Last month saw the presentation of the International Investment Fund and Product Awards 2008, which ...
Last month saw the presentation of the International Investment Fund and Product Awards 2008, which was held at a gala dinner in London.
The ninth annual ceremony to reward the best in offshore and international finance took place at the Victoria Park Plaza hotel on 13 May, where writer, comedian and former MP Gyles Brandreth presented 15 awards.
Of the two new awards introduced for this year, the accolade of Best International Sales Team went to Royal Skandia, while Fairbairn Private Bank was named Best International Wrap Provider.
Fairbairn also took the title of Best International Private Bank Group, with HSBC Bank International named Best International Bank Group.
In the other banking categories, the Best International Bank Product went to Britannia International for its Deferred Interest Account, and Lloyds TSB International won the award for Best International Bank Product Range.
Axa Isle of Man was crowned the Best International Life Group, and also won the Best International Life Product award for its Estate Planning Bond. The Best International Life Product Range award went to Royal Skandia.
Allianz Worldwide Care won the title of Best International Private Health Group, and Barclays Capital was named the Best International Structured Product Provider.
On the funds side, the award for Best International Fund Range went to Baring Asset Management, while Investec Asset Management won the award for Best International Fund Group.
The coveted Best Commitment to Service award went to Zurich International Life.
Wrapping up a night of successes for the island, the title of Best International Financial Centre went to the Isle of Man.
A panel of independent judges, chaired by founding International Investment editor Deborah Benn, chose the award winners.
Votes from readers of the magazine's weekly email alerts were taken into account, with number-crunching and initial analysis produced by Morningstar, Defaqto and AKG Actuaries and Consulting.
The awards ceremony came after the 10th International Investment London Forum, which featured a keynote address by the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP.
For full details of the award winners, see the special supplement distributed with this issue of International Investment.
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