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Merrill acts after big client trading losses...HSBC reports record private banking quarter...Vontobel sets up independent wealth arm...EFG plans Asian acquisition...Retirement assets growth slows...Merrill Lynch has carried out a number of personnel changes in its international wealth management unit, removing two New York-based executives and a number of insurance and trust co-ordinators amid a lawsuit against three Latin American investors that led to a near $80 million write-down in its first-quarter financial results.

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SG Private Banking sets up fiduciary services division...Merrill Lynch sues banking family...Macquarie enters Singapore wealth arena...BoComm turns to private banking...Luxembourg resolute on secrecy issues...GLOBALSG Private Banking sets up fiduciary services divisionSG Private Banking has created a global wealth planning and fiduciary services division as part of its continued push to strengthen its worldwide presence.The division will provide services from eight main locations: London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore, Luxembourg, Jersey, Guernsey and the Bahamas, supporting SG Private Bankings client relationship managers and assisting in the structuring of clients assets A total of 230 specialists across 12 locations will make up the new unit.The service will report to SG Private Bankings commercial and international marketing department in Paris, which was itself set up in January 2008 in an effort to streamline international communication strategies.London-based Olivier Gougeon will head the wealth and fiduciary division at both SG Private Banking and the SG Hambros Bank subsidiary, supported by Luxembourg-based Claudio Bacceli, Singapore-based Luke Peng and France-based Jean-Marie Turquais.USMerrill Lynch sues banking familyMerrill Lynch is suing three members of the Nasser banking family, claiming their high-risk trading, which included short selling of put options on Bear Stearns, cost Merrill more than $78 million.The brokerage alleges that Ezequiel Nasser, his uncle Albert and son Raymond subsequently refused to settle their losses despite previously claiming to have a net worth of $200 million.The Nassers, claims Merrill, used offshore funds based in the Virgin Islands to defraud the firm

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The venture, called Aviva Investors, will unite the various asset management businesses Aviva owns internationally, including Morley in the UK, Hibernian Investment Managers in Ireland and Portfolio Partners in Australia.Aviva Investors is about capitalising on the strength of being part of the worlds fifth-largest insurance group, Aviva said.UKLifetime award for SG Hambros manWarwick Newbury, the chairman of SG Hambros Bank, the UK arm of SG Private Banking, has received a lifetime achievement award from Private Asset Management (PAM), the UK wealth researchers.Warwick Newbury has spent over 40 years in UK wealth management, initially at Coutts where he was responsible for establishing its international division and latterly at SG Hambros, where he spent over ten years as chief executive, PAM declared

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Barclays Wealth sets hiring spree... Butterfield sets up London wealth management business... French banks move into Canadian wealth...Swiss Life acquiring German adviser AWD...

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BrazilStrong private banking growth forecastAn average annual growth of 24 percent for private banking in Brazil is forecast for the next three years, according to chief executives in a poll of local wealth managers.The survey, by Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC), suggests Brazilian growth will be a little off the pace of international wealth expansion, which a recent PwC survey suggests could hit 30 percent annually in the next few years.While global private banking CEOs anticipate that revenues will grow at an annual rate of 26 percent over the next three years, their Brazilian counterparts are forecasting a 31 percent increase

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UKSG Hambros buys ABN AMROs London operationsSG Hambros Bank, the UK private banking arm of Socit Gnrale, will add £1 billion ($2 billion) to its assets under management after the acquisition of the London-based private banking business of ABN AMRO The deal, at an undisclosed purchase price, is understood to have been very attractive for SG.Eric Barnett, SG Hambross group head of private banking, will oversee the integration of the new business.This acquisition follows a number of years of rapid growth since Hambros Bank was itself acquired by Socit Gnrale in 1998 to develop private banking in the UK and the Channel Islands, said SG Hambros chief executive Warwick Newbury

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The Isle of Man has been recognised as the leading offshore centre in a ranking of the prowess of leading financial capitals around the world, narrowly beating rivals the Channel Islands.The rankings are produced by the City of London, in its annual Global Financial Centres Index which analyses the top 50 rated financial centres worldwide It is based on questioning financial services professionals around the world.The index ranks the Isle of Man in 21st place in an overall ranking of financial centres, ahead of offshore competitors Channel Islands (23rd), Cayman Islands (24th) and Hamilton (Bermuda) in 25th place.The Isle of Man is also the highest ranked of seven new financial centres appearing for the first time, and third in the British Isles after London and Dublin.The index ranks financial centres based on external benchmarking data and current views of competitiveness.

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Citibank seven charged in client data hijacking case... La Caixa wins Morgan Stanley wealth business... Bank Sarasin sets up in Frankfurt... RBC entering Indian wealth sector...

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Spain: Santander sets up UK wealth heavyweight... Latin America: Sabadell buys BBVA Latino private banking... Middle East: Sarasin sets up subsidiary in Bahrain...

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France: BNP Paribas appoints new wealth head... US: Morgan Stanley hires from Fidelity... Spain: Santander private banker is promoted...

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France: UBS bolsters French network...Turkey: Julius Baer looks to Turkey, Eastern Europe...Taiwan: Foreign private banks get warning...India: Coutts appoints Davies to oversee Indian ABN integration...The Netherlands: Dresdner makes fresh Benelux acquisitions...DubaiDIFC pushes to become Single Family Office hubThe Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) has introduced new regulation designed to facilitate the creation of more Single Family Offices (SFOs) in the region.Originally announced in June, the changes came into effect on 2 September with a view to attracting some of the $1 trillion in assets thought to be held by family businesses in the Middle East

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Japan: Credit Suisse to start Tokyo private banking...Germany: German court sentences Liechtenstein tax evader...Argentina: Former JPMorgan private banker arrested...Switzerland: De Gier to retire as Baer group head...UK: Towergate breaking into wealth sector... Citibanks International Personal Bank has temporarily closed its doors to new business in the UK while the Financial Services Authority examines its anti-money laundering (AML) procedures.

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Banking professionals from around the world attended PBIs awards dinner this month to discover which banks and bankers had picked up the industrys most sought-after accolades John Evans, chairman of the judging panel, rounds up all of the results from Singapore.

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Credit Suisse and Baer looking to cut costs...Liechtenstein signs deal with US...Morgan Stanley seals China trust deal...French banks satisfy regional demand...Citi bankers set up shop in the UK... Credit Suisse is to cut 5,300 staff, or 11 percent of its work force, mainly in investment banking, as part of a series of measures to reduce costs by CHF2 billion ($1.66 billion).

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MLP withdraws from the UK and Spain...Pictet launches German onshore private bank...ING sets up UK private banking operation...StanChart targets wealthy Australians...Citi opens first trust operation in Asia...ICBC goes it alone in private banking...

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Hedge funds worldwide lost $350bn in 2008...

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Perpetual looks to partner in UK... Santander compensates Madoff investors... Cost control keeps Barclays lean...

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STRATEGYJulius Baer splits businessesJulius Baer is to split its business into separately listed private banking and asset management operations as part of its shift towards an open architecture offering for clients.We are convinced that both entities will benefit from their sharpened focus and the absence of competing interests, said Raymond Baer, chairman of the bank.GAM, Artio Global and Julius Baer Asset Management Europe will be bundled together and spun off in an IPO as GAM Holding, subject to market conditions STRATEGYSal Opp targets Greece, SpainSal Oppenheim is expanding its teams in Greece and Spain as it returned to profitability in the first quarter of 2009.We will continue to tap the new and very interesting Greek market with a team of specialists, and aim to break into the Spanish market, said Christian Camenzind, CEO of the banks Swiss subsidiary.The Luxembourg-based bank made a net loss of CHF117 million ($105 million) for 2008, but said trading had improved early in 2009

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PRODUCTSCredit Suisse to make Lehman-related payoutCredit Suisse will pay CHF50 million ($45 million) to 1,700 retail investors who lost money on Lehman Brothers capital protected products, in an agreement with a Swiss consumer watchdog.Without acknowledging any legal liability, Credit Suisse agreed to partially reimburse clients who had more than 20 percent of their investments in capital products issued by Lehman, and with total assets of lower than CHF500,000 with Credit Suisse Clients are to be repaid on a sliding scale of between 50-70 percent of the nominal value of the products, with the less wealthy receiving the higher proportional payouts.The payment to the clients, represented by Swiss consumer watchdog Fdracion Romande des Consummateurs, takes Credit Suisses total payout to CHF150 million.Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, clients have claimed they were wrongly advised to purchase products which were marketed as capital protected but subsequently declined in value STRATEGYBNP Paribas targets Asia mass affluentBNP Paribas is expanding its mass affluent wealth management business in Singapore, targeting clients with S$250,000 ($171,000).The bank is launching its Personal Investors division, currently present in five European countries, as a new department in its Singapore wealth management operations

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STRATEGYBarclays looks to grow in AsiaBarclays Wealth has focused its search for potential acquisitions, saying it has a preference for expansion in Asia, according to CEO Thomas L Kalaris.The business confirmed itself as a global wealth player last year with the $250 million acquisition of Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management business, part of the failed investment banks capital markets operations.Kalaris first indicated his willingness for Barclays Wealth to be a consolidator in December 2008 in an interview with Private Banker International (see PBI 243) REGULATIONBrazil private banks shutteredPrivate banks in Brazil have been closing representative offices under pressure from the countrys central bank.According to a Reuters report, the move came after Federal Police probes on tax evasion, illegal money transfer and racketeering, which had led to arrests at Credit Suisse, UBS and AIG Private Bank.Reuters claimed UBS, AIG Private Bank, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and its Clariden Leu subsidiary all closed representative offices in the country