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Fall ushers in busy international conference season

The Bahamas will be represented at a variety of conferences towards the end of the year, including trips to Brazil and Asia. The Bahamas Financial Services Board is assembling a high-level delegation to travel to China, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

After a summer respite, this fall will see a resurgence of international financial services sector conferences and summits.

The season gets underway with the increasingly well-attended Private Equity World Brasil summit to be held in Sao Paulo from September 14-16.

The three-day conference is one of Brazil’s most established financial events, bringing together leading Brazilian and international investors and fund managers to discuss sourcing deals, growing investments and managing funds, among other things.

Experts speaking at the summit include senior executives from private equity firms, institutional investors and leading legal and financial advisors. The topics to be covered range from how to raise funds in Brazil and get the most from the emerging Latin American market to maximizing returns through new vehicles and structures and reducing the tax burden on Brazilian income.

Latin America remains the hot topic for conferences during October. Now it in its seventh year, Hedge Funds LatAm 2011 remains the industry’s definitive hedge fund conference for the LatAm investment community, bringing together US and Latin American investors, and featuring end-investor case studies, lively debates and networking opportunities. This year’s event will be held October 4-6 in New York City.

The Brazil Investment Summit USA is also to be held in Manhattan on October 25-26. The investment strategy conference is for funds, traders and investors focused on Brazilian opportunities. This three-day conference will uncover opportunities across hedge funds, quantitative strategies, private equity, infrastructure, and real estate, among others.

The private banking community will be gathering in Florida the following month to discuss opportunities in the LatAm market when the Private Banking Latin America conference opens at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami.

Now in its fifth year, the summit focuses on finding solutions for private banking and family office activities, attracting world-renowned speakers from leading private banks, family offices and wealth advisors. Case studies from across Latin America will be presented by over 75 speakers over the three-day conference running Nov 15-17.

Keynote speakers include Flavio Souza, chief executive officer at Itau Private Bank International, Marcelo Ferreira Santos, head of risk management at HSBC Global Asset Management and Paul Arango, marketing director private banking Latin America at Credit Suisse.

The Bahamas will be well-represented in Asia during the fall, as the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) is preparing to take an executive delegation to events in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore from the end of October to the beginning of November.

The strategic promotional tour starts in Hong Kong with a “Bahamas Landfall” breakfast and lunch presentations on the October 25-26. The group will then attend the China Offshore Summit in Shanghai October 26-27. The conference has been designed to explain to China’s top financial intermediaries how they can benefit from the unique asset management and corporate product offerings available in the world’s international offshore financial centers. The BFSB hopes the delegation’s presence at the event will help promote The Bahamas as a key offshore financial centre.

The last leg of the tour takes in the STEP Asia Conference 2011 in Singapore. Running November 1-2 the event will be looking at trusts, families and business from an Asian perspective and has attracted expert speakers such as Giles Corbin, partner of Mourant Ozannes, and Joe Fields, senior residential partner Asia at Withers.


The massive infrastructure redevelopment project at Lynden Pindling International Airport takes centre stage as the new issue of The Bahamas Investor magazine looks at key projects and initiatives that are shaping the jurisdiction. Out now, the July edition is crammed with insightful features and expert commentary, as well as an Island Living supplement and Legal Directory.

The category 3 hurricane is making its way up through the island chain, with severe damage reported in some Family Islands and parts of New Providence.

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