcomes.
As well as this, Clarkslegal works closely with its subsidiary Human Resources Consultancy, Forbury People, to offer a range of services and solutions to clients in respect of their HR challenges.
The firm has extensive expertise in supporting enterprise and innovation. We operate Forbury Investment Network, which seeks to secure investment funding for emerging technologies from the UK, as well as managing the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), a pan-Commonwealth network linking entrepreneurs and companies in the sustainability sector to each other and to international investors. The platform is designed to facilitate trade and investment in sustainable technologies to help connect like-minded businesses, to improve international awareness of developments in green technology and sustainability issues, and to support low carbon economic growth across the Commonwealth.
Internationally, we are part of TAGLaw, a major global network of law firms giving clients access to high-quality legal advice in over 90 countries.
Confederation of Indian Industry
As India’s premier business association with a network of 66 offices including 9 Centres of Excellence in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with over 300 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
Coventry is a dynamic and forward-thinking university with a reputation for offering a unique blend of academic expertise, practical understanding and experience. We are committed to supporting our students and fostering successful external partnerships, so that we meet the challenges of the 21st century.
We deliver an education that transforms lives and advances society. We deliver a high-quality education based on where and how our students want and need to learn, what they want to learn, the skills they want to develop and the experience they want to live. Our students are empowered to take control of their educational journey, creating better futures.
We deliver challenge led, transdisciplinary research and innovation, providing solutions to emerging global societal and economic needs and real-world challenges.
We are recognised internationally for our global presence, the depth and breadth of our engagement platforms, the extent of our collaborative partnerships, the scale of our global mobility and employability provision and the sophistication, scale and sustainability of our global activity.
Through continuous improvement, transformation, and sustainable investment we continue to increase our capability and effectiveness to deliver high-quality teaching, learning, research and innovation in line with our mission, vision and values.
Crown Agents Bank
Crown Agents is a leading wholesale bank for emerging markets. As a global transaction bank, we offer a full suite of FX, payments, trade finance and money market services to Supra National, Central Banks, Financial Institutions, governments, NGOs and select commercial enterprises.
We also, through our sister company Crown Agents Investment Management (CAIM), provide investment management and reserves management services to our clients.
At Crown Agents Bank, we have an unrivalled understanding of our focus Frontier and Emerging Markets. We have the necessary experience, relationships and product capabilities to deliver FX and payment services including illiquid Frontier Market currencies in addition to treasury and trade services.
Crown Agents Ltd
We manage large programmes and projects to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity around the world.
We are a not-for-profit business which empowers leaders to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity for their communities, businesses, institutions and countries. These leaders could be heads of state or school teachers, global companies or local entrepreneurs, partners or donors.
We’ve been innovating since 1833, but we know the pace of change hasn’t always been quick enough. Today we’re investigating the potential of frontier technologies to help accelerate that change for our partners.
Our Japanese office was founded in 1967 to procure and inspect Japanese products for our programmes around the world. In 1987, the Japanese government appointed us as procurement agent for Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), and we have been working closely with the government and other international donors ever since.
We are partners – We work with NGOs, donors and governments, to empower leaders to find solutions. Local concerns are at the heart of our approach. We create projects which have a life of their own, beyond our input.
We are ambitious – We have to be to deliver life-saving drugs successfully across 80% of South Sudan. Or secure 40% savings on Ukraine’s health procurement budget, saving money to treat more patients. Or get 4,000 aid consignments into Syria since the conflict began in the most transparent and accountable way.
We are trusted – We’ve been described as ‘honesty for hire’. We understand the burden of risk and the value of honesty. That’s why we invest in our integrity.
We are support – When a crisis unfolds, our focus on long-term change gives way to supporting people to get through the day. But the day after work begins on restoring self-sufficiency.
Custodian Investment plc
Custodian commenced operations in 1995 as an insurance company known as Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited, underwriting Non-life insurance business.
Having grown organically and through mergers & acquisitions, the company is now known as Custodian Investment Plc, a wholly owned Nigerian Investment company with interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Pensions and Trusteeship. The Custodian Group has as subsidiaries Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited, Custodian Life Assurance Limited, CrusaderSterling Pensions Limited and Custodian Trustees Limited.
Central to our operations is the quest for sustainable insurance anchored on satisfactory customer experience driven through superior product and service offerings tailored to suit customer needs and preferences.
This has earned us notable honors and recognition from such bodies as Capital Finance International (CFI.co) and The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Pearl Awards among others.
Custodian has a robust investment portfolio with group Assets Under Management (AUM) of about $1billion, with innovative technology deployment in the creation and delivery of first-class services and products to customers.
The Board of Directors comprises seasoned professionals and captains of industry, bringing several years of experience to bear upon the Board. Besides its oversight function, the Board also provides strategic direction for the company by establishing a policy-based system of governance.
Our Head office is located in Lagos, with Regional offices in Abuja and Port Harcourt in addition to Branch offices located in major state capitals and cities in Nigeria.
Custodian is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) and is a signatory to its Principles for Sustainable Insurance (Initiative) Initiative, underscoring our quest for sustainable insurance.
The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate, founded by Aliko Dangote. It is the largest conglomerate in West Africa and one of the largest on the African continent. The group employs more than 30,000 people, generating revenue in excess of US$4.1 billion in 2017.
db Group can trace its origins back to a small guesthouse that was opened by the founder Silvio Debono in the 1980s. With over 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industries, the Group has forged several strategic partnerships with leading global brands, including Hard Rock Café International, the Accor Hotel Group, and RIU Hotels & Resorts.
By developing such relationships with recognised international players, the Group have amassed invaluable business acumen and experience. This has allowed it to establish its unique brand in Malta – db Hotels + Resorts, which boasts over 3,500 beds and a staff complement of around 2,850 employees, making it by far the largest hotel operator in Malta.
Throughout the decades, the Group has managed to diversify its portfolio of core operations, by venturing into the fields of contract catering, healthcare, and property development. With each passing year, db Group continues to improve on previous results but also venturing into new opportunities.
With a positive outlook in European markets, the Group decided to crystallise its borrowing costs by issuing public bonds. This led to the release of a €65 million 10-year Bond at a fixed coupon of 4.35%m which was heavily oversubscribed upon its issue on the 25th April 2017. The bond was subsequently admitted for listing on the Malta Stock Exchange on the 4th May 2017.
Recently, the Group secured the signing of a 99-year concession for a lucrative tract of land located in Malta’s high sought-after St. George’s Bay area. The vision for this location will be the db City Centre Complex, a mixed development initiative that will propel the Group to new and higher quality levels of operation. In addition, db Group has also managed to secure a franchise agreement with Hard Rock Holdings Ltd for the branding of a 5-star hotel within this development.
The future for db Group is forecast to yield a lot of new opportunities and investment, and with a turnover in 2017 increased by a 9% factoring in at €46.6 million, the group is set to break its own records in the coming years.
De La Rue
With a 200 year heritage, De La Rue works to the highest ethical standards and stands firm in its fight against counterfeiting and fraud.
This, alongside an unrivalled commitment to innovation and sustainability, ensures De La Rue remains at the forefront of new developments in the delivery of security and integrity of banknotes, and the provision of Product Authentication solutions. De La Rue is a truly global business, with customers in 140 markets, manufacturing locations across three continents, and over 2,000 employees in place – with products and services in use in every country around the world.
De La Rue’s organisational structure::
Currency Division – led by Ruth Euling, Managing Director,
De La Rue recognises that financial inclusion is critical to economic well-being and with over 80% of all global transactions currently made with cash, it is critical that the currency in people’s hands is authentic, easily available and cost effectively distributed.
From world-leading design and the integration of innovative high-security features, to safeguarding national reputations, at De La Rue, we create banknotes solutions that meet the individual needs of each currency and circulation environment.
Authentication Division – led by Andrew Clint, Managing Director
The total value of counterfeit and pirated goods in 2017 was estimated to be US$1.2 trillion. The consequences of illicit trade are far reaching and damaging for society; stunting socio-economic growth, risking citizens’ health, fueling criminal activity and damaging brand reputations. To combat illicit trade, the authenticity of products needs to be guaranteed from source to consumption.
At De La Rue, we create and deliver secure physical identifiers in the form of tax stamps and product authentication labels, as well as digital software solutions that help to protect from counterfeit and illicit trade, that help to secure revenues and safeguard reputations.
De La Rue in the Commonwealth
Since its inception, the Commonwealth has been at the heart of De La Rue, delivering products and solutions to more than 80% of countries within the Commonwealth. Furthermore, over 95% of the workforce live and work in the Commonwealth and the majority of the production facilities are located in the Commonwealth. De La Rue is also active in helping to shape a better and more sustainable future by Investing in building expertise across the Commonwealth through scholarships, entrepreneurial training, start-up funding and local community support.
Deloitte Cayman Islands
Our network of member firms in 150 countries and territories serves local and regional companies, local Governments, and four out of five Fortune Global 500®companies. Learn how Deloitte’s approximately 312,000 people make an impact that matters at www.deloitte.com
With over 170 professionals in the Cayman Islands, Deloitte’s integrated approach combines keen insights with industry knowledge to help our clients excel. We are dedicated to strengthening corporate responsibility, building public trust, and making a positive impact in our community. Deloitte & Touche (Cayman Islands) is an affiliate of DCB Holding Ltd., a member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Visit www.deloitte.com/ky to learn more about our work.
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Emilianides Katsaros LLC
A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates LLC (Emilianides Katsaros LLC or EK LLC) is a full-service law practice based in Cyprus, with offices in Nicosia and Limassol.
Its parent company, A. & E. C. Emilianides, has excelled in providing legal services for more than a century.
Led by Prof. Dr. Achilles C. Emilianides and Costas V. Katsaros, EK LLC has been transformed into a group of professional services and one of the major legal practices of the island, with a team of more than 40 qualified professionals, offering legal, advisory & corporate services in a variety of industries such as banking & finance, commerce & trade, insurance, technology, tourism, media, real estate & construction, transportation, shipping, energy, medicine, agriculture.
The firm serves as an advisor of major Cypriot public institutions and of private organizations that operate both locally and internationally. Since Cyprus offers a business friendly environment and legal, tax & corporate regime, the Firm provides a full spectrum of legal, corporate & administrative support to a worldwide portfolio of international clients that operate in or from Cyprus. The firm has enjoys a network of associates and affiliations with global reach.
The Firm’s legal & litigation department advises clients by providing legal opinions & support and by practicing advocacy in numerous disputes, complex legal & litigation matters, including some of the highest profile cases of the island.
The advisory department offers consultancy services & support to major organizations, providing training seminars & consulting services for the Association of Banks in Cyprus & actively assisting in many projects some of the biggest banking institutions & other organizations of the island in a variety of fields, such as personal data protection & DPO services, compliance & restructurings.
The corporate department supports international clients in all areas of their corporate activities, including establishment & administration of companies, funds & trusts. The firm’s headquarters in Nicosia host a business centre with full administrative support and a state-of-the-art infrastructure in the historic centre of the capital of the island.
Employers’ Federation of Pakistan
The Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, known simply as EFP, is a non-profit entity which was established in 1950, under the Companies Ordinance 1984.
Since then, the EFP has risen to prominence as the only ‘body of employers’ in Pakistan that is not only a member of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), but also affiliated with the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Employers (CAPE), as well as, the South Asian Forum of Employers (SAFE). Statistically, the total outreach of EFP, through a base of over 1000 member organizations, and 28 leading chambers and industrial associations, stands at a record 2.5 million Pakistani workers.
Led by the current president, Mr. Majyd Aziz, the EFP is a tripartite constituent of International Labour Organization (ILO), and with it, carries the statutory mandate to bridge the communication gap between various business entities, stakeholders, social partners, and the government, in an effort to draft policies aimed at promoting the welfare of Pakistan. These policies are primarily directed at tackling various issues related to underemployment, poverty, abuse of workers’ rights, and a host socio- and macro-economic problems prevalent in the industrial, agricultural, and services sectors of the Pakistani economy.
In lieu of its unwavering commitments to stimulate the general well-being of the country, and in acting as a linchpin to strengthen the bilateral ties of Pakistan with her trading partners, the EFP recently inaugurated an Economic Council. This EFP Economic Council (EFP-EC), chaired by Mr. Ismail Suttar, and under his new mantra of, “industrialization on war footing”, has set a prime goal to not only tap the countless technological frontiers but also exploit the talent-rich pool of youth to successfully push Pakistan to its next stage of industrialization. Achieving this goal, it firmly believes, shall ensure a thriving future for Pakistan, in terms of both socio and economic prosperity.
The Economic Vision 2030, which was published by the EFP Economic Council in the year 2018, is a testament to the high level of dedication, and business acumen of the renowned economists, and policy makers who make up the board of EFP-EC. These members, strive day and night to overcome the many challenges faced by Pakistan, through provision of such services as legal advisory and consultancy services, and forming key business-academia linkages.
EY Cayman Ltd.
EY Cayman Ltd. serves the banking & capital markets, insurance, and wealth & asset management sectors providing a full suite of advisory, assurance, transaction advisory, and tax services with a focus on providing seamless, exceptional client service.
EY’s transaction advisory services enables clients to navigate complexity by reimagining their eco-systems, reshaping their portfolios and reinventing themselves for a better future. With global connectivity and scale, we drive corporate strategy, capital allocation and transaction advisory through execution to enable fast-track value creation. We support the flow of capital across borders and help bring new products and innovation to market. In doing so, we enable our clients to build a better working world by fostering long-term value. For more information please visit ey.com/transactions.
About the EY Region of Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands
The EY region of member firms in the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands is aligned with EY’s Americas Financial Services Organization, headquartered in New York. We serve the banking & capital markets, insurance, and wealth & asset management sectors providing a full suite of advisory, assurance, transaction advisory, and tax services with a focus on providing seamless, exceptional client service.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
EY is a leader in serving the global financial services marketplace. Nearly 51,000 EY financial services professionals around the world provide integrated assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services to our asset management, banking, capital markets and insurance clients. In the Americas, EY is the only public accounting organization with a separate business unit dedicated to the financial services marketplace. Created in 2000, the Americas Financial Services Organization today includes more than 11,000 professionals at member firms in over 50 locations throughout the US, the Caribbean and Latin America.
EY professionals in our financial services practices worldwide align with key global industry groups, including EY’s Global Wealth & Asset Management Center, Global Banking & Capital Markets Center, Global Insurance Center and Global Private Equity Center, which act as hubs for sharing industry-focused knowledge on current and emerging trends and regulations in order to help our clients address key issues. Our practitioners span many disciplines and provide a well-rounded understanding of business issues and challenges, as well as integrated services to our clients.
With a global presence and industry-focused advice, EY’s financial services professionals provide high-quality assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, including operations, process improvement, risk and technology, to financial services companies worldwide.
Famfa Oil Limited is one of the largest indigenous exporters of Crude Oil in Nigeria.
Famfa Oil is committed to developing one of the deepest and largest offshore discoveries in the Gulf. The Agbami field contains 1 bbl of recoverable reserves and has been in production with Famfa Oil’s partners since 2008. At its peak production, the Agbami field yields up to 250,000.00 barrels of oil per day, which has accounted for over 10% of Nigeria’s total daily production capacity. This has been possible through the Agbami FPSO, (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel, which is located 75 miles off the coast of Nigeria at a depth of 4,800 ft. Till date, Agbami is one of the largest and deepest offshore reservoirs in West Africa. Famfa Oil is committed to investing in the pan African space of the oil industry either through investment of other similar assets or the development of its core capabilities and skills that are required to be a world class company.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) is the umbrella trade organization of Bangladesh and since its inception in 1973 the organization continues to plays an important role in promoting the interest of the business community in all socio-economic, national and international fronts.
FBCCI represents the private sector in numerous Commissions, Boards, Committees, Taskforces, Consultative Bodies and other forums of both govt. and non-govt. entities and engaged in the capacity building of its members and business bodies.
The organization is also involved in forging strong bilateral and multilateral ties with different countries, in particular within through maintaining close working relations with the Overseas National Chambers and Industrial Associations.
FBCCI has a growing membership base and currently represents 500 organizations consisting of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Joint Chamber with Foreign Countries and Trade and Industrial Associations. In addition, FBCCI recently incorporated provision for corporate and associate memberships as part of our trade and investment facilitation and policy advocacy for international businesses present in the country and who are exploring FDI.
FSD Africa is a non-profit company which aims to increase prosperity, create jobs and reduce poverty by bringing about a transformation in financial markets in SSA and in the economies they serve.
It provides know-how and capital to champions of change whose ideas, influence and actions will make finance more useful to African businesses and households. Through access to finance initiatives, it seeks to build financial inclusion. Through capital market development, it looks to promote economic growth and increase investment. As a regional programme, it seeks to encourage collaboration, knowledge transfer and other market-building activities. FSD Africa is funded by UK aid from the UK government.
The Letšeng mine is renowned for its regular production of large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest average dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.
Since Gem Diamonds acquired the mine in 2006, Letšeng has produced four of the 20 largest white gem quality diamonds ever recorded.
Ghana Export-Import Bank
The Ghana Export-Import Bank (GEXIM) was established by The Ghana Export – Import Bank Act, 2016, Act 911 in Ghana.
This Act transformed the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), a government agency owned wholly by the government into the Ghana Export – Import Bank.
The main objectives of the Ghana Export – Import Bank are as follows:
- To support and develop, directly or indirectly trade between Ghana and other countries. (The Bank will assist exporters to compete internationally by acting as an intermediary between
- National Governments and exporters by providing export financing facilities to support their oversees activities
- To build Ghana’s capacity and comprehensiveness in the international market-place.
- The Bank has its head office in Accra, the capital of Ghana with four (4) branches sited in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Ho.
PROJECTS THAT ARE FUNDED OR SUPPORTED BY GEXIM
- Supports Cultivation of Raw materials for Industry such as cashew, oil palm and shea nut
- Support the setup and expansion of Industrial Revitalization/Value Addition in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, salt and industrial starch
- Supports Import Substitution in areas especially of poultry, sugar and rice
- Support Establishment of Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones; i.e. the creation of enabling environment for the setup of industrial and special economic zones through the provision of necessary infrastructures; i.e, electricity, water and telecommunication. Targeted interventions will be introduced to resolve, where possible, access to land.
- Strategic Anchor Industries – Raw Material base – to support the setup of these industries with backward integration; i.e, the supply of good quality raw materials
- Export Diversification of Non Traditional Export (NTE): the Bank will support this sector with soft credit, asset acquisition, financing and working capital support.
- SME Development – support this sector with soft credit, asset acquisition, financing and working capital support especially in agriculture and agribusiness.
- One District One Factory – the Bank will indirectly be contributing immensely to the success of the Government flagship programme (1D1F)
Gibraltar Finance is the platform for the promotion of Gibraltar’s vibrant financial services sector to the world, ensuring that Gibraltar effectively communicates its position as an international finance centre of excellence. Gibraltar Finance acts as a conduit to attract investment and new business opportunities to Gibraltar.
Gibraltar Finance provides the international financial services community, professionals and corporate and private clients alike, a resource hub whereby information can be obtained and all the relevant Gibraltar-based professional associations can be accessed. It acts as a forum that provides engagement between the financial services sector and government for the consideration of strategic and policy issues, creating the responsive, proactive environment that so benefits investment.
Gibraltar Finance brings together a team of highly skilled professionals who bring together a wealth of in-depth knowledge and experience from a wide variety of sectors in the field of financial services. Their dedication and commitment to ensuring that Gibraltar excels as a jurisdiction of choice for investment and financial services is exemplary. Our work aims to develop Gibraltar as a growing centre for business and as a vibrant hub for financial services and the new technologies that support these.
We work closely with government departments to advise on policy development, and with the many skilled private sector professionals that apply their expertise in Gibraltar and help make Gibraltar’s offering to businesses and individuals alike second to none.
Gibraltar Tourist Board
The Gibraltar Tourist Board is her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar’s tourism entity, with responsibility for the marketing of the destination and the operation of the Gibraltar Cruise Terminal and the Gibraltar Coach Terminus.
The Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB) is tasked with carrying out Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar’s tourism policy.The GTB’s primary aim is to market the destination in Gibraltar’s main source markets, which are the UK and Spain.
The GTB also operates the Gibraltar Cruise Terminal and the Gibraltar Coach Terminus.
The Board is responsible for liaising with all airlines and cruise operators, in order to attract more services and ships to Gibraltar.
The GTB works closely with all its tourism partners in Gibraltar and in the UK to welcome visitors to the Rock.
The GTB works closely with the Ministry of the Environment, which is responsible for the main tourist attractions in Gibraltar including the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Upper Rock.
The GTB is represented in the United Kingdom, which is the main source market for overnight visitors and has a reputable standing in the tourism industry.
Gold Coast Refinery
The Gold Coast Refinery Limited (GCRL) is a Ghanaian registered company and subsidiary of the Euroget Group in Egypt. It was inaugurated in 2016 and is the first Gold Refinery in West Africa, and second in Africa after the Rand Refinery of South Africa.
Gold Coast Refinery have invested in modern technology and equipment, empowered expert personnel, and developed efficient processes to transform raw materials into high quality branded goods. The company provides services such as assaying, refining, marketing, sale and export of bullion, vault services, bullion transportation and logistics, as well as capacity building and training for allied technical institutions.
The refinery also has the capacity to smelt about 150 kilograms (kg) at a time, while the chemical line of the refinery has an installed capacity of 600 kg of gold per day and approximately up to 360 tonnes per anum.
Strategically located in KIA Airport (Accra, Ghana), the refinery is set to promote strategic partnerships with mining companies throughout the region in an effort to boost the mining industry as well as improve people’s lives in Ghana.
Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda s an island sovereign state in the West Indies in the Americas, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda (separated by 39 miles), and a number of smaller islands.
Government of Gibraltar
Gibraltar has been British since 1704. Under the Gibraltar Constitution Order of 2006, Gibraltar has full internal self-governance on all issues except foreign affairs, defence and certain internal security issues for which the United Kingdom is responsible.
The unicameral parliament is elected for a term of up to four years and consists of 17 elected members, and the Speaker. The cabinet of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar consists of 10 elected members.
Gibraltar’s head of state is the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by the Governor of Gibraltar.
Up to 15,000 EU workers, half of them Spanish, cross from Spain to ‘the Rock’ each day and are employed in a wide range of professional and service sectors. In recent years, Gibraltar has seen major structural change from a public to a private sector economy, but changes in government spending still have a major impact on the level of employment. The financial sector, tourism, gaming revenues, shipping services fees, and duties on consumer goods also generate Government revenue. The financial sector, tourism, shipping and e-gaming are the main economic sectors.
Government of Jersey
Jersey is a British Crown Dependency located near to the coast of Normandy, France.
After Normandy was lost by the kings of England in the 13th century, and the ducal title surrendered to France, Jersey and the other Channel Islands remained attached to the English crown.
Jersey has its own Government and Parliament and is autonomous on all domestic matters. On behalf of the British Crown, the UK Government is responsible for the Island’s defence and, as a matter of international law, our foreign affairs. The Island is not represented in the UK Parliament, which does not legislate for Jersey without its consent.
Jersey is one of the world’s leading international finance centres, with the financial and professional services sector employing just over 20% of the Island’s workforce. The Island’s reputation for political and economic stability, reliability and high levels of service and expertise help to attract capital from across the world. This in turn is often invested into the UK and Europe, supporting jobs and growth.
Jersey has long been a much-loved destination for tourists from the UK, Europe and further afield. Over 700,000 visitors a year are drawn to the Island by its stunning natural environment, historic sites and fabulous food.
The Island’s traditional industries of agricultural and fisheries sectors are perhaps best known for the famous Jersey Cow, the Jersey Royal potato and world-renowned seafood and shellfish. Around 30,000 tonnes of Jersey Royals are exported each year, mostly to the UK. Jersey also produces over 1500 tonnes of oysters, the majority of which are exported to France for onward transmission across the EU.
The Island has a growing digital and tech sector, currently employing over 2,500 people, underpinned by the roll out of 1Gb fibre broadband which – along with a comprehensive 4G network – makes Jersey one of the best connected jurisdictions in the world.
Government of Maldives
Maldives is a low-lying island country in the north-central Indian Ocean. Its closest neighbours are India, about 600 kilometres north-north-east, and Sri Lanka, about 645 kilometres north-east.
It is made up of around 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks. Around 200 of these are inhabited. Barrier reefs protect the islands.
Government of the Cayman Islands
With strong connections to the United Kingdom and across the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands are an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the Greater Antilles.
Our 264-square-kilometre territory consists of three islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
Our rich seafaring tradition, welcoming manner and pioneering spirt has created a modern Cayman rich and vibrant in diversity. With over 140 different nationalities and the host of over 2.5 million visitors per year, the Cayman Islands offers one of the most upscale vacation destinations in the world.
Enjoying one of the highest standards of living globally, The Cayman Islands is great place to live, work and invest. We strive to continue to provide a safe, happy, confident, and productive society for generations to come.