‘It’s been one of those strange years where we are constantly exceeding our clients’ expectations,’ says Guy Paterson, describing the double digit returns his portfolios have yielded over the past 12 months. The slide in the value of sterling was a windfall for his largely sterling-based following at the firm. One of the most respected and experienced wealth management professionals in the UK, Paterson is a seasoned expert who has navigated financial troughs and crests on behalf of clients for more than 25 years. He’s careful to maintain caution — ‘We have to keep reminding clients that it won’t always be like this,’ he says — but knows that short-term gains should never be call for complacency. Clients have another reason to trust the Oxford MA history graduate, since he has ‘own capital invested alongside clients’. His most satisfying moment last year was designing a ‘complex restructure’ of assets in preparation for the non-dom reform — a particularly difficult task. Prior to joining Stanhope, Paterson ran the London operation of Unigestion Family Investment Office from 2001 to 2010, and headed the client advisory practices of Guinness Mahon and Granville Baird from 1996 to 2001. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell before spending ten years in corporate finance, and was subsequently chief executive of language publisher Linguaphone Group plc.
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