Zedra trust services
ZEDRA is an independent global
specialist in trust, fiduciary,
corporate and fund services


Based in offices across key jurisdictions, our 300-strong team of industry experts is dedicated to creating and delivering bespoke solutions to clients.

The backbone of our business lies in the strong commitment and long track record of a highly experienced team, building trusted relationships and encouraging entrepreneurial spirit.

We aim high.

We believe in doing more so that our clients can.

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Ali Sarikhani


After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with what is now Ernst & Young, Ali set up his own practice which was acquired by UBS and later re-launched under his leadership as Chiltern Group where he remained Chairman until 1997. Ali was a founding partner of Kinetic Partners and Vistra, and is Chairman of Saffron Tax Partners, Vestra Wealth and Azure Wealth.

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Yves Deschenaux


Yves has built and operated global businesses in the finance and accounting sectors specialising in trading, broking, corporate M&A transactions as well as tax and advisory services to clients. Founder of Asyris and Sawasdee Invest SA, Yves has also held partner and managing director positions at Lehman Brothers, Arthur Andersen and Altran Business Consulting.

bart deconinck zedra group deputy chairman
Bart Deconinck

Group Deputy Chairman

Bart has extensive experience in growing and operating global financial businesses delivering trust and corporate services to clients worldwide. His career began with Ernst and Young, and following several management positions at MeesPierson, as well as the role of CEO at Intertrust, Bart went on to found corporate and fiduciary service provider, Vistra.

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Niels Nielsen

Group Chief Executive Officer

Co-founder of ZEDRA, founder of Azure Trust in Jersey, a former executive director of Azure Hotels and the Chairman of Tuxedo Money Solutions, Niels also holds a number of non-executive board positions. Niels has broad experience working in mergers & acquisitions, sales, investment and asset management worldwide.

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Alan Tidy

Member of the Board

A founding member and managing director of Azure Trust Company and Azure Funds Services, Alan was also the managing director of the global trust business for Zurich Financial Services based in Jersey. As well as CEO for Jardine Matheson Trust Corporation, Alan has held senior positions in Bank of America’s International Private Banking.

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Helmut Bobbe

Member of the Board

Helmut began his career in accounting and audit where he was a member of the senior management at Deloitte, specialising in Real Estate Funds, Private Equity Investment vehicles and industrial companies. Responsible for multiple jurisdictions, Helmut is Managing Director for Azure Hotels.

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Our vision is shaped by the past, present and future:
a legacy of solid foundations, local knowledge and expertise; the boldness to take on today’s global challenges
in an ever-evolving regulatory environment; and the fresh ambition to expand more.

ZEDRA enters the market with a head start:

  • Result of a purchase by an independent group of investors with a significant combined wealth of industry experience and know-how
  • Over 50 years of Barclays heritage including notable acquisitions: Bank of Nova Scotia's trust business in 2004 and Walbrook in 2007
  • As well as a highly experienced, multilingual team committed to taking up this new challenge, Barclays remains a key shareholder in the business
  • Global reach in major international financial centres
  • A loyal client base including high-net-worth individuals and their families, international corporations, institutional investors and entrepreneurs
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Our multijurisdictional
team offers a full
range of bespoke

We are dedicated to meeting our clients’ needs and exploring every opportunity whilst maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance.

  • Discretionary/Fixed trusts
  • Reserved Powers trusts
  • Private trust companies
  • STAR trusts
  • Employee benefit trusts
  • Sharia observant trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Company formation and management services
  • Director services
  • Multijurisdictional corporate secretarial services
  • Full suite of bookkeeping services (client accounting, formal and statutory account preparation, assisting clients/entities with local audit requirements)
  • Payroll and Outsourcing
  • Commercial real estate and associated fund structuring
  • Transactional Special Purpose Vehicles
  • Escrow services
  • Compliance solutions and FATCA classification
  • Fund formation
  • Fund administration
  • Registrar and Transfer Agent
  • Governance
  • Protected Cell Companies
  • Share warehousing and hedging arrangements for company incentive arrangements
  • Internal market arrangements for private companies
  • Joint and co-ownership structuring
  • Corporate actions
  • Succession planning
  • Facilitation of co-investment and carry interest schemes
  • Nominee services
  • Partnership structures
  • Monitoring investment risk and reporting
  • Investment Manager selection
  • Structuring
  • Estate planning and Wealth protection
  • Foundations
  • Philanthropy
  • Cash management
  • Property and Art management
  • Yacht and Aviation services
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On Sunday August 14, team ZEDRA (Isle of Man office) pulled together a few of its best players captained by Alex Cain to battle it out against other esteemed teams across the Island in a charity five-a-side football tournament to raise money for the Isle of Man Victim Support in aid of the Jamie Haslett Memorial. Alex with Josh Brockbank, Jack Walsh and Lauren Christian aka ‘Krul Runnings’ raised more than £650.00 for the charity, and finished the day with a positive three wins and two losses.



ZEDRA propels itself further with the appointment of Associate Director of Marine & Aviation

ZEDRA has appointed Andrew Wilson as Associate Director of Marine and Aviation, bringing over 20 year’s experience from the aviation, marine, accountancy and finance industry. His background will add great value to our existing client portfolio.   Based in the Isle of Man office, Andrew’s appointment follows ZEDRA’s continued strategy of significant investment in expanding its range of services to both existing and new clients across a growing number of jurisdictions.  

Read the full press release here

For more information, contact andrew.wilson@zedra.com



ZEDRA heads the nominees for Trust Company of the Year

ZEDRA is proud to announce it has been nominated for Trust Company of the Year – a tightly contended category this year – at the sixth annual Citywealth IFC Awards which will take place in London in January.
The IFC Awards have an established place in the wealth calendar, attracting leading professionals from prestigious firms across the globe. The annual award dinner brings together an elite list of advisors and managers from the international wealth industry with more than 200 guests from over 100 organisations attending, including law firms, trust companies, family offices, tax advisors and investment managers.



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Julien Sharpe
Managing Director

T: +44 1481 754500
E: julien.sharpe@zedra.com

Office Address

Floor 2
Le Marchant House
Le Truchot
St. Peter Port


Alan Patrick
Managing Director

T: +44 1624 646800
E: alan.patrick@zedra.com

Office Address

3rd Floor
Barclays House
Victoria Street
Isle of Man


Ashley Cox
Managing Director

T: +44 1534 873741
E: ashley.cox@zedra.com       

Alan Tidy
Executive Director Corporate Solutions

T: +44 1534 824400
E: alan.tidy@zedra.com

Office Address

39-41 Broad Street                 
St. Helier

31-33 New Street
St. Helier


Ivo Hemelraad
Managing Director

T: +41 22 819 59 00
E: ivo.hemelraad@zedra.com

Office Address

8, Boulevard Georges-Favon
1204 Genève


Niels Nielsen
Group Chief Executive Officer

T: +44 20 3794 8690
E: niels.nielsen@zedra.com

Office Address

1 Duke’s Mews


Brian Taylor
Managing Director

T: +1 345 949 7128
E: brian.taylor@zedra.com

Office Address

4th Floor
First Caribbean House
PO Box 487 George Town
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands


James Bates
Deputy Managing Director

T: +65 6908 6708
E: james.bates@zedra.com

Office Address

#09, Level 14
Asia Square, Tower One
8 Marine view


John Ashwood
Managing Director

T: +852 2173 6388
E: john.ashwood@zedra.com

Office Address

Suite 5508, 55th Floor, Central Plaza
18 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong


Tako van Ginkel
Managing Director

T: +31 646 987 056
E: tako.vanginkel@zedra.com


Andrew Duncan

T: +44 1534 824481
E: andrew.duncan@zedra.com

Office Address

Level 13, DLA Piper Tower
205 Queen St, Auckland 1010
PO Box 106 433
Auckland 1143
New Zealand

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Careers at ZEDRA

Our “Do More. Achieve More.” ethos is at the centre of everything we do. Our colleagues’ professional development
and growth is key to our identity and vision.

We are looking for:

  • Industry experts to drive excellent client service
  • Ambitious professionals to develop market opportunities
    • Passionate and committed individuals who are strong team players

If you are interested in joining our dynamic and driven international team, and finding out more
about career opportunities at ZEDRA, please contact us at recruitment@zedra.com

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