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GFSC welcomes new Board Members

09 May 23

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Emma Lejeune and Mr. Albert Mena to its Board.  

Mrs. Lejeune and Mr. Mena have been appointed by the Minister for Digital and Financial Services, Albert Isola, and will join the Board on 1 July 2023 succeeding Mr. Emilio Gomez and Mr. Peter Isola who finish their tenures. 

Mrs. Lejeune is a Partner at Isolas LLP and brings a wealth of expertise from her work in the financial services sector. This includes MiFid applications and private funds for family offices and investment firms, as well as being well versed with DLT, consistently ensuring regulatory compliance. She was also the first female Vice Chair of the Law Council in Gibraltar and sits on the Board of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Mena, a Partner at Hassans International Law Firm Limited, is also a Chartered Accountant, having previously been a Partner for one of the ‘Big Four’. Mr. Mena served as HM Government of Gibraltar’s Financial Secretary from 2014-2022 and the Chairman of the Gibraltar Financial Services Resolution and Compensation Committee from 2018. Mr Mena is deeply familiar with the work of the GFSC.

Noting on her appointment Mrs. Lejeune said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board and look forward to working with the Commission in ensuring Gibraltar’s financial services industry continues to operate to the highest international standards.  Regulation most importantly serves to protect consumers and establishes a safe playing field for those wishing to do business and invest in Gibraltar”. 

Mr. Mena continued “I am honoured to be appointed to the Board of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and look forward to serving this role in the best interests of Gibraltar and its financial services community. I would like to express my gratitude to Minister Isola for this opportunity and for entrusting me with this responsibility”. 

The Minister for Digital and Financial Services, Albert Isola, added “Mrs. Lejeune and Mr. Mena are of the quality and calibre that the GFSC requires, and I am most grateful to them both for having accepted their appointments. They both bring many years of considerable experience in the Industry, and I have no doubt they will make great contributions to the considerations of the Board. I am most grateful to Peter Isola and Emilio Gomez for their important work on the Board at this very testing time for the Jurisdiction as we have manoeuvred the Brexit arrangements with HM Government”. 

Stephen Haddrill, Chairman of the GFSC is delighted to welcome Mrs. Lejeune and Mr. Mena highlighting their substantial knowledge and experience within financial services: “I am very pleased to welcome both Emma and Albert to the GFSC Board. My Board colleagues and I are looking forward to the expertise and insight they will bring to their roles. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Peter Isola and Emilio Gomez for their dedication and thoughtful contributions to the Board”. 

 

Notes to Editors

1. The GFSC is a regulator of the Gibraltar Financial services market, regulating providers of financial services conducted in both Gibraltar and other jurisdictions. The GFSC’s vision is to be efficient, forward looking, and credible regulator that is fair and proportionate and works collaboratively with stakeholders.

 2. The GFSC’s regulatory objectives are the promotion of market confidence; the reduction of systemic risk; the promotion of public awareness; the protection of the good reputation of Gibraltar; the protection of consumers and the reduction of financial crime.

 

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