We look after HNW and UHNW individuals and their families, overseeing a full range of their affairs from start to finish,’ Lucas Bitencourt, managing director of Essence, tells Spear’s. Essence advises London-based and international private clients on their personal and business affairs. Essence was founded in 2000 by Bitencourt’s father, after he moved to London from Brazil and began helping friends who were also emigrating. The family business counts clients across the world, including the United States, the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Brazil. Relocation is a common request and Essence fulfils a wide-ranging role, liaising with a world-class network of experts from lawyers and tax advisers to property consultants. ‘We advise families on investment opportunities, their children’s education, help them to integrate into a particular social group, all matters. We assist the whole process with a holistic approach,’ says Bitencourt. Noting ongoing global tensions, he explains: ‘People fear, in the long term, for their family’s interests, their assets, and are looking to get away from political situations causing uncertainty. A lot of people really want to move at the moment: they are looking for an insurance policy to safeguard their family’s future.’ Bitencourt assists with clients’ business decisionmaking, as well as facilitating philanthropic partnerships.