Financial Advisory Firm of the Year: Winner: Brooks Macdonald

Date: 28 Jun 2012


Top photo: Ashley Crossley, Joint Head of the Wealth Management Dept, Baker & McKenzie, (sponsor) with Michael Owen, Director, Brooks Macdonald and Rt Hon David Mellor QC far right.

Karen Jones, Editor, Citywealth with Rt Hon David Mellor QC as host.

Nicholas Lawes is the Managing Director of Brooks Macdonald Financial Consulting. The organisation has consistently received high praise from Citywealth members for their sound advice and fee charging approach.

Citywealth Editor, Karen Jones, commented. “In a world that has undergone significant change, Brooks Macdonald stand out from their competitors for classic and steadfast advice through the turmoil. Nicholas Lawes showed foresight in moving into a branded organisation before the industry was shaken with regulation and hired only an exemplary and qualified team. He counts hedge fund managers amongst his clients and deals with many high end uhnw in the ten million range.‚Äù

The Citywealth Magic Circle Awards event which has become as glamorous as the Cannes Film Festival, attracted nearly four hundred guests to the gala awards dinner dressed in establishment black tie and long gowns.

Guests were welcomed for pre dinner drinks by the Katten Muchin Rosenman logos which flashed in blue on large screens in true red carpet pizzazz. Because of the growing size of the awards, a new style was initiated this year to ensure that full networking opportunities could be undertaken in advance of the seated dinner. A number was issued on arrival to help guests find a table in the drinks reception to meet fellow diners or peers before sit down. The number matched the dining table numbers so that guests knew who they were sitting with. Lists of tables and numbers were also on display to allow for party hopping to specific drinks tables if guests wished.

The Citywealth Magic Circle Awards now in their seventh year are judged by a mix of industry peers and online voting. Judges for 2012 included Eric Barnett, SGPB Hambros, Mark Bridges CVO, Farrer & Co,
Bart Deconinck, Vistra, Yogesh Dewan, Hassium Multi Family Office,
Simon Jennings, Rawlinson & Hunter, Leonie Kerswill, PWC, Lesley Lintott, Penningtons Solicitors, uhnw Mayank Patel, Currencies Direct, Anthony Thompson, LG and uhnw Dinesh Dhamija (formerly of ebookers).

Judges were not allowed to enter the contest personally even if nominated by the industry and were also not allowed to vote for their organisations or people.
Judges take part in a two part point scoring process before and after the online voting to find winners. Judges also become a steering committee during the contest to adjudicate on matters of uncertainty.
A brief introduction from Karen Jones, who wore a stunning Rachel Elbaz gown, welcomed guests.

After these initial awards were presented, the first entertainment host for the night took to the stage, Roger Dakin who was a former hockey player now turned dinner entertainer. He teased guests with jokes and one liners that could only be classified as naughty but nice and good old British fun. As dinner was served, the musical entertainment for the night, Urban Soul Orchestra, who also played at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert took to the stage to play modern music in a classical style. Thanks to Tony Matharu, owner of The Grange Hotel, Tower Hill, who organised the group for the night.

Citywealth’s next major event is the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards in January 2013. The awards are now open for submissions. The event is now in its second year and will be held at the Landmark Hotel on 24th January 2013. Closing deadline for submissions is 31st August 2012.

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Citywealth has twenty events a year, an app, two print publications and a fully archived website. Event clubs include Citywealth Women in Wealth Supper Club, Citywealth YP, Citywealth Tomorrow Club, Citywealth Shanghai Delhi Club. Awards are: Citywealth IFC awards, Citywealth Magic Circle AWards. Citywealth frequently does important interviews with wealthy clients and philanthropists.

Karen Jones is often referred to as the Liz Hurley of the finance world. She is a regular speaker and commentator on wealth and finance issues. Speaking recently on the future of Switzerland at The Financial Services Forum and commenting in the Daily Mail on wealthy arabs and their summer spending habits. Her most daring adventure was going on the bobsleigh at Calgary – the Olympic run which is 1,500 metres and takes ten seconds.

Karen Jones, Editor, Citywealth is a confident, public speaker recently presenting at the Financial Services Forum on the future of Switzerland. Aswell as this she hosts fashion and charity events as MC for friends.

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