11 April 2007
Investment Managers celebrates two years in operation
Leading Belfast investment manager Bell Lawrie, has
today announced the appointment of Kenneth McCaw and Andrew Burns.
This comes as the company celebrates the second anniversary of its
The appointments will strengthen Bell
Lawrie’s offering, broadening its range of expertise in the
evolving office. McCaw joins as divisional director from Rensburg
Sheppards where he was joint director in charge, while Burns
follows him from the same company as a fully qualified fund manager
from his previous position as lead discretionary fund manager.
These individuals have impressive track records that will add
further depth to Bell Lawrie’s client services.
The number of staff has more than doubled since a
team of former employees of Cunningham Coates set out their stall
under the Bell Lawrie banner in 2005. With several high profile
appointments, including that of Michael McQuade who joined as
divisional director from the Bank of Ireland, the company is
building an unrivalled team.
With substantial funds under management, the
company has now established itself as a leading player in the
sector. It now provides a broad range of services to its sizeable
client base from advisory dealing and portfolio management, through
to full discretion.
Head of office, Henry Algeo, said, "The
appointments of Kenneth and Andrew are a real coup for the company,
adding a wealth of knowledge which will reinforce our standing in
Belfast and our clients are sure to reap the benefits of their
expertise. This growth demonstrates our commitment to enhancing our
presence in Belfast, whilst ensuring we continue to provide the
best possible service to our diverse client base.
"Our first two years have been very successful,
firmly establishing ourselves as a leading force in the sector. We
have exceeded targets and growth looks set to continue at this
pace. This is not a company that is content with standing still as
we are always looking to strengthen our market position in Northern
Ireland and as such, we look forward to the future with
There have been several milestones for the company
since its inception. In November 2006 the company took ownership of
the Bank of Ireland’s Northern Irish equity portfolio
management business from its financial services division, which
amounted to around £55 million of discretionary portfolios
being transferred. In addition it has built up valuable
relationships with the ever-expanding financial intermediaries
market who have been particularly attracted to their SIPP
management and IHT planning, through the use of the AIM market
Bell Lawrie is also the first ever sponsor of the
IRFU Ulster Branch Youth Cups. This new sponsorship is a positive
step for the future of the youth game in Ulster and signals a new
partnership for the branch. The finals take place on Saturday 5 May
at Ravenhill. This sponsorship follows the company’s long
standing association with youth rugby. In Scotland, Bell Lawrie has
been title sponsors of the Scottish Schools Cups for the past seven
years. Bell Lawrie has also sponsored the Northern Ireland Law
Society Conferences for the last two years, Prague 2006 and
Barcelona this year.
For additional information please contact
Viv Mackay or Lorraine Alonzi at IAS SMARTS on 0131 555 0425.
Alternatively please contact Henry Algeo on 0845 213
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Bell Lawrie, a division of Brewin
Dolphin Securities, advises a number of private investors,
charities, trusts and pension funds on their investment strategies.
Bell Lawrie also has seven offices in Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Dumfries and Elgin. For more
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