Trust services

Trusts have become structures of choice for regional institutions and individuals as they protect wealth, act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, and confidentially – with regulatory oversight – manage the flow of benefits to beneficiaries.

Keypoint has been offering trustee and trust administration services – previously in collaboration with an international fiduciary service provider – since 2008. We focus on private investment undertakings, real estate investment trusts (REITs), investment funds, escrow services, employee benefit trusts and charitable and family trusts for clients ranging from high-net worth individuals and family groups to leading banks and charities.

Under the Central Bank of Bahrain’s guidance, Bahrain has continued to establish itself as a leader in the Middle East for trusts, with ongoing regulatory updates aimed at helping the market to grow, such as the introduction of a regulatory sandbox (to encourage the growth of the FinTech sector), new rules pertaining to exchange-traded funds, new requirements for ESOPs and the introduction of retail REITs.

Our broad range of trust services – from employee ownership and incentive schemes to the establishment of family trusts and succession planning for family businesses – are tried and tested. Our experienced, multi-lingual team – backed up by over 100 professionals in the wider Keypoint team based in Bahrain – continue to support the development of Bahrain as a key provider of trust services.

Keypoint’s clients – attracted by our market-leading combination of local knowledge and global expertise – include listed and unlisted financial institutions, high net worth individuals and holding companies.

Our trust solutions include:

  • Employee benefit trusts – our in-depth knowledge of local laws and regulations has helped clients to effectively structure their ESOPs
  • Private & family wealth trusts – flexible solutions for a wide range of trust transactions
  • Trust restructuring – set up and manage creditors’ trusts
  • Trustee services – trustee on the local and international issuance of sukuk and bonds
  • REITs – establishment, ongoing compliance with local and international regulations and leading practice
  • Investment funds – our experience of establishing investment funds under a trust structure – both here in Bahrain and across the region – helps tailor services for clients
  • Private investment undertakings – well-placed to act as a sponsor having helped establish a number of PIUs

Keypoint Trust B.S.C. (closed) is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a trust service provider

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Nandakumar Narasimhan
Executive Director