MEET THE TEAM

MATT FIRMAN
CEO

Matt Firman started his career working for Bank of Scotland in London, advising high net worth clients around the world.  In 2004 Matt moved to a large investment bank on Wall Street to focus on US clients. He moved to Dubai in 2009 and worked for Old Mutual International, holding the position of Head of High Net Worth Distribution and travelled extensively advising bankers, Family Offices and Wealth Managers to structure clients wealth to legally and compliantly reduce their effective rate of tax.  Matt lives in the Algarve with his wife and two daughters and enjoys playing golf and watching football. Matt is a member of the chartered institute of securities and investments.

PAUL NICHOLSON
Group Executive and Senior Wealth Manager

Paul was born in Zimbabwe and has over 30 years of experience in advising South African residents and expats on international investments, both in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Portugal, with particular focus on providing his clients with income in retirement. Paul specialises in creating offshore structures to assist his clients with cross-border tax and estate planning and has an extensive track record both with his clients and with some of the world’s most respected international financial institutions, in some of the most highly regulated offshore jurisdictions.

RICHARD THISTLEWOOD
Group Executive and Senior Wealth Manager

Richard Thistlewood started his career working for the Bank of America in the United Kingdom, helping private and corporate clients around the globe. In 2008 he took a role in Cape Town with one of the worlds largest independent financial advisories acting as a senior wealth manager and assisting with high net worth clients. Richard was then requested to help set up an offshore division based out of Mauritius for the Atlas Financial Group. Richard successfully went on to build business globally and now resides in Portugal with his wife and two children. He is a keen golfer and enjoys watching and occasionally playing cricket. Richard is a member of the chartered institute of securities and investments and is the chairman of a local golf society. Richard is currently helping St James Global clients internationally and has been integral in the latest European office development.

STEPH RYAN
Client Relationship Manager EU

Meet Steph Ryan, career driven mother to a beautiful little boy.  Over the course of the last 20 years, Steph has developed her skill set across the creative and strategic management fields. From building a successful construction company with her husband, the two prove to be a powerhouse couple at the top of their game. With a zest for life and new adventure,  the couple recently turned to Portugal as their new home base. Steph continues to develop her skills set as a new member of the exclusive St James Global. With a love for people and a vast connection capital across different fields, Steph has proven time and again a reliable, compassionate ally in any situation

With 70 years of combined experience, we can give you and your assets the security they need.

We are  100% focused on building relationships from generation to generation.

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