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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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Graham Keating

CEO

Mr Keating is a serial Entrepreneur and experienced C level executive with a professional career spanning more than 20 years.

the regulated online gambling business to international operator; Unibet Group. In 2008 Mr Keating led the Australian market entry for Paddy Power PLC resulting in the successful acquisition of Sportsbet and IAS. These acquisitions have played a material role in the growth of Paddy Power PLC and Australia remains Paddy Power PLCs largest international market contributing significantly to the Group’s financial performance. Mr Keating has provided advisory services to numerous operators in the gambling sector, advising and providing hands-on assistance on M&A opportunities, regulatory and licensing, marketing strategies and technology, partnerships and joint ventures on a global scale. From 2002 – 2005 Mr Keating ran the European operations for RSVP, an early mover and successful online dating business with the Australian business (www.rsvp.com.au), which was sold in 2005 to Fairfax Digital for AUD $39m. RSVP in the Netherlands launched as a start-up in 2002. Following the successful acquisition of several media companies and operators, RSVP was operated under the oneHello.nl brand and website. Strategic partnerships with Endemol, Radio 538, Universal Music, Telegraph and others helped to make Onehello.nl a leading player in the Dutch market. Prior to 2002 Mr Keating held senior positions with; Band-X, Trading IP bandwidth on behalf of; carriers, operators, content & media providers and ISPs and GTS (Global Telesystems), telecommunications and Internet company providing global carrier grade solutions. Mr Keating holds an NCEA in advanced computer programming and Diploma in Computer Science from Griffith College and Advanced Technology College Dublin, Ireland.

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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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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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Carlos Estima

Managing Director

Carlos is an experienced banker with 12+ years’ experience in banking, both in the UK and overseas having started his career in 2004 at Finibanco and later at Caixa Económica Montepio Geral. He occupied the most senior role at the Representative Office at Caixa Económica Montepio Geral in London.

He also performed several management and director roles at different authorised payment institutions regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. Carlos attended university in Portugal and has successfully completed several other courses related to banking, management, payments, accounting, credit, FX and AML, amongst others.

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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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Grant Campbell

Director & Compliance Supervisor

Grant has worked with BEG Group for 12 months as Head of Risk, Compliance and as MLRO.

rant has worked in Financial Services, Commercial Business and the Private Sector for over 25 years with substantial experience working with partners and stakeholders both commercially and in the third sector.

Grant has worked for major banks, including HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNY Mellon, Pershing and Lloyds TSB, providing expert advice on Compliance, Risk and Financial Crime.

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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.

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8 King William Street, London EC4N 7BP, United Kingdom


Company Number: 10284385