An Interview with Christiaan van den Hout

 

What do you do for Vie International?

I advise individuals, family offices and professional advisors on life insurance planning strategies, with extensive experience assisting UK, US and international families. I work with UK resident clients, domiciled and non-domiciled, as well as non-UK resident clients including both US citizens and US residents. I, and the firm, are dual authorised and regulated to source life insurance policies from the US market in addition to the UK, providing value-driven international financial planning in the currency of choice. I also advise on international health insurance policies.

What do you love most about your role?

Getting to know my clients and their advisors, helping to ensure their family members are properly protected and their legacy guaranteed by solving wealth transfer, asset protection and IHT/estate tax planning goals.

How has your business adapted in light of COVID-19?

There was minimal change to our business process as we were already set up for agile working. Temporarily it was difficult to arrange medical exams and there was a reduction in capacity available in the life insurance market although that has largely returned.

What has been your greatest achievement? Personal or professional. 

Surviving lockdown with 2 under 2!

Why did you join PCD?

To keep in touch with peers and stay abreast of industry trends.

Have you attended a PCD webinar? What did you think?

Yes, one so far. Well produced and more interactive than others.

On a weekend, I am most likely found...

Taking my kids to the local playgrounds or playing a quick 9 holes at the Hampstead Golf club.


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