30th anniversary

A slice of history: The CCW Trust Limited team celebrate the firm's 30th anniversary. Picture Andrew Barton

A slice of history: The CCW Trust Limited team celebrate the firm's 30th anniversary. Picture Andrew Barton

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CCW Trust Limited (CT) is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The fiduciary services arm of accountancy firm Crowe Clark Whitehill, CT was formed as Athol Fiduciaire Limited (AF) in 1985 by the late Charles Colvington and Brian Hyslop, both leading figures in the offshore finance sector who had well established business contacts in Switzerland.

In 1995, when AF’s founding principals were looking to retire, the firm was acquired by its auditors Horwath Clark Whitehill, partners in which were Roger Barrs and John Cowan. Both are now directors of Crowe Clark Whitehill with Phaedra Bird.

The firm went on to acquire the business of Will Tickle, Investaid Ltd, in 2009 and that of the late Philip (‘Pip’) Thomas, Whitebridge Corporate Services Ltd, in 2014.

John said: ‘Acquiring AF was a good a good fit with our operation.

‘Its focus was principally corporate business in mainland Europe, while Crowe Clark Whitehill’s was mostly UK-based trust clients.

‘The two areas of complementary skills made for a compelling combination that continues to this day, shaping our business and lending it strength, stability and resilience, qualities which are all the more vital now at a time of ever increasing financial regulation.’

Phaedra said: ‘What distinguishes both practices is the professionalism of every member of our highly qualified 30-strong team allied to our access to global expertise as a member of the Crowe Howarth International network.

‘Over the past 30 years the industry has changed enormously, not least in terms of the way technology plays such a crucial role in the conduct of business. That said, we have never lost sight of the importance of the personal approach. This has been central to the success of the business and has led to our celebrating 30 years of service excellence.’

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