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UBS brings wealthiest family offices to Singapore for Family Office Summit in Asia 2013
For the second year running, UBS hosted its flagship investment conference in Singapore for some of the wealthiest family offices in the world.
About the UBS Family Office Summit
The UBS Family Office Summit at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore brought together over 130 global investors who manage the family fortunes of the wealthiest families from around the world to exchange ideas on investment trends, the economic outlook and opportunities. Held 6-7 June, the event was attended by CEOs, CIOs and principals of family offices from Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
At a time where investors are facing a challenging environment today and global economic growth remains weak while yields and return expectations are at historical lows, the conference focused on the theme "Investing in a Zero-Zero World".
Hosting the UBS Family Office Summit in Asia
Kathryn Shih, CEO of UBS Wealth Management Asia Pacific said: “We know that family offices are looking beyond the usual investment themes for exclusive opportunities in areas such as private markets, frontier markets, alternative investments and impact investing. The objective of the UBS Family Office Summit is to bring together thought leaders and top investors from around the globe for an exclusive discussion into the global investment climate and areas of opportunity for savvy investors. This exchange of ideas has never been as important as in a zero-zero world."
“The decision to host our flagship UBS Family Office Summit in Singapore for the second year running reaffirms the country’s importance as a pre-eminent wealth management centre, as well as a reflection of the growth of wealth creation in Asia. With 150 years of experience serving the world’s wealthiest families, UBS is able to bring together like-minded clients from across our global network to explore common topics and mutually beneficial opportunities,” added Edmund Koh, Singapore Country Head and CEO of UBS Wealth Management Singapore & APAC Hub.
Speakers at the UBS Family Office Summit
Chairing the summit was Mr Axel Weber, UBS Chairman and former president of the German Bundesbank who delivered the keynote speech. Mr Weber shared his views on the opportunities and challenges facing the global economy.
The UBS Family Office Summit also featured a series of thought-provoking presentations and panel discussions on topical issues such as challenges and opportunities of a rising Asia, insights on US and European political and economic outlook, and asset allocation strategies. High-caliber speakers with international perspectives shared their current views alongside UBS's own senior research and investment specialists, covering US, European and Asian markets. They included:
- Gang Fan, Director of the National Economic Research Institute and Chairman of the China Reform Foundation, who shared his perspectives on the political and economic situation in China.
- Alexander S Friedman, Global Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management, who provided his thoughts on asset allocation, as well as impact investing.
- Ramin Toloui, Executive Vice President and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets Portfolio Management, PIMCO, who spoke about the key investment themes in Fixed Income markets today.
UBS Global Family Office Services
The UBS Family Office Summit is a demonstration of UBS's long term commitment in addressing the needs of its Ultra High Net Worth clients.
“We recognize that our family office clients have needs very similar to our institutional or hedge fund clients. Our Global Family Office offering is designed to mobilize the resources across our investment banking, and wealth and asset management businesses to cater to the highly sophisticated and global needs of our family office clients,” said Amy Lo, Head of Ultra High Net Worth Asia Pacific, UBS Wealth Management.
UBS launched the Global Family Office (GFO) offering globally in 2011 to focus primarily on its top 250 largest institution-like or professional family office prospects and clients, who represent around 2 percent of its total Ultra High Net Worth client base around the world. Staffed by dedicated and experienced relationship managers and specialists from both Wealth Management and Investment Bank, the cross-divisional team works globally to bring the best of UBS's resources to meet the needs of this particularly exacting and sophisticated clientele.
In addition to investment and networking platforms such as the UBS Family Office Summit, UBS also supports proprietary research on the family office sector. The UBS/Campden European Family Office Survey is conducted annually and the results of the second Asian edition of the study will be launched in September this year.
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.
UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 62,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
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