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IFC Awards Judges

Mo Baluchi
Quilter Cheviot
Executive Director

Mo has worked in the financial services industry for nearly twenty years and is responsible for developing business relationships with intermediaries, introducers and HNW private clients both locally and internationally. He has held senior roles within multinational financial institutions and joined Quilter Cheviot from Credit Suisse where he was head of intermediaries (Jersey). Mo is a chartered FCSI, a chartered wealth manager and a member of the personal Finance Society and Chartered Insurance Institute. He was recognised in the Citywealth Leaders lists for 2014 and 2015.

Fiona Whitehead
UBS Trustees (Jersey) Ltd

Fiona Has recently joined UBS as the Director responsible for the Asia Pacific Team. Previously Fiona worked for Barclays with responsibility for a team of Relationship Managers providing banking, credit and investment solutions to single and multi family offices globally. In addition she had responsibility for a team focused on the fiduciary market. Fiona also worked for Barclays in London within private banking. Fiona has worked for Coutts in Jersey as the Head of Wealth Planning with teams in London, Jersey, Switzerland and Asia. She also headed up the Asia fiduciary relationship team.Fiona has travelled extensively working with UHNW clients and their advisors in the Middle and Far East, she holds the STEP Diploma in Offshore Administration and International Diploma in Compliance.

Geoffrey Kertesz
Bircham Dyson Bell

Geoff is the head of the Will and Trust Disputes team at Bircham Dyson Bell. He qualified in California in 2004 and was a litigator in San Francisco for three years before qualifying in England in 2008. He acts for individuals, families, trustees, beneficiaries and charities in domestic and international disputes, and has a particular interest in disputes involving the leading offshore jurisdictions. He advises on contested wills, trusts, disputes involving the administration of estates, charity legacies and Inheritance Act claims.

Angela Calnan
Collas Crill
Group Partner

Angela heads our multi-award winning fiduciary practice in Guernsey (STEP Legal Team of the Year (midsize) 2015/16) and leads our Middle East Practice Group. She is regarded as the "go to" lawyer in Guernsey for Middle East private client work and for foundations. She establishes, reorganises and terminates offshore dynastic structures (i.e. structures involving a combination of trusts, foundations and companies). Having lived and worked in the UAE for a number of years, those structures are often (but not exclusively) for Middle Eastern families and commonly involve a family business and UK/UAE residential real estate. Angela's work involves ensuring that the family business stays intact and that wealth transmits effectively to the first and second generations. This can often be complicated by family members being spread across the globe necessitating Angela's collaboration with specialist tax lawyers and accountants to ensure that the structuring is tax efficient and tax compliant. Angela also advises Guernsey trustees on their duties and on matters of risk when taking on, administering and exiting trust and foundation structures. As an experienced former private client litigator with Penningtons Manches LLP, Angela has a particular interest in avoiding and resolving trust disputes in conjunction with her dispute resolution team in Guernsey.

James Quarmby
Stephenson Harwood

The Legal 500 describes him as a “very experienced tax lawyer with commendable professionalism and responsiveness ” and Chambers describes James as "the fount of all knowledge". He has a wide ranging practice, advising on international trusts, taxation, pensions and disputes. James is currently named in the eprivateclient's "50 Most Influential in Private Wealth" and his team is the holder of various awards, including "Private Client Law Firm of the Year" in the Wealth Briefing Awards (2015 & 2017) and the British Legal Awards (2015). He lectures widely and frequently appears in the press and broadcast media (such as BBC TV News, BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Bloomberg TV). As well as being a solicitor, James is a Registered Tax Technician and is regulated by the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT). He is an active member of STEP and the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA). James is also a contributing editor for Lexis/Nexis.

Bart Deconinck
Group Deputy Chairman

Bart has unrivalled experience in founding, building and operating global financial businesses delivering trust and corporate services to global clients; he was lead founder, Chairman and CEO of Vistra Group, one of today’s leading and largest international providers of corporate, fiduciary and company formation services. Bart began his career with Ernst & Young and went onto hold several management positions at MeesPierson, a leading Private Bank and subsidiary of Fortis at the time where he was a member of the worldwide Executive Board, a member of the Fortis Management Council and the CEO of MeesPierson Intertrust. Bart holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Antwerp and a Master’s degree in Management Accounting from the Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School. Bart is co-founder of ZEDRA.

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