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Geoff Melamet is the founder and major shareholder of HMSA Group. He is a consummate professional who genuinely knows and understands his clients, their families, their diverse business interests and he seeks to find bespoke financial solutions and support to satisfy even the most complex structure. He is trustworthy, honest and solid support to all his clients as he strives to safeguard assets and manage cross-border trusts. He is STEP qualified and a member of the ITPA.

He is adept at providing trusts, corporate structures and corporate services as well as looking for business solutions and helping ‘connect people’ from offices in the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Geoff has a Bachelor of Economic Science and an MBA, both from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He worked on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as an Investment Analyst before moving into Trade Finance when he relocated to the United Kingdom in 1984. Geoff moved into the trust administration field in 2003.

Lucy Jewell is a founding partner of HMSA Group. She has over ten years experience in the family office environment and her level of expertise and professionalism allows her to implement and deliver with clarity the structures and arrangements required by clients that in turn build long-standing relationships.

She is a fully qualified STEP member, and an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Lucy obtained a BA (Hons) Business degree and then fast–tracked into IBM working on SLA agreements and contract delivery.

Marc Pimstein is a founding partner of HMSA Group and heads up international business development and overseas accounting functions at the company. He provides support and advice to clients looking for trusts, corporate structures and corporate services from offices in the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Marc has a Business Science degree with honours in Finance and post graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Cape Town. Marc spent five years with KPMG as a trainee accountant thereafter transferring to KPMG London office as a manager. He has worked in trust administration since 2007 and was the COO of a boutique trust administration for five years prior to joining HMSA Group.

Eric Hohberger sits on the Board of various Swiss and foreign companies and has worked with HMSA Group since inception. His expertise is in the area of corporate consulting, corporate management and audit, according to national and international standards, specifically concerning due diligence, corporate finance, strategic consulting and company valuation. He is a Swiss national and a graduate of the University of Geneva with a degree in economics, specialising in corporate management (1991), and is a Swiss Chartered Accountant (1997).

Martyn Crespel was born in Jersey, Channel Islands and educated in Jersey and the UK. He is a member of the society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and has over 30 years experience in the banking and trust industry. Martyn’s career started in international banking.

He worked for a UK banking group where he obtained valuable experience in many aspects of international banking and securities as part of the bank’s management development program.

Looking for a wider challenge he moved into the Trust industry and worked for 5 years for the trust division of a Dutch bank. An opportunity was then presented to him to take a position in the British Virgin Islands for another Dutch bank owned trust company. He remained there for four years before moving to Hong Kong with the same firm for approximately 1 year to assist with the opening of a new office.

After this time abroad Martyn returned to Jersey where he joined a small management company which provided family and private client wealth planning solutions. This company grew successfully and was later acquired by an international trust group. Martyn remained with this group for approximately 10 years working in Jersey, the BVI and Switzerland as a director and managing director of these various offices.