First Names Group Asia update - May 2017

Moore Management is the funds arm of First Names Group, a leading independent provider of trust, fund, real estate and corporate services operating in strategic locations worldwide. First Names Group has a firm foothold in Asia, with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore in addition to Moore’s presence in Japan. As mentioned in our previous Group Asia update last December, Asia is a major focus area for the business as a whole and we continue to have a lot going on in the region. Below is another round-up of recent news and activity from throughout the Group’s Asia operations.

A new MD for the Hong Kong office

Stuart Dowding Managing Director Hong Kong

Last month, First Names Group announced the appointment of Stuart Dowding as Managing Director (MD) of its Hong Kong operation. With nearly 25 years in the fiduciary industry under his belt, Stuart is an experienced private client practitioner with exceptional working knowledge of both corporate and trust structures.

Originally based in the Group’s Guernsey office, where he took care of a private client portfolio and held responsibility for business development in the jurisdiction, Stuart relocated to Hong Kong in February 2017. As MD, he has assumed overall responsibility for running the Hong Kong office and is working closely with Singapore MD Karen O’Hanlon to deliver the Group’s long-term expansion strategy in Asia. Read more >

And a new office for the Hong Kong office!

Also last month, the First Names team in Hong Kong moved into a brand new office space just nine floors below their previous premises in Wyndham Place in the bustling Central district. The team has been all smiles since moving into their new space, which includes freshly decorated meeting rooms overlooking The Peak. Having had all hands on deck to implement the move, the team quite rightly popped open the champagne to celebrate their new surroundings.

Two WealthBriefingAsia award shortlistings

A welcome testament to its rising profile and presence in the region, First Names Group was recently shortlisted for not one but two award categories in the 2017 WealthBriefingAsia Awards: ‘Independent Trust or Fiduciary Company – Greater China’ and ‘Independent Trust or Fiduciary Company – South-East Asia’.

The WealthBriefingAsia Awards recognise ‘best of breed’ providers in the global private banking, wealth management and trusted advisor communities. Winners will be announced on 1 June, so we’ll be keeping our fingers tightly crossed for our Hong Kong and Singapore colleagues! Read more >

Karen talks alternative assets at the Asian Wealth Management Forum

Karen O'Hanlon at Asian Wealth Management Forum

On 21 February, a team of ‘First Names’ from the Group’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices came together to attend the Hubbis 2017 Asian Wealth Management Forum in Hong Kong. The full-day conference attracted nearly 300 delegates and offered a jam-packed programme featuring experts from throughout the wealth management sector in Asia – including MD of First Names Singapore, Karen O’Hanlon.

Karen took to the stage for a Q&A session on a current hot topic in Asia: alternative assets. She answered questions around the latest trends in alternative asset investment, the opportunities presented by planning with alternative assets, as well as the key misconceptions and challenges.

Off the back of this event, Karen has since featured on the Hubbis website with an article and video interview on the topic of alternative assets in Asia. In both, Karen explains what alternative assets are and dispels misconceptions about this asset class. Read more >

If Karen’s commentary on alternatives sparked your interest, make sure you also read Jon Trigg’s detailed piece on the increasing appeal of alternative asset classes.

Moore Tokyo sponsoring AIMA Japan Fund Forum

On 8 June, Moore Management will be sponsoring the 2017 AIMA Japan Fund Forum at Jiji Tsushin Hall in Tokyo. Now in its 12th year, the annual forum hopes to build upon the success of the 2016 event which attracted over 140 attendees from the Japanese financial market community.

The 2017 conference theme is “Revitalizing Tokyo as a Global Financial Center”, with panel discussions addressing and debating the key issues that create barriers to new business development, such as immigration policy, regulatory reform and tax policy. In addition, the event this year will also cover the private equity industry.

A team from Moore’s Tokyo office – Andrew Pittom, Manabu Nagano and Joel Speight – will all be there. If you plan to attend, please do let Joel know or say hello if you see us!

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