(Bloomberg) — Wealth supervisor Azura employed former JPMorgan Chase & Co. government Jerry Garcia to buttress its presence in Miami, turning into the newest agency to ramp up growth efforts in South Florida.
Garcia, 53, began final month as head of Azura’s Latin America enterprise, in response to an announcement Wednesday. He beforehand helped lead JPMorgan’s personal financial institution for Latin America after working on the New York-based agency for greater than a decade.
Corporations together with Common Atlantic, Rothschild & Co. and BNP Paribas SA have opened workplaces in Miami and surrounding areas inside the previous yr, fueling a increase within the area as different components of the US actual property market are roiled by rising rates of interest.
In the meantime, billionaires like Ken Griffin, Dan Loeb and Josh Harris have scooped up waterfront Miami Seashore mansions, serving to to extend the variety of high-net-worth people within the metropolis by 75% over the previous decade, in response to funding migration agency Henley & Companions.
Latin American nations shifting left politically over the previous yr has additionally sparked a flood of cash out of the area, strengthening Miami’s fame as a haven for super-rich Latinos. Individuals and firms in Latin America’s 5 largest economies final yr pulled about $137 billion out of their nations, in response to knowledge from the Institute of Worldwide Finance.
Azura, began by former Julius Baer Group banker Ali Jamal, 41, has about 40 workers globally. It’s added greater than 20 professionals for the reason that begin of 2021 from companies together with Credit score Suisse, Barclays Plc and UBS Group AG.
Specializing in billionaire fortunes, the wealth supervisor opened a New York workplace in March run by former Credit score Suisse government Anthony Kontoleon, including to places in London, Geneva and Monaco. Azura additionally opened a Singapore workplace in 2020 and one in Dubai final yr.
Garcia, who left JPMorgan final yr, was a managing director and market supervisor for the agency’s private-banking operations in Central America and South America.
Jamal, a former Kuwaiti military officer, launched Azura in 2019 with about $2 billion of property underneath advisory after most lately working as Julius Baer’s head of key shoppers for rising markets. That quantity has now grown to virtually $4 billion, in response to the assertion.
–With help from Felipe Marques and Jordan Fitzgerald.