Abacus hosted their first Hong Kong event on Thursday 7th November at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. called Unblocked. The event was designed to explore the possible with cutting edge insight from offshore, blockchain & alternative investment industry leaders from around the world.
Two panel discussions were held with the fantastic Jong Lee moderating the whole event. The turnout was approximately 150 people which included some existing clients, a few familiar faces and plenty of new ones.
Ian Godfrey, our Hong Kong Business Development Director opened the proceedings welcoming our guests. Ian has been working for Abacus in Hong Kong for 18 months developing our core areas of business which we feel can be most useful in Hong Kong and China: Trusts, Funds and Gibraltar companies (as an alternative to BVI companies).
The first panel consisted of Ben Grubbs, Founder & CEO of Next10 Ventures and ex Global Director Creator Partnerships of You Tube and Bob Guest who is the Chairman of Abacus Financial Services in Gibraltar.
The second panel consisted of Coen Jonker, Co-founder and CEO of Tyme which is one of the world’s fastest growing digital banks, Oleg Ivanov who is the Managing Partner of CB capital which is a leading blockchain and crypto fund and Phil Cartwright of Abacus.
Both panels discussed the changing economy and ecosystem and how the world is evolving into a digital market with the use of artificial intelligence and crypto currencies. The Abacus team gave an overview of how Gibraltar has adapted to Distributed Ledger Technology and Crypto Funds with the support of the government and regulation and how the old offshore jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and Gibraltar are now the new onshore locations with offshore benefits.
Written by Phil Cartwright