People Moves: GWM Group, Investec Asset Management, Carey Olsen, Arton Capital, Commerzbank
Guardian Wealth Management, also known as the GWM Group, has hired Roy Walker as a senior wealth manager, to work in its Dubai offices.
Walker, who recently won an award for his financial planning skills at the 2018 Financial Planning Association of Singapore Awards, comes to GWM from Nexus Financial Services, the Singapore-based advisory firm, and has spent the past 25 years in financial advice, most recently in Asia.
He joined the profession after initially embarking on a career in engineering, after having completed an MBA in finance.
Investec Asset Management
Imran Ahmad has joined Investec Asset Management’s multi-asset investment team as a portfolio manager.
Ahmad, pictured left, comes to Investec AM from Standard Life Investments, where he had been portfolio manager of that fund management house’s EMD Unconstrained Fund. Prior to this, he held portfolio management responsibilities at JP Morgan Asset Management. He is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a research assistant, and holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge, Investec said, in a statement announcing his appointment today.
Investec AM head of Multi-Asset Absolute Return Russell Silberston, said that in addition to helping the company continue to build its absolute return strategy, Ahmad would be an “active participant in our Rates and FX and Macro research groups”, which he described as “two crucial building blocks in our wider multi-asset strategies”.
Investec AM’s multi-asset operation has posted a three-decades-old track record in managing multi-asset growth and income strategies, and today is looked after by a team of 32. Investec AM is a subsidiary of the Johannesburg, South Africa-based, JSE- and LSE-listed Investec Group, and currently employs more then 190 investment experts who manage more than $145bn (€120.5bn) on behalf of third-party clients around the world.
Carey Olsen, the cross-border law firm originally founded in the Channel Islands, has added to its litigation and dispute resolution practice, with the appointments of senior associate Elliot Aron, and associate Steven Balmer.
Aron (pictured left), who qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010, comes to Carey Olsen from a UK law firm, which Carey Olsen didn’t name. He has practiced in the UK as well as the Cayman Islands, Carey Olsen said, and has experience in advising international and local clients on range of matters, including “complex and high-value commercial, funds and trust disputes”.
Balmer (pictured below right) was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 2016, and comes to Carey Olsen from another law firm, the name of which wasn’t given. He is also described as having experience in a range of commercial legal areas, as part of which he has appeared in Scotland’s Sheriff and Sheriff Appeal courts, Carey Olsen said.
Before qualifying as a solicitor, Balmer worked for the Judicial Institute for Scotland and is a graduate of both the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Carey Olsen was formed in 2003 following the merger between two established Channel Island firms, Carey Langlois in Guernsey and Olsens in Jersey. The former had roots dating back to 1898, while Olsens was, at the time, a relative newcomer, having been started in 1981 by a lawyer named Anthony Olsen.
Today, in addition to Guernsey and Jersey, the firm advises clients in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, from a network of nine international offices, and employs some 400 people, including more than 50 partners and around 200 lawyers.
Arton Capital, the United Arab Emirates company behind the annual “Passport Index”, has named Jerry Lim Fang Wee to business development manager of its Singapore outpost. Lim comes to the residency and citizenship specialist from private banking, having worked for the Singapore offices of such companies as HSBC Private Bank, Citibank Singapore, and Standard Chartered.
Commerzbank, the major German banking group, said it had named Marc Werres to head up its wealth management operations at its branch in Aachen, Germany. Since 1 February, Werres has been responsible for more than 2,000 wealthy clients that this branch looks after, which is located in a border region where Germany meets Belgium and the Netherlands.
Werres succeeds Stephanie Doll, who has moved to become branch manager for private and corporate clients at the same location. He has been with Commerzbank for last 25 years, most recently as a Cologne-based wealth management manager since 2008.