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Kleinwort Hambros is the result of an ambitious merger and is using that momentum to push for a bigger wealth management offering. At the core of this sits CIO Mouhammed Choukeir, who tells Spear’s that it’s the best time to drive forward a more robust investment approach, with the emphasis on a ‘star process rather than a star manager’.
It’s certainly gaining clients’ trust. Choukeir’s clients can rest assured that their decision-making structures are deeply entrenched in the firm, and ‘not subject to any key person risk’. He explains that clients ‘have great appreciation for an approach driven by scrupulous investment beliefs, as opposed to someone making a subjective judgement’. The former Morgan Stanley multi-asset head adds that the firm’s approach is always ‘rooted in financial evidence’.
Choukeir also notes that his eclectic clientele is becoming savvier. It’s a welcome challenge for the competitive Choukeir, a triathlete who enjoys endurance tests: ‘We aim to be among the best – that’s what our clients want from us, and we feel it’s necessary to deliver – it’s what we’d want from our own savings and our investments too.’