Management Team

 

Executive Directors

Jonathan L.M. Shaw
Barrister-at-Law (England & Wales and Hong Kong), LL.M., F.C.I.Arb., T.E.P.

Jonathan was called to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1978. He is a postgraduate of London University where he achieved Merit & Distinction in his International Tax Masters and speclialises in international tax and trusts.

Practising initially from Birmingham Chambers, in commercial and company litigation, liquidations and banking transactions, he relocated to Hong Kong in 1986. He commenced private practice at the Hong Kong Bar, after a short spell prosecuting complex commercial crime in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

In private practice he specialised in company and commercial law with tax experience extending to structuring holding companies for regional licensing, advising on offshore jurisdictions and transactions, international corporate tax planning with the use of offshore centres, structuring of aircraft leases, interpretation of and utilisation of tax treaties, use of profit jurisdictions and related re-invoicing techniques, migration of companies etc.

He also specialises in international transfer pricing and planning. Since 1997 he has focussed specifically on international tax and trusts and has specialized in advising individuals of significant wealth (HNWIs) on their international tax planning arrangements, and their trust and succession issues. His specialisation utilises bespoke Special Purpose Vehicles, in conjunction with Tax Treaties and involves tax arbitrage between differing jurisdictions.

 

Teo Chee Swong
A.C.M.A., C.G.M.A., T.E.P., M.I.P.A., I.F.A.

Nationality: Malaysian

Academic:
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom) (CIMA)
The Chartered Global Management Accountants, Designation
Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (United Kingdom) (STEP)
Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
Member of the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants (MIPA)

Professional Matters:
She spent 14 years in London, UK and started out as an auditor with two successful medium-sized accountancy firms before moving on to becoming the Financial Controller of a medium-sized logistic company.

She relocated to Mauritius in 1996, and later joined a large textile public company with Head Office in Hong Kong, as the Cost Accountant, leading a team of accountants. Principal responsibility was conducting internal audits and reporting on various waste issues, and submitting recommendations thereon for the 5 local factories.

In 2000, she joined Corporate & Chancery Group Limited, a Management Company, and in 2005, she was appointed to the Board of Directors. Responsibilities, as director in charge, include all administration, personnel, finance, audit and regulatory oversight of the Group itself, and of its associated companies and client companies.

Directorships:
Director of Corporate & Chancery Group Limited, a Mauritius FSC licensed corporate and trust services provider (2005 – to date).
Director of APG Trustee Corporation, a Mauritius FSC licensed trust company (2007 – to date).
Director of NWH (Mauritius) Limited, a Mauritius FSC licensed trust company (2007 – to date).
Co-Founder and Director of Chancery Partners Limited, a Hong Kong licensed TSCP (2012 – to date).

 

 

Samuel E. Hurley
T.E.P.

Samuel E. Hurley, is a full member of the Society of Trust Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a British citizen born on the Island of Jersey located within the Channel Islands.

Mr. Hurley began working full time in the offshore sector in 1991. He has continued to do so throughout his career to date, working for well-known companies such as Jordans, EBC Trust (ERB Group Switzerland), The Bank of Nova Scotia and the Hemery Group.

He has actively managed and controlled large portfolios for onshore and offshore clients, whilst maintaining and developing the business interests for several well-known offshore providers in jurisdictions such as Jersey, BVI, Geneva, Hong Kong and Mauritius.

Mr Hurley was the CEO of Hemery Trust (Mauritius) Limited and Dinard Trustees in Mauritius before making the move to the Corporate & Chancery Group in 2005. He is a Director of Corporate & Chancery Group Limited in Mauritius and Clariden Leu Trust (Credit Suisse) and currently remains in those positions actively promoting and managing the business interests of those relevant enterprises.

He specialises in bespoke trust and family wealth planning, with an emphasis on offshore and multi-investment schemes and tax treaties. Mr. Hurley has written for a small number of offshore publications – notably STASH magazine, in its Mauritius focused edition, and he continues to seek specialist development at every level while maintaining his role as a professional in the financial services industry.

 

Ashwin Fowdar
F.C.C.A., M.I.P.A., I.F.A.

Ashwin is a Mauritian citizen, born in 1979. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FACCA) and a member of both the Mauritius Institute of Professional Accountants (MIPA) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA), and is a specialist forensic accountant. From 1998 until 2003, he trained as a Chartered Accountant in London, United Kingdom.

In 2003, he returned to Mauritius and joined a licensed Trust Company as a Trust and Corporate Accountant, overseeing all aspects of Trust and Company administration. Concurrently, he was a Lecturer enabling his students to achieve their Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualifications.

Ashwin joined the Corporate & Chancery Group in January 2005. He was promoted to Group Accountant a few years later, and was made a Director of the main company and its subsidiaries in 2012.

He regularly advises companies incorporated in Mauritius, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong on their respective tax compliance and statutory filing obligations. Ashwin also heads Corporate & Chancery Group’s back-office Accountancy Division. The division develops bespoke accounting systems for clients, produces accounts to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and provides clients, as and when required, periodic tailored-made reports.

Specialist Consultants

 

Nicola Meaden Grenham
Ph.D.

Nicola has over 25 years’s experience in asset management and specialises in the global alternative investment sector. She is the co-founder and Chief Executive of Dumas Capital Limited, a Dublin based independent research and consulting firm. From 2001 until end 2003 Nicola was Managing Director and member of the investment committee with the Blackstone Group Inc. where she was responsible for establishing and managing the development of the group’s hedge fund activities outside the US.

In 1990, Nicola founded TASS which became one of the market’s leading global information, research and advisory companies specialising in hedge funds. The company was bought by Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. In 2001.
Nicola started in the markets in 1987 at Gourlay Wolff, a London based commodities broker. At GW she was responsible for the research and development of the firm’s managed funds business, focused on investing in global macro and CTA managers.

She has a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin. The title of her thesis is The Politics of Financial Services Regulation: Reform and Design in a Footloose World. Nicola is the co-author of two books published by Prentice Hall: Derivative Markets & Investment Management (1995), and Futures Fund Management (1991).

Nicola is currently a director of the following entities: ABD Managers Plc, Ireland; Altavista Global Equity Fund, Cayman Islands; and the TDM Master Fund, Cayman Islands.

 

Antony “Nobby” Stiles
B.Comm., LL.B., (Stellenbosch), B.COM. (Hons) (Taxation) (UCT)

Nobby is a qualified South African attorney and has over 25 years of high-level commercial legal experience and practised until 2007 as a corporate attorney in the field of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance with the leading South African firm of Deneys Reitz (now part of Norton Rose, London).

Nobby then co-founded the specialist corporate advisory firm, Afterguard Advisors Pty Ltd in Cape Town and is currently a director of the firm. Whilst in legal practice Nobby specialised in corporate law, tax, long-term insurance and international joint ventures, with particular focus on transactions in Africa.

Amongst many transactions, Nobby advised London-based Fujitsu Services Ltd in respect of the restructuring of their African subsidiaries in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana.
He also advised Metropolitan International on the establishment of subsidiaries in Nigeria and Kenya as well as restructuring of operations in Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho.

He currently provides corporate finance and M&A advice to a number of corporates with particular emphasis on local South African and international acquisitions.

 

James Watkins
LL.B.

James was born in York, England. He graduated with First-Class Honours in Law from Leeds University in 1966.

James qualified as a solicitor in 1969 and was for 20 years a Partner in Linklaters, a leading international English law firm, including eight years as Senior Partner of Linklaters’ Hong Kong office from 1986 to 1994. From 1994 to 1997, he worked in London, first as Legal Director of Trafalgar House plc and then as Legal Director of the Schroders Group. From 1997 to 2003, he was an Executive Director and Group General Counsel of the Jardine Matheson Group in Hong Kong. He specialised in International Debt and Equity Capital Markets throughout his legal career.

James is currently a non-executive director of Mandarin Oriental International Ltd and Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd, both listed on the London, Singapore and Bermuda Stock Exchanges; Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange; Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Ltd and Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation Ltd, both listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; Global Sources Ltd, listed on NASDAQ; and IL&FS India Realty Fund II, incorporated in Mauritius.