Gabriel Nejmeh - Associate Director at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Gabriel Nejmeh

      Associate Director

      United Arab Emirates
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      Gabriel specialises in assisting firms and start-ups with their regulatory applications in the DIFC, ADGM and with SCA.

      Previously, Gabriel worked as the in-house Compliance Officer and MLRO for a newly-authorised Cat 3C asset management firm within the DIFC. He was responsible for the establishment of the compliance function including the development of key compliance policies and procedures relating to Sanctions, and AML, as well as the design and delivery of the compliance training and monitoring programmes for the firm. In addition, Gabriel was a member of the Group Client Acceptance Committee.

      Prior to this, Gabriel was the Compliance Officer and MLRO for a publicly listed investment bank in the UAE, where he held a multi-regulatory role for compliance with the Securities & Commodities Authority (“SCA”), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (“FSRA”). Gabriel was responsible for all aspects of core compliance and financial crime prevention including, but not limited to, transaction monitoring, new product approvals and CDD.

      Gabriel gained previous compliance consultancy experience as a Senior Consultant for a UAE based firm before moving to an in-house role. As a Senior Consultant, Gabriel completed regulatory applications for FinTech companies within the RegLab in the ADGM and a Fund Manager in the ADGM. He also worked as an outsourced Compliance Officer and MLRO for an ADGM fund manager and an SCA regulated firm.

      Gabriel started his professional career as a graduate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) within their Middle East graduate programme within the Assurance business line, covering all sectors including Financial Services, before embarking on a compliance-focused career. During his time with PwC, Gabriel gained experience of AML reviews, internal control and governance audits for entities licensed by the UAE Insurance Authority, the DFSA, Central Bank of Bahrain (“CBB”) and Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (“QFCRA”).

      Gabriel is fluent in Arabic and English and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”), holds the Combating Financial Crime Certificate, UAE Rules and Regulations Certificate and the DIFC Rules and Regulations from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (“CISI”), as well as an International Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance.

      Recent work includes:

      • Acting as the outsourced Compliance Officer and MLRO for a DIFC-based international asset manager and DIFC-based QIF fund manager
      • Providing compliance and AML support to the Compliance department of a DIFC-based advisory firm operating an Islamic Window
      • Conducting business AML risk assessments for two large regional investment firms regulated by the Central Bank of the UAE and the FSRA
      • Leading authorisation projects for applicants to obtain financial licences with the DFSA and FSRA. This included venture capital fund managers, asset manager, wealth manager, investment banks, trust service provider, private banks and fund managers.
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