Art Basel show in Hong Kong: A resounding success
Collectors, VIPs and guests from around the world mingled amongst a thrilling collection of art at the second edition of the Art Basel show in Hong Kong this May. The event marked UBS’s first year as Global Lead Partner for Art Basel in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong.
The five-day art show hosted 245 galleries and attracted over 65,000 visitors keen to take in the exhibit, featuring works on display and for sale by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Chagall and Damien Hirst.
UBS guests enjoyed a dynamic program of events, including the ‘Open Classroom’ in the UBS VIP lounge where clients heard from leading collectors and cultural thought leaders, a private luncheon in partnership with the Financial Times, a high tea launch for media and a UBS Junior Art Hub for the children.
Something for everyone - Art in the office and a UBS Junior Art Hub
UBS employees were treated to the ‘Start your day with Art’ breakfast with Art Basel Director Asia, Magnus Renfrew, and a live art demo of Andy Warhol inspired wall-art.
Art Basel this year wasn’t just for the adults though. UBS organized a Junior Art Hub area where more than 600 children enjoyed complimentary 45-minute children’s art classes.
UBS Art goes social
UBS actively leveraged social media channels to engage the wider public in Art Basel and to build awareness of the firm in the contemporary art space. With a dedicated presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, UBS reached almost 1 million netizens through the course of the fair, as well as recreating tweets into unique works of digital art which were then showcased on an innovative digital wall in the UBS VIP lounge.
UBS’s Family Office Summit held in Asia for the third time
More than 170 global investors, managing the family fortunes of the wealthiest families from around the world, gathered in Singapore in May for the 3rd UBS Family Office Summit, reflecting the growth and opportunities in the region.
The event, attended by CEOs, CIOs and principals of family offices from Asia, Australia and Europe, provided a platform for participants to exchange ideas on investment trends, the economic outlook and opportunities.
The theme of the conference was ‘From Fed to Fundamentals’. Keynote speakers included Axel Weber, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS; Professor David Daokui Li, Director of The Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University; Larry Hatheway, Chief Economist at UBS Investment Bank; and Mark Haefele, Global Chief Investment Officer at UBS Wealth Management. Topics covered by the speakers respectively were the expected volatile ride in Europe in the coming months, the relative slowdown in growth in China, and the continued lead in profitability of US companies led by energy and technological innovations.
With increased interest in family offices in Asia, the Summit also featured a workshop on family governance, and the principles of setting up and managing a family office.
"Our global reach allows us to bring together like-minded investors to network, share ideas and explore mutually beneficial opportunities with their peers," said Edmund Koh, Singapore Country Head and CEO of UBS Wealth Management South East Asia & APAC Hub.
Videos of the conference highlights and speaker interviews can be found at
Longstanding lead position in Asiamoney Poll
UBS has further cemented its leadership position in Wealth Management in Asia Pacific by topping the Asiamoney Private Banking Poll of Polls 2005-2013.
The representative annual private banking poll from Asiamoney, a leading industry publication, is one of the few which takes into account the votes and views of clients. To this end, we are especially pleased and thankful that with the active support of our clients, we have a remarkable track record in this annual poll, winning recognition from private clients every year since it began in 2005.
Even more so this year, we are both honored and proud to come out top in the first Asiamoney Poll of Polls from 2005-2013 across all three asset categories (US$1m-$5m, $5m-$25m, and over $25m).
This endorsement from Asiamoney compliments and reinforces the title of ‘Best Global Private Bank’ and ‘Best Private Bank Overall in Asia’ awarded by Euromoney in its own benchmark annual survey of the global private banking industry earlier this year. We are grateful to have earned the trust of both our clients and peers.