1 October 2020 – VG, one of Jersey’s largest independent and privately owned providers of fiduciary and administration solutions, has appointed Paul Roper as a Director* of VG.
Paul joins VG from Stonehage Fleming Group where he was a Group Partner with responsibility for the Family Office team in Jersey and working closely as key advisor to ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) families and institutional clients, including complex structures, notably across the African continent and United Kingdom.
Initially qualifying as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Paul entered the financial services industry as a Legal Adviser at Old Mutual following which he began a consultancy role at Absa where he went on to hold a number of senior positions and developed his passion for offshore trusts, companies and structures. Pursuing his interests further, Paul undertook a Masters in International Tax and STEP Diploma in International Trust Management. Following ABSA’s majority acquisition of Stonehage, Paul worked closely with ABSA’s leadership team to develop Stonehage’s presence in the Channel Islands; in 2002 Paul moved to the Stonehage Group in Jersey.
Having worked within the financial services industry, specifically advisory space, for over 25 years, Paul brings deep experience and a focus on South African wealth, tax and structures for expatriated and currently resident families in addition to vast experience of international structures. Paul has authored and co-authored eight books covering offshore investments, structures and tax, as well as international financial centres, financial and retirement planning. Paul’s unrivalled knowledge of South African tax and legislation make him a key strategic hire within the continued development and growth of VG’s private client and family office offering.
Paul comments “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the VG Team. There is great symbiosis between my own knowledge and multi-decade experience and that of VG which will allow us to further expand our offering and client service. I look forward to adding value over the coming years”.
Iain Mason, Managing Director of VG, adds “We are delighted to welcome Paul to VG; Paul’s appointment further strengthens our leadership team which, alongside Paul’s extensive knowledge of the African market, will extend our offering and reach into our core growth markets.”
*Subject to regulatory approval of his appointment.