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Senior Management Team

Tanya Hurtado

Associate Director
Family Office Services

Tanya joined Abacus in 1998 and was appointed Senior Manager in 2011 for the Family Services Section.

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Joanne Rodriguez

Associate Director
Business Development

Joanne joined Abacus as a Manager in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Manager in July 2016.

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Joanne is currently responsible for the Business Development. She previously managed the trust portfolio and investment holding companies held under these structures. She undertook an extensive review of these investment portfolios and worked closely with regulated IFA’s and private banks to proactively seek enhanced investment solutions, and monitor investment performance on an ongoing basis.

Having graduated from Cardiff University with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Business Administration and French in 2001, she has 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, 8 of which were spent working as a Financial Adviser for Lloyds Bank in the UK. In 2006 she was approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to perform a controlled function as a trainee Investment Adviser and, after intensive training was awarded Competent Adviser Status in line with FSA requirements in 2007.

Relocating back to Gibraltar in 2013, she joined Totus Consulting Limited, and took the opportunity to extend her financial knowledge to the offshore financial services industry, including QROPS, QNUPS, international pensions and offshore life bonds, amongst other products and international structures.

Joanne is full qualified to UK RDR standards, having successfully completed the Level 4 diploma of Financial Advisers in 2011. Although not acting in an advisory capacity in this role at Abacus, it does mean she is well placed to understand the technical aspects of pension and investment advice, application and administration. She can add value to the supervision and review of the financial advice procured and will be a member of the Investment Committee, assisting the trustees and the pension team in the competent and successful delivery of this pension service.

Joanne has also obtained the Chartered Insurance Institute Pensions Administration exame.

Natalie Adamberry

Associate Director

Natalie joined Abacus as an Assistant Manager in October 2011 and has developed throughout her time with the company to become Senior Manager of the Client accounting team.

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Natalie is responsible for ensuring that accounts for the Abacus portfolio of clients, which include multinational corporations, private clients, Trusts and Funds registered in various jurisdictions, are prepared in accordance with the relevant law and accounting standards and that relevant statutory and tax reporting deadlines in each jurisdiction are met.

Natalie moved to Gibraltar from the UK in August 2004, where she obtained a B.A (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from Kingston University. Prior to joining Abacus, Natalie spent seven years working in the audit department of a top four practice firm where she became a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Brenda Torres

Senior Manager

Brenda provides legal counsel services for the firm and advises the firm on a wide range of company and trust matters, corporate and financial restructuring as well as on regulatory issues, contract and employment law.
Brenda joined the firm in 2005.

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Ivan Perez

Senior Manager
Compliance Officer

Ivan joined the firm in 1995. He is the firm’s Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Officer.

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As part of his compliance role Ivan is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. As the firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer, he is responsible for Anti Money Laundering monitoring for the firm, as well as monitoring compliance with the firm’s policy in relation to Ethical Standards, Client Identification, Data Protection and others.

Ivan has over 35 years’ experience in the areas of trust and administration, company management, banking and investment services, having worked within the financial services industry in Gibraltar since 1980.

Between 2009 – 2012, Ivan served as Chairman of the Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers (GACO), having previously been the Chairman of GACO’s Fiduciary Sub Committee.

Nadine Bonfante

In-house Legal Counsel

Since joining Abacus in 2013, Nadine has been the firm’s In-House Legal Counsel and has advised the board of directors, assisting also with the drafting of relevant documentation.

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Since joining Abacus in 2013, Nadine has been the firm’s In-House Legal Counsel and has advised the board of directors on non-contentious issues arising from the firm’s five core areas of practice, namely private clients, wealth management, corporate structuring and fund administration, assisting also with the drafting of relevant documentation.

Additionally, she has advised the board on matters pertaining to internal governance and employment policies as well as the assessment of risk factors regarding business decisions and operations, offering proactive advice on potential legal issues. She has been a member of various internal committees and is a member of the Senior Management team of the firm. During her time with Abacus, Nadine has worked closely with various members of the firm to provide clarification on legal language or specifications and liaised with external parties such as regulators, external counsel and service providers on the firm’s behalf.

Melissa Victory Peñalver

Senior Manager

Melissa joined Abacus in April 2000 and has recently been appointed Senior Manager of the firm’s corporate and private Russian clients.

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Chris Russell

IT Manager

Chris joined Abacus in 2016 and is the firm’s in-house IT specialist. Chris is a very experienced IT professional with 20 years of experience in this field.

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Since joining the firm he is responsible for the overall running of the IT infrastructure, systems and IT policy. He also considers how new and existing technologies can benefit the firm and increase efficiency and productivity.

Lynette Pecino

Senior Manager

Lynette joined Abacus (PwC at the time) in 2005 and currently heads the corporate team where she manages, together with her team, large public and private multinational corporate structures. Her expertise is in Gibraltar statutory and legal compliance matters as well as corporate governance.

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Lynette joined Abacus (PwC at the time) in 2005 and currently heads the corporate team where she manages, together with her team, large public and private multinational corporate structures.

Her expertise is in Gibraltar statutory and legal compliance matters as well as corporate governance.

Lynette is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and part of the firm’s business development committee.

Philip Cartwright

Senior Manager

Philip initially joined Abacus in June 2015 as a consultant to assist the compliance team.

In March 2016, Philip became Manager for the Private Client team, specialising in property holding structures for high net worth individuals across a variety of jurisdictions.

Julian Pitaluga

Senior Manager

Julian is a Chartered Accountant and joined Abacus in 2013. He was promoted to Manager of the Accounts team in July 2016. His experience in the funds sector is invaluable.

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