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October 13, 2020

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

As we move further along the dreaded “second wave”, the main issue paralysing the finance sector is uncertainty. Concern over when consumer and investor confidence will return is widespread—and unfortunately, there is no immediate end in sight.

October 7, 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

What the new powers mean

September 15, 2020

Family offices have always searched for investing across a range of different asset classes. With the technological march, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector is looking even more attractive than before.

Family offices have always searched for investing across a range of different asset classes. With the technological march, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector is looking even more attractive than before.

Why TMT over other sectors?

June 5, 2019

How can family office investors identify real growth opportunities in times of increased economic volatility? Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond outlines how to tune out the noise to focus on long-term asset allocation.

How can family office investors identify real growth opportunities in times of increased economic volatility? Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond outlines how to tune out the noise to focus on long-term asset allocation.

 

 

 

KEY POINTS

May 27, 2019

Family offices are standing on the precipice of a multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth between generations, yet succession planning among family offices is moving at a glacial pace. What are the barriers to planning? And what should families be doing now?

The cautionary tale of India’s Ambani family should be enough to scare any patriarch or matriarch into succession action. The sudden death of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aged 69, in 2002 sparked an acrimonious battle between his two billionaire sons, Mukesh and Anil, leading to the brothers splitting up the family business in a deal mediated by their mother. Today relations are civil, but the businesses they inherited have had very different outcomes.

May 20, 2019

Ethically minded, technology savvy and eager to make a positive impact—the next generation are driving family offices’ movement into sustainable and impact investing. But are the expectation of returns realistic or are families just following a trend?

Sustainable and impact investing continue to be attractive for family offices and are among the fastest growing areas in the average family office investment portfolio. But uncertainty persists for many interested in the asset class, with fewer expert advisers compared to more traditional classes. 

Family offices increased their foray into sustainable investing over the past 12 months, with more than one-third (38%) now engaged in the practice, according to The Global Office Family Report 2018 (GFOR). 

May 3, 2018

In five years’ time, the battle to keep data secure against cyber-attacks will descend into a “machine on machine war” with the advancement of artificial intelligence, a former head of MI5 says.

In five years’ time, the battle to keep data secure against cyber-attacks will descend into a “machine on machine war” with the advancement of artificial intelligence, a former head of MI5 says.

Lord Jonathan Evans, speaking at Jersey Finance’s “An Open World” Annual Private Wealth Conference, told an audience of more than 600 family offices, wealth holders and advisers that attacks would become more sophisticated as hackers made use of semi-autonomous technology.

February 23, 2018

Family offices taking advantage of a weak sterling by loading up on poorly performing London real estate are likely to become more wary of investing in the UK as Brexit draws closer, advisers say.

Global family offices taking advantage of a weak sterling by loading up on poorly performing London real estate are likely to become more wary of investing in the UK as Brexit draws closer, advisers say.

Meanwhile, UK-based family offices are asking a lot of questions ahead of the 29 March, 2019 deadline, but most were yet to take action.

“London is still a magnet,” Philip Watson, Citi Private Bank’s global head of investment lab for EMEA, said this week.

February 16, 2018

Swire Pacific brings in family member; Cohen’s Point72 accused of hostility to women; and Maersk positive despite "unusual" year.

Swire, Murugappa bring in family members

Swire Pacific has appointed its first family member chairman, a move which will see sixth-generation Merlin Swire, pictured, relocate to Hong Kong from the UK.

Swire, 45, replaces John Slosar as the head of the Hong Kong arm of John Swire & Sons (JS&S), though the latter stays on as chair of Cathay Pacific, to see the struggling airline through a transformation programme.

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