Ahli United Bank hosted a reception and a ‘Meet the Experts” evening for women clients of its private banking services. The all ladies event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay and was attended by women entrepreneurs, professionals and investors from across the Bahraini society.

On hand to share insights on the latest developments in the UK’s real estate market was a UK team of advisors invited by the Bank especially for this occasion. UK attorneys Shaima Jillod and Sara Maccallum (both with Boodle Hatfield LLP) gave a useful overview of the legal process and practicalities involved in buying a house in London and outlined the key tax issues which need to be considered.

Clementine Malim, MENA Manager for Knight Frank Residential Research, provided an update on market trends and outlook. Company’s research, she said, indicates that London prices are now firmly on the up from a near flat year in 2017, reflecting what the company’s analysts see as a returning consumer confidence post the Brexit vote. Additionally, robust demand by the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector was another positive contributing factor, with a number of global tech companies announcing plans to set up shop in London during the year. The UK market as a whole is projected to see a 14% growth over the span of the next 5 years, she said.

Naeema Haider, Senior Manager, Private Banking & Wealth Management, AUB, commented: “We are pleased to host this event which is first and foremost a privileged opportunity for us at AUB to meet and connect with our esteemed clients and recognise their trust and support over the years. It is is also part of our ongoing initiatives to keep our clients abreast of developments and opportunities of interest to them from time to time”.

“With over 50 years of presence in the UK market, AUB is uniquely positioned to be the one stop shop for clients considering to buy or invest in real estate in the UK, providing not only the right financing, but also the trusted professional advice and expertise they can rely on throughout the process. Our dedicated team of relationship managers can assist at all stages, from sourcing the suitable property to arranging the type of ownership structure most appropriate to protecting clients’ assets and maximizing tax relief, whether through our offices in London or right here in Bahrain”, Ms. Haider added.

AUB’s Private Banking & Wealth Management has received a string of international awards over the years, including most recently being named ‘Best Private Bank in Bahrain – 2018’ by Global Finance and ‘Private Bank of the Year, Bahrain – 2017’ awarded jointly by FT’s The Banker and PWM magazines.