Awards for Distinction 2015

2015 Gala Dinner

Asian Private Banker held its 5th annual Gala Dinner celebrating the Awards for Distinction 2015 on Tuesday February 16, 2016 to kickoff the year of Monkey. More than 150 senior private bankers and industry leaders mingled and shared their insights over champagne to celebrate the achievements of yesteryear. Closing off the night, Francesco de Ferrari, Credit Suisse’s head of private banking Asia Pacific, delivered a riveting keynote on the future of Asian private banking in his Private Banker of the Year speech.

Once again, Asian Private Banker would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of the Awards for Distinction 2015 on a tough, but successful, year.

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2015 Categories & Winners

For a list of criteria, please refer to the Submission Guidelines.

Congratulations to the winners of the Asian Private Banker Awards for Distinction 2015.

2015 Award Badges-01-Asia2015 Award Badges-02-FDF2015 Award Badges-03-HK2015 Award Badges-04-SG2015 Award Badges-05-PurePlay2015 Award Badges-10-Diversity2015 Award Badges-09-UHNW2015 Award Badges-06-DPS2015 Award Badges-11-CNI2015 Award Badges-12-CND2015 Award Badges-14-DIN2015 Award Badges-13-IIN2015 Award Badges-15-NRI2015 Award Badges-08-Alts2015 Award Badges-31-EOTY2014 Award Badges-07-EAM2015 Award Badges-32-FundAdvisory2015 Award Badges-17-ME2015 Award Badges-20-AUS2015 Award Badges-22-MYI2015 Award Badges-23-DI2014 Award Badges-13-SK2015 Award Badges-21-MYD2015 Award Badges-18-TWI2015 Award Badges-19-TWD2015 Award Badges-26-PHI2015 Award Badges-27-PHD2015 Award Badges-24-THI2015 Award Badges-28-FOS2015 Award Badges-30-TrustAdvisory2015 Award Badges-29-Philanthropy2015 Award Badges-33-DigitalInnovation2015 Award Badges-25-THD

2015 Editor’s Note

“Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively,” said Socrates and he may well have been referring to the winners of the Asian Private Banker Awards for Distinction 2015.

Poised in the face of fickle markets and unyielding regulators, every one of these exceptional institutions has proven committed to this aphorism, and in doing so, to their clients and their people.

By all accounts, 2015 was a year of two distinct halves – market momentum at the start of the year made the divergence for the remainder of the year that much harder to bear. But I am happy to report, that during my conversations with the leaders of these pre-eminent organisations, I found that they had all tempered their desire for profitability with prudence; focusing on reputation rather than ratios. Without an exception, these industry participants have proven that a reputation built on resilience may be worth a good deal more than one built on short term returns.

In my fifth year as Chairperson of the jury, I continue to be impressed by the intellectual prowess, the sincerity and perhaps most importantly, the strong code of ethics that guide these winners. Consistently, these individuals choose to live and work by a personal moral compass rather than the minimum regulatory requirement. Consequently, their standard operating procedures set the benchmark for industry best practices.

As laudable as the traits common to all our winners are, we at Asian Private Banker are equally devoted to continually catechising the framework by which we judge these awards. Our criteria need to withstand industry trends while still reflecting its raison d’etre. With due humility, I interpret the earnestness with which banks pitch for these awards, as testament to this fine balance that we continue to create and maintain.

This is pertinent because it embodies the all-encompassing pursuit of excellence that the Asian Private Banker Awards for Distinction celebrates.

Shruti Advani, Editor
Asian Private Banker
February 2016

2015 Submission Guidelines


The Asian Private Banker Awards for Distinction is the industry standard for excellence in private banking in the region. The awards are open to all private banks and institutions with private banking facilities across Asia Pacific. Asian Private Banker understands and respects each institution’s need for confidentiality and, as such, all submissions for the Awards are treated with the utmost privacy. The decision of the Judging Panel is based on explicitly defined criteria outlined within.


Submissions Open | September 21, 2015
Submissions Close | November 27, 2015
Winner Announcements | January 7-12, 2016
Awards for Distinction Gala Dinner | February 16, 2016


All submissions for the Awards for Distinction should be addressed to:
APB Awards for Distinction 2015
1205 Dominion Centre
43-59 Queen’s Road East
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Electronic submissions should be addressed to To reach us by telephone, please dial +852 2529 0777.