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About Berkeley Financial Services

Berkeley FS Limited is a UK FCA licensed payment and FX company. The business was founded in July 2016 and has representative offices in London, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Berkeley specialises in deliverable FX, payment accounts and international remittance for corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

  • We work to create long term relationships with clients and provide a professional and personal service with each client having a dedicated account manager.

  • The company has an extensive network of partners and works with top tier companies in the payment and financial services space to provide the most competitive prices and the best client experience.

  • We have a small but highly talented team who always put the client first and understand the importance of delivering beyond the clients' expectations on every transaction.

Meet Berkeleys team

Our highly talented team

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Dr. Vincent Power

Director

Dr. Power has over 20 years of significant experience in domestic and international payment schemes. He has extensive work experience with numerous leaders in the payment industry, including Skrill, Optimal Payments, SWIFT, CREST, EBA European Central Bank, VocaLink and numerous Tier 1 banks.

Prior to his role in payments, Dr. Power was the CTO and founding partner of an artificial intelligence firm based in Berlin, financed by 3i Venture Capital UK.

Dr. Power has also served on the board of a Management Advisory firm in Belgium that focuses on the IT industry, as well as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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Mr. Jason Dean

Commercial Director & Acting Managing Director

Jason's career has spanned 20 years, three continents and six countries as his base of operations. His foundations are in project finance, corporate finance and investment banking in New York having worked with Tishman Realty & Construction, Credit Lyonnais and Société Générale / SG Cowen Securities. His focus at that time was on complex financial models and analyses.

Subsequently, Jason pursued several entrepreneurial ventures in London, The Bahamas, Singapore and Hong Kong, which involved integrated resort developments, hospitality projects and even strategic brand development. Most recently, Jason was the Director of Corporate Development for Bloomberry Resorts in Manila, Philippines, which owns the Solaire Resort & Casino.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

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Francesca Stephen

Head of Operations & Compliance Manager

Originally from South Africa, Francesca has lived and worked in Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and Asia, including several jurisdictions where clients of Berkeley are domiciled.

Francesca began her career in London, spending nearly 10 years working with international banks. She has since explored a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities globally, including running her own financial communications business.

Francesca holds an Undergraduate Degree from Deakin University and a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics.

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Mr. Awais Ahmed

Director & Compliance Supervisor

After graduating from University, Awais went into financial services. He moved on to develop his career within an Accountancy practice, where he has served as a board member for a number of clients with entrepreneurial ventures.

He joined Berkeley in May 2017 in the capacity of MLRO.

Awais holds a Business Management Degree from Kingston University and a Master's Degree in Global Management from Regent's University.

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Pinki Pathak

MLRO, Banking Relationship Manager

After 12 years working within the chemicals and pharmaceutical industry, Pinki joined ABN AMRO, Head Office in Amsterdam in 1996 and over the next 12 years gained a wide experience in various banking functions.

Leaving ABN AMRO to move into Microfinance, Pinki then went on to run a training and management consultancy in Northern India working with NGOs, government departments and banks. Returning to the Netherlands in 2012 to work in a number of finance related projects.

Pinki holds an MBA from Henley, is a member of the Institute of Compliance and holds a number of SAP certifications.

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Berkeley provides same-day spot and forward foreign currency contracts

Our exchange rates are highly competitive and better than any main street bank. Through our network we access significant buying power and high liquidity pools enabling us to deliver highly competitive rates and speedy fulfilment of all orders.

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Deliverable FX Contract Options

  • Spot Contract For clients who wish to make an immediate exchange from one currency to another, we provide a Spot Contract. We secure the best rates available and provide a real-time exchange of currencies.

  • Forward Contract - allows a client to take an FX position for up to 2 years in advance. This is particularly helpful when a transaction is planned that involves a foreign currency, this could be the purchase of land or a property or a major corporate acquisition. By taking a Forward Contract the paying party can ensure that they are protected against any adverse movements between the source currency and required settlement currency. Options can be provided which allow the client to draw down the settlement currency during the period of the Contract.

  • Limit Order - allows a client to set a target exchange FX rate between currencies. Once the price is reached the trade is executed.

  • Stop-Loss Order - allows a client to set a 'floor' on the exchange rates between two currencies. Once the 'floor' is reached the trade is automatically executed, protecting the client from further currency devaluation.

Why Berkeley

  • Highly competitive exchange

  • Access to high levels of liquidity

  • Flexible contract terms

  • FCA licensed payment and FX company

  • All client funds are segregated and held with top tier banks

  • Dedicated and personal service

Berkeley FS Limited is a UK-licensed FX and remittance company.

Berkeley FS Limited is a registered EMD Agent (FRN 900792) of CFS-ZIPP Limited (FRN 900027), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Electronic Money Institution.