Taking place in Raffles Hotel Singapore on 10 September, this WealthMatters event will bring together luminaries from across the industry. Together with your senior wealth management peers, discussions will focus around business-critical developments and share invaluable case studies and best-practice insights.


First Panel session: Will equities be the most important asset class in 2014?

Panelists include:
Chair: Stephen Harris, Managing director, WealthBriefingAsia, ClearView Financial MediaAndrew Barrett, Managing Director, Citi Private Bank
Andrew Hendry, Managing Director of Asia, M&G Investments
Richard Jerram, Chief Economist, Bank of Singapore
Geoffroy Ganshof, Head of Wealth Management, EuroFin Asia Group Pte Ltd
Marco Kaster, Investment Director, Stanley Gibbons Asia
Mark McFarland,Global Chief Economist, Coutts
With the global economic gloom lifting, investors are now flocking back to equities amid a number of supportive factors globally. But investors also face a “new normal” with inflationary fears looming, and a fully “risk-on” scenario is still some way off. Our panel of industry experts will address the role that equities can play in the hunt for superior returns in 2014, and assess both the opportunities and risks that savvy advisors should be making their clients aware of.

Second Panel session: Latest thinking on client experience and reporting

Panelists include:
Chair: Bruce Weatherill, Chairman, WealthBriefingAsia, ClearView Financial MediaStephen Harris, Managing Director, WealthBriefingAsia, ClearView Financial Media
Ashley Semmens, Head of Coutts Experience,Coutts

Kimmis Pun, President, Financial Planning Association of Singapore
Alessandro Tonchia,Strategy Director, Co-Founder, Finantix
Andrew Sutcliffe, SVP, Business Development, Equipos
Marc McCollum, Managing Director, AccentureClient experience is one of the wealth management industry’s hottest topics, as firms increasingly realise that consistently high service standards are a crucial differentiator. Client experience is however an incredibly broad area of focus, encompassing everything from segmentation methodologies right through to how firms should leverage client feedback to make better-informed strategic decisions. Our panel of industry experts will address client experience across the piece, sharing insights on what today’s clients want and how forward-thinking organisations should proceed

Third Panel session: How will regulatory pressures affect wealth management models in Asia?

Panelists include:
Chair: Bruce Weatherill, Chairman, WealthBriefingAsia, ClearView Financial MediaDr. Michael Pfaar, Partner,Private Company Services Leader – SEA Tax, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kong Eng Huat, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore & SE Asia, EFG Bank
Michael Blake, General Manager, Coutts
Ryan Myint, Partner, Taylor Wessing
Asia, like so many of the world’s wealth management markets, is facing ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny and has myriad new rules to contend with. These changes will affect every element of wealth management model in Asia, but while this clearly represents a significant challenge for the region’s institutions it is also a massive opportunity for those firms able to satisfy regulators while also exceeding the expectations of this dynamic client base. Our panel of industry experts will offer a multi-faceted view of the latest developments and invaluable insights on what it will take for organisations to succeed going forward.


Date and Time

Date: Tuesday 10th September - 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm


Raffles Hotel

Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673

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Michael Blake

Chief Executive


Michael Blake was appointed chief executive officer of Coutts & Co effective from May 2015. Prior to this he served as general manager Asia for Coutts. Michael brings to the role a track record of leading cross-cultural teams during periods of growth and transformational change. He has lived and worked in Asia, Switzerland and London over the past decade and is active in various international affairs forums.

Kong Eng Huat


EFG Private Bank

Kong Eng Huat is the Senior Managing Director and CEO of EFG Bank AG Singapore Branch. He is also EFG's CEO / Business Head for South East Asia. He is a member of the EFG Asia Pacific Executive Committee and a Director on the Boards of EFG Asset Management (Singapore) Pte Ltd and EFG Trust Company (Singapore) Ltd.

Eng Huat is a banking veteran with more than 35 years' experience with various international banks in the Corporate Banking and Private Banking business.

As an industry veteran, Eng Huat provides thought leadership and contributes to various industry groups. He is a member of the IBF CACS CPD Advisory Group; IBF Wealth Management working group; IBF Standards Committee and Chairperson of the IBF Wealth Management working group.

Eng Huat graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Geoffroy Ganshof

Head of Wealth Management

EuroFin Asia

Mr Ganshof is Head of Wealth Management at EuroFin Asia Group. For over 20 years he has advised and managed the assets of ultra high net-worth individuals with a value investment approach.

Mr Ganshof has held various executive positions in the wealth management industry and was a committee member of the Swiss Association of Independent Financial Advisors for over five years.

Andrew Hendry

Managing Director, Asia

Andrew joined M&G in 2011 as managing director of Asia and is based in its Singapore office. Prior to joining M&G, Andrew advised asset managers, private banks and hedge funds on pan-regional expansion and asset gathering.

Before this he worked for 10 years at The Capital Group Companies, during which time he worked in various groups, including private equity, institutional client relations and global distribution relationships. During his career he has worked in Los Angeles, London, Geneva and Singapore. He has 15 years of experience in the investment management industry.

Andrew is a CFA charterholder and has an MBA from INSEAD and an MA in Economics and French from the University of St. Andrews.

Richard Jerram

Chief Economist

Bank of Singapore

Richard Jerram is chief economist for Bank of Singapore where he is responsible for analysing and forecasting global macro developments, as well as being a key member of the investment committee. He joined Bank of Singapore in June 2011.

Richard has been working as an economist for over two decades, initially in Tokyo during the late 1980s bubble, followed by a period running Asia-Pacific forecasting for the Economist Intelligence Unit in London and then studying for a doctorate at the LSE. He returned to Japan with ING Securities in 1996, which was acquired by Macquarie Securities in 2004. In 2009, Richard was appointed Head of Asian Economics and was based in Singapore.

Marco Kaster

Investment Director

Stanley Gibbons

Marco joined Stanley Gibbons in Hong Kong as investment director in October 2012. His main responsibilities are overseeing Stanley Gibbons' Asian offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, the development of new business in Hong Kong, Singapore and the broader Asia-Pacific region, building relationships with private banks, IFAs, wealth managers and other intermediaries, presenting Stanley Gibbons' investment services at events and other networking opportunities and maintaining relationships with existing and potential new investors. Prior to joining Stanley Gibbons (Asia) Limited, Marco spent almost 20 years with KPMG and just under two years with a smaller global consulting firm, primarily in merger and acquisition related advisory roles.

Marc McCollum

Managing Director


Marc McCollum is a managing director in Accenture's Financial Services Strategy and Transformation practice. He has responsibility for leading Accenture's offerings around distribution and marketing within the Wealth and Asset Management industry. In this role, Marc works with top banks and asset managers globally to architect and innovate solutions around client centricity, sales force effectiveness and channel optimization – ultimately leading large programs from planning through execution.

Marc recently relocated to Jakarta to lead Accenture's Financial Services management consulting practice Indonesia and support the ASEAN region.

Mark McFarland

Global Chief Economist


Based in Hong Kong, Mark is global chief economist for Coutts. In this role, he is responsible for the global leadership of Coutts’ economic views.

Prior to joining Coutts, Mark was chief investment strategist for the wealth management strategy unit at Emirates NBD in the UAE. He was responsible for steering the bank’s discretionary strategy and for bringing investment ideas to a wide variety of advisory clients.

Mark has almost 20 years of experience in global and emerging markets research. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Hong Kong, leading all-Asian economics research at Peregrine Investment Holdings and Swiss Re. He has also worked in London at UBS where he was G10 strategist in the FX team.

Ryan Myint

Partner, International Private Client Group

Taylor Wessing

Ryan is a partner in Taylor Wessing's International Private Client team. Currently based in Singapore he is playing a leading role in the development of the firm's international private client business in Singapore and South East Asia.

Ryan specialises in offshore and international tax planning, including wealth structuring using trusts, family limited partnerships and other structures. He advises high net worth individuals and families on critical issues including governance, succession, and family constitutions and charters, asset protection, philanthropy and charity issues, as well as many of the issues that impact private individuals and families arising out of corporate and commercial transactions.

Michael Pfaar

Partner- Tax

Deloitte & Touche LLP, Singapore

Michael is an international tax partner in the Singapore office. He focuses on M&A, cross-border tax planning,  permanent establishment taxation and private wealth  structures. Michael leads the tax part of the Private Company Services for Southeast Asia, which includes private wealth management.
Michael has more than 19 years of international tax experience. Before joining Deloitte in 2011, he had been a partner with another Big Four firm since 2002 and a partner with an international law firm before that. More than half of his professional career has been spent in Asia.
Michael is a German tax advisor, studied at the University of Bamberg and the Complutense in Madrid and holds a Ph.D. in Economics (doctoral thesis on Spanish capital market law). He chairs the Regional Finance and Tax committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Michael has published around 50 books and articles on international tax topics and frequently speaks at conferences. Michael is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Kimmis Pun

President and Certified Financial Planner

Financial Planning Association of Singapore

Kimmis Pun has three decades of management experience in corporate finance, syndication, global investment and advisory fund management. Equipped with professional investment and financial planning qualifications from the UK, US and Singapore, she is the managing director of BNP Paribas looking after the China market. With a passion to contribute and share, she frequently speaks at seminars, gives lectures at universities and academies as well as being featured in financial magazines and newspapers. Besides her business acumen and self-initiatives in her career advancement, she has made significant contributions to society through charitable movements.

Alessandro Tonchia



Alessandro is a Founder of Finantix. As Strategy Director, he focuses on the company’s growth and long-term product direction.

Alessandro has worked in product development and was responsible for large implementations of the company's wealth management solution at Tier 1 banks.

Before establishing Finantix, he was a consultant specialising in the areas of process management, collaboration and CRM.

Alessandro studied philosophy and Artificial Intelligence (at the time of the first wave of AI) at both UCLA (Los Angeles) and LMU (Munich). He has a passion for financial technologies, languages and history.

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