Altair opens Guernsey office

Michel Davy 31 July 2017 Category: Press Release

Altair Limited announces the opening of its office in Guernsey.  With the establishment of Altair Guernsey Limited, Altair becomes the first fully licensed pan-Channel Islands independent director services business.

Michel Davy, Managing Director of Altair Guernsey Limited said “We are delighted to be able to build on the Altair success story and become the first bespoke directorship services firm to be licensed by the GFSC.  With the ever-increasing drive for genuine substance on boards and effective corporate governance, the need for high quality, proactive independent directors with relevant expertise and asset class experience has never been greater.  The team in Guernsey, with their wide-ranging board experience and knowledge of the Guernsey funds and corporate services industry, will now mean that the Altair group is uniquely placed to service this need across the Channel Islands.”

Originally founded in Jersey in 2012, Altair has a large and impressive array of institutional…

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Altair Sponsors Vale Rec Teams at Under 10's BWCI Football Tournament

Karryna Lovesey 23 July 2017 Category: Charity

The BWCI mini's football festival in its 15th year and recognised as one of the highlights of the mini's football calendar across the Channel Islands was staged on the weekend of 22-23 July 2017.   Altair sponsored two teams from Vale Rec, Guernsey.  Each competitor was given a shirt and a bag to use during the tournament along with refreshments throughout the two days of competition.

All local and Jersey based teams played against some professional clubs, including Everton, Southampton and Bristol City.  Both teams recorded wins and matches against local opposition were very close.    Entering a second team allowed the club to give those players 'the experience' of competitive tournament play along with facing premier league opposition. 

Both teams trained extremely hard leading up to the tournament putting in another 11 weeks additional training since the season ended at the end of April.   Altair was delighted to support the club and allow players to have the best possible supp…

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The Magpie Trust - Q1 2017 Donations

Karryna Lovesey 04 April 2017 Category: Charity

Danda-Kharka Project – Nepal 2016

The Danda-Kharka are looking to rebuild the Primary School that was destroyed by the earthquake in 2015 and give the children a learning environment and an opportunity to secure a sustainable future that we all take for granted. 

In January 2015, a team of twelve volunteers from Jersey worked in Dandakharka, Nepal to help provide clean water for every house in village.  This was a community Work Project organised by Jersey Overseas Aid, which runs similar voluntary missions in different countries ever year.  Danda-Kharka have resolved to raise funds to help with the rebuilding and some work has already been funded.  When Danda-Kharka asked the villagers, what was their next most important need, they were told it was the school.

The primary school in Dandakharka served seventy children who, since the earthquake, have been taught in temporary classrooms with no windows, heating or electricity and little in the way of learning aids. 

 

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Plenty of Green Fingers at Samares School

Julia Chapman 29 September 2016 Category: Charity

Samarès School was a hive of activity recently as the staff of Altair helped prepare the ground for the school’s kitchen garden project in preparation for the winter months ahead.

Over the summer holidays the garden had become very overgrown, so Altair staff donned their gardening gloves and volunteered to weed the raised beds and surrounding areas, cutting back bushes, laying a new path to the pond and generally give a helping hand so the garden was ready for the children to plant their winter crop.

The school children had sown seeds earlier on in the year and maintained the garden (and the chickens!) and were rewarded with an excellent crop of vegetables, including carrots, spring onions, tomatoes and 21lbs of potatoes which they were able to sell at their school summer fête. 

The garden project is part of the Caring Cooks Jersey incentive that launched the Jamie Oliver Kitchen Garden Project early in 2016 which also supports two other local schools, encouraging school childre…

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Web specialist joins Altair

Julia Chapman 18 July 2016 Category: Press Release

The Board of Altair Partners Limited ("Altair") is delighted to announce that Matthew Robins, Webreality’s chief executive and a leading expert in business consulting, has recently joined Altair as a consultant.

Matthew is an expert in online and marketing technology and is regularly sought after by clients and other organisations for professional advice and opinion.  With the continuing growth of technology funds and the increased focus on the need for real substance and relevant industry expertise on boards, Matthew’s experience will significantly enhance Altair’s directorship services in this niche area. 

Matthew, who has almost 20 years' experience in marketing and communications management, including 9 years as Marketing Director at Mourant Ozannes, will also continue in his existing role at Webreality and his other businesses in the health tech and media sectors.

Ian Lambert, director from Altair said “I have worked closely with Matthew for several years on the board of…

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Board effectiveness reviews - the key to good corporate governance

Nick Watkins 30 June 2016 Category: Articles

“Every company should be headed by an effective board which is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the company”*.   The key word here is “effective”.  But what does this mean in practice, and what steps need to be taken in order to achieve an effective board and to ensure each individual director plays their part?  

The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to provide leadership to the company with the objective of creating long-term stakeholder value.   The practical way that the board performs this task day-to-day is by exercising its function to make decisions on behalf of the company and by ensuring subsequent implementation of such decisions via board oversight of executive management, and the company’s external agents and delegates. 

Whilst a robust oversight and risk management framework is clearly critical to good corporate governance, the effectiveness of the process by which a board considers and makes decis…

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80's Altair Ego's raise money for Cancer Research, UK

Julia Chapman 27 June 2016 Category: Charity

On Saturday 25th June the Altair Ego’s team gathered together at FB Fields to take part in a 24-hour Relay for Life walk in aid of Cancer Research, UK.

The sun shone for the 24-hour fundraiser, which began at noon on the Saturday with cancer survivors taking their lap of honour, cheered on and supported by the local community, before the 22 teams took to the track.

The atmosphere was fun with plenty of live entertainment and film screenings for families and supporters with games and activities throughout the day for children.

Altair Ego’s, together with a kind donation from The Magpie Trust and their prize money for winning best decorated tent, raised over £2,500 which will go towards the overall fundraising total, which will hopefully match the £45,000 raised last year.

Altair Raise Money for Jersey Mencap

Julia Chapman 17 May 2016 Category: Charity

On Sunday 15th May 2016, several Altair employees joined together to support Jersey Mencap's main fundraiser of the year and walk the South Coast Charity Challenge.

The weather conditions on the day were glorious, clear blue skies and a cool breeze making the 15 mile sponsored walk from La Rocque to Corbiere thoroughly enjoyable, taking in the stunning scenery whilst raising money for such a good cause.

In total, and with a kind donation from the Magpie Trust, over £1,000 was raised which will be given to Jersey Mencap to help children and adults with a learning disability in Jersey.

To find out more about Jersey Mencap please visit: http://www.jerseymencap.org

Jacqueline Richomme joins Altair as an independent director

Julia Chapman 26 February 2016 Category: Press Release

The Board of Altair Partners Limited ("Altair") is delighted to announce that Jacqueline Richomme, a Jersey Lawyer and former partner of offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes, has recently joined Altair and will be enhancing the directorship services offering provided by it.

Jacqueline, who has practised in Jersey with Mourant Ozannes for over 30 years and will continue as a consultant to the firm, is widely recognised as a leading legal expert in the investment funds field.

Julia Chapman, director from Altair said "We are delighted that Jacqueline has joined us, she brings a breadth of experience and knowledge which will provide a valuable addition to our directorship offering".

Altair to sponsor the Jersey Finance Conference - "Clear Direction"

Julia Chapman 18 February 2016 Category: Articles

Altair are delighted to be a sponsor of the 2016 Jersey Finance Annual London Funds Conference taking place on Thursday 3 March in London. Director of the OECD’s Center for Tax Policy, Pascal Saint-Amans, is set to deliver a keynote speech on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. He will be joined by renowned broadcaster, Andrew Marr, who will also deliver a keynote presentation and lead one of two panel sessions during the half-day conference. Please contact Fiona Gardiner at fionagardiner@altair.je should you wish to meet with one of our directors on the day.  For further information go to www.jerseyfinance.je

 

The Magpie Trust - 2015 Donations

Julia Chapman 07 January 2016 Category: Charity

Altair Partners, via The Magpie Trust have made the following charitable donations throughout 2015:-

The Donna Annand Melanoma Charity, Jersey

Donna Annand sadly passed away on 18 February 2011 following a long and brave battle against Stage IV malignant melanoma.  Donna’s wish was that this disease be highlighted to allow the early detection and treatment of melanoma to improve people’s chances of survival.  The result of Donna’s wish is the formation of The Donna Annand Melanoma Charity. 

Peter Rioda of Sanne Group raising money for Children in Crisis

On Sunday, 26th April 2015 Peter Rioda of Sanne Group ran the Virgin London Marathon and raised over £1,750 for water sanitation projects in Liberian schools.  Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and to make things worse, it has been at the centre of the Ebola crisis.  Sanitation generally is a problem in remote villages. Water sanitation projects centered around Liberian schools impro…

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Julia Chapman appointed to GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

Ian Lambert 01 October 2015 Category: Press Release

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gray and Julia Chapman as non-executive Directors of the Company with effect from 1 October 2015.  Michael Gray has also been appointed as a member of the Company's Audit Committee and Julia Chapman has been appointed as a member of the Company's Investment Committee.

Michael Gray (FCIBS) is a Jersey resident, a qualified Corporate Banker and Corporate Treasurer.  Michael was most recently the Regional Managing Director, Corporate Banking for RBS International, based in Jersey but with responsibility for The Royal Bank of Scotland's Corporate Banking Business in the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

In a career spanning 31 years with The Royal Bank of Scotland, Michael has undertaken a vairety of roles including that of an Auditor for 4 years and has extensive general management and lending experience across a number of industries.  Prior to moving to Jersey in 2005, Michael was Regional Director with…

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The Magpie Trust supports Macmillan's biggest coffee morning

Julia Chapman 29 September 2015 Category: Charity

The Magpie Trust, set up by Altair Partners Limited held a coffee morning at the offices of Forum 3 on the 25th September in support of Macmillan.

Altair invited staff from neighbouring offices including Vantage Innovation, Digital Jersey, Bank of Singapore and J P Morgan to enjoy homemade delicious cakes baked by staff members, raising £500 for such a worthy cause.

By way of a background, Macmillan launched its coffee morning in 1990 with the simple idea that guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their drink to Macmillan.  Since then, the Coffee Morning has grown into Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer and has raised over £138 million to date.

All money raised will help Macmillan as follows:-

  • £159,063 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for three years, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

  • £53,021 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a yea…

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Golfers hit the greens for Autism Guernsey

Nick Watkins 17 September 2015 Category: Charity

The third annual Autism Guernsey golf day took place on the 11th September raising in excess of £8,000.

Part sponsored by Altair Partners Limited the event was held at La Grande Mare Golf Club and involved 26 teams mostly from the corporate / finance sector, consisting of 104 participants including Nick Watkins and Michel Davy who teamed up with Steve Cliff of PraxisIFM Group and John Rochester of Mourant Ozannes to form their team the Altair Rangers.

Paul's Motors kindly sponsored the car which was the hole in one prize on the 11th but sadly no one managed to win this, instead there was a hole in one the 13th!

First place went to Lloyds Offshore, followed by Aztec in second and Raven Russia in third place.

As well as raising funds through the entrance fees, a raffle also encouraged players to dig deep for Autism Guernsey to raise funds which will go towards ongoing services for their Outreach programme which provides personalised support to individuals and families in the…

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Altair to Exhibit at the Channel Islands Funds Forum 2015

Julia Chapman 27 August 2015 Category: Press Release

The BL Channel Islands Funds Forum "Stepping into the Light" is being held on Thursday 1st October at the Radisson Blue Waterfront Hotel, 9am - 3pm.

The event organised by BL in partnership with PwC, sponsored by Appleby and supported by Rossborough, Puritas and Altair will include a variety of panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions covering the following:-

  • What's in store for the islands' funds industries in the coming year
  • Do infrastructure and natural resources offer opportunities
  • Will technology mean the end of the traditional fund manager
  • Can the islands make a mark in African private equity
  • Reviews of the fund administration and legal landscapes
  • Are investors demanding more control of what is done with their money. And is the blind pool declining.
  • Current trends and issues in fund liquidation and restructuring
  • Guernsey vs Jersey - is there really much difference.

There will be plenty of opportunities to network on the day and t…

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Henderson appoints Julia Chapman as a Non-Executive Director

Ian Lambert 02 February 2015 Category: Press Release

The Board of Henderson Far East Income Limited ('the Company') announced that Julia Chapman has been appointed as a non-executive director with effect from 30 January 2015.

Mr John Russell, Chairman of the Company, said "the Directors and I are delighted that Julia has agreed to join us brining to the Board her valuable experience from her extensive career in the investment fund sector."

This appointment is made in the context of the Board's succession plans and, in line with the Company's succession planning policy as highlighted in the 2014 Annual Report, the Board considered that Julia's background, experience, skills and knowledge was complementary and beneficial to the balance of the Board.   Source:  The London Stock Exchange

Altair to sponsor the Jersey Finance Annual Funds Conference 2015

Julia Chapman 14 January 2015 Category: Press Release

Altair are one of the sponsors at the forthcoming 'Winning Moves' event being held at the award winning 8 Northumberland Avenue on the 19 March and will see broadcaster, journalist and author, Jeremy Paxman, question world-class funds professionals as well as give a closing address.

The conference will provide a compelling and in-depth insight into the global funds landscape provided by funds experts and is set to attract numerous practitioners including lawyers, fund managers and other finance professionals. There will also be plenty of opportunities to network at the drinks reception following the event.  For more information, please click on the following link Winning Moves

The Magpie Trust - 2014 Donations

Julia Chapman 17 December 2014 Category: Charity

Altair Partners, via The Magpie Trust has agreed a commitment to CSR, and has made contributions throughout 2014, totalling £12,500 to the following local and international charities:-

Brighter Futures Jersey

A charity that works in partnership with Jersey Parenting Support Service.  Their aim is to provide children, families and young people the opportunity to be safe, healthy and happy enabling them to have brighter futures.  

De Mond Gymnastics Academy

DMGA are a local gymnastic club looking to raise money to re-install and refurbish their new training facility and to help with the travel costs of their young gymnastics who recently attended the Hampshire County and National competitions.  

Disaster Emergency Committee

The DEC brings 13 UK leading charities together in times of crisis:  Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxf…

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Altair - First Director Services to be Licensed by the JFSC

Ian Lambert 13 November 2014 Category: Press Release

Altair Partners Limited is the first bespoke director services firm to be licensed by the JFSC. In addition to providing directors on a variety of fund structures (private equity, hedge, real estate, listed), and self-managed board services, consultancy services and training, they are one of the first Jersey companies to offer external AIFMD risk management services.

With qualified accountants, lawyers, real estate and investment specialists on the team averaging 25 years’ experience each, Altair can assist with strategy, formulation and delivery. Their clients include a large and impressive array of institutional, entrepreneurial and independent clients, including private equity, real estate and hedge funds, public and private companies, investment banks, investment advisers, governments and quasi-governmental organisations.  Their experience of overseeing publicly recognised deals evidences the wide-ranging capabilities for which clients seek their services.

Altair promotes be…

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Tom Jones

Julia Chapman 18 July 2014 Category: Entertainment

The ladies of Altair (including our token male – Ian Lambert) together with their guests were lucky enough to witness the powerful voice of Sir Tom Jones singing at Howard Davis Park, delighting thousands of fans and proving that age is no barrier to performance.

The evening started on the terrace of Bohemia for cocktails, canapés and party bags containing chocolate dragons and daffodils, a Welsh flag, party bubbles, an Altair nodding dog and inflatable microphone, so all potential backing singers could sing-a-long with Tom.  

The night was a great success, the weather remained dry and our guests Clare Treharne (Director 
Head of Audit, Accounting & Outsourcing, BDO) Emily Haithwaite (Partner, Bedells) Jane Pearce (Partner, Ogier) Jean McNutt (Client Director, IPES) Tamara Williams (Director – Private Equity, Sanne) and Brona Lambert (Partner, Moore Stephens) all had a fantastic time.  The Welshman, now in his 70s, belted out songs old and new, and the audience of all ages l…

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BVCA Dinner

Julia Chapman 10 July 2014 Category: Entertainment

It was an auspicious event to host our first business development evening – the inaugural Channel Islands BVCA dinner organized, held at the Grand Hotel, on 10 July.  The guest speaker was Jon Molton, who gave a very entertaining talk on his life in PE.

Julia, Chris and Heather entertained Matt Crill (Head of Corporate Governance, Triton), Ed Fletcher (Managing Director, Mourant Ozannes Corporate Services), John Gavey (Chief Operating Officer, Aztec), Mike Jones (Deputy Director, Policy & Strategy, JFSC), Aidan O’Flanagan (Director, Head of Funds Solutions, Capita), Craig Stewart (Partner, R&H Fund Services) and Jenny Swan (Senior Country Officer, JPMorgan).

We were able to take advantage of the balmy summer weather, with drinks on the terrace.