HSBC Private Bank has announced that it will consolidate all of its European private trust and fiduciary administration services into one office based in Jersey.
Franco Morra, Global Private Bank Regional Head, EMEA, commented:
“We are one of the world’s leading trust and fiduciary services providers focusing on estate and succession planning, family governance and philanthropy. We have made significant investment and enhancements to this business over the past couple of years, including the investment in a new technology platform. The concentration of our European administration services in one hub in Jersey, where we already manage some of our largest trust relationships, will further improve our operational efficiency and will ensure that the structures we administer meet the ever growing regulatory requirements. In line with our complete commitment to Swiss private banking, we will establish a Swiss-based front office to focus solely on the highest standards of relationship management that our clients expect. Also, to accommodate the additional business arising from the transfer, HSBC Private Bank is currently adding a number of roles to its trust administration teams in Jersey.”
Mishcon de Reya has announced (via an interview with Legal Business) that it is set to launch an independent, private client advisory business entitled ‘Mayfair Private’ to provide ‘discreet professional solutions’ to wealthy individuals, families and private offices.
The joint venture with offshore fiduciary firm Opus Private will create a single point of access for co-ordinating legal, fiduciary and family office services from offices in London, Guernsey and Dubai. Advice on offer will include family governance; family office advisory; wealth protection; philanthropic structuring; sourcing and protecting lifestyle assets; and bespoke concierge services.
Opus Private has has worked with Mishcon for many years. Opus’ Dubai-based director, Andrew Young (pictured), was formerly head of private client at Lawrence Graham.
Mishcon’s managing partner Kevin Gold said: ‘It became clear that there was a pressing need for the family and private office-related services – that traditionally fall outside of the remit of a law firm – to be professionalised. Consolidating the specialist private experience of Mishcon de Reya and Opus Private to create Mayfair Private enables us to fulfill this need. Clients of Mayfair Private will also enjoy access to an exclusive network of best in class professionals who will help them to achieve their goals.’
The Praxis Group has appointed Rebecca Honey to the board of directors of Praxis Trust Limited.
Mrs Honey is director of trust operations at the firm and also plays a role in developing client relationships and engagement. She was appointed to the board in March 2014.
Having joined the Praxis Group in 2008, Mrs Honey worked as a trust manager with the responsibility of overseeing the day to day management of the fiduciary department before being promoted to associate director in the Trust Operations department in 2012. She is also a longstanding member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators having been admitted to the Institute as an associate in 2005.
Mrs Honey said: “I’m looking forward to the new challenges that come with being a part of the board and helping Praxis build and strengthen their client relationships.”
Mrs Honey began her career in the financial services industry in 1998 with Orbis Management Limited which was later acquired by Kleinwort Benson in September 2000. Within her role at Kleinwort Benson, she was responsible for the administration of a diverse portfolio of complex trust and company structures for both corporate and private clients.
Rob Fearis, Praxis Group director, said: “With over 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry Rebecca brings a wealth of experience to her new role and we expect her to have a positive impact on the overall direction of the business.
“She’s been an integral part of the group since she joined in 2008 and it’s great to see Rebecca take on this extra responsibility. We are very pleased to welcome her to the board.”
Vistra, a global provider of corporate, trust and fund administration services, has announced the launch of Vistra Trust (BVI) Limited which has been established to meet the growing demand for British Virgin Islands trust services.
Simon Filmer will lead the BVI operation as Managing Director. He has over 14 years’ experience in the fiduciary services industry, with a focus on corporate business, trusts and investment business. Vistra BVI services include the establishment of a broad range of BVI trust and corporate structures; trustee, protector and full administration services; and the provision of corporate director and nominee shareholder services.
Simon commented: “Being granted a Class II Trust Licence by the BVI Financial Services Commission allows us to conduct BVI trust business without limitation. This includes the innovative VISTA Trust which remains attractive to international clients. A short-form revocable VISTA trust precedent has also been developed, the Vistra Succession Trust, which is a very cost-effective way of avoiding probate for shareholders of BVI companies. We have already seen considerable interest for BVI trust services throughout the Group, including from Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.”
The introduction of the International Business Companies Act, (‘IBC Act’), in 1984 established the BVI’s reputation as an attractive option for clients wishing to obtain reasonably priced offshore corporate vehicles. The IBC Act was replaced in 2006 by the BVI Business Companies Act, further boosting the popularity of the Territory, as a well regulated jurisdiction with a supportive judicial system based on English Common Law. The BVI is now the most popular jurisdiction for the formation of offshore corporate vehicles, and is home to over 450,000 active corporate entities.
Simon was born and educated in the UK, and is a long-term resident of the British Virgin Islands. He has more than 14 years of experience as a manager and director in the fiduciary services industry and has considerable experience in the areas of corporate business, trusts and investment business. Mr. Filmer served as Managing Director of the BVI office of a global privately owned fiduciary services provider, where he was ultimately promoted to Group Director with responsibility also for Asian operations. He is regularly consulted by the Regulator and Government of the British Virgin Islands on financial services matters, and serves on numerous industry groups, including as Chairman of the BVI Association of Registered Agents from July 2006 to November 2009; as a member of the Joint Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee, with effect from February 2008; as a committee member of the BVI ICSA Group since inception in 2006; as a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee, from 2006 to 2011, and then on the reconstituted Premier’s Financial Services Business Development Committee, with effect from February 2012, among others.
Mr. Filmer has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Manchester in the UK, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and administrators, (FCIS), and a Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, (TEP).
Nick Batiste has been appointed managing director of Saffery Champness in Guernsey with effect from 1 April 2014.
Nick Batiste joined Saffery Champness over 21 years ago and has worked his way up through the ranks of the firm, which has 113 employees based on the island.
He succeeds Kelvin Hudson, who has been managing director of Saffery Champness in Guernsey for 13 years and will remain in the full-time senior role of executive chairman, while also devoting more time to his principal practice area, managing the affairs of ultra high net worth private clients.
The move follows Nick’s appointment, in 2012, to the boards of Saffery Champness Holdings Limited, on which he assumed responsibility as finance director, and Saffery Champness SARL. He is also a director of both the fiduciary and fund arms of the Guernsey business.
Nick Batiste joined the Guernsey office in 1992, qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2000 and was admitted as a fellow in 2005.
With an increasing number of mergers and acquisitions within the fiduciary sector in recent years, Saffery Champness remains one of Guernsey’s few independent trust businesses. Kelvin Hudson said:
“Nick has been a loyal and committed employee of Saffery Champness for more than two decades and has worked at every level in the fiduciary business. One might describe him as a product of the firm’s development.
“Having decided to relinquish the day-to-day running of the business, I am confident that he will make an excellent managing director, well-equipped to take the business forward.”
Nick Batiste commented:
“I look forward to working with my fellow directors to plan and implement the future strategy for the Guernsey business and further build on the solid foundations established under Kelvin’s leadership.”
Praxis Group has promoted Rupert Pleasant to MD of its fiduciary business. Rupert joined the Praxis Group in January 2012, and is responsible for marketing and business development within Switzerland.
Following a Law Degree from the University of Liverpool and time in the City, Rupert relocated to Hong Kong where he spent four years with Lloyds Bank Private Bank. He then moved to South Africa and completed an MBA at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, before joining Barclays Wealth Management as Area Manager for the Western Cape region.
On returning to Guernsey he most recently headed-up the South African and CIS teams for Credit Suisse Trust and after seven years on the island he transferred to head office in Zurich where he was responsible for Credit Suisse Trust Product Management and Strategy. In 2008 he moved to Geneva as Managing Director of IFM Trust SA.
He sits on the Executive Board of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Alumni Board of the University of Liverpool.
The Praxis Group is an independent, privately-owned group of companies providing a wide range of bespoke professional services to private individuals, families and international corporate clients. We provide:
– Fiduciary Services
– Fund Administration
– Insurance Solutions
– Pension and Savings administration
– Real estate structuring and asset financing
– Cash management and foreign exchange
– Tax services
Barclays Wealth Advisory has hired Janiec Turnbull at VP level.
Ms Turnbull was previously a Senior Manager with Standard Bank Trust Company and before that ran her own business Turnbull Advocate.
Rutger Kriek, formerly a partner with Consulco in Cyprus, has launched a new fiduciary/tax firm in Nicosia.
Kriek has extensive experience in providing Cypriot tax advice regarding corporate structures set up by multinational groups of companies or high net worth individuals, involving the use of Cypriot companies or other special purpose vehicles. He trained in The Netherlands and was formerly a senior international tax manager with Deloitte.