Christopher is Chairman (Independent Non-Executive) of Wren Investment Office.
Christopher has had a twenty five year career in investment banking in London and New York with Kleinwort Benson, Dillon Read and Baring Brothers. In 2000, he became a founding partner in Hawkpoint Partners, which purchased the investment banking business of NatWest and became one of the leading independent corporate finance advisers in Europe before being sold to Collins Stewart in 2006.
Christopher has served on the boards of, or chaired, several public and private equity owned companies, including Berendsen plc, a leading European textile rental and washrooms services business, W.S. Atkins plc and Scott Wilson plc, both international engineering consultancies, and Quayle Munro Limited, a specialist M & A boutique listed on AIM.
Christopher is currently Chairman of Cambian Group plc and PHS Group Limited. He also serves as a Trustee of the Archdiocese of Westminster.
Christopher served with the British Army for seven years after graduating, achieving the rank of Major.
Christopher holds a B.A. Hons. in Law from Cambridge University
Daniel de Fernando
Daniel de Fernando is the Chief Investment Officer of Wren Investment Office and the founding and managing partner of MdF Family Partners with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico.
From 2011 until 2013 Daniel was Chief Investment Officer for the private investment office, Lord North Street based in London, with which his firm, MdF Family Partners, had a strategic alliance.
Before founding MdF Daniel was from early 2003 until 2008 global head of asset management and private banking of BBVA Group. His responsibilities included leading an asset management division with more than US$150 bn under management in financial and real estate assets for BBVA Suiza, S.A., and BBVA Patrimonios. BBVA was recognized by Euromoney as the best private bank in Spain in 2008. While at BBVA he served as member of the Global Business Council, and of the management committees of BBVA Spain and Portugal, and BBVA Wholesale Banking. He was chairman or director of many companies, including BBVA Asset Management, BBVA Pensiones, Gestión de Previsión y Pensiones, Altitude Investments and Proxima Alpha.
Previously he worked at J.P.Morgan from 1988 until the end of 2002 in several roles in Madrid, New York, Paris, London and Geneva. He began as a fund manager and ended up as head of investments for Europe, Middle East and Asia for J.P.Morgan Private Banking, having been part of the management team of several group business units and legal entities, including J.P.Morgan International Bank and J.P.Morgan Suisse.
Currently he is also an independent and non-executive director of several Luxembourg domiciled SICAVs managed by Schroders, and of Health Equity S.C.R. Fund. Additionally, he is senior advisor of Oliver Wyman and serves as member of the Advisory Council of Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid. He is a regular speaker at the “Private Wealth Management Spain” Seminar organized by Chicago Booth, from University of Chicago and the Foundation Numa (http://booth.chicagoexec.net/programs/pwms.aspx).
Daniel graduated in law and business administration at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).
Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino is CEO and managing partner of WE Family Offices, a global family office serving ultra-high net worth families. She is a recognized leader in the wealth management industry, and is a founder of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard.
Before founding WE, Mel served as CEO of GenSpring Family Offices, a wealth management firm. Prior to that, she served as chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Private Bank, an institution with more than $300 billion in client assets under supervision. Her career in banking began in 1977 at Citibank. She joined the Chase Manhattan Private Bank in 1983 and was named head of Chase’s worldwide private banking business in 1997. Following the Chase-JP Morgan merger, she became chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Private Bank.
Mel serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Americas Society. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In August 2015, Mel was named one of the 50 most influential women in Wealth management by Private Asset Management. In 2012, she was named one of the Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors and was named by American Banker one of 2012’s Top 25 Women in Finance.
A graduate of Manhattanville College (B.A.), Mel also earned graduate degrees at Columbia University (M.S.) and Fordham University (M.B.A).
Michael Zeuner is a director and one of three managing partners of WE Family Offices. He oversees the firm’s US business strategy. Michael is a nationally recognized leader in the family office industry having served wealthy families for over 20 years. He is a co-founder of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard.
Prior to his role at WE Family Offices he served as senior executive partner of GenSpring Family Offices where he had responsibility for the leadership and management of GenSpring’s network of 10 family offices in the United States. In addition, he was a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.
Before joining GenSpring, Michael was managing director and global head of Wealth Solutions at JP Morgan Private Bank. As a member of the executive team, he had responsibility for strategic planning, branding, marketing and specialized advisory services (family governance, philanthropy and fine art wealth management) for the worldwide private bank.
A management consultant by training, Michael led projects in the financial services area for both Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He joined Chase Manhattan in 1995 as vice president at the investment bank, and moved to the private bank in 1997 to head up strategy and marketing worldwide. JP Morgan and Chase merged in January 2002.
Michael graduated from Brandeis University, (B.A.) and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Carlos Colomer has had a long professional career linked to the Colomer Group and Revlon International, including roles of Chief Operation Officer of Revlon in New York for more than 10 years, and Chairman and CEO of The Colomer Group.
He was also a founder of Beta Capital (an independent stock broker in Madrid later sold to Fortis) and is currently, among other things, board and executive committee member of Telefonica, member of the advisory board of CVC Capital Partners and board member of Abertis.
Carlos has a PhD in Economics from Universidad de Barcelona and a MBA in Business Administration from IESE.
Michael Parsons is the Chief Executive Officer of Wren Investment Office and is responsible for overseeing the strategy, business development and day to day management of the firm. He will continue to take responsibility for the oversight of client families affairs and providing them with advice.
Prior to the establishment of Wren, Michael worked in the multi-family office space in London for a number of years. His most recent role was at Sandaire Investment Office where he took a lead role in several client relationships and steered the marketing. He was previously at Lord North Street Limited until it was acquired by Sandaire in 2014. At both Sandaire and Lord North Street Michael’s focus was working with and advising large, very wealthy families with complex wealth structures. Before joining Lord North Street in 2008, Michael worked at Dalton Strategic Partnership as an Analyst and Assistant Fund Manager, having graduated with a BA Hons in Art History from the University of London in 2005.
Drew McNeil serves as Head of Client Relationships at Wren Investment Office. He works with client’s families to provide advice and oversight with responsibility for all aspects of client service and portfolio implementation. He is a member of the Investment Committee.
Prior to his role at Wren Investment Office, Drew was an executive director at Sandaire Investment Office in charge of client relationship management. He also served the same role at Lord North Street from 2005 until 2014 when Sandaire acquired Lord North Street. At both these firms Drew had lead responsibility for a large number of family relationships.
Before entering the multi-family office sector, Drew worked for Schroders Private Bank from 2000 to 2004, as a private banker on the international client desk, and ING Barings Private Bank from 1995 to 2000, as a portfolio manager.
Drew has been a CFA charter holder since 1999, and holds a BSc in Physics from Durham University.