Vantage Financial Centres Sponsors

The benefits of joining Vantage Financial Centres include:

Marketing and Brand Development:

  • Brand exposure in six printed reports a year - two GFCI reports, two GGFI reports, and two SCI reports.
  • An advertisement for your financial centre inside each GFCI, GFI, and SCI report;
  • Brand exposure on at least 65,000 emails that promote the GFCI, GGFI and SCI questionnaires;
  • Exposure in media coverage of the GFCI, GGFI, and SCI;
  • Exposure in high profile international conferences.


  • Enhanced access to data;
  • The opportunity for deep dives on GFCI, GGFI, and SCI data and opportunities for leveraging research.

Developing Networks in the Global Financial Services Community:

  • International conferences;
  • Speaking opportunities;
  • Opinion-editorial pieces;
  • Active membership of a worldwide financial services community.


  • Security Forward — A forum for discussing global financial security issues;
  • Distributed Futures Forum — A forum for senior individuals with an interest in Fintech, RegTech and disruptive technology;
  • Training courses covering competitiveness, security, fintech and innovation.

VFC membership is open to financial centres, financial services firms, or financial services suppliers (lawyers, accountants, IT firms, telecommunications firms, airlines, etc). VFC membership costs £25K per year.

Please call Mike Wardle on +44 (0) 20-7562-9562 for more details, or email

China Development Institute

Based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province China Development Institute (CDI) is a market oriented, non-governmental think tank which was founded in 1989 on approval from the Chinese State Council. CDI was designated as one of the 25 China Top Think Tanks in 2015. CDI is committed to providing proactive, innovative and practical research and consultation for China’s central and local governments and businesses at home and abroad. Its research and consultation is centered on macro strategy, regional economy, urbanization, industrial development and policies, business strategy and investment decision-making.

CDI has been exploring to improve its mechanism and operation models which are beneficial to development of non-governmental think tank. With leadership of its Board of Directors, CDI is in the charge of its President. There are more than 140 employees in CDI, 70% of them are researchers.

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre in the capital of the UAE, opened for business in October 2015. Strategically situated in Abu Dhabi, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s leading position as a global hub for business and finance and serves as a strategic link connecting the growing economies of the MENA region, Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM has been awarded “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for three consecutive years and recognised as Top FinTech Hub in MENA for its innovative initiatives, high regulatory standards and strategic contributions to the financial industry. ADGM’s achievements are anchored by Abu Dhabi’s forte in private banking, wealth management, asset management and financial innovation. ADGM comprises three independent Authorities, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, the Registration Authority and ADGM Courts, working together as one entity to support Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s sustainable growth.

Astana International Financial Centre

The AIFC is the new destination for business offering ample opportunity for growth. AIFC is the unrivalled financial centre in the region to facilitate an access to world class capital markets and asset management industry. It also promotes financial technology and drives the development of niche markets such as Islamic and green finance in the region.

Located at the heart of Eurasia, AIFC provides unprecedented conditions and opportunities for its participants and investors: legal system based on the principles of the English law, independent regulatory framework consistent with internationally recognised standards, no corporate tax regime, depth and breadth in financial services and instruments’ offering, simplified visa and labour regimes, English as a working language. Astana strives to become the gateway to the Eurasian Economic Union and has already been dubbed “The Buckle on the Belt”—key regional financial services hub for the Belt and Road.

Busan Finance Center

Since 2009 Busan Metropolitan City has been developing a financial hub specialising in maritime finance and derivatives. With its strategic location in the center of the southeast economic block of Korea and the crossroads of a global logistics route, Busan envisions growing into an international financial city in Northeast Asia. Busan Finance Center (BFC) will continue to develop and implement measures to promote Busan as the financial hub and bolster the local financial industry, while working together with various local economic players to pursue sustainable growth of the financial sector including FinTech. These efforts will enable BFC to play a leading role in taking Busan to the next level and become the international financial center and maritime capital of Northeast Asia.

BIFC offers an attractive incentive package to global financial leaders and cooperation network of Busan Metropolitan City, and Busan Finance Center will support you to identify opportunities in Busan, one of the fastest developing cities in Asia.

Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of US$ 7.7 trillion.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 22,000 professionals working across over 2,000 active registered companies.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Finance Montreal

Finance Montréal’s mandate is to promote Montréal as a world-class financial hub and foster cooperation among its member institutions to accelerate the industry’s growth. With renowned research capacities in artificial intelligence and a booming fintech sector, Montréal offers an experienced, diversified and innovative pool of talent as well as a stable, low cost and dynamic business environment.

For financial institutions searching for an ideal location to set up an intelligent service centre and operationalize their digital transformation, Finance Montréal can advise on the advantageous tax incentives aimed at facilitating the establishment and development of financial services corporations in the city.

Luxembourg For Finance

Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) is the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre. It is a publicprivate partnership between the Luxembourg Government and the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL). Founded in 2008, its objective is to develop Luxembourg’s financial services industry and identify new business opportunities.

LFF connects international investors to the range of financial services provided in Luxembourg, such as investment funds, wealth management, capital market operations or advisory services. In addition to being the first port of call for foreign journalists, LFF cooperates with the various professional associations and monitors global trends in finance, providing the necessary material on products and services available in Luxembourg.

Furthermore, LFF manages multiple communication channels, organises seminars in international business locations, and takes part in selected worldclass trade fairs and congresses.

Seoul Metropolitan Government

Seoul is a rising star among the financial cities of the world. It is already one of the top 10 cities in the world based on various indices, and it has many more opportunities to offer as a financial hub and great growth potential. Seoul believe global financial companies are our true partners for growth. There are many incentives provided to global financial companies that enter into Seoul, such as the financial incentives provided when moving into IFC, so that we can all jointly work towards the growth and development of the financial market.

It is sure that Seoul will become a top star of global financial hubs in the near future! Pay close attention to Seoul's potentials and preemptively gain a foothold in the Seoul financial hub. Seoul is the gateway to Northeast Asia and the world.

Global Times Consulting

Global Times Consulting Co. is a strategic consultancy with a focus on China. We help Chinese (local) governments at all levels to build their reputation globally, providing strategic counsel, stakeholder outreach and communications to support their sustainable development. We also partner with multinational companies operating in this dynamic but challenging market, serving as a gateway to China. In addition, we help Chinese companies extend their reach overseas.

Global Times Consulting Co. adopts a research and knowledge-based approach. With extensive contacts and deep insights into China’s political and economic landscape, we develop and execute integrated programs for stakeholder relations and reputation management. Our extensive relationship with media and government organizations in China and worldwide helps us successfully execute programs and achieve desired goals.

Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council

Supported by the industry, the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) is a high-level, cross-sectoral advisory body to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

FSDC formulates proposals to promote the further development of Hong Kong’s financial services industry and to map out the strategic direction for the development. As of March 2020, 110 of the 137 policy recommendations had been adopted by the Government and relevant regulators since FSDC’s inception in 2013. On top of research, FSDC also carries out market promotion and human capital development functions.

Among others, FSDC focuses on topics including Mainland and international connectivity, green and sustainable finance, FinTech, as well as asset and wealth management.

The Department For External Economic And International Relations Of Moscow

Moscow International Financial Centre (MIFC) is a community effort launched in 2008 by business, the market mega-regulator and all branches of state power – including the President, the Government, and the Government of Moscow.

An effective regulatory regime, high levels of financial innovation, a vibrant urban environment, and a strong talent pool give MIFC a very strong competitive advantage across Eurasia and beyond. MIFC plays a key role in creating the necessary conditions for making effective access to the neighboring markets with over 280 million consumers.

MIFC is evolving and assuming a greater role as a centre of excellence with a strong current focus on financial technologies and ESG. Moscow has always paid attention to international cooperation. Therefore, the World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) was formed under the initiative of Moscow in July 2018.