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Global Currents

Financial Services Conference 2021

BVI International Arbitration Centre, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
17th – 18th November, 2021


The name Robert Mathavious is synonymous with BVI Financial Services. Without his vision and leadership, the British Virgin Islands(BVI) would not have risen to be a leading jurisdiction in financial services. Because of Dr. Mathavious, the BVI is not only one of the largest corporate domiciles globally, but boasts an array of services in the corporate, legal, restructuring, accounting and related fields that is second to none....

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Why Attend This Event

World Class Speakers

Expert panelists and speakers in the financial services industry from around the world.


Offering you unparalleled exposure to the industry's influencers with the ability to exchange thoughts and deepen connections.

Expanding Knowledge

Benefit from insight and knowledge from international thought leaders.

Fresh Perspectives

Gain fresh perspectives from colleagues on a range of topics that are beneficial towards the strengthening of your business.


  • Day 1

    17th November, 2021

  • Day 2

    18th November, 2021


Opening Dinner
  • Keynote Address
  • Pascal St. Amans, Director of Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

8:00am - 8:40am

Opening Ceremony
  • Remarks:
  • Kenneth Baker, Managing Director/CEO, BVI Financial Services Commission

  • Hon. Andrew A. Fahie, Premier & Minister of Finance, British Virgin Islands

8:45am - 9:15am

Keynote Addresses
  • Speakers:
  • Michael Riegels, QC Former Managing Partner, Harneys

  • Dr. Robert Mathavious OBE, Former Managing Director/CEO, BVI Financial Services Commission

9:30am – 10:30pm

  • Global Tax and Regulation Policy in an Era of Nationalism
  • Life after Covid-19 – who pays and how
  • OECD/Global digital tax initiatives: impact on IFC’s
  • Other international initiatives
  • How do protectionist policies by G20 countries impact IFC’s
  • Is there an opportunity/case for IFC collaboration?
  • Moderator: Dr. Gilbert NMO Morris, Chief Economist at Bahamas Strategic Advisers
  • Panelists:
  • Peter Tarn, Chairman, Harneys, BVI

  • Cherno Jallow, QC, Director of Policy, Research and Statistics, BVI Financial Services Commission

  • Lisa Penn-Lettsome, Executive Director of International Business, Government of the Virgin Islands

  • Oliver Cooper, Policy Lead, Charles Russell Speechlys

11:00am - 12:15am

  • Asia Trends & Key Markets including Latin America and Caribbean, Europe, USA, Middle East, Africa
  • Development and strengthening relationship between Latin America and IFC’s
  • How has Asia come back; Should IFC’s venture deeper into China, Indonesia, Singapore
  • Private capital finance funding development post Covid-19; and how have markets changed in this post Covid-19 period
  • Moderator: Martin Crawford, CEO, Acclime and Former CEO, Vistra
  • Panelists:
  • Eli Han, Partner, King Wood and Mallesons

  • Dr. Judith Tyson, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

  • Rosa Restrepo, Partner, Arias Febrega & Fabrega

  • Simon Filmer, Global Lead, Company Formation, Vistra

  • Fanny Evans, Executive Director, MMG Trust (BVI) Corp.

12:30pm – 1:45pm

  • Lunch Address
  • Maximizing the US relationship
  • Speaker:
  • Eli Han, Partner, King Wood and Mallesons

2:00pm – 3:15pm

  • Global Britain
  • International Finance – an essential engine in economic growth
  • UK’s strength post Brexit and its role in establishing Global standards for international finance
  • How can global Britain facilitate global relationships, especially with China
  • Its ‘soft political power -leader in academia, innovation, financial services
  • What benefits OT’s bring to UK within the international arena: neutral, independent facilitators of global trade
  • Transparency including Public Register
  • Moderator: Mark Pragnell, Director, Pragmatix Advisory
  • Panelists:
  • Ray Wearmouth, Partner, Ogier

  • Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

  • Oliver Cooper, Policy Lead, Charles Russell Speechlys

  • Peter Tarn, Chairman, Harneys, BVI

3:20pm – 4:15pm

  • Talent Management
  • Talent scouting
  • Essential skills for successful financial services
  • Preparing for top positions in the financial services industry
  • Moderator: Janice Skelton, Managing Director, New Haven
  • Panelists:
  • Felice Swapp, Chief Operating Officer, Harneys, BVI

  • Clarence M. Faulkner, MBA, Founder and Managing Director of PMI Group of Companies

  • Dr. Richard Georges, President, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College

  • David Archer Jr., Deputy Governor, British Virgin Islands

4:20pm – 5:15pm

  • Centres of Excellence
  • How can IFCs be at the heart of Green Finance
  • Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Funds: is this the new Frontier?
  • Virtual vs actual relationships with clients
  • Digital assets including crypto currencies, exchanges
  • FinTech innovation including digital transformation
  • Moderator: Dr. Christoph Gutmann, Managing Director, ATU General Trust
  • Panelists:
  • Robert Briant, Partner, Conyers

  • Glenford Malone, Ag. Deputy Managing Director, Regulation, BVI Financial Services Commission

  • Richard May, Partner, Maples

  • Kerry Anderson, Head of Investment Funds & Regulatory, O'Neal Webster'

5:20pm – 6:00pm

  • The Way Forward
  • Lorna Smith, OBE, Conference Committee Chair


  • Cocktail Hour



    *Please note that the Global Currents Conference will be a Fully Vaccinated Conference.


    $ 250

    • Black Tie Event at the Scrub Island Resort
    • Welcome Cocktail
    • 4-course Dinner
    • Live Musical Performances
    • Ferry Shuttle



    $ 1,000

    • Access to all Sessions
    • One-on-one interaction with speakers
    • Networking Opportunities
    • Coffee Breaks & Lunch Provided
    • Evening Cocktail Reception


    Proceeds from Sponsorship will go toward the Robert Mathavious Financial Services Scholarship.

    Premier Sponsor

    Venue Sponsor

    Platinum Sponsor

    Gold Sponsors

    Lunch Sponsor

    Lanyard Sponsor

    Silver Sponsors

    Supporting Sponsors

    Media Sponsors