Anthony Robert D'Aniello - Consulting

27 years of progressive responsibility, experience and tested expertise

With more than 27 years of progressive responsibility, experience and tested expertise as an attorney, banker, entrepreneur, and businessman, Anthony Robert D’Aniello currently holds the position of Group Chief Legal Officer for Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Holding Group (MOBH). After initially being in private practice as a tax, trust and corporate commercial lawyer in Canada and the Turks and Caicos Islands, Anthony D’Aniello became a banker for ultra-high net worth clients and multi-national corporations.

Anthony D’Aniello has held several senior executive positions with both on shore and offshore Banks and Trust companies. He has a proven track record in setting up and building Trust companies and financial institutions from inception taking them through the planning, regulatory, implementation, and operational stages. Anthony is no stranger to all aspects of investment banking, asset management, fund raising, complex commercial structuring/transactions, loan syndications, private equity and hedge funds, international taxation, trust and intellectual property law.

Anthony D’Aniello was a Founding partner, Group COO and Head of Wealth Management for First Capital of Switzerland Investment Bank a DIFC regulated entity that in 2012 was named the Best Investment Bank in the UAE by World Finance. Anthony was also a Managing Director at the DIFC and under Special Projects headed the first exclusive Sharia compliant Trust Company established in the DIFC. He has held other senior executive positions in financial institutions most notably as AVP with HSBC in Canada. Anthony was part of the Tax, Trust and Corporate Commercial practice group for the offshore law firm of Bishops from 1994 to 1997 after which he has continued to be of Counsel.

Anthony D’Aniello was a Founding partner and Co Chairman of Global Legal Group (GLG) an international law firm that was the Family Office for Royal Families in the Middle East. Since 2010, he has been the Senior International Advisor/Counsel to the Private Office of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum and the MBM Group of Companies. Anthony has had extensive dealings with various governmental and regulatory bodies in several on shore and offshore jurisdictions. Anthony has managed teams of professionals delivering a full range of asset management, personal trust and advisory services to high net worth individuals and corporations. His key interest has always been in developing and maintaining client relationships with the view to providing added value and service for the client.

Anthony D’Aniello has written many articles and has been published in two separate Trust and Trustees-World Survey Issues and in IFC Review. He has been a member of several think tank committees and has reviewed and edited statutes and regulations for a number of offshore jurisdictions. He has been a guest speaker at numerous international banking and estate planning conferences in Canada, the USA, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Switzerland and Dubai.

Anthony D’Aniello received a Juris Doctor in Laws from the University of Detroit, his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, a Masters in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Double Major in Political Science and Modern Languages) from McGill University. He is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in both Ontario, Canada (Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada) and the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as being a legal consultant in the United Arab Emirates.

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There are many factors that should be considered when establishing a trust, one of the most important of which being the location of the trust. Although there are plenty of options worldwide, New Zealand is becoming one of the more popular trust jurisdictions in the world for several reasons.