International family office Stonehage Fleming today (29 June) opened its new representative office in Florida and the appointment of Lowry Brescia in the position of client relationship manager for the group in Miami. 

The representative office is located in the Brickell Avenue Financial District which it said was further evidence of Stonehage Fleming's growing presence in North America. 

It will serve as a gateway for ultra/high net worth individuals and families in Florida and throughout Latin America to access Stonehage Fleming's  global network of offices and capabilities. 

In addition, it will also be a local port of call for professional intermediaries either in, or passing through, the area. 

Lowry Brescia's role as client relationship manager is effective immediately. 

She will report to Johan van Niekerk, Head of Family Office (US). 

She joins Stonehage Fleming from Lionheart Capital where she was Vice President of Operations. 

Prior to this, she spent over a decade at The Cantor Group (formerly Cantor & Webb P.A.), latterly as director of client services & public relations. 

She will work closely with family office colleagues across the group and will focus on developing and managing client relationships, particularly in the Latin American market. 

Johan van Niekerk, head of family office (US), said: "We are committed to expanding our capabilities and presence across the United States. We are therefore very pleased to announce the opening of our new representative office in Florida. Miami is the undisputed gateway to reach Latin American clients and we are excited to be able to offer a local presence that meets the needs of clients in this important segment of the market."

"Lowry's broad industry experience and contacts gained by working with ultra / high net worth individuals predominantly from Latin America, North America and the Caribbean is hugely valuable as we seek to develop our presence in Florida.

"Having been based in Florida for two decades and a fluent Spanish speaker, Lowry is firmly embedded in the community and has a clear understanding of the wealth management landscape."

Lowry Brescia added: "I am thrilled to be supporting Stonehage Fleming's entry into Florida, and gateway to Latin America with the opening of its representative office in Miami. While ultra /high net worth families may have complex international needs that require our broad global service offering that does not stop them from wanting to have a contact that can provide valuable assistance in their local market."

The opening of the representative office in Miami, Florida, means that Stonehage Fleming now has a presence in 14 geographies around the world, including an office in Philadelphia, and a representative office in Toronto, Canada.