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‘There is no time to reflect. Lots to do,’ exclaims Richard Brass, Berenberg’s head of UK wealth and asset management who has had six busy years at the firm.
Brass qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG before beginning his career in corporate finance, co-founding the European office of Compass Advisers. He then spent two years in emerging markets with Montpellier Asset Management. Brass joined Berenberg from Schroders in 2011.
‘Our wealth management delivers discretionary, advisory and custody/execution services specialising in direct investing. We are open architecture although our globally leading equity and economic research offers a competitive advantage. Our asset management specialises in quantitative investment solutions for professional and institutional clients,’ he explains, praising the bank for its strong culture of accountability and teamwork.
‘Many will look for a mix of investment services with Berenberg, which is where our versatility and services quality add value.’ He also notes a widespread rise in ethical, sustainable and impact investing.
‘As a 427-year-old business, one of Berenberg’s core skills is to adapt to the opportunities that come from an ever changing environment. Our primary focus to deliver investment returns and client service is a constant regardless of the market environment,’ he tells Spear’s.