With current chief executive Stephen Tucker retiring after a decade at the helm, Woodley told International Adviser that there is an “almost automatic renewed impetus, and a sense of let’s push on further.”
The UK headquartered expat focused firm, which has assets under management in excess of £1.5bn ($2.1bn, €1.7bn), celebrates its 120th anniversary as a business later this year.
Woodley said: “As jurisdictions improve their regulations, they become more interesting places for us to go and work.
“That’s our ethos and has been for many years, if we’re going to do it we’ll do it properly. That means Dubai and Thailand become interesting. The US would become interesting too, but they seem to be taking two steps backwards for every-one step forward in terms of regulation. And we get referrals and contacts from these places every month.”
At this stage, scoping out the regulations is the order of the day to make sure they have a complete understanding of exactly what it is they can do.
“Hopefully this year, we’ll have a plan for how we’re going to do it. It’s about getting the right people who want to go there, and dependent on what the regulatory hurdles are.”
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