Assad Abdullatiff

STEP Worldwide ()

Assad Abdullatiff is one of the founding partners and the Managing Director of AXIS Fiduciary Ltd, a leading Mauritius-based independent trust company providing a full spectrum of fiduciary and corporate services to an international client base. 

Assad read for Bachelor of Law with Honours and a Master of Laws in the United Kingdom specializing in Business Law. Upon his return to Mauritius, he successfully sat for the Bar Vocational Course and was admitted to the Bar of Mauritius. He started his career in the financial services sector within a global fiduciary firm and counts several years of solid experience within the corporate and trust industry. Immediately prior to joining AXIS Fiduciary Ltd, Assad was an Assistant Director at the Board of Investment of Mauritius, where he was the Head of the Financial Services Cluster and responsible for the promotion of Mauritius as an International Financial Centre. 

Assad’s areas of expertise spans the following areas: corporate law & governance, tax planning and structuring, fund formation & administration, company secretarial, trusts and estate planning. He has a keen interest in Estate Planning and is a full member of the Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners (STEP) where he is very involved both at the domestic and international level. He is a past Chairman of the Mauritius branch of STEP and has been appointed as: 

  • Director on the STEP Worldwide Board in 2020 for a mandate of two years. He is the first Mauritian to be appointed as a board member of STEP 
  • Council member for the second consecutive mandate to represent the Africa and Arabia region on the Worldwide Council of STEP in 2020. 

Assad has been and continues to be heavily involved in the promotion and development of the international financial services industry of Mauritius through his contribution in various sectorial and industry associations. He was the Chairman of the ATMC for the years 2017-2018. He is currently engaged in the following organizations/committees: 

  • The Blueprint Steering Committee;
  • The Executive Committee of Association of Trust and Management Companies; 
  • The Mauritius Branch of STEP & STEP Council. 

Assad also serves as independent Director on a number of financial institutions which are licence by the Financial Services Commission (FSC). He is also a regular contributor to local and international publications on topics relevant to his practice.