AES International welcomes James McLeod as General Counsel

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AES International is delighted to announce the arrival of James McLeod, who joins the Board as General Counsel. As AES continues to grow and expand, James will play a pivotal role in ensuring the company maintains its commitment to export UK best practice to the international marketplace.

James McLeod, General Counsel at AES International

James McLeod, General Counsel at AES International

James is passionate about ensuring AES delivers the very highest possible standards to both its advisers and clients in accordance with the AES cultural values of integrity, respect, teamwork, knowledge and professionalism.

As General Counsel, James McLeod is responsible for the Corporate Governance and Risk Management at AES International. This involves the oversight of all regulatory, administrative and legal matters within the many jurisdictions in which AES operates to make sure that the highest standards are upheld, regardless of jurisdiction.

AES International CEO Sam Instone commented, 'As independent specialists licensed to provide investment and insurance advice in 34 jurisdictions, AES International has a truly global perspective and we are always looking for people of the highest calibre to join us in our mission to positively change international financial services. James has that quality, and as an Investors in People Gold firm we are thrilled to welcome him into a supportive and progressive environment in which he can build on the great work we are already doing.'

A Classics graduate from Oriel College, Oxford, James was commissioned in 1985 into the Scots Guards, serving in multiple overseas theatres. Following his military service, James worked in the Ministry of Defence, and then qualified as a solicitor in 2003. Working initially as an Associate in the Employment and Pensions Department at S J Berwin LLP, he later moved to specialist positions at both Herbert Smith LLP and Squire Sanders (UK) LLP.

Having such a wide breadth of experience and expertise, James is passionate about ensuring AES delivers the very highest possible standards to both its advisers and clients in accordance with the AES cultural values of integrity, respect, teamwork, knowledge and professionalism. He is committed to enabling a transparent, trusted and well-governed organisation to positively change the international marketplace.

Outside the office, James practices seiko karate, is a keen traveller and has extensive charitable interests including fundraising through organising and participating in long-distance cycle rides. James is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and the Law Society and is a solicitor registered in England and Wales.

About AES International

AES is the fastest-growing UK financial services business for both 2011 and 2012, as recognised by the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100.

AES International is the trading style of a multi-award winning financial services group that is licensed for investment and insurance business in over 34 jurisdictions worldwide and is owned by AES International Global PLC.

The company’s approach is strongly differentiated from its peers. As multi-award winning independent specialists with a global perspective, AES seeks to export UK best practice into the international marketplace, focusing on quality; both in terms of the advisers they recruit and the service they provide. Their values-driven approach is reflected in their unique Partnership Charter, which brings peace of mind and security to partners and clients alike.

AES International seeks to bring positive change to international financial services and specialises in multi-jurisdictional, cross border, inpatriate, expatriate, and non-domiciled insurance and investment services. This means they deliver professional services to international private client advisers, wealth managers, and other financial services firms who serve internationally mobile professionals, offshore clients/trusts and the expatriate sector.

The firm delivers three market leading value propositions to those intermediaries and businesses with whom they partner. These enable their partners and agents to help their respective clients understand, build and protect their assets.


International Wealth Management, Protecting your Family and International Insurance, Investment Services, Emigration and Immigration Services, International Pension and Retirement Planning, International Financial Planning.

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