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Asian family offices

February 27, 2017

Asia is home to a third of the world’s ultra-high net worth people and as a market can make or break a multinational’s bottom line yet family businesses are playing catch up to the west in formalising their family offices.

Asia is home to a third of the world’s ultra-high net worth people and as a market can make or break a multinational’s bottom line yet family businesses are playing catch up to the west in formalising their family offices.

January 3, 2017

Robocrooks are massing at the cyber gates but Asia-Pacific family offices are slow to build up their online immune systems

Robocrooks are massing at the cyber gates but Asia-Pacific family offices are slow to build up their online immune systems.

Complacency could be one of the biggest threats to family offices, as they deal with the ever-present, if largely hidden, danger posed by cyber-crime. Research shows the family office community is especially vulnerable to these attacks.

November 3, 2016

An independent wealth advisory based in London and Hong Kong is seeing a sharp increase in demand for strategic management of family assets and both philanthropy and succession planning from Asia.

An independent wealth advisory based in London and Hong Kong is seeing a sharp increase in demand for strategic management of family assets and both philanthropy and succession planning from Asia.

September 5, 2016

Family offices in Asia are still relatively new. Most of the wealth is still in the first, or possibly the second generation. The establishment of what might be described as western family office models is still nascent.

Family offices in Asia are still relatively new. Most of the wealth is still in the first, or possibly the second generation. The establishment of what might be described as western family office models is still nascent.

The preferred formula still remains that of a very trusted family retainer, a chief financial officer who has run an operating business, or a lawyer, who structures and advises the wealth that the principals. The old (or very older) generation still retain a great deal of control and make the strategic and investment decisions.

November 17, 2015

Families of wealth in Asia are increasingly looking to impact investing rather philanthropy to achieve social and environmental good, according to a new report released this week.

Families of wealth in Asia are increasingly looking to impact investing rather philanthropy to achieve social and environmental good, according to a new report released this week.

Over the next three years families anticipate allocating 44% of their “doing good capital” to impact investing, compared with 33% today.

September 22, 2015

Family offices are taking on more risk in 2015, continuing a multi-year trend that is likely to stoke debate over ultra-high net worth investment intentions, according to the second global family office report.

Family offices are taking on more risk in 2015, continuing a multi-year trend that is likely to stoke debate over ultra-high net worth investment intentions, according to the second global family office report.

Released today, the Global Family Office Report 2015 found that family offices are taking on more risk by reducing their holdings of cash, increasing their allocation in equities, and by investing in hedge funds.

May 26, 2015

While a good reputation can bolster consumer loyalty and even increase sales, one slip up in the public eye can set a family name back generations. A new report by Campden Wealth and Credit Suisse looks at the increasing importance of reputation management in Asia

When Korea Air vice president Cho Hyun-ah delayed a flight on her family’s airline last year after becoming enraged by a flight attendant who served her nuts in a bag rather than on a plate, the public fallout was immediate. Twitter hashtags were created and newspaper editorials criticised her entitlement. Within a month the 40-year-old had resigned from all her positions within the family holding company Hanjin Group and is facing criminal charges, while her family’s airline is looking at a $2 million fine and possible flight bans.

December 8, 2014

Asian family offices are more self-reliant than originally thought, but that doesn’t mean their investment targets are being hit. This self-reliance is in keeping with an increased desire for independence. 

Family offices in Asia-Pacific rely heavily on external service providers for core functions, according to the Global Family Office Report 2014, challenging a long-held stereotype that they are self-reliant. In fact, it has found that Asian offices spend roughly 20% less than those in Europe and North America. 

According to the report, family offices in Asia-Pacific spend 46% of their total budget on external services, while those in North America and Europe spend between 63% and 70%, respectively.

February 23, 2012

The family office sector in Asia-Pacific looks set for strong growth, as the rise in wealth in the region, fuelled by strong economic expansion and liberalisation, continues, according to a study by Campden Research and UBS.

The family office sector in Asia-Pacific looks set for strong growth, as the rise in wealth in the region, fuelled by strong economic expansion and liberalisation, continues, according to a study by Campden Research and UBS.

Although the number of billionaires in the region has soared – in China, this has gone from virtually zero 10 years ago to nearly 150 in 2011 – the family office sector has not grown at a similar pace. There are only an estimated 100 family offices in the region.

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