Olivier Collombin: E-merging Offers Wealth Expertise at Your Fingertips

Olivier Collombin, Founder and CEO of E-merging

Olivier Collombin, Founder and CEO of E-merging

Unknown to most, the E-merging platform gives access to the largest group of wealth representatives in the world. In an exclusive interview with finews.asia, Founder and CEO Olivier Collombin reveals his plans in Asia.

Mr. Collombin, E-merging is sometimes called a «Facebook» for asset managers. What does that mean?

Back in 2009, opportunities to connect and network in the private wealth space were limited to conferences and events. I realised that there was a strong demand from wealth managers to connect with their peers but not necessarily around a diner table. The private wealth sector is extremely discreet and at the time nothing existed to match a private discussion in person.

With E-merging we designed a platform that would solve that problem. We understood the need for privacy and built a secure network that allowed members to remain anonymous and yet communicate, exchange and collaborate regardless of their location.

What makes E-merging unique?

E-merging counts some 1,100 member companies in 60 countries, who employ some 18,000 people managing 400 billion dollars. The platform is a spring-board, a social network of a new kind, it is unique, it is safe, it is protected, it is regulated and it’s loyal to its members. Unbeknown to most, is that it gives you access to the largest group of wealth representatives in the world, in one place and brings expertise at the tip of your fingers.

«We are looking to build stronger relationships here in Asia»

E-merging has broken the barriers to communication in a ferociously discreet and secretive industry. We understand that our community operates on these premises and we respect it. As a result we have a placed a huge emphasis on privacy and security.

Now you are expanding to Asia. How will you proceed?

Asia is a key market for us. We are looking to build stronger relationships here in Singapore and are looking for individuals or organisations that share our vision and would be interested in representing E-merging in other finance hubs across Asia.

Will you have an office here? Are you looking for personnel?

As you may know E-merging recently became independent from Lombard Odier. We have a growing team in our offices in Geneva and new offices in Monaco. We operate on a global platform and have members across all continents.

«We recognise the potential that exists here»

At this date, we do not have plans to open an office in Singapore. We want to keep our operations nimble and prefer to operate with strategic partners that share our vision. In Singapore our strategic partner is finews.asia.

Can you give us some facts and figures about your activities in Asia?

E-merging operates in over 50 countries and represents more than 1,000 companies. Today Asia represents around 10 percent of our membership. We recognise the potential that exists here, especially in Singapore and we are here to encourage the local private wealth community to come onboard.

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