Gerard Aquilina has had a successful 43 year career spanning law, investment banking and wealth management. He is a partner at ConeMarshall in Geneva, a law firm specialising in tax and succession planning. Gerard is also an advisor to Avington Financial Ltd., a London-based merchant bank specialising in luxury hospitality; the EurasiaGroup, a global political risk analysis firm; and MadeiraGlobal, a NY-based impact investment advisory firm.
He has held senior management positions at the global level at UBS, Barclays, HSBC and Merrill Lynch. His positions have included Vice Chairman, Global Emerging Markets at UBS, where he oversaw the bank’s relationships with key clients, Vice Chairman and before that Head of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Americas at Barclays Wealth. Previous roles included CEO HSBC Private Bank for Canada, the US and Latin America, Global Head for Product, Sales, Marketing and Communication at Merrill Lynch International Private Client, CEO Merrill Lynch International Trusts & Generational Planning, Country Head Merrill Lynch Private Client Brazil, and Associate Director at Merrill Lynch International Bank London for the Middle East, Western Europe and Latin America.
He holds an LLM from the School of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, a Juris Doctor from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in International Relations from Columbia University, NY. He is a citizen of Canada and Malta, is conversant in six languages and has lived in Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Greece, the UK, the US, Brazil and Uruguay