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In review: International Investment Forums, South Africa

In review: International Investment Forums, South Africa

At the end of February, Ocorian AMEA co-hosted, alongside IP Global, Julius Baer and JLL, two events in Johannesburg and Cape Town with a focus on real estate investment and private wealth in Southern Africa.

It was a great opportunity to showcase Ocorian’s capabilities to a select audience of property developers, high net worth individuals, private bankers and asset, fund and wealth managers looking to preserve their investor value and private wealth against economic uncertainty.

Focussing on real estate as an asset class and the means to safeguard investment value both within, and outside of South Africa, guests reacted positively to the hosts’ various offerings.

Two of Ocorian’s service lines were of particular interest to the audience: our cross-border investment structuring for which the Ocorian AMEA office has built a specialist reputation; and the range of private client solutions developed over 45 years of attending to the needs of high net worth individuals across a wide range of jurisdictions.

Following the event, Ocorian Regional CEO, Richard Arlove commented:

“Our business and investment structuring solutions are increasingly relevant in a context where investors and business owners alike are looking to expand cross-border, either to avail of new opportunities or to mitigate risks. Our long experience in that respect, coupled with the business-friendliness of the IFCs we operate in – be it from Mauritius or from Dubai – means that we can really add value to the business of our clients.”

On his part, Grant Barbour, Head of Ocorian’s Private Client Services, shared his views following his presentation:

"Following ABAX joining the Ocorian family, the group is now a powerful player in the African, Asian, Middle Eastern and European arenas. We have the experience, and are capable of offering, all types of private client solutions including, trusts, companies, foundations, and other structures to South African clients in all of these geographies. The forum demonstrated Ocorian’s firm commitment to the African market where we now have a permanent presence on the ground in Johannesburg and the Ivory Coast, and with offices in Kenya and Nigeria opening shortly. Viva the African renaissance!"

Alan Witherden, Ocorian Business Development Director for Southern Africa, who set in motion the forum as a joint initiative with the co-hosting parties was very happy with the forum's outcome:

Bringing together on the same platform, parties that command such a high reputation has proven a successful recipe to addressing the concerns of today’s South Africa investor. Less than a year since the acquisition of ABAX by Ocorian, an event of this scale is also an encouraging sign of acceptance and recognition by the market. Over and above the benefit it brings to us, I am certain that the outcome of the forum will also prove highly beneficial to our co-hosts.”

The investment forum followed two editions of the Ocorian Forum, a series of events hosted by Ocorian to provide a platform for thought leadership, networking and discussion surrounding cross-border business and investment in the AMEA region. Our team in Dubai will be hosting the next Ocorian Forum titled: 'DIFC funds ecosystem: what are its growth dynamics and how can the jurisdiction add value for investors?' on 26th March.

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