Ben Smaje is Managing Director and founder of Kennedy Black Wealth Management. He has been advising clients on their personal wealth since 2009 and has been working in the City since 2000. He is a Chartered Financial Planner.
Ben studied law at the University of Birmingham, following which he joined the Chase Manhattan Corporate Finance graduate training scheme. He worked as a corporate bond investment banker for J.P. Morgan and subsequently Société Générale, advising financial institutions across Europe on their funding and capital requirements.
He has a postgraduate degree from the University of London, making him one of the most highly qualified advisers in the UK. He is one of only a handful qualified to QCF level 7.
Ben contributes regularly to the financial press and has had articles published in the Financial Times and City A.M. among others. He has featured in The Independent, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, Money Observer and numerous industry publications, and been interviewed by Citywire, Morningstar and BBC Radio 5.
Ben lives in Beaconsfield with his wife and two young sons. In what little spare time he does get, he enjoys keeping active, photography and snowboarding. Sadly, his rugby-playing days are firmly behind him.
Ben's qualifications include:
- Law degree, University of Birmingham (2:1)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Finance with Mathematical Finance, Birkbeck College, University of London (Distinction)
- Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Chartered Insurance Institute ('CII')
- Chartered Financial Planner, CII
- Certificate in Mortgage Advice, CII
- Certificate in Investments (Securities and Financial Derivatives), Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments ('CISI')