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Barrie Townsend

Role

International Financial Adviser

Location

The Netherlands

Barrie has been involved in the International Financial Services Industry since 1993, working as a financial advisor in the Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Spain and Norway. Throughout the last 28 years Barrie has built a strong reputation and a large network of clients whom he supports across various European countries.

Barrie has worked for some of the largest and most forward-thinking financial advisory firms in Europe. His main focus is designing and implementing retirement, savings andinvestment strategies for international workers to assist them in both accumulating and preserving wealth in a risk controlled manner.

Testimonials

‘My late husband had worked with Barrie since 2014.  Barrie guided us through the various options available with regards to the most efficient pension to suit our goals and aspirations. Monies have seen been managed in a risk controlled manner over the years. With the pension now sitting under my name, Barrie has continued to be supportive and in regular contact to keep me up to date on how the pension is progressing.  I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as a pensions adviser.’ – Tatiana Ludlow 

‘I have worked with Barrie at Blacktower over the last couple of years.  Here Barrie guided me through the various options for my UK Pension and provided advice and recommendations on the most effective structure to help plan for my retirement.  In addition, Barrie has also implemented an effective investment strategy for my surplus income to create an additional fund for my future use.  I would be happy to endorse Barrie in has capacity as a financial advisor.’ – Peter H

‘I have worked with Barrie since 2013. In this time Barrie has assisted me with my surplus income planning, structuring a range of investments in line with my risk profile to help build a fund towards my retirement. Barrie has been diligent, thorough, attentive and responsive, thereby providing me with sound financial advice. I am happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as an investment advisor.’ – Stephen Tarran, Operations Geophysicist (retired), Vår Energi oil and gas company, Norway

‘I had been working as a UK National in Norway for a number of years when I met Barrie at Blacktower.  I had been thinking about consolidating UK pensions, so having a face to face with Barrie back in 2013 was a great opportunity to establish a relationship with someone knowledgeable about Finances in general and Pensions in particular.  Barrie was brilliant in chasing down all the various UK pensions through various takeovers and transfers, and keeping me focussed on getting all the admin done to consolidate into a scheme which allows more flexibility and the ability to pass on the value of my estate. I have found Barrie to be friendly, informative and business-like in his dealings with me, and would happily recommend him in his capacity as a Financial Advisor.’ – Brendan Ward

‘I have worked with Barrie as my professional adviser since 2013. Barrie has assisted me in transferring my UK Pension into an alternative pension structure to help prepare me for my retirement in the coming years. During this time Barrie has devised a number of strategies to grow my pension in a risk controlled manner. Over the years Barrie has demonstrated his capability as a pensions and investment adviser and provided me with  support, clear explanations and professionalism. Barrie has always been responsive to regular contact with me and makes himself available immediately whenever needed.’ – Helen Cooper

‘When I became a working expat a number of years ago, I needed an adviser who could guide me through the various retirement options open to me in my new country of residence. Barrie has created and designed various investment portfolios for my retirement needs and has successfully implemented and managed these monies on my behalf, thereby providing me with sound financial advice. I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as an advisor.’ –  Javier Puig

‘Barrie has been my financial advisor since 2015. As an expat living in the Netherlands, Barrie has comprehensively assessed my needs and provided a number of strategic investment solutions in line with my goals and aspirations. Barrie is highly knowledgeable, detailed and makes the complex world of investing simple for me to understand. I am happy to endorse Barrie in all areas of financial planning and investment.’ – JH EPO

‘I have worked with Barrie at Blacktower for a number of years now.  During this time Barrie has assisted me with advice and helpful guidance on consolidating my Old UK Pensions. I have since transferred these pensions into a more efficient structure to help grow these monies accordingly. Additionally I also invest money regularly and seek Blacktower’s advice to create a capital fund for my future use.  Barrie has been supportive in both areas and I would be happy to endorse him in his capacity as an adviser.’ – Martin Shiel, Commercial Manager Vattenfall

‘I have worked with Barrie as my professional adviser for a number of years. Barrie has been a great help in establishing my investment strategy and managing my portfolio since leaving South Africa and becoming an expat here in the Netherlands. I have found Barrie to be professional and attentive at all times.  I would recommend him as a financial adviser.’ – Elrich Faul

‘I have worked with Barrie for a number of years as my professional adviser.  During my time as a working expat Barrie has designed and implemented retirement savings strategies in line with my long term goals and risk expectations. I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as a financial advisor. Barrie adds a professional and a personal touch in all that he does.’ – Arturo Cedillo Torres, Shell

‘Barrie is professional in all aspects of his job, organized, attentive to client’s specific requests and result-oriented which is essential for the long term interests of his clients. I have worked with Barrie over the years on various aspects of my financial planning needs.  Barrie has provided comprehensive advice on the most appropriate vehicle for my UK pension and the underlying strategies that underpin this. In addition Barrie has also created separate retirement investment strategies to grow my capital in a risk controlled manner.  Barrie brings both professionalism and a personal touch to all our relationship. I am happy to endorse Barrie in has capacity as a financial advisor.’ – CF Company Founder, Company Director and NED

‘I have found Barrie to be courteous, professional and has guided me through the various obstacles to help secure my financial future.’ – Richard F

‘I met Barrie at Blacktower a number of years ago to discuss the options relating to my pensions I had left back in the UK. Barrie provided comprehensive advice as to the most appropriate solution for these monies.  Barrie then provided guidance on the most suitable investment options to help me grow this money in retirement.  Barrie has continued to provide support and guidance on a regular basis. I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as a pensions adviser.’ – Peter Steinberg

‘I started working with Barrie at Blacktower Financial Management in 2011, when I needed advice on investing some of my savings.  Since then I have tasked Barrie with managing additional funds via my pension schemes.  I have found Barrie to be a thorough, calm and knowledgeable advisor. I really like the way he is ready to advise me to exit non-performing areas and also to switch fund managers when they under-perform.  The current fund manager  is doing a very sound job through this Covid-19 roller-coaster.   And Barrie keeps a keen eye on the costs.  Altogether a sound set up- I’m glad Barrie and Blacktower are supporting me!’ – Martin Dru

‘I met Barrie at Blacktower a number of years ago to discuss the options relating to my old UK Pensions.  Here Barrie provided comprehensive advice as to the most effective and optimum solution to consider moving these pension monies into.  Barrie then provided clear guidance on the most suitable investment options to help me grow this money in retirement. Barrie has been diligent in his dealings with me and continues to provide regular contact and support.’ – Lourens van den Berg

‘I made contact with Barrie at Blacktower a number of years ago as I wished to look at transferring my pension out of the UK.   Here Barrie provided advice as to the most appropriate and efficient solution for these monies as I had no intention of returning to the UK to work again.  Barrie discussed the various options open to me and guided me through the transfer process.  Barrie also created the underlying investment strategy within the pension to help me grow this money for my retirement years.  Barrie has continued to provide support and guidance and I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as a financial adviser. ‘ -Hester Haenraets, Hestair Aviation

‘I reached out to BlackTower Financial Management to help with my retirement planning.  Having met Barrie, he guided me through the options available and the possible strategies to consider.  After detailed discussions about my risk tolerance and expectations of returns, Barrie implemented a range of investment options to help build my retirement fund.  Since our relationship commenced, Barrie has been in regular contact over the phone with me providing updates on market conditions and advice where to continue to invest my money. I am very happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as an investment advisor. ‘Thanks and Kind Regards, Anind (Mr. Anind Duttaroy)

‘Working in the Gas and Oil industry leaves me with little time to be able to manage my investments in an efficient manner.  Barrie has been able to provide insight, guidance and expertise to ensure that my surplus income strategy is invested in the most optimum way. Based on indepth discussions and getting a real understanding of my risk tolerance and return expectations, Barrie has created an investment strategy that allows me to diversify my currency holdings and grow my money in a risk controlled manner.  I would endorse Barrie in his capacity as an investment advisor.’ – A Mijinyawa, Shell

Barrie is my current Financial advisor and has been for a number of years. Particularly as an expat living in the Netherlands and now Taiwan, Barrie has comprehensively assessed my needs and made some solid recommendations in terms of my retirement goals and objectives. Barrie guided me towards my options with regards to the transfer of my UK Pension and made the transfer journey simple to understand.  Continued support is given in terms of how I best draw out my benefits either through capital withdrawals or as income, with some necessary adjustments being made in response to difficult current market conditions. I would be happy to endorse Barrie in his capacity as a financial adviser. Graham Harris, retired.

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