By Yusra Barmaz
Another year has passed, and over the weekend, ZEDRA celebrated its second birthday.
In our second year, ZEDRA has continued to become an increasingly established and recognised firm in the Trust, Corporate and Fund services sector. The year saw us grow to 500 employees and we continued to expand geographically: we now have a presence in the US and the acquisition of Barclays UK Trust business made ZEDRA one of the largest on-shore trust companies in the UK. We will take the opportunity to officially celebrate the launch of our Luxembourg office – our most recent acquisition – in early 2018.
2017 was also a year in which we were honoured to receive industry recognition for our work. ZEDRA was humbled to collect several nominations and awards, amongst the highlights of these, we were named Trust Company of the Year at the CityWealth IFC Awards and Independent Trust Company of the Year at the Magic Circle Awards.
Since our establishment, we knew that it was our people would play the most significant role in our firm because it is them who provide expertise and a first-rate service to our clients. Over the last months we have continued to make key hires throughout the Group, particularly strengthening our Funds, Corporate Services and Family Office teams with specialists whose knowledge and skill takes clients further than ever before.
ZEDRA is proud to be an innovative and inclusive firm and 2017 saw us launch our employee share scheme, which employees of any seniority are able to participate in. 98% of our staff invested, and we believe that this underlines our employee’s commitment to our clients and shows their confidence in our company’s future.
We look forward to the upcoming year – while there will inevitably be change as we keep abreast of the evolving financial landscape, other things will remain constant as we continue to commit to going further for our clients and focusing on delivering the first-class service they have come to expect from us.