Nigel Green, the founder and CEO of deVere Group, scooped the title of Personality of the Year 2019 at the International Investment Awards in London last night.
Green is CEO of one of the world's largest independent financial consultancies with over 80,000 clients in more than 100 countries worldwide. The judges praised his "ability to adapt to changing environments, has seen some remarkable fintech initiatives in recent years." He is, they said, "Controversial to some, inspirational to others."
Emerging Talent of the Year went to Riyad Adamou, Holborn Assets. This and the Personality of the Year awards were decided by a mix of online voting and the judging panel.
Canada Life International picked up four awards on the night, including best International Life Group (UK).
Stiff competition in a new category, Excellence in Client Service, was seen off by Hansard and Holborn Assets which won the Industry and Advisers awards, respectively.
Aetna International was named Best International Private Health Insurance Provider.
In his opening address, Christopher Copper-Ind, publisher of International Investment, described the II Awards as "something of an industry institution." He added, "Over the past two decades we have recognised extraordinary talent and remarkable achievements from every corner of the globe."
Here is the full list of winners of the International Investment Awards 2019:
Best International Pension Plan: Zurich International - Zurich International Pension Plan
Best International Financial Centre: Jersey
Best International Platform: Old Mutual International - Wealth Interactive
Excellent platform with innovative new developments driven by regulation
Best International Fund Group: Quilter Investors
Best International Portfolio Bond: Premier Account, Canada Life International
Best International Discretionary Fund Manager: Rathbones
Best Family Office: Wimmer Family Office
International Campaign of the Year: RL360
Excellence in Private Banking: Standard Bank Offshore Group Limited (SBOG)
Best Fintech Innovation: deVere Group
Excellence in Fintech: Old Mutual International - Wealth Interactive
Best International Savings Plan: Canada Life International - Offshore Savings Account
Best International Life Group (UK): Canada Life International
Best International Life Group (Non-UK): Zurich International Life
Best International Protection Plan (Life): Old Mutual International - Silk Life Plan
Best International Private Health Insurance Provider: Aetna International
Best International Trust and Estate Planning: Canada Life International - The Wealth Preservation Account
Excellence in Client Service, Advisers
Aiva - Lat Am
Atlas Wealth Management - Australia
deVere Group - Europe
Holborn Assets - Middle East and Asia,
Partners Wealth Management - UK
Overall winner: Holborn Assets
Excellence in Client Service, Industry:
RL360 - Asia
Dolfin - Europe
Hansard - Lat Am
Old Mutual International - Middle East
Utmost Wealth Solutions - UK
Overall Winner: Hansard
Excellence in Advisory Best Practice
Asia: The Fry Group
Middle East: Abacus Financial Consultants
Africa: VFS International
Europe: deVere Group
UK: The Fry Group
Overall Winner: Abacus Financial Consultants
Emerging Talent of the Year: Riyad Adamou, Holborn Assets
Personality of the Year: Nigel Green, deVere Group