BNP Paribas: Serving entrepreneurs both personally and professionally

BNP Paribas Serving entrepreneurs both personally and professionally

Entrepreneurs have unique and distinct requirements in an ever-changing world; only a global private bank can assist in their path of value creation with the ability to build a bridge between their personal and business needs. Serving these exceptional individuals is at the core of the offering at BNP Paribas Wealth Management and well ingrained in its DNA.

Bagging 12 major awards at the Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2020 by The Digital Banker, there is no doubt that BNP Paribas is the leading name when it comes to wealth management. The awards include:

  • Winner, Best Private Bank Hong Kong
  • Winner, Best Private Bank United Arab Emirates
  • Winner, Best Private Bank North Asia
  • Winner, Best Private Bank Western Europe
  • Winner, Best Private Bank – Digital Innovation
  • Winner, Outstanding Private Bank for Growth Strategy
  • Winner, Best Private Bank for Equities
  • Winner, Best Private Bank for UHNW Clients
  • Winner, Outstanding NRI Offering
  • Winner, Best Discretionary & Advisory Service Offering
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Private Bank, AI & Big Data
  • Highly Acclaimed, Best Next-Gen Offering

Touted as the world’s most authoritative and highly esteemed private wealth awards, the Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2020 (GPB 2020) organised by The Digital Banker exists to  identify best in class Private Banks, Family Offices and Wealth Managers that demonstrate elite levels of performance & creativity across Fixed Income, ESG, Structured Investments, FX & Cash Management, and more.

Among the highly respected line up of judges who helped select this year’s award winners are elite industry professionals from companies such as Forrester, Protiviti and EY. Previous year’s judges include PwC, KPMG, and Fuji Xerox.

Serving entrepreneurs

In the past six years, BNP Paribas Wealth Management has engaged with over 15,000 high net worth (HNW) and ultra-high net worth (UHNW) entrepreneurs across the world in an effort to better understand their motivations and ambitions, their behavior and profiles as both investors and drivers of business and economic growth. And each year BNP Paribas discovers insights to reinforce its commitment and support to clients who are successful entrepreneurs; to address their personal and professional ambitions.

“Our research shows that in regular markets, private equity outperforms the stock market by approximately 6% per annum. In downturns, like The Great Recession or the Dot-Com bubble crash, private equity strategies outperform public markets even more, which gives clients some comfort,” says Prashant Bhayani, Chief Investment Officer (Asia) at BNP Paribas Wealth Management.

The sixth iteration of its Global Entrepreneur Report, in association with Aon, consists of several parts. The first part of the report focused on a global overview of entrepreneurial investment, wherein it appeared that entrepreneurs allocate 20% of their investable wealth to real estate and private equity. Real estate in particular was viewed as a safe asset class especially in the Asian context.

Our research shows that in regular markets, private equity outperforms the stock market by approximately 6% per annum. In downturns, like The Great Recession or the Dot-Com bubble crash, private equity strategies outperform public markets even more, which gives clients some comfort.

The recent part two of the 2020 Global Entrepreneur Report focuses on private equity and private real estate. The outlook of entrepreneurs globally on these segments is fascinating and demonstrates both the highly attractive nature of private equity and the deep sophistication of HNW entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it highlights the unique nature of the Elite entrepreneur population, focused on business excellence and looking for performance across investment and market cycles.

While the report also highlights different patterns – in particular with regards to liquidity risks or macroeconomic uncertainty – in outlook depending on geography, age and gender, these key findings underline the strong cultural affinity between entrepreneurs and investors for private assets. The unique place of real estate as a core investment within most investment portfolio is also confirmed, with entrepreneurs expected to continue to increase their portfolio allocation to the asset class (from 10% to 18%) in the next 12 months.

Responsible Private Bank

BNP Paribas Wealth Management believes diversification is a key feature of investment strategies. Over the past years, the Bank has seen a significant pick up in clients’ appetite for private equity. In this persistently low interest rate environment, investors are looking for diversification and higher returns to optimise their portfolio’s risk return profile. BNP Paribas has been facilitating private equity investments since 1998 and has established a proven track record in this highly specialised asset class.

In a context marked by the Covid-19 crisis, BNP Paribas is helping even more of the world’s most demanding entrepreneurs. As a responsible private bank serving the economy, its objective has always been, and continues to be, to improve its own understanding of how to support entrepreneurs both personally and professionally.


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