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ICFR Participated in the UK Lord Mayor’s UAE and Qatar Visit from 6th to 11th February 2010

Misha Patel of ICFR (and secondee of Clifford Chance LLP) joined the UK Lord Mayor, Alderman Nick Anstee on his visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar from 6-11 February 2010. Misha was invited to be part of the accompanying business delegation.

As part of the Lord Mayor’s visit, Misha was a guest speaker at the Qatar Central Bank’s, UK Trade Investment and British Embassy Doha seminar on “Regulatory Repair & Islamic Finance” on 10 February 2010. Other speakers joining Misha on the panel were Roy Leighton (Chairman of the UK Financial Services Skills Council), Professor Mahmood Faruqui (Senior Advisor of the Bank of London and the Middle East Plc) and May Kuan Tong (Regional Head of Compliance and Assurance, Standard Chartered Bank). The Seminar was opened by the Governor of the Qatar Central Bank, HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani and the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee.

Alongside other select business delegation members, Misha also led roundtable discussions at the Zayed University College of Business in Abu Dhabi and participated in the Financial Services Working Group Meeting with HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy for Abu Dhabi and his representatives.

During the visit, Misha also met with representatives from, amongst others, the Central Bank of the UAE, the Dubai Financial Services Authority, the Emirates Securities & Commodities Authority, Qatar Financial Authority and Qatar Central Bank to discuss global international financial regulatory matters and future cooperative links in this field with the ICFR.

The ICFR looks forward to working with its existing and future partners in the Middle East to instigate and participate in future research, training, events and thought leadership opportunities where the ICFR can continue to engage practitioners and experts from around the world in debates on best practice in financial services and what there is to learn from each other.

Useful links and further information on the UK Lord Mayor’s and business delegation (including ICFR) visit:

Dubai Press Coverage:

  • Link to Lord Mayor story on UAE Interact website
  • Link to Lord Mayor story on MENAFN

Abu Dhabi Press Coverage:

  • Link to the Lord Mayor Story on the Breitbart website
  • Link to the Lord Mayor Story on the Khaleej Times website

Qatar Press Coverage:

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