Awards for Distinction 2023 – Best Independent Wealth Manager – India

Best Independent Wealth Manager India


Waterfield Advisors

Best Independent Wealth Manager – India

Soumya Rajan

Founder & CEO
Waterfield Advisors

It is a matter of immense pride for us to have received this award. As the demand for wealth management rises in India, I firmly believe that the core values of advisory that align with the clients interests will continue to resonate strongly with the investing community.

Getting this recognition in a highly contested and competitive category is a recognition of the impact and depth of Waterfield’s client services on the Indian wealth management industry. As a truly independent wealth management firm, we have pioneered pure-play wealth advisory and aspire to continuously be thought leaders and to keep enhancing our holistic offering to our clients.

What was behind the judges’ decision?

  • In 2023, Waterfield Advisors significantly bumped up its entire offering. The judging panel was particularly impressed by its new dedicated advisory for Bollywood actors and sports stars, addressing an often overlooked client segment whose short earnings span results in very specific requirements. Other launches included a new fund of funds that raised US$250 million and a multi-asset discretionary platform
  • Waterfield Advisors scored highly across a number of the key business metrics used by Asian Private Banker to judge the Awards for Distinction. These included revenue growth (with the judging panel noting a strong proportion recorded from stickier, recurring sources); one of the lowest cost-to-income ratios in the Indian wealth industry; and a significant yearon-year rise in AUM, with a large part of this derived from net new money
  • In 2023, the company took further steps to build its global business. Through its partnership with Zephyr, Waterfield launched the Zephyr-Waterfield Premium Account, allowing for the creation of customised global portfolios for clients at a ticket price of US$3 million. The platform is already enjoying robust demand, with one client onboarding US$100 million to the Zephyr-Waterfield Premium Account

What we said

Founded a little over a decade ago, Waterfield Advisors has risen to become one of India’s top wealth management businesses. With AUM of more than US$4.5 billion, the firm is the trusted advisor to about 250 of the country’s wealthiest individuals and families,” said Daniel Shane, editor of Asian Private Banker. “What differentiates Waterfield is its compelling blend of all the solutions and services offered by the biggest players in the market, but with the high-touch attention to detail of a boutique.

“Waterfield’s offering runs the gamut of investment advisory to alternatives to wealth and succession planning to philanthropy and impact. Always looking to improve its offering, 2023 was a year of milestones for Waterfield, with new launches including discretionary investments, a fund of funds platform, and a bespoke service offering aimed at media, sports and entertainment professionals.

“For these reasons and much more, Asian Private Banker is proud to present Waterfield Advisors with the prize of Best Independent Wealth Manager – India at the Awards for Distinction 2023.”

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