Guernsey Finance’s chief executive, Rupert Pleasant, said that he was thrilled that the island had won such a prestigious award.
‘Winning gold in this category is a superb recognition of how Guernsey is renowned as a financial jurisdiction,’ he said. ‘It just goes to show that Guernsey is a well-respected, leading finance centre and remains a safe, stable and secure jurisdiction of choice.
‘It was great to also see so many attendees and winners from Guernsey’s financial services industry. These are all equally well deserved and a testament to the island’s long-established tradition of providing specialist wealth management services to a global client base.’
Paul Hodgson, chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association, said that the award was confirmation of the strength, innovation, diversity and resilience of the island’s financial services ecosystem.
‘The island’s wealth management offering appeals to a range of sophisticated clients who appreciate Guernsey’s commitment to international standards and professionalism,’ he said.
The Citywealth IFC Awards recognise the excellence of advisers and managers in the private wealth sector across the world’s major finance centres. Shortlisted candidates are judged on their achievement, innovation, expertise and service.
Investec Bank (Channel Islands) won private bank of the year, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man, for the second year in a row, and Jane Niles collected the silver award for private banker of the year.
‘This award is reflective of the stellar lending team at Investec Bank Channel Islands, as we’ve delivered change in the last year creating a “One Real Estate” initiative, growing the offshore lending proposition, and enabling our client base access to specialist real estate expertise.
‘It’s a privilege to work for an organisation that has an entrepreneurial spirit and puts its clients and community at the centre of its focus.’