Wealth and asset managers the world over are urgently seeking ways to optimise the way they make and manage investment portfolios. Sudden shifts in the investment landscape have become the new normal, while both clients and regulators alike are putting the value institutions deliver under unprecedented scrutiny. In a fast-moving world, constructing portfolios that are demonstrably suitable for investors and efficiently managing them has become fraught with complex challenges.

This wide-ranging learning event will address the most urgent issues facing institutions today and point the way forward for firms seeking to thrive rather than just survive as pressures mount. Topics for discussion will include:

  • The extent to which discretionary investment portfolios can – and should – be customised for the ultimate benefit of investors
  • How investment preferences are changing amid the rise of robo-advice, and how portfolios can best reflect clients’ evolving wants and needs
  • Where institutions can really differentiate their investment offering and foster long-term, trusted advisor relationships
  • How institutions can maximise portfolio performance and operational efficiency while also minimising risks


08.15 – 09.00 Registration and refreshments

09.00 – 10.30 Panel session and Q&A

10.30 – 11.00 Networking


Date and Time

Date: Wednesday 22nd February - 2017
Time: 8:15 am – 11:00 am


Equinox, Swissôtel The Stamford

Address: Equinox, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882


Speakers’ Chair

Andrew Deane

Andrew Deane

Co-Founder - Head of Business Development APAC & MENA


Andrew Deane is co-founder of ClearView Financial Media, head of business development for ASIA and Middle East and WealthBriefingAsia publisher. Andrew has over 32 years experience in financial services with a focus on the wealth management sector since 1998. He previously worked in the City of London as a Stockbroker and has covered back, middle and front office.

Andrew has an entrepreneurial approach to business and has previously advised startup companies and pre-IPO businesses looking for capital raise. He has extensive contacts across Asia and Middle East both from within the wealth management sector but also through a network of HNWI’s and family offices.

Although based in the UK, Andrew travels regularly to Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE and Switzerland. Outside of ClearView Financial Media, Andrews passion is rugby which he still actively plays.


Rohit Bhuta

Chief Executive Officer

Crossinvest (Asia)

Rohit Bhuta, CEO, Crossinvest (Asia) Pte Ltd, a family owned independent asset management company with a 10 year presence in Asia. Crossinvest is headquartered in Lugano. Rohit has more than 25 years of industry experience. Prior to Crossinvest (Asia) Rohit worked with the Macquarie group for over 22 years in various capacities and geographies including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong and India. He has also worked in the UK and New Zealand during the early part of his career.

Mike Buffini

Associate Partner

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Mike has been working in wealth management for over 28 years looking after expatriate clients of many nationalities while based in locations such as Hong Kong, Belgium, Spain, Isle of Man and now in Singapore.

His broad experience in wealth management and business propositions allows him to structure client portfolios or saving for university, school fees or pension provisions. As a wealth manager familiar with Trust structures, Foundations and other tax beneficial arrangements, Mike assists corporate organisations looking for specialised advice for their clients.

Mike assists Founders, Owners, CEO’s and MD’s of companies in assessing their business risks against the sudden loss of a key employee or leader and implementing strategies and solutions with them, allowing their company to survive a potentially destructive period in its life.

In 2013 he became a Chartered Wealth Manager and in 2015 joined St James’s Place here in Singapore.

Sanjay Guglani

Chief Investment Officer

Silverdale Funds

Sanjay Guglani is the Chief Investment Officer of Silverdale Funds. He has been investing in Asian emerging markets for over 25 years. He directly manages Silverdale Bond Fund (an internally leveraged Investment Grade USD Bond fund, ranked by Bloomberg as amongst Top-5 Asian Funds), as well as Silverdale India Equity Fund (investing into India equities while hedging INR risks, ranked by Eurekahedge as amongst Top India funds).

He is Founder-CEO of Silverdale Capital, a Monetary Authority of Singapore licensed fund management company.

Earlier, at Silverdale UK, Sanjay channelized over US$ 4 billion of investments into Asian emerging markets. He was instrumental in creating offshore equity and derivatives market for mid-cap Indian corporate.

Sanjay is Sloan Fellow from London Business School, Chartered Accountant, and Management Accountant.

Kaushiq Kodithodika

Regional Sales Director

SS&C Advent

Kaushiq Kodithodika joined Advent in 2006 and is now Regional Sales Director, responsible for sales and business development of Advent products and solutions in the Middle East, North Africa ( MENA ) and the Indian Subcontinent region. Kaushiq has over 15 years of direct sales experience in the MENA region and has been actively involved in providing strategic software solutions to the Banking and Finance Industry. Prior to Advent, Kaushiq worked with EastNets and was responsible for sales and key account management of SWIFT and AML solutions, before which he was business development manager for the MENA region at Logical Access S.A, a Geneva based Private Banking software house providing document management and archiving solutions to BFSI segments. Kaushiq holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from University of Madras, India.

Puneet Matta

Managing Director

UBP Private Banking

Puneet Matta is Market Head for UBP’s Non-Resident Indian business in Asia, and is also leading the bank's efforts with External Asset Managers

Based in Singapore, he is responsible for developing regional strategies to attract and retain key clients and enhance client satisfaction in support of the NRI client proposition across Asia.  Leading the teams of NRI bankers, Puneet is tasked with driving a proactive sales management culture and leading the teams to achieve financial targets. He is also leading the bank’s efforts in engaging with External Asset Managers in the region.

Puneet has over two decades of corporate, investment banking and private banking experience.  He joined Coutts in 2012, and was Chief Executive Officer for the India business for Aon prior to Coutts.  He has also previously worked at Credit Suisse in India as head of the bank’s wealth management business in India, and at Citibank in India, where he held senior leadership mandates across corporate and private banking.


Mark Smallwood TEP

North Asia Coverage Team Head – Singapore

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Mark Smallwood is a Managing Director. He is based in Singapore.

In his current role he is responsible for several Singapore based coverage teams which report into the North Asia market team. Included within these teams is the External Asset Manager Team which serves Family Offices, External Asset Managers and Financial Intermediaries.

He has been with Deutsche Bank since 2003, when he spent six years in Geneva as Global Head of Insurance Solutions before moving to Singapore where he spent five years as Head of Wealth Planning for APAC. From 2013-2015 he was based in Hong Kong as the Head of Franchise Development and Strategic Initiatives for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, and has returned to Wealth Management in Singapore post the demerger of the Asset and Wealth Management businesses.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank (1994-2003) he owned and operated a multi-family office in the Caribbean incorporating a trustee, corporate services, insurance and asset management company.

Prior to this he was a relationship manager and branch head with Sedgwick Financial Management Ltd, (now part of Marsh Inc.) n the City of London (1988-1994).