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Chris Boon

Close Brothers

Chris Boon
Wealth Managers 2019
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Top Ten HNW Wealth Managers

Close Brothers was on a roll a year ago, and it’s carried its form into 2019. As well as the hiring of Andrew Hess (see page 83) and Andrew Mackintosh-Walker from Rathbones, the firm has also opened its first West End office. Chris Boon says consistently strong investment performance and service provision have been the key. ‘Only a strong sense of corporate self and a commitment to delivering it by everyone involved will enable a firm to achieve the consistency to become great,’ he says. Having looked after corporate and private investors, their trusts, charities and pension funds since 1987, Boon has helped to give the firm its strong track record of high levels of satisfaction among its clientele. ‘Chris was chosen to run funds for the trust because we liked – and continue to like – his solid performance, transparency, ability to reduce technical speak to plain English, obvious ease with the subject and a really good backoffice function,’ says one client. Boon observes: ‘Firms with the capability are choosing more often to invest in companies directly, rather than through layers of funds, as well as blending parts of the portfolio with passive-style investments – keeping costs lower for their clients.’