South America

South America. Buy Or Build?

Peter Hughes, Owner of Apex Group, says, “We are in Chile this week at a family office conference. It’s not easy sitting through multiple presentations about investing globally especially when they are in Spanish and we don’t speak Spanish particularly fluently. We are looking to open an Apex fund administration office in South America and…

Stairs

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Owner of Apex Group, Peter Hughes, says “It seems like we will not move back to a cyclical momentum in the markets for a while given the debt levels in the US and Europe. The three year anniversary of the Lehman collapse is a month away and on the face of it there seems to…

Regulation hammer

Wave of Regulation

Peter Hughes, Owner of Apex Group says ” I have just been to an excellent conference in Malta that is preparing for some of the regulatory changes. It mainly covered UCITS IV and AIFMD. These are only two of the 12 pending regulatory changes that the larger banks are preparing for. The cost of preparing…

Flight

Flight to Stability

Peter Hughes, Owner of Apex Group says, “I wrote a while ago that the issues Egypt faced were different to those in most MENA countries as most countries were more affluent. How wrong I was! Bahrain is suffering over tribal inequality in power. The EDB in Bahrain has been very proactive in helping businesses in…

Zurich v Geneva

Zurich VS Geneva

A Quick Insight: Owner of Apex Group, Peter Hughes says, “Geneva has recently closed to new business. There is no space left in offices or residential housing according to recent press articles. Zurich on the other hand seems to be still encouraging new business. Rents are well controlled and while still expensive they are lower than…

Chess

A Tale Of Three Cities

Peter Hughes writes: In positioning Apex offices in the places where fund administration is still a young industry we get first mover advantage. This isn’t easy, as these places are hard to find, their financial infrastructure is still being developed and some don’t yet realise the importance of independent valuations for the development of a…