ON-LINE! 9th September, 2020

TLT LLP updated ABA members on LIBOR transition – a huge issue for banks that is moving forward despite the disruption caused by Covid-19. 

ON-LINE! 5th June, 2020

Federica Taccogna and Irena Petrila, from FTI Consulting, delivered an on-line seminar on financial crime and internal controls during the Covid-19 outbreak. 


Meeting with FCA Officials to Discuss Current Issues

We hosted a virtual meeting between leaders of Arab banks in London and the Financial Conduct Authority, as part of our regular series of meetings with the UK regulatory authorities. 

  • Date: 21st May, 2020
  • On-line!


The fight against financial crime - a practical guide

On 13 February we held a seminar on the fight against financial crime. It was sponsored by Mishcon de Reya and FTI Consulting.

  • Date: 13th February, 2020
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Preparing for Life after Libor: TLT presentation to ABA Corporate Members

Do you know your SONIA from your SOFR? Or your €STR from your TONA?! Then take a look at this presentation on Libor transition from TLT solicitors...

  • Date: 21st February, 2020
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


ABA hosts meeting between Arab banks and regulators

We hosted a meeting of senior Arab bankers in London and officials from the Prudential Regulation Authority, as part of our efforts to promote dialogue between our members and their regulators. 

  • Date: 22nd January, 2020
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Annual General Meeting confirms robust health of the Association

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 22 November. The annual accounts show that the the Association is in strong financial health, with corporate memberships at record levels. 

  • Date: 22nd November, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


ABA Operational Resilience Group meeting

PWC hosted a meeting of ABA member banks to consider ways in which they could work together to strengthen their operational resilience.

  • Date: 30th September, 2019
  • PwC Offices, London


Meeting with Financial Conduct Authority

We hosted a meeting between the Financial Conduct Authority and Arab banks in London. 

  • Date: 19th September, 2019
  • ABA Offices


Eid Dinner party at Noura restaurant

We held our Eid party at Noura Lebanese restaurant in Belgravia. 

  • Date: 11th June, 2019


Annual Real Estate Seminar

Our annual real estate seminar drew more than 100 participants and included a lively discussion on the consequences of Brexit on the London property market.

  • Date: 10th July, 2019
  • ABA offices, Mayfair


HMRC Officials meet ABA members

Two senior Uk tax officials made a presentation to ABA members on 24 June.     

  • Date: 24th June, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Tutorial on Whistleblowing

We partnered with Protect to offer our members a tutorial on whistleblowing requirements and good practices.

  • Date: 19th June, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Briefing for corporate members on gold investment

The World Gold Council briefed corporate members on the gold market, with particular reference to Shari'ah-compliant products.

  • Date: 13th June, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


PwC Briefs Corporate Members on Libor and Brexit

At the latest corporate members' lunch, PwC make presentations on the replacement of Libor and latest developments with Brexit.

  • Date: 3rd May, 2019
  • ABA Offices Mayfair


VG Gives Presentation on Jersey Trust Structures

VG, the Jersey-based trust and service firm, hosted a lunch for ABA corporate members on 4 April.

  • Date: 4th April, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Seminar on cyber security and financial crime

Speakers from Mishcon de Reya, FTI Consulting and Standard Chartered offerred advice on how medium-sized banks should address cyber and financial crime challenges.

  • Date: 14th March, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


FTI Consulting Delivers Tutorial on Compliance Management

FTI Consulting delivered a tutorial to ABA Corporate Members on the management of the compliance function. 

  • Date: 7th December, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


PRA Staff Brief Arab banks on expectations and developments

Six executives from the Prudential Regulation Authority briefed CEOs and other senior executives of Arab banks in London at the ABA's offices on 28 November. This was the latest in the regular series of briefings that the two UK banking...

  • Date: 27th November, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Corporate Members' Seminar on Libor and Benchmarks

Janes Solicitors and Arab Financial Forum hosted a seminar for our corporate members on the recent scandals surrounding the Libor benchmark. 

  • Date: 19th September, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


The London Property Market: Behind the Headlines

We held our annual real estate seminar on 5 July. As always it was well-attended and presentations detailed and informative. 

  • Date: 5th July, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Navigating the Regulatory Maze, 2018

Senior executives from Grant Thornton, Fieldfisher and BNY Mellon briefed ABA members and friends on forthcoming regulatory initiatives affecting banks and capital markets.

  • Date: 15th March, 2018
  • ABA offices, Mayfair


FCA Executives Brief Arab bankers on regulatory expectations

The latest meeting between UK banking regulators and Arab banks in London took place in the ABA offices on 24 May. Five executives from the FCA attended along with representatives from 20 Arab banks.

  • Date: 24th May, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Using Jersey as an International Financial Centre

Senior executives from Jersey Finance and from PwC briefed our corporate members on the legal, tax and infrastructural position of Jersey as a leading financial centre. 

  • Date: 23rd February, 2018
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


Members and Friends Celebrate at ABA Christmas Party

More than one hundred ABA members and their friends celebrated at our Christmas party on 13 December. Held at the Malborough Head in London's Mayfair, it was a great way to end the year. 

  • Date: 13th December, 2017
  • Malborough Head, Mayfair


Members briefed on the new Criminal Finances Act

Partners from Mishcon de Reya and Grant Thornton briefed ABA members on Criminal Finances Act, several of whose provisions came into effect on 30 September. 

  • Date: 28th September, 2017
  • ABA Offices


Fox Williams Briefs Corporate Members on Brexit

Three senior staff from the law firm Fox Williams briefed ABA Corporate members on possible Brexit scanarios, with particular reference to how immigation and employment regulations might change. 

  • Date: 21st September, 2017
  • ABA Offices

ABA Christmas Party

Our Christmas party will be held on Wednesday 13 December in a private function room at the Malborough Head Pub, 24 North Audley Street, Mayfair, W1K 6WD.  The party will include food and drink; entertainment; and a gift from our...

  • Date: 13th December, 2017
  • Malborough Head


CEOs of Arab Banks in London meet with banking regulators

The latest meeting between Arab banks in London and the UK regulators was held on 13 November.

  • Date: 13th November, 2017
  • ABA offices, Mayfair


Real Estate Seminar Focuses on Brexit and Changing Tax Treatment

We held our annual seminar on real estate on 19 July. There was a lot of discussion about Brexit and new taxes,and on alternative asset classes and Shari'ah property finance. 

  • Date: 19th July, 2017
  • ABA Offices


Eid holiday Party at Maroush Gardens

This year's Eid holiday party was our biggest ever, with more than 120 members and guests joining us for dinner at Maroush Gardens in London's Mayfair. 

  • Date: 28th June, 2017


Financial Conduct Regulators meet with Arab Bankers in London

Four officials from the UK Financial Conduct Authority met with representatives of Arab Banks in London to brief them on recent regulatory developments.

  • Date: 3rd April, 2017
  • ABA Offices, London


Combining Gold and the Blockchain to Create a New Investment Product

Bradley Hall, the Chairman and CEO of ICON told ABA Corporate Members how his company is using the Blockchain to create a discreet and secure new investment vehicle based on physical gold. 

  • Date: 10th March, 2017
  • ABA Offices, London


Arab Banks in London meet with bank regulators

The second meeting between senior managers of Arab banks in London and officials from the Prudential Regulation Authority was held in our offices on 28 November. 

  • Date: 28th November, 2016
  • ABA Offices, London


Christmas Party at the Jumeirah

We held our Christmas Party at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge on 15 December. Photographs from the event can be seen on our Gallery pages. 

  • Date: 15th December, 2016


KPMG Briefs Corporate Members on CRS and New Tax Evasion Rules

Three executives from KPMG explained the requirements under the Common Reporting Standard and the implications of the new corporate offence related to tax evasion. 

  • Date: 23rd September, 2016
  • ABA Offices


Annual Gala Dinner Draws Nearly 300 Guests

The ABA Annual Gala Dinner confirmed its position as the premier social event for London's Arab banking community with a sparkling evening at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on 27 November. HE Saddek El-Kaber received the ABA award for...

  • Date: 27th October, 2016
  • Jumeirah Carton Tower


Annual Foreign Exchange and Commodity Seminar

Experts on economics, currencies and commodities combined to present their views at the ABA's annual seminar on FX and Commodities on 31 May. The event was sponsored by HSBC.

  • Date: 31st May, 2016


Eid Dinner at Maroush

We held our Eid Dinner at Maroush on 7 July. The evening was sponsored by Bank ABC, National Bank of Kuwait International and QIB (UK), and attracted 120 guests.

  • Date: 7th July, 2016


Transparency of Wealth and Taxes: are your clients ready?

The latest 'Corporate Members' Lunch' focused on new regulations relating to the reporting of wealth and taxes, and was presented by three experts from KPMG.

  • Date: 3rd June, 2016


Responding to Sensitive Situations Involving Financial Crime

Law firms Mishcon de Reya and Alvarez & Marsal presented a seminar on how to deal with incidents involving financial crime at the ABA's offices on 11 May.

  • Date: 11th May, 2016
  • ABA Offices


Responding to Financial Crime, Increasing Cyber Security

Our seminar on Financial Crime and Cyber Security included perspectives from a range of industry experts with direct experience of combatting financial crime.

  • Date: 21st April, 2016


Arab bankers in London meet with PRA officials to discuss current regulatory issues

Representatives from 21 Arab branches and subsidiaries in London met with officials from the Prudential Regulatory Authority at the ABA's offices on 26 February.

  • Date: 26th February, 2016
  • ABA Offices


Personal Liability for Senior Bank Managers: the New Rules

The ABA's first corporate member's lunch of 2016 addressed the issue of senior bank managers' personal liability, under the new UK regulations that come into effect in March 2016.

  • Date: 29th January, 2016


UK Senior Managers Regime: What does it mean for you?

Experts from KPMG and Mishcon de Reya briefed ABA members on the practicalities of implementing the new Senior Managers Regime at the Association's latest evening seminar, held on 10 December.

  • Date: 10th December, 2015


Star-studded turnout for ABA Gala Dinner

Over 270 guests attended the ABA's 2015 Gala Dinner on 5 November, including a former UK Finance Minister and a former Pakistani Prime Minister.  

  • Date: 5th November, 2015


ABA Real Estate Seminar Draws Big Crowd

The ABA's technical seminar on the real estate market drew a big crowd on 18 June. Presentations  focussed on the London property sector, the use of Islamic finance in UK real estate.

  • Date: 18th June, 2015


Experts Brief ABA Members on Oil Market Developments

The ABA's latest technical seminar focussed on development in global oil markets, with five experts giving their views on the prospects for prices, shale oil, and the future of OPEC.

  • Date: 11th May, 2015


Corporate Members Briefing: Dealing with FATCA and CRS

The ABA's second corporate members' briefing of 2015 focussed on how banks can efficiently resolve challenges that are arising from FATCA and forthcoming Common Reporting Standard (CRS). 

  • Date: 6th March, 2015


Smith & Williamson Brief ABA Corporate Members on Changes to UK Tax Regime

Smith & Williamson hosted the first Corporate Members' Lunch of 2015, with a briefing on the UK authorities' changing approach to taxing high net worth individuals and offshore corporations. 

  • Date: 30th January, 2015
  • ABA Offices


Understanding New Regulations on Conduct and Financial Crime

KPMG sponsored the ABA's last evening seminar of 2014, which focussed on financial conduct and anti-money laundering. The seminar was led by Julia Hoggart, from the FCA and Colin Darby, from KPMG.

  • Date: 2nd December, 2014


Annual Real Estate seminar draws big crowd

Our annual seminar on real estate was held on 13 July and included presenations on the London residential and commercial property markets, Islamic property finance, and recent developments in tax and regulation.

  • Date: 13th July, 2016


Reception for Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq

On 9 April we held a reception to welcome a delegation of Iraqi financial professionals, led by the Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister.

  • Date: 9th April, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair


PwC Lunch on Operational Resilience

The latest in our series of Corporate Members' lunches was hosted by PwC and addressed operational resilience in banks.

  • Date: 26th June, 2019
  • ABA Offices, Mayfair

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The Cultural Scene


Here is a selection of cultural events related to the Middle East that may be of interest to those reading this website. The latest selection, which as always is provided by Pamela Ann Smith, reflects the partial opening up of restaurants and cultural centres while recognising that our ability to gather together remains restricted.