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HNW Guide

Trust Companies — China

Asiaciti Trust Hong Kong Ltd.

From the HNW guide

Asiaciti Trust is an independent fiduciary that is said to have "an impressive track record" in Hong Kong. "As an independent, they can focus on what is best for the client," explains one source, adding: "Asiaciti are well positioned to step in and provide a fully bespoke service, tailor-made for our clients. They offer excellent client service, tailored to their specific financial needs."

As well as setting up and administering Hong Kong trust, corporate and fund structures, Asiaciti can also offer specialist assistance with the creation and operation of international trusts and corporations, private trust companies, family offices and charitable foundations.

Key contact:

Cally Ching, Managing Director - Hong Kong

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Intertrust is one of the leading providers of trust and corporate services, with offices in key financial centres worldwide. One Hong Kong-based private banker says Intertrust is "one of the ones we see most often" in the independent fiduciary space, and describes the firm as "strong in this market." "They have a fantastic team and I know they do lots of good work - they're a big player," enthuses a peer. Another Hong Kong source adds: "It is a very big name and well established on the island."

Intertrust has management and administration expertise on a variety of trust and corporate structures and also offers advice on family offices and private trust companies. It can also assist with fund formation and administration, business succession planning and philanthropy.

Key contact:

Alice Lau, Head of Private Client Services - Hong Kong

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Nerine Trust Company (Hong Kong) Ltd.

From the HNW guide

Nerine offers a range of trust and company formation and administration services, and can also assist clients with partnership structures, family offices and private foundations. One interviewee reports that Nerine is "very experienced and really understands the Hong Kong market."

The team in the Hong Kong office is known for its particular expertise in dealing with offshore structures, especially in the British Virgin Islands, and can also provide guidance on succession and estate planning. "They have some real expertise in this area," says a source, adding that "they are a respected niche service provider with a loyal HNW client base."

Key contact:

Melanie Ison, Managing Director - Hong Kong

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TMF Trust (HK) Limited

From the HNW guide

TMF has a big presence in Hong Kong, offering clients a raft of trust services as well as expertise on wealth management, estate planning and business successions. The firm puts emphasis on serving UHNW clients and family business owners. One local fiduciary says: "They have a good team on the ground. It's a very well-known name and they have the required pedigree to service the high end of this market."

"They are a major player," reports another Hong Kong fiduciary, adding: "They have a well-established trust company in Hong Kong, and they are favoured by many of the rich and prominent families of Hong Kong who place value on continuing relationships and using trusted advisers. They have a talented team – it's hard to retain and train talent in this market, and they are very good at that. They are very well versed in the trust industry and have an established network all over the world."

Key contact:

Mark O'Sullivan, Managing Director - Hong Kong

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Trident Trust Company (HK) Ltd

From the HNW guide

Trident has a presence in many major onshore and offshore financial hubs. The team helps administer complex trusts and fund structures, as well as providing family office, private trust company and domestic and international corporate services.

Trident receives strong recommendations from a number of law firms working with wealthy clients in Hong Kong. "We use them particularly frequently," reports one private client lawyer, while another describes Trident as "the biggest one, as far as I'm concerned," and a third reports that "they have some talented people there."

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Vistra (Hong Kong) Limited

From the HNW guide

A local wealth professional describes Vistra as "a major player" with "a major presence in Hong Kong. They have dedicated and knowledgeable staff and big market share." "They are a big operation these days," says one private client lawyer, while another reports that Vistra has "grown massive market profile" recently.

Vistra's Hong Kong team advises wealthy clients on a comprehensive range of wealth structures, including trusts, charities, corporate entities and foundations. The firm also provides expertise on family offices, and can help yacht and private aircraft owners to manage these assets.

Key contacts:

Joe Cheung, Managing Director - Corporate & Private Clients

Michael Shue, Executive Director - Trust Services, Corporate & Private Clients

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