The theme of the third annual Monaco Wealth Forum is Signposts in troubled times, a reflection of the forward-looking nature of this top event.
Topics to be covered at the Monaco Wealth Forum on March 15 include: Where are we now? An examination of the international situation and its impact on wealth issues, led by alternative investment guru Christopher Cruden of Insch Capital, with Michel Santi and Caroline Garnham, both top experts in their fields; Monaco as a financial centre, with Ambassador Henri Fissore and Hugh Wade-Jones of Enness International, a company that has just established its presence in Monaco; Citizenship by Investment, with a special focus on Cyprus and the work of the Cyprus Developers’ Alliance, speaker David Petrosov, followed by a round table representing a number of the most popular jurisdictions across the world. Hakan Cortelek will represent Henley & Partners.
Following lunch at the Cafe de Paris, the Forum continues with Alternative Investments, including art, diamonds etc, with Antonio Cecere of Cecere Monaco, real estate expert Olivia Hsu Decker and Dr. Tahir Akhtar, of Adam Holdings. Security and the need for extreme vigilance will follow, led by Alistair Galloway. The last speaker of the day will be Patrick Jephson, who will address the topic of Family Offices. No-one is better qualified on this topic of central importance to wealth managers, as Patrick served as private secretary to Princess Diana and has since worked at the highest levels of consultancy on both sides of the Atlantic.
In addition to the 3-course lunch, with wine, refreshments will be served throughout the day in the Salon Bellevue. The Forum will be followed by a Champagne Reception and a whisky tasting courtesy of the Monte-Carlo Whisky Society. The informal post-Forum dinner – a great opportunity for will be at the Pacific Restaurant just 150 metres from the Salon Bellevue, from 19:30 – a great opportunity for speakers to mix with attendees and make and consolidate new contacts. (Subject to small changes)
The cost is 300 euros, all inclusive, and for payment before March 10, 250 euros. Book your space by sending an email to [email protected]
The Monaco Wealth Forum takes place at the Salon Bellevue, Cafe de Paris, Monte-Carlo, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Registration takes place from 08:15, conference starts at 09:00 and ends at 18:00 with a Champagne Reception.
His Excellency Henri Fissore
The Wealth Forums are honoured to announce that His Excellency Henri Fissore has accepted our invitation to open the third Monaco Wealth Forum at the Salon Bellevue, Cafe de Paris, on March 15.
HE Henri Fissore currently serves as Ambassador with special responsibility to the Minister of State, and his brief is to recommend to the head of the Prince’s Government how better to implement the various policies in place to attract new residents and investors to the Principality. Mr Fissore liaises with the Monaco Economic Board, Monaco Private Label, the Strategic Council for Attractiveness and Government Counselors.
HE Henri Fissore has worked with the Government of Monaco since 1982 in a number of capacities, primarily in ambassadorial roles. In 2015 he was in charge of organising the very successful Year of Russia in Monaco. Married with two daughters, Mr Fissore was educated at the École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales and the École nationale d’administration in Paris.
Illustrating the broad range of topics at the Monaco Wealth Forum on March 15, one of the main speakers will be a leading figure in the Cyprus Developers Alliance.
David Petrosov is one of the co-founders of the Alliance. He gained more than 20-year experience in international business as a co-owner of watch companies with production facilities and offices in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Moscow and Cyprus.
David holds an Executive MBA in strategic management as well as his first degree in engineering.
Together with the team at Cyprus Developers Alliance, David has recently been devoting considerable time to conveying to the target audience the full information about Cyprus and its advantages, about real estate properties, life on the island, investment opportunities and, of course, programmes for permanent residence and citizenship by investment.
Antonio will be one of the star Monaco-based speakers at the upcoming Monaco Wealth Forum. Cecere Monaco specialises in alternative investment in colourless and fancy colour diamonds, precious gemstones, vintage watches and antique jewellery with strategic access to the supply chain and control of off-market reservoirs.
Antonio Cecere is the Founder and Vice President of Monaco Diamond Exchange. He has experience of the luxury sector at its highest levels as he held senior roles for Richemont Group, Swarovski Group, Babette Wasserman, Burberry and Bally. He has also served as a professor at the International University of Monaco (INSEEC). Cecere Monaco is a trusted member of the Chambre Monegasque Horlogerie et Joaillerie and of the Monaco Diamond Exchange.
Among the company’s activities is the selection of vintage watches and antique jewellery to diversify investment portfolios and give wealth managers clear solutions. The company’s catalogue of High Quality Vintage Watches is pieced together for the experienced collector and consists of extremely rare and rare items, prototypes, numbered production models, discontinued models, limited editions and iconic pieces.
Anthony’s insights into the acquisition of rare timepieces are unequalled. The Monaco Wealth Forum takes place on March 15 at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris, in the heart of Monte-Carlo.
Hugh Wade-Jones, Enness International
Winner of Best Broker for Large Loans at the 2016 British Mortgage Awards and Best Mortgage Broker at the 2016 MoneyAge Awards, Hugh Wade-Jones is widely regarded as the go-to broker for the High Net Worth community. Hugh founded Enness in August 2007 with his business partner, Islay Robinson, which has grown to over 60 staff with two offices in London and a third recently opened in Monaco.
Enness offers mortgage advice to High Net Worth individuals on residential, commercial, development and bridging finance worldwide, with a focus on the UK, France, Monaco, Switzerland and the Balearics. Hugh is listed in the Spears 500 guide to the top private client advisers in the UK as an expert broker and Enness as the most competitive and sought after mortgage brokerage in London. www.ennessinternational.com
Alistair Galloway, Frontier Horizons & Endeavour Maritime
Alistair is an entrepreneur and owner of two private risk management security companies, which work across Europe, Middle East, Africa, former Soviet Union and Asia, providing due diligence, political risk analysis, physical security, cyber security and maritime security solutions for private clients and companies. Alistair previously worked in financial services in the City of London, and prior to this Alistair served in the Household Cavalry, Life Guards, commissioning from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
Distinguished author and broadcaster Michel Santi will be an important keynote speaker at the Monaco Wealth Forum on March 15.
Michel is a member of the World Economic Forum (Davos), the Institut Français des Relations Internationales and the NGO Finance Watch. Among his books are Capitalism without a Conscience, and in French: L’Europe: chroniques d’un fiasco and Splendeurs et misères du libéralisme.
In addition to his media work and publishing, Michel has been Professor of financial instruments and markets within the school for banking studies in Geneva and Professor of trading techniques within the Swiss Association of Bank Employees.
In May 2015, Michel founded Art Trading & Finance, art advisors, in Geneva.
Michel’s background and expertise in asset management is unparalleled, and he will bring this wealth of experience to the Monaco Wealth Forum.
Garnham set up GFOS in 2015 to focus on her Culture of Care for UHNW families. ‘Wealthy people are not ATM’s, they have concerns and fears which are unique to them. At GFOS, I chose who I want to work with and I work only for clients for whom we can make a difference’.
Having been in private client practice for 35 years Garnham has more experience than most which she shares in her book ‘When you are Super Rich who can you Trust?’ Not only is she experienced and knowledgeable, she is also a pioneer and thought leader in the industry.
In 1987 Caroline wrote as a contributor on tax and trusts for the Financial Times writing ten articles a year for over 12 years; all her articles were published. ‘It was while writing these articles that I discovered the tax benefits of non doms keeping their money in offshore trusts. At this time non dom tax planning was unheard of’ she says.
She became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for her thesis on taxation of commercial property owned by non UK doms, but decided to switch emphasis in 2001 ‘I could see that Governments would not tolerate evasion of tax’ Garnham said, ‘Avoidance and planning would also come under attack, which they have’.
Her new area of interest was ‘Family Governance’ a term she coined in 2001 as – ‘the art of keeping control of your assets while in offshore trusts’. As a pioneer in this area of law, she worked for some of the wealthiest families in the world. In 2011 Garnham proposed and drafted legislation known as the Bahamas Executive Entity (BEE) for a client which became law in late 2011 and operative in early 2012. ‘The BEE is an essential piece of kit in the tool box of a Family Governance adviser’ Garnham says.
For most of her professional life Garnham was a partner at leading city law firm Simmons & Simmons and while head of the department she brought into the firm some of its most prestigious and profitable work.
In 2015, once GFOS was set up, Garnham was able to respond to the distress the erosion of privacy was having on families and their advisers. ‘Most families do not wish to switch advisers and advisers do not want to lose their long standing clients. Both clients and advisers came to me for solutions.’ Garnham devoted most of 2015 and 2016 putting her considerable experience to work to find solutions to help both clients and their advisers.
GFOS is currently working with people and businesses in Antigua, Bahamas, Cyprus, London, Malta, Monaco, Switzerland, The US and Uruguay to name, but a few. ‘Given the enormity of the task, I work only with people I like, for whom I can add value and who appreciate that with a changing world things need to be done differently.’
She will only work with clients who are tax compliant. ‘GFOS is regulated by the Law Society, the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. Everyone I work with must pay their taxes. Tax evasion in today’s world is a criminal offence and if suspected of evading tax (whether guilty or not), that person has less rights than a murderer!’
Patrick Jephson LVO MA
Patrick Jephson is founding partner in a boutique communications consultancy in Washington, DC, specializing in international high-profile, sensitive and UHNW services. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in the government, luxury and family office sectors, Patrick’s portfolio has included the UK Ministry of Defense, Hawker Beechcraft, Ferrari, Harrods and Beretta. He has also worked on reputation and legacy briefs with European, Middle Eastern and Asian families, including royalty.
He is in regular demand worldwide as an authority on corporate and individual reputation management, addressing audiences at the US State Department, the American University and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Currently a Contributor for ABC News, Patrick has appeared on every major US network as well as the BBC and international broadcasters. A writer and presenter of prime-time documentaries, he is also a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning international feature writer.
For eight years Patrick was Princess Diana’s private secretary (chief of staff), responsible for every aspect of her public life and private organization. He travelled with the Princess to five continents, working with government officials up to and including head of state and engaging with figures such as Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Presidents Bush 41 & 43, Mother Teresa, the King of Saudi Arabia, the Emperor of Japan and prominent figures in the worlds of politics, philanthropy and the arts. Under relentless media scrutiny, his tenure covered the period of Princess Diana’s greatest popularity as well as the constitutional controversy of her separation from Prince Charles. In recognition of his personal service to the Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed him a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.
Patrick was born and raised in Ireland and holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Cambridge University. His family has long historical ties with the British Crown, being noted in the courts of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and William III. As an officer in the British Royal Navy he served all over the world before being selected for royal duty. A citizen of the US, UK and Ireland, he lives in greater Washington, DC.
Olivia Hsu Decker, is co-owner of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty
Olivia has been marketing luxury properties since 1979. She was #1 agent at Merrill Lynch Realty in United States in the 1980s. She completed an international real estate seminar at University of Oxford in 1990, founded Decker Bullock Realty in 1991 and acquired Sotheby’s franchise in 2007. Her company Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty currently has 11 offices serving San Francisco Bay Area from Silicon Valley, to San Francisco, to Marin County and Napa Valley with sales over $2 billion in 2015.
Personally, Olivia has handled over $3 billion properties in her career. She also owned villa in Italy, 2 chateaux in France and currently a luxury apartment in London. She sold the 15 room Villa Tre Ville hotel in Positano, Italy for $49 million in 2013 which sets the world record of $3.2 million per hotel room.
Olivia has unique sales ability and connection to affluent clientele. She combines the Sotheby’s International Realty’s global exposures and her local, national and international connections she developed over 30 years and consistently matching the extraordinary homes with extraordinary buyers.
Olivia is a resident of San Francisco Bay Area since 1975, a member of San Francisco Opera Guild Board since 1994, a member of Corinthian Yacht Club since 1980. She was also a member on Governor Jerry Brown’s Advisory Board for the Office of California-China Trade and Investment.
Olivia is a speaker in over dozen luxury real estate conferences including China International Luxury Property Show, Dubai International Luxury Property Show, Inman Connect San Francisco, New York and Beverly Hills and Luxury Real Estate International Symposium in Venice, Munich and Barcelona 2015, 2016 and 2017.
On her spare time, she is the Ambassador for luxury lifestyle magazine Haute Living, she attends and writes luxury events and charity parties in her Ambassador column every issue since 2009.
Olivia has been featured in over 50 publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg News, Robb Report, LP-Luxury Property magazine, San Francisco Business Times and many others. In a Wall Street Journal profile of Miss Decker, it says “If you have a very expensive home to sell, her name comes to mind before anyone else’s.” The San Francisco Chronicle described her as: “Perhaps the nation’s best known residential real estate broker”.
Dr. Tahir Akhtar, Adam Holdings
Dr. Tahir Akhtar is a Doctorpreneure founder of Adam Holdings, an investment company with interests in real estate, corporate services and hospitality. He is recognised as world business leader and honoured with numerous pride of performance and business leadership awards. He shares honorary membership of World league, mind free of drugs with the likes of Angela Merkel, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, Dalai Lama, Prince Karim Agha Khan, Jean-Claude Juncker and Elton John.
Amongst Adam Holding’s assets is Adam Global the largest and fastest growing multidisciplinary network with 125 member offices and 2000 associated professionals in 70 countries. He is the chairman of CEO Clubs UK, part of CEO Clubs worldwide. It is the largest business network with 19,000 members and 21 chapters worldwide. Its member includes Boeing, Emirates, AIG, Priority Pass, Mont Blanc and Armani.
Dr. Akhtar is an invited speaker in international investment forums and conferences worldwide. He completed “Chartered Director’s Program” at The Institute of Directors in London. He is the prestigious fellow of the Hult Business School and has been a judge on Bill Clinton Foundation million-dollar innovation prize.
The home secretary, government of United Kingdom, appointed him to act as a member of an independent board, in providing Ministers with advice on the standards of fairness and humanity with which those placed in custody by the courts are treated.
By profession Dr. Akhtar is a Senior Consultant in Critical Care Medicine in a university hospital in England. He is the Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Fellow Royal Collages of Anaesthetists in England and Ireland. He holds senior management position with in the NHS.
Christopher L. Cruden, Insch Capital Management
Christopher L. Cruden is the founder and sole shareholder of Insch Capital Management.
His investment career began in 1979 as a gold analyst in South Africa. He subsequently worked for Dean Witter Reynolds in New York, AHL in London and Tamiso & Co LLC in New York. He established Insch in Lugano, Switzerland in 2004.
Since founding Insch he has built a dedicated team of researchers and analysts that have developed a number of highly successful, quantitative investment methodologies in FX and related markets.
Mr. Cruden is featured in the highly regarded books `Trend Following`, Covel, 2004 and `Investing with Hedge Fund Giants`, Chandler, 1998 and a number of other publications. In all, Mr. Cruden has been actively and continually involved in the Alternative Investment Industry for over thirty five years.
Hakan Cortelek is an immigration and citizenship planning specialist
and a Managing Partner at Henley & Partners UK. Following his extensive experience in private banking in the UK and Canada, he has also excelled in developing a thriving, globally
connected investor immigration practice.
He participated in various consultancy sessions with the UK Home
Office as well as the Canadian Immigration authorities, St Kitts and
Nevis, Malta and Antigua & Barbuda. He currently splits his time between the UK,Turkey and Canada.
Travelling extensively, he also frequently advises clients in Russia, the Middle East, and China.
Iain Stewart-Linnhe will be among the highly-qualified speakers at the Monaco Wealth Forum on March 15. He will address the topic of ‘The Future of Offshore v Onshore.
Iain is a leading global strategic expert, senior US-qualified banker, academic and former Executive Director at a major European investment bank. He is the founder of Stewart Linnhe – smarter response to regulation, a strategic advisory for senior policy-makers, business leaders, investment banks, Big Four, Magic Circle, family offices, sovereign funds, IFCs and HNWI, primarily in Europe, the GCC and Asia. He personally acts as trusted advisor to select high level clients.
His capital markets, investment and legal expertise and global awareness of major policy implications give him a unique insight into adopting the right strategic response to ever-increasing geo- political change and his understanding of cross jurisdictional issues is unparalleled. He has published widely in journals and regular exclusive briefings on the impact of global policy change on investments and speaks regularly on major conferences in Europe and the Middle East. He is involved with several round table and advisory boards in the industry and regarded as a leading advocate for a greater understanding of the global impact of major enforcement and fiscal policy in strategic investment terms.
He has a prominent reputation for forward thinking – highlights include a major keynote speech in 2013 when he warned of the real likelihood of Brexit, and calling the 2016 Brexit outcome correctly. He also advised clients correctly of the outcomes of the UK 2015 election, and 2016 US presidential election and Renzi referendum. His coverage in September 2015 and subsequent advisory on the real-time implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal in global commercial terms was widely acclaimed amongst Washington think tank experts and well-received by senior policy-makers, business leaders, and HNWI around the world. Most recently he has been involved in advising on Brexit, the Italian debt crisis and leading IFCs on a more coherent approach to attracting FDI where heightened transparency is commonplace adopting his distinctive, commercially-driven approach.
The cost of attending the Monaco Wealth Forum is €300, including lunch at the Cafe de Paris, champagne reception and after-event dinner at the Pacific Restaurant in Monte-Carlo. To register for the event, please email Ian Brodie, at [email protected]