PwC wins prestigious STEP Private Client Award

09 September 2016


PwC has won the Family Business Advisory Team of the Year category at the STEP Private Client Awards, which took place on Thursday 8 September 2016.

Held by STEP, the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations, the Awards are highly regarded as a celebration of excellence across the private client world. All entries go through a rigorous, practitioner-led judging process to select the best in the industry.

The Family Business Advisory Team of the Year category, which was sponsored by Close Brothers Asset Management, had a strong set of finalists, with PwC beating AH Loder Advisers, Banyan Global Family Business Advisors, Deloitte and Oxford Place to the prize.

The Presiding Judges said:

‘PwC’s entry demonstrated outstanding expertise and international reach in the field of family business consultancy. Their Global Family Business Survey and Next Generation programme are evidence of their thorough and well-conceived approach to the complex relationship that family businesses present.’

Chair of the PCA Presiding Judges Paul Stibbard TEP, who opened the ceremony, said:

‘We were spoiled for choice with this year’s entries. The quality was extremely high among all categories. It was quite a task to select the finalists. With competition like this it was all the more of an achievement to win. On behalf of all the judges, I offer my warmest congratulations on these well-deserved awards.’

Sian Steele, PwC partner and family business leader, said:

'I'm incredibly proud that we have won the Family Business Advisory Team of the year award. PwC is passionate about family business and we have worked hard to develop propositions that put our clients at the heart of all that we do; this award affirms that we have got it right. Family Businesses are too often the unsung heroes of the global economy, significantly contributing to GDP and providing stable employment for millions, it really is a privilege to work alongside them and support their endeavours.'

More than 600 private-client professionals gathered for the Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, which was hosted by comedian Henning Wehn.

The event supported the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) charity for a third year. Donations from entrants raised GBP84,898 for the charity, which offers pro bono legal assistance to support under-resourced governments, non-governmental organisations and advocates in developing countries to advance fundamental rights, lift their nations out of poverty and establish the rule of law. This year’s fundraising takes the total raised for the ISLP over three years to an impressive GBP256,025.

STEP was pleased to have the support of sponsors Bermuda Business Development Agency, Butterfield Trust, Capital Generation Partners, Close Brothers Asset Management, Crestbridge, Harneys, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Maitland, Smith & Williamson Investment Management, Towry and Virtus Trust Group.

View the full list of finalists and winners, plus photos of the event at

To find out more about our Family Business team and how we can help your business, get in touch with Sian or one of the team.

Email: Sian Steele
Tel: +44 (0)122 355 2226

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