John Haddon has over 30 years experience in international financial markets and investment management and is an experienced private property investor. John joined The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) in 1978 and held various executive positions in Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Oman and the United Arab Emirates during his career with the HSBC Group. John also worked for The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in Toronto where he worked in RBC’s domestic merchant banking treasury divisions. In 1997 John joined Dah Sing Bank Limited, a medium size banking and financial services group in Hong Kong where he became executive director responsible for the bank’s treasury and surplus funds’ management business and a director of Dah Sing’s life insurance business. In 2004, John moved to the U.S.A. where he formed a real estate investment and property management business to look after a commercial and residential property portfolio in SW Florida. John has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is an associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers. John holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Strategy (Sloan Fellowship) from London Business School. John is an avid supporter of the arts and works with our clients in Hong Kong and the USA.
Annelien Bruins has worked within the international art world for 15 years. After honing her expertise managing two well-known, extensive private collections of art, antiques, and collectibles, she set up London-based Bruins Private Collections Consultancy in 2007, providing portfolio management to both private and corporate clients from Europe, the United States, and Asia. Five years later, Annelien hopped the Atlantic and joined Tang Art Advisory where she serves as COO and senior art advisor. Annelien is a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City. Annelien holds a BA in Marketing and Communication from Ichthus Hogeschool, Rotterdam, an MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London Metropolitan University. She holds a Foundation Certificate in Art Law and a Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics from the Institute of Art and Law in the UK and an MSc in Leadership and Strategy (Sloan Fellowship) from the London Business School. Recognizing her acute understanding of the art market and its many nuances, Spears Wealth Management named Annelien Best Art Advisor in 2014 and 2015. She has lectured at Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and California College of the Arts, has written for Family Office Exchange, Spears Wealth Management, and Private Wealth Focus. She has been interviewed by CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Barrons Asia, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Art + Auction, Investment Week and Private Asset Management, and currently sits on the boards of Collectrium and Rentagent. You can download Annelien's BIO here, click here for a list of articles she has written and here for lectures she has given over the years.
Madeleine Yates combines an expertise of the financial and art worlds. She started her career with Montagu Investment Management, the investment division of Samuel Montagu & Co., as a fund manager specialising in Far Eastern and Australian equities. Subsequent to that she worked for the American investment bank, Fiduciary Trust. In her second career, Madeleine combined raising a family with voluntary work. She worked for 8 years in the Education Department of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Madeleine is fluent in Italian. She holds an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (St. Anne’s College) and an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. At the Courtauld Institute, her specialisations included 20th Century American Art in a Political Context and 18th Century British Painting and Sculpture. Her MA Dissertation was on “Andrea di Bartolo’s Triptych of the Crucifix (Siena Pinacoteca no. 153): the original appearance of the triptych, the newly identified St. Martha and the Augustinian Convent of S. Marta, Siena.”
Ruth Polleit Riechert has studied History of Art in Germany and England (University of London, Goldsmiths College) and holds an M.A. from Humboldt-University Berlin. During her studies and afterwards she has worked within the art world (Christie’s, Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art and Brockstedt Gallery). Later on at Ketterer Auctions, however, she switched to press relations and continued in communications and marketing at Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company and the Private Bank of the Princely House of Liechtenstein. Whenever possible she included art in any communications strategies such as the “Deutsche Bank Identity Art Exhibition” which was shown at Deutsche Bank’s headquarters worldwide. During her parental leave she completed her Ph.D. in History of Art from Duesseldorf University on “Marketing and Price Development of Contemporary Art from 2000 - 2007”.
Debra Friedmann is a J.D. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Her studies focus on art and cultural heritage law. Debra is the Vice President of the Georgetown Art Law Society and has previously held legal internships at the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland and the Center for Art Law in New York. She has also worked at several museums and archival institutions including the Rose Art Museum and the Brandeis University Archives and Special Collections. Debra holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and graduated as a dual major with high honors in History and the Deborah Joseph Cohen ’62 Memorial Award in Fine Arts.