May 2018 Group Newsletter

15/05/2018

As volatility continues in the UK, and despite recent economic data causing the Bank of England to keep interest rates held, I remain optimistic for both the near and long-term future of the UK’s economic state.  This newsletter includes thoughts on the UK investment climate, doing business in China, elections in Cuba and a Q&A with our newest senior advisor.

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Introducing: Anastasia Bloom

11/05/2018

Salamanca Group welcomes its newest advisor who brings 20 years’ experience across investment banking, wealth management and investments. Born and raised in Russia, she completed a masters at the London School of Economics before working both here and in many other international destinations. We sat down with her to discuss her wealth of experience, what she brings to Salamanca Group team and her outlook on the UK’s international relationships.

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Doing business with China – the importance of knowing the decision maker

11/05/2018

China is vast, rich, motivated and a nation of entrepreneurs. China is an intoxication proposition. Now the world’s second largest economy, China’s GDP growth in 2017 was 6.9% and with Q1 2018 GDP growth at 6.8%, China continues to expand at a rate enviable to the western world’s advanced economies.

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A new dawn in Cuba, and what to expect

11/05/2018

There are changes happening in Cuba. How significant we must wait and see, but with a non-Castro President appointed in April for the first time since their revolution in 1959 the tides are sure to be changing. The country needs, and wants, to welcome in foreign investment.

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Despite Turbulence: a positive outlook on the UK Investment Climate

11/05/2018

One cannot deny that the UK is facing a period of turbulence, however, it would also be misguided to believe that this great nation is going to sit back rather than pursue arising opportunities.  Despite current concerns facing the British economy it remains, as our CEO believes, one of the most attractive countries to do business.  And, whilst London remains one of the epicentres of the financial world, the rest of the UK isn’t passively letting it take all the glory.

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Challenges to Euro-Atlantic Security in 2018

31/01/2018

Part of Salamanca Group’s Strategic Insight Events are delivered in association with the European Leadership Network (ELN). This topic focused on “Challenges to Euro-Atlantic Security in 2018.”

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Salamanca Group announces new Head of Real Estate

22/01/2018

Simon Heilpern is appointed to provide strategic investment and development advice on real estate transactions, asset management and technical services. The partnership fuses his expertise with the Group’s background in direct investment, co-investment, equity raising and corporate transactions across use classes.

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Salamanca Group completes the acquisition of the former Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgwater site from BAE Systems

17/11/2017

With low-carbon, on-site energy production at its core, the 635-acre brownfield site will be developed into SW England’s leading commercial and business centre

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Salamanca Group presents award at Spear’s Wealth Management Awards

10/11/2017

Martin Bellamy, CEO of Salamanca Group, presents the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards on 7th November 2017.

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Prime City office investment sold for £19.35m to private clients of Salamanca Group

19/10/2017

Salamanca Group advised on the acquisition of 35 King Street in the City of London for South African private clients for £19.35m, which completed today.

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The Future of the Iran Deal

12/10/2017

On Wednesday 27th September, the European Leadership Network (ELN) and Salamanca Group co-hosted the latest breakfast briefing part of the Strategic Insight series on “The Future of the Iran Deal”.

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Insight: The changing landscape of football club ownership

25/09/2017

Lord David Triesman, Group Director at Salamanca Group and former FA Chairman explores the enthusiasm behind many overseas entrepreneurs who seek football club ownership. However, many don’t truly understand the multi-layered business, technicalities and history in-side out to make these would-be purchasers successful.

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Salamanca Group announces the transferal of ownership of its luxury marine asset in Barcelona

18/09/2017

After seven years Salamanca Group has transferred ownership of Marina Port Vell. The Group reached its vision of transforming the marina into a preeminent superyacht destination in the Mediterranean – it achieved an 85% increase in yachts over 80metres in 2016. 

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Battersea – a new educational epicenter of London

06/09/2017

As eyes are drawn to Prince George starting school at Thomas’s Battersea this academic year, Gabrielle, Head of Education Advisory reflects on how Battersea is drawing more attention to itself as a new educational epicenter of the Capital.

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Salamanca Group closes Series A funding for Proplend, a leading secured peer-to-peer online lending platform

20/07/2017

LONDON, 19th July, Salamanca Group, the London based Merchant Bank, has recently completed a series A funding round for Proplend, the online marketplace for secured commercial mortgages.

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Beyond the classroom with an education that travels: tuition and mentorship at its finest 

06/07/2017

At this time of year, as families’ thoughts turn to relaxation and holidays, parents will often consider how best to keep their children engaged during the lengthy summer break. Many families consider employing tutors and mentors to cultivate their children’s interests and to broaden their experiences. 

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OneOcean Port Vell successfully débuts the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona

22/05/2017

OneOcean Port Vell, the Mediterranean’s leading superyacht marina, delighted guests during its début as host of the MYBA Charter Show last month. This event drew over 1600 attendees and 56 yachts that participated, adding up to a total 2437.9 linear metres and 29,000 gross tonnes of yachts berthed at the marina – it was an unmissable event to start the Mediterranean charter season.

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Salamanca Group hosts Children’s Dragon’s Den

04/04/2017

A dozen 10 and 11 year olds look to raise money for their business venture, Menter Llechan Lân, and use opportunity to prepare for the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award and World Heritage Status bid.

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Salamanca Group announces Trust & Fiduciary management buyout

30/03/2017

Salamanca Group, the London-based Merchant Banking business, announced today the signing of a binding sale and purchase agreement to complete a management buyout of their Trust & Fiduciary business (“SGTF”). 

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Salamanca Group’s OneOcean Port Vell announces a 160m superyacht berth sale

13/02/2017

OneOcean Port Vell is delighted to announce the sale of a 160m superyacht berth on the marina’s Spanish Quay, which offers 440m of fixed dock capable of berthing the largest yachts in the world.

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Another significant step forward for Salamanca Group’s OneOcean Port Vell in 2016

22/12/2016

Following a 100 million euro transformation, the Marina has completed a second fully operational year and continues to build its reputation as a preeminent superyacht destination. Highlights include…

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Breaking through on social housing: Achieving a holistic impact

15/12/2016

The UK has a long-term housing problem which every government has promised and subsequently failed to address. About 5m people need a home and many more live in overcrowded and sub-standard housing. Each year we build a few tens of thousands of homes with two inevitable results. Salamanca Group applied itself through a new business, Funding Affordable Homes (FAH), to break the log-jam.

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Strategic Insight Events – in association with the European Leadership Network (ELN)

08/06/2016

On 30th March, the ELN and Salamanca Group co-hosted a private breakfast meeting on “China’s Slowdown and the Implications for Europe” attended by senior diplomats, politicians and members of both the Western and Chinese business communities to debate the challenges and opportunities of China’s growing role on the world stage.

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Viewpoint – Why did President Obama enter the fray on Brexit?

08/06/2016

It is increasingly difficult in a cynical age to be surprised by anything said in the heat of a political campaign. Yet the fury directed at President Obama for saying he wanted, even that he needed, the UK to remain in the EU was a jolt for three reasons.

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Will Sterling volatility remain post the UK’s EU Referendum result?

08/06/2016

Since the announcement that the EU Referendum will take place on 23 June, it’s become increasingly apparent that investors are genuinely concerned about the future value of the Pound against other paired currencies.

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Migration: How to read its consequences

08/06/2016

Few issues in modern politics are capable of raising as much passion as immigration. Of course, it is no new phenomenon.

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OneOcean Port Vell named winner in Architizer A + Awards 2016

14/04/2016

Barcelona-based Superyacht marina designed by SCOB Architecture & Landscape awarded Best Marina & Port.

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The Value of an International Education in London

03/03/2016

The UK has a worldwide reputation for being at the forefront of international education, evidenced by its success as a key export.

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The Challenges of 2016

03/03/2016

It is sometimes said, unkindly, of economists that they are very good at predicting the past. Let me take the risk of thinking about the next year.

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In Focus: Corporate Advisory – Funding Affordable Homes

03/03/2016

Big Society Capital, the leading social investment firm, has invested £15 million into Funding Affordable Homes

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Funding Affordable Homes, founded by Salamanca Group, announces £15million investment by Big Society Capital

29/01/2016

Funding Affordable Homes (FAH), the affordable housing company that enables private investment into a socially responsible, investment grade sector announces £15 million investment by the social investment firm, Big Society Capital.

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Salamanca Group leads on housing crisis

15/12/2015

The worst kept secret in the UK is our chronic shortage of lower rent housing especially in London. Every political party has now said it will grasp the nettle but as ever the real question is: how? Not only do lower-income families need decent homes and security of tenure, but they also provide the workforce we all rely on in health, schools, policing and most public services. A modern society depends on a population mix able to sustain the whole body of people.

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London Residential Property Market Review

15/12/2015

Shortly we will reach that time of year when the experts in the London property market produce an array of statistics on how the Capital has performed, and what they predict for the year ahead. Just how much faith can we put in these predictions though? Let’s look at what the experts thought this time last year, and it would be only fair to focus on Estate Agents who are at the coal face of the market, who not only record transactions but have their fingers on the pulse of sentiment and confidence.

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OneOcean Port Vell wins the Global Project award at the FX International Interior Design Awards 2015

08/12/2015

OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona has won in the category of ‘Global Project’ in the 17th edition of the FX Interior Design Awards, which are the prestigious awards granted by the British group that publishes journals Design Curial, FX and Blueprint Magazine. 

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Monocle Entrepreneur Series: Martin Bellamy on OneOcean Port Vell

07/12/2015

In October 2015, Martin Bellamy, Chairman of Salamanca Group and OneOcean, sat alongside three other entrepreneurs to discuss the general themes of being an entrepreneur and starting a business or running a successful and innovative company in Monocle’s Entrepreneurs Panel hosted by Tyler Brûlé.

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Age of the superyacht ushered in by World’s wealthy

20/11/2015

The luxury market of yachting is still expanding and at an ever increasing rate.  Luc Khaldoun explains to Private Wealth the extravagance of this industry and some of the reasoning behind the growth in yacht requirements.

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What UHNWs should be aware of?

10/11/2015

Luc Khaldoun, Head of Client Advisory at OneOcean, talks to the Editor of CityWealth Magazine for their Yachts and Jets special issue. He talks in detail on the new technologies that the UHNW employ on their yacht to protect their privacy.

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Salamanca Group and S-RM announce the successful completion of S-RM’s management buyout

04/11/2015

Salamanca Group and its subsidiary business, Salamanca Risk Management (“S-RM”) announce today the successful completion of a management buyout of S-RM.

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Profile: Martin Bellamy, Salamanca Group CEO, in Director Magazine

17/07/2015

Martin Bellamy met Lysanne Currie, Editor of Director Magazine, during a recent press trip to OneOcean Barcelona – Salamanca Group’s recently refurbished superyacht marina. Whilst dining on the terrace at OneOcean Club, Martin spoke about the journey he had been on to develop the marina, the OneOcean brand and Salamanca Group.

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London Internships and Work Experience in High Demand

17/07/2015

Salamanca Group’s Education Advisory team have worked with 90 families this year alone to support client’s children find placements in the Capital.  Our Head of Education, Gabrielle Villani, spoke to the Evening Standard on the current trend she is seeing.

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Spanning the real asset investment gap

26/06/2015

Global Markets article ‘Spanning the real asset investment gap’ explores how Salamanca Group inputs a risk matrix when investing in infrastructure projects and real assets.

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The rise and fall of the UK residential property market

15/04/2015

It has been a busy past few months for the UK property market. As the economic recovery continues, property performance has been mixed with the countryside showing signs of outpacing some urban markets. Add to this the pressures of a new stamp duty land tax regime and the onset of the General Election and it’s been easy to see a moderating effect on the market as a whole.

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Salamanca Group announces Senior Appointment as new Divisional Head of Real Estate

27/03/2015

Salamanca Group, the Merchant Banking and Operational Risk business, announces the appointment of Ian Griffiths as its new Divisional Head of Real Estate.

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Salamanca Group set to launch Funding Affordable Homes

24/03/2015

Salamanca Group is set to launch a new company to attract funders into affordable housing.

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Completion of facilities at OneOcean’s Marina Port Vell, Barcelona

05/02/2015

Following its four-year transformation, Marina Port Vell (MPV) has unveiled its newly built state-of-the-art building on site in Barcelona. Guests, captains and crew will enjoy a host of first-class complementary facilities recognised for their exceptional quality, encapsulated in The Gallery.

OneOcean Ventures Ltd is wholly owned by the London-based Merchant Banking and Operational Risk Business Salamanca Group. Salamanca Group have spent the past four years redeveloping Marina Port Vell, Barcelona, to handle the world’s largest superyachts.

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Infinity Office Tower wins Office Building of the Year at Bulgaria’s Building of the Year awards 2014

19/01/2015

Salamanca Group, the Merchant Banking and Operational Risk business is pleased to announce that its Infinity Tower development was awarded the Office Building of the Year award at Bulgaria’s annual Building of the Year awards, 2014.

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How early is early? Do parents need to plan their child’s education from the womb?

31/10/2014

How early is early? This is the question facing all parents as they plan for their child’s education. The first months of being a new parent can be incredibly exhausting to the point of being overwhelming.  This is without factoring in the possibilities and choices that come with considering prospective schools, and organising school applications whilst simultaneously visualising your little one in their very grown up uniform in years to come.

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Navigating the maze of schooling from nursery to prep

31/10/2014

For many parents, schools are often the precursor to every decision you make about where to live and raise a family. It’s a complete maze to navigate not only the school system at large, but the individual admissions requirements of schools to which you apply.

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The value of a British education

31/10/2014

What’s the true value of a British education?  It seems it’s worth its weight in gold if the demand for British education from international parents is anything to go by.

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Funding the future: how to financially plan for your child’s schooling

31/10/2014

Paying for private school fees can be akin to trying to climb to the summit of Everest. The impact of the recession and the rise of private school fees year on year, has meant that paying for education has become an ever increasing challenge. For many families it is not an overstatement to consider school fees as ‘the second mortgage’.

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The Pleasures and Problems of Owning a Superyacht

19/09/2014

Salamanca Group launched their series of Private Client round-table events in Marina Port Vell in Barcelona. The event brought together lawyers, accountants, finance brokers and experts in the yacht industry from London, Jersey, Geneva and Barcelona to discuss current trends in the super yacht industry and the challenges faced by private clients when entering this market.

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Opening of Salamanca Group’s Infinity Office Tower

05/08/2014

Salamanca Group, the Merchant Banking and Operational Risk business, announces the opening of a 19 storey 21,000 sq m office tower at the award winning Bulgaria Mall development project in Sofia. As the first of two proposed office towers, the building is already 80% let to a broad range of companies which are using the offices as regional headquarters. The current occupiers are Total, Avon Cosmetics, Telus International, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Imperia Online, Cordeel and ActivTrades.

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Bulgaria Mall has been awarded “Building of the Year 2013” in the “Buildings with Elements of Green Architecture” category.

16/05/2014

Bulgaria Mall has been awarded “Building of the Year 2013” in the “Buildings with Elements of Green Architecture” category.

Bulgaria Mall is the first shopping centre in Bulgaria that has been certified according to the globally recognized method for assessing the environmental performance of buildings of any type – BREEAM.

There innovation that has improved the energy performance of this premises include: the overall construction and insulation of the building, the latest technology for reducing energy consumption, as well as the maximum utilization of daylight through the glass roof with an area of ​​1800 sq. m.

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Martin Bellamy speaks to Citywire Wealth Manager

16/12/2013

The CEO of Salamanca Group explains to Elsa Buchanan of Citywire why the company is benefiting from private bank weakness.

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You Have To Learn To Lead – Martin Bellamy speaks to Julia Werdigier of the New York Times

20/09/2013

Martin Bellamy, CEO of Salamanca Group was interviewed for the New York Times Business Leader profile section. 

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Goldkey Telecoms Ltd appoints Salamanca Group as financial advisor for 4G roll-out

10/09/2013

Goldkey Telecoms Ltd (“Goldkey” or the “Company”), part of the CH Group, a successful Ghanaian entity with multiple industrial activities in Ghana has been awarded one of two 4G Broadband Wireless Access licences (“BWA Licence”) by Ghana’s National Communications Authority (“NCA”).

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Profile: Martin Bellamy interview with Mayfair Times

22/08/2013

Martin Bellamy discussing Salamanca Group’s integrated Merchant Banking and Operational Risk offering with Erik Brown of the Mayfair Times.

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Jasna Office Project – 85% leased

14/01/2013

Sołtysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak (SK&S) law firm have become the main leaseholder of a modern A-class office building – Jasna 26 in Warsaw, Poland. SK&S is one of Poland’s leading law firms with international client base that employs over one hundred attorneys and provides the highest standard of legal services.

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Miodowa Palace sold for €22.4million

12/01/2012

Miodowa Palace, Warsaw, Poland owned by Augusta I and its shareholders including European Residential Property Fund (ERPF) sold in December 2011 for €22.4 million.

The property was acquired by the IVG Warschau Fonds, an investment fund managed by IVG Institutional Funds GmbH.

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Cross Point – The Best Office in Poland – Eurobuild Awards 2011

14/12/2011

Mermaid Properties (developer) and Cross Point office in Lodz won the 2011 Eurobuild Awards for The Best Office in Poland. Additionally, the tenants gave the award for Best Office Manager in Poland to Grzegorz Zawada from Mermaid Properties for the management of the Cross Point office building.

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Salamanca Group Sponsor Row2Recovery

18/11/2011

Salamanca Group were the headline sponsor of the Row2Recovery “R2R” Gala Dinner which took place on 14th November at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, just weeks before the R2R team are due to embark on a challenging journey to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

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FMYA 2011 Shortlist announced

10/07/2011

The HC FCM Salamanca Global Property Fund has been shortlisted for the Group of the year awards and the specialist investment categories at the annual Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards.

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2011 Platinum Drill Award win

07/07/2011

Cross Point and Mermaid Construction win the 2011 Platinum Drill Award for the best Reconstruction and Modernisation project in Poland. The Platinum Drill is a competition organised by Bosch for construction companies, buildings, building contractors. Awards are given for the best projects in different sectors.

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