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Stonehage Fleming appoints new client relationship director in UK family office team

1 February 2021

April French Furnell

Stonehage Fleming has hired Doris Sommavilla as Client Relationship Director, in the UK Family Office team.

Doris will draw on her family governance and succession planning experience to advise families on their strategic planning, and work closely with them to co-ordinate their operational requirements. She will be based in Stonehage Fleming’s London office and will report into Roelof Botha, Head of UK Family Office. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Doris joins from Blu Family Office where she was a Principal responsible for providing investment advice on alternative assets and for business development in the UK, Italy, Germany and Monaco. She is a third-generation member of a family business focused on hospitality and residential development in Italy and Eastern Europe, and Non- Executive Director of her family business.

Doris has over a decade of experience in investment management dealing with alternative investments with a focus on distressed opportunities in the UK, Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe. She began her career in institutional asset management, first with Allianz Global Investors in Milano, Italy and then Pimco in Munich, Germany.

Doris is a qualified family officer in Italy and CAIA charterholder, a full Member (MCSI) of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), and has an Msc in Finance from Bocconi University, Italy. Doris is also the co-founder of Family Hippocampus, a global network of family members, and ambassador of the women chapter of Leaders First, a global membership organisation.

Commenting on the appointment, Roelof Botha, Head of UK Family Office, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Doris to Stonehage Fleming. She has extensive experience in a wide range of Family Office services, including Family Governance and Succession matters, and has an impressive network of family relationships throughout the UK and Continental Europe, including in particular her native Italy. Her appointment demonstrates our commitment to the further growth of the business, and our ambition to lead the industry in the provision of services that support multigenerational families and wealth creators.”

Doris Sommavilla, said: “I have known Stonehage Fleming for many years, and admire its company culture and family-centred approach which sits at the core of the Group. I am passionate about helping families plan for succession and become resilient now and for future generations, and look forward to working with the team.

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