Gamechangers™

Mohammed Al Ardhi - Investcorp

Investcorp announces agreement to purchase 3i's debt management business, adding $12 bn to its AUMTransformational deal will more than double Assets Under Management for international alternative asset management firmInvestcorp, a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced that it has agreed to acquire the debt...

Ana Armstrong - Armstrong Investment Managers LLP

What do you believe are the reasons behind your success? AIM is extremely proud to be the recipient of this award, as it demonstrates our commitment to providing a leading UCITS solution for the multi-asset investment product range. Our business has strengthened across the board in terms of team, our distribution network and indeed the proprietary investment...

Endre Dobozy - FTM Limited

During the darkest days of the global financial crisis (GFC) one thought kept going through my mind. What if the only way to beat the market was to “Forget the Market?”. Honestly, just then all I wanted to do was forget the market. I was terrified of what the new trading day would bring. Everywhere I looked, it was a sea of red and the concept of...

Christopher J. Addy - Castle Hall Alternatives

Operational due diligence firm of the year, Castle Hall Alternatives (International & Canada). Gamechanger of the Year (ODD), Christopher J. Addy, Castle Hall Alternatives President & CEO (International & Canada)...Castle Hall Alternatives, a member of AIMA, is a leading specialist in operational due diligence of alternative and traditional asset...

Steve Young - Citisoft

IT Departments: Do they stunt or stimulate innovation in Asset Management organisations? There was a time when the IT department was the one place that innovation was found and actively encouraged. As the asset management industry looked to utilise software to transform its business model, IT was tasked with finding and designing the infrastructure...

Richard Wilson - Investopedia

Top 3 Trends affecting Private Wealth Management: Family offices are private wealth management advisory firms that serve ultra-high-net-worth clients. According to the Family Office Exchange, there are more than 3,500 family offices based in the United States. By offering a complete outsourced solution to managing finances and investments, including...

Andrew Firth - Wealth Wizards

Could UK robo-advisers leapfrog their US counterparts? On both sides of the Atlantic, our collective desire for instant access to information and a DIY attitude has shaped the digital landscape. Transforming the way we interact and transact, automation is affecting all areas of modern life.Moving far beyond the convenience of day-to-day banking...

Robert Walsh - QVentures

Angel Groups creating opportunities for new generation of family offices. Angel investment has arguably become the most significant form of investment for start up and early stage businesses seeking equity. The patience and understanding that angels offer is precisely what many early stage companies are require and recognise as more beneficial...

Iain Chidgey - Delphix

60% of Wealth Managers under threat from superior technology, reveals Delphix. Asset managers need to develop their use of technology to continue attracting and retaining clients. Delphix, the market leader in data virtualisation, released new research signalling that wealth managers need to digitise their operations to continue gaining...

Oliver Dowson - International Corporate Creations

5 key reasons why International Expansion drives up M&A interest and valuations:International expansion should be a no-brainer for SMEs that have achieved critical mass in their home market. But although I’ve never seen it cited as a reason, perhaps it should be a key consideration for those anticipating eventual exit routes via M&A.Stating the obvious,...

Andy Khawaja - Allied Wallet

Allied Wallet’s Andy Khawaja talks cashless transacting and their “Big Idea”As the world’s leading payment processor and one of the fastest growing e-payment solutions providers across the globe, we were thrilled to have time to chat with founder and CEO Andy Khawaja again to discuss recent talk of us entering into a “cashless society” and...

Sam Sprules - AeroProfessional

A leading aviation resourcing consultancy is spearheading a shake-up of the traditional method of recruitment, by urging airlines to adopt a longer term strategy when it comes to hiring - rather than the typical ‘quick fix’ reactive approach. AeroProfessional, a specialist consultancy in international aviation resourcing and HR, says that airlines...

Emma Glennon - Argos for Business

Are finance professionals happy at work?Our research reveals that British employees, including ones in the financial sector, are, on the whole, happy at work, with a third feeling inspired to succeed every day and 70 per cent feeling positive about work more than three days a week. This counters a common misconception that we’re a nation of disgruntled...

Richard Heggie - Barclays, High Growth and Entrepreneurs

Barclays announces ‘Angel Hubs’ through partnership with UK Business Angels Association, supporting entrepreneursBarclays has announced an industry leading partnership with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), to support its Birmingham Eagle Labs Incubator. The partnership will see the bank and UKBAA- the trade body for angel and early stage...

Bhanu Choudhrie - C&C Alpha Group

The world's population has never been younger and nowhere is this trend more pronounced than in emerging markets, home to more than 1.8 billion 15 to 24-year-olds. This is the demographic dividend; the prospect of unleashing youth capital to fuel spectacular growth.Emerging markets account for more than 50 per cent of the global economy. While growth...

Saker Nusseibeh - Hermes Investment Management

We are finally starting to realize on an official level that our economies, our industrial activities, and our financial decisions have a very direct and tangible impact on Earth, and the sustainable development of human civilization.The Paris climate change agreement and the UN global sustainability goals are a testimony to this fact. All this is good...

Jackie Maguire - Coller IP

Intangible assets are for everyone! The terms intellectual property and intangible assets may often seem somewhat nebulous to those not engaged in dealing with these concepts from day to day. Yet at least a rudimentary understanding of what they are and how to protect them is just as crucial to employees as knowing how to prevent their physical...

Mike Porra - Nitro Circus

GAMECHANGERS TALKS TO MIKE PORRA, NITRO CIRCUS CEO AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR AHEAD OF NITRO CIRCUS TOUR, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LIVE ACTION SPORTS SHOW:Nitro Circus is the world’s leading youth action, sports and entertainment brand. And CEO Mike Porra is aiming to make it even bigger and even better in coming years with bigger events, more daring stunts...

Paula Ruane - Ruane BioEnergetics

A stress specialist who has helped hundreds of people manage anxiety and dozens of businesses improve efficiency using a little-known treatment, is turning her attention to perhaps the most stressed workforce of all – city workers.Paula Ruane, who runs Ruane BioEnergetics, is urging city businesses to combat habitual poor time-keeping, an underreported...

Ben Davis - Unitranche Financing

The corporate lending market has experienced substantial structural change in recent years. Traditional banks have retreated from the market, new challenger banks have emerged and alternative lenders have revolutionised the market by providing unitranche financing. But who are these alternative lenders, why is unitranche finance becoming so popular...

Christopher Riddell - Wise Riddell Financial Group

GAMECHANGERS TALKS TO AWARD WINNING CHRISTOPHER RIDDELL, GROUP PENSION AND INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE ADVISOR OF WISE RIDDELL FINANCIAL GROUPQ. Will you tell us more about Wise Riddell Financial Group.Wise Riddell Financial Group has been a leader in providing personal financial planning services and is dedicated to building lasting client relationships....

Kevin Uphill - Avondale

Avondale achieves strategic values far beyond financial predictionsAvondale are the UK’s leading M&A boutique specialising in the SME sector - achieving strategic values far beyond financial predictions. They provide unrivalled business sales, acquisitions and strategic growth solutions with a success rate second to none and are the Institute of Directors'...

Craig Pearson - Private Wealth Systems

The man at the forefront of FinTech, changing the world of Wealth Management. Introducing Craig Pearson, wealth management innovator and CEO at Private Wealth Systems. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Private Wealth Systems is a financial technology company that is revolutionising the way private wealth is analysed, reported and most importantly,...

​Sam Sprules - AeroProfessional

The tables have turned in a once aspirational industry, where qualified airline and airport staff can now take their pick of the top aviation roles, according to a new report.The report, carried out by aviation people experts AeroProfessional, took in the views of over 1,600 candidates who work in the industry, revealing surprising results.More than...

John Kleopas - Alliott Group

Vision, Know-How And Strong Personal Relationships: The Essential Ingredients For Simplifying Cross Border Business While Reducing The Risks.Ranked among the world’s leading professional services organisations, Alliott Group has 170 member firms in 70 countries.The long-established, award-winning international alliance...

Simon Bond - SETsquared

SETsquared has been ranked by UBI Global as the top university business incubator in the world. SETsquared, the enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, was recognised as the best performing university business incubator on the globe at its investor showcase event held in London today. From...

Cameron Stevens - Prodigy Finance

Prodigy Finance was launched in 2007 by three INSEAD MBA graduates who experienced the difficulties of financing an international MBA firsthand. The innovative global platform offers international students the opportunity for funding at a leading business school, whilst investors are able to receive competitive financial and social benefits.“Our investors...

Peter Hobbs - Devere Group

deVere Group stands as one of the world's largest independent financial advisory organisations, with more than $10 billion of funds under advice and administration, and over 80,000 clients around the world. In September this year, Peter Hobbs was named as Chairman after two years in a non-executive role on deVere Group's Board of Directors. Will...

Andy Khawaja - Allied Wallet

“The sky is the limit and we’re like a rocket” As the world’s leading payment processor and one of the fastest growing e-payment solutions providers from America to Asia, it’s no surprise Allied Wallet has seen such vast expansion in recent years.We spoke with founder and CEO Andy Khawaja, known for his innovative and fresh approach to running...

Rosie Kmeid - Path Solutions

Islamic Finance Vs Ethical Finance. In the world of global international finance, Islamic finance is not a significant force, but its role in the Muslim world and its influence worldwide are potentially large.The modern revival of Islamic finance came to respond to the unmet need for a form of finance that Muslims could trust, and which was in...

Quentin Bargate - Bargate Murray Solicitors

The past 20 years have seen steady growth in the number and size of pleasure yachts and other leisure crafts coupled with an explosion in the number of professionally crewed superyachts and megayachts, many of which are operated on a commercial basis for charter by the wealthy. The superyacht industry has, in recent years, evolved as a distinct and...

Morten Solbakken - Conax AS

Acquired by the Switzerland-based Kudelski Group in April 2014, Conax is a global specialist in content security technology for digital TV services. ISO 9001 & 27001 certified, the company is headquartered in Norway, with offices in EMEA, Americas, Asia and Global 24/7 Support in India. Today, Conax enables secure content revenues for 400 pay-TV operators...

Nedko Ivanov - Bullguard

UK-based BullGuard, a global provider of antivirus and mobile security solutions for the consumer market, has undergone a period of transition in recent years and is now poised for growth both organically and through acquisition.BullGuard has an award-winning product portfolio that includes internet security solutions, antivirus, mobile security,...

Edward Kieswetter - Alexander Forbes

Alexander Forbes offers an integrated value proposition, delivering market-leading employee and risk benefits consulting, retirement and investment solutions to clients, with a leading presence in sub-Saharan Africa. It relisted on the JSE on 24 July 2014. Our roots are firmly in Africa, but our reach is global. Our primary operations are based in Africa...

Stephen Everard - Goal Group

Goal Group is a widely acknowledged world leader in theprovision of outsourcing services for global securities classactions and tax reclamation services. With offices inLondon, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Melbourne and HongKong, Goal offers worldwide coverage for its clients, whichinclude many of the world's largest global custodians,asset managers,...

Preeti Das - Birlasoft

Founded in 1995, Birlasoft is a Global IT Services provider and part of the 150 year old, multi-billion dollar CK Birla Group. Birlasoft’s serves it client-base with core services including Enterprise Application Services, ADM & Custom Application Services, and high-end consulting and specialized transformational services like Testing, Analytics...

Shafik Hirani - Investors Group

It’s been a whirlwind year for Shafik who has been continuously in the spotlight this year. We have named him Canada’s Financial Advisor of the Year for his many accomplishments throughout 2014 and for his career as a financial advisor over the course of the last 20 years. Hirani has been ranked in the Presidents Elite (Top 1% of his firm’s financial...

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