Guernsey investment research and consulting firm Asset Risk Consultants (ARC)has ambitious plans to expand the services it offers to clients, according to Guy Christie, Director of the firm's new London office.

Speaking at an event marking the opening of ARC's Covent Garden office, Mr Christie told 200 clients, advisers and investment managers that the business was pursuing further growth.

"As we expand into new markets, not only do we anticipate new opportunities but we also expect to develop and deepen our research. This will ensure that we can continue to help our clients get the very best out of the investment management industry," he said.

Group Managing Director Graham Harrison said: "Under Guy Christie's stewardship, ARC intends to use the London office to not just help service existing clients and contacts, but also to develop its service offering, particularly to wealth advisers and to charities.

"The three parts of ARC's business - investment consulting to private clients and charities; manager research; and performance reporting - are each well placed to experience significant growth over the coming years. The London office represents a key step in ARC's plans to deliver its services to a larger market."

ARC's team in London will be supported by more than 50 colleagues in Guernsey and Jersey. The business was founded in Guernsey in 1995 and established its Jersey office in 2009.

Group Chairman Arthur Labatt toasted ARC's future success. He said: "I have been a client of ARC for over a decade and, since June I have become an investor in the business. Having experienced first-hand the quality of people at ARC and the value of the advice they provide, I am delighted that ARC has taken this step of opening an office in London."

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