Citywealth women in wealth event at the Mappin & Webb room at Mosimann's Belgravia talking about how to do business with the wealthiest women in the Middle EastPicture: (top) Speaker, Jeremy Williams and (bottom) Mappin & Webb room at Mosimann's, West Halkin Street.
Citywealth Women in Wealth Supper club held an event at the unique Mosimann's private dining venue at 11b West Halkin Street, which sits in a smart Bond Street style lux-shopping boulevard.
Held in the Mappin & Webb room, the twenty five attendees included Mr Ghayth Armanazi who is Executive Director at The British Syrian Society. Also attending were RBC Wealth Management's, Liz Taylor, who demonstrated substantial knowledge of Middle Eastern communities. Catharine Bell of Lawrence Graham, who came up with the topic attended, as did Marie Laure Humbert from Iveagh Ltd (Guinness Family Office) and Charlotte Thorne of Capital Generation Partners who are all members of the newly formed Citywealth Women in Wealth club which had its launch party back in June.
Whilst many powerpoints presentations cause private wealthsters to steel themselves for an onset of boredom, Jeremy Williams, the guest speaker, kept guests gripped in their seats as though it was the opening night of Wall Street the movie. Williams runs a British training company that operates in UK, Europe, USA, Canada and the Arabian Gulf countries offering help and advice on cross-cultural aspects of Westerner's work, life and relationships with Arabs in, or from, the Gulf countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.
Guests learned about the sixty five big families who rule the region and that business is personal and takes time to work. The favourite private wealth word "trust" emerged as a key component of business relationships and the feeling was that the Middle East has been oversold to and are cynical about banks sending their "troops" out on "day trip" missions to try and gather uhnw clients. Williams added a warning note. "Don't venture into the Middle East and spend substantial time building relationships if you aren't prepared to do anything for your Middle Eastern clients. If you provide financial services and they ring asking you to do something out of your remit, you have to do it. When Middle Eastern clients trust you, they trust you with their whole life requests and needs."
The format of the group was sit down tables with a special Middle Eastern menu, devised for the evening by the Mosimann's chef, which included mouth watering Shawarma, dates and Middle Eastern sweets being served.
Citywealth would like to express their thanks for the goody bags which were supplied by two companies, Rachel Elbaz couture dress designer and perfumier and also by Wiaam Mati, Exclusive Agent for Bellefontaine UK which is an expensive Swiss skin care brand available in Selfridges.
Rachel Elbaz is a Parisian couturier with her shop in Knightsbridge full of ballgowns that would even put most wedding dresses to shame. Handmade with many seamstresses on site, the gowns make any women the most striking person in a room. All her gowns and colours change with the fashion seasons and she has many big name clients who would make the private wealth world, very keen to pop in for tea and hang out in the shop, just to see who they might say hello to. Rachel Elbaz as well as spending a lifetyle at the top of the fashion couturier world is also married to Rene Azagury. Liz Fuller former Miss Great Britain is the face of the perfume given to guests which is called "Dream" by Rachel Elbaz. Rachel Elbaz is just launching a new collection of ready to wear clothes which are priced at c£500- £5,000 but with a quality to the fabric and cut that only a couturiers eye could bring.
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Karen Jones, Editor, Citywealth is often called The Liz Hurley of the finance world. Her most interesting experience was doing the Bobsleigh in Calgary. 1,500 metres in ten seconds. She has also travelled from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. She regularly provides commentary to The Evening Standard and Daily Mail on the habits of the wealthy particularly wealthy arabs and their luxury lifestyle spending habits.
Karen Jones, Editor, Citywealth is a confident, public speaker recently presenting at the Financial Services Forum on the future of Switzerland. Aswell as this she hosts fashion and charity events as MC for friends.
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Membership of the Citywealth Women in Wealth club is £950 + vat a year for four events with speaker. Topics for the discussions are generated from users. The Citywealth Women in Wealth club is for senior women in private wealth management and advisory. The group will have maximum fifty members before membership closes. Limited availability.
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