People Moves: Hawksford, Union Bancaire Privée, NWH Global, UniCredit


Hawksford, the Jersey-based trust, private client and corporate and fund services provider, has named Irene Lee director of private client and corporate business development in its Singapore office.

Hawksford said the role was a newly-created one, and that its creation underscored the importance of Asia to its business, and its plans for growth. As reported, the company obtained its trusts licence in Singapore last year.

Lee, pictured left, comes to Hawksford from Equiom Singapore, where she had been head of business development. Prior to this she held senior business development and marketing roles at Icaza, Portcullis TrustNet, Citibank Singapore and OCBC Bank.  A board member of the Private Wealth Association of Singapore, she speaks a number of languages, including several Chinese dialects, and altogether has more than 15 years of  financial services industry experience, according to a statement announcing her appointment.

At Hawksford, Lee will be responsible for building the company’s relationships with intermediaries and partners serving high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in Asia, the company said, in addition to helping to increase brand awareness for Hawksford’s services across the Asia Pacific region.

Hawksford was established in 2008 following the management buyout of Rathbone Trust Co Jersey, which was backed by Dunedin, the UK private equity company. The Hawksford name dates back to the 19th century, when a lawyer named Cyril Hawksford first began practising in Jersey.

In addition to Jersey and Singapore, Hawksford also has offices in Hong Kong.

Union Bancaire Privée

Union Bancaire Privée, the Swiss financial services group, has named Thierry Garde site manager of its Monaco branch, effective on 1 February.

The privately-held, Geneva-based bank didn’t say who Garde is succeeding in the role.

Garde comes to UBP from Société Générale Private Banking in Monaco, where he had been chief executive since 2013. Altogether he had been with the Société Générale group for more than 30 years, working for SocGen outposts in Moscow, Warsaw, New York, London and Brussels as well as France, in both investment and private banking. Garde is also vice president of the Monaco Association for Financial Activities, where he is in charge of its Social Affairs Commission, a role that he will retain alongside his role with UBP.

Union Bancaire Privée’s Monaco branch currently employs around 46 staff. In a statement announcing Garde’s appointment, UBP said its place in Monaco’s financial sector has “strengthened” since it acquired Coutts International’s business in 2015.

NWH Global

NWH Global, the Guernsey-based, multi-jurisdictional fiduciary and corporate trust services businesses that re-branded in October 2017 from Newhaven Trust, has named two members of its Guernsey senior management team to its Guernsey board.

The two new board members are Helen Bougourd, (pictured left), who is head of client services, and Adam Pickering (right), compliance manager of the company’s Guernsey office.

Bougourd, who has worked for a number of fiduciary businesses in Guernsey over the past 20 years, was named to her current role at NWH Global in 2016. She holds an Institute of Directors diploma in company direction, is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.

Pickering is a professional member of the International Compliance Association (ICA) and holds the ICA diploma in governance, risk and compliance. He was born and educated in South Africa, where he was admitted as an attorney in 2012, and he remains a non-practising member of the Cape Law Society.
After beginning his career with a South African law firm, he relocated to Guernsey in 2014. He joined NWH Global in 2015.

NWH Global is the rebranded private client business of what was formerly Newhaven Trust, part of the Newhaven Group, which was founded in the 1980s in pre-handover Hong Kong by Fergus Anstock, who at the time had been a senior lawyer with the Bank of East Asia Group. NWH Global today has outposts in the BVI, Dubai, Mauritius and New Zealand, in addition to Hong Kong and Guernsey.


UniCredit, the Milan-based banking group, has named Marco Bizzozero head of group wealth management.

Bizzozero’s appointment is effective on 1 March. Unicredit didn’t say who he succeeded in the role.

Bizzozero comes to UniCredit from the Deutsche Bank Group, where he has been since 2004, most recently (since 2009) as head of wealth management EMEA and chief executive of Deutsche Bank Switzerland. Prior to this he had been global head of private equity investments at the banking group.  Before joining Deutsche Bank he held various roles in investment banking and private equity with UBS in Zurich, New York and London, and for a time was head of private equity secondary investments at  LGT Capital Partners, the Liechtenstein-based asset manager.

Altogether he has some 25 years of international experience in the financial services industry, Unicredit said, in a statement. He has a master degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen, and is a Swiss citizen.

UniCredit’s wealth management group focuses on catering to Europe’s wealth management and private banking sectors, with a particular focus on the Italian, German and Austrian markets, and includes a group product and investment platform.

At UniCredit, Bizzozero will report to UniCredit general manager Gianni Franco Papa.

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