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April 24, 2018

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

Ferrari is at a crossroads. The family-controlled supercar maker’s conundrum is laid bare at the end of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London that celebrates the marque’s 70th anniversary.

April 6, 2018

Less institutional capital flowing into the UK in the face of Brexit spells opportunity for British family offices, fund managers say.

Less institutional capital flowing into the UK in the face of Brexit spells opportunity for British family offices, fund managers say.

The European Investment Fund (EIF)—the European Union-backed agency which provides finance for small and medium enterprises—has committed upwards of €600 million annually to the UK in recent years, but is in the process of slowing its contributions, and would likely halt them entirely post-Brexit.

April 5, 2018

Chinese investors favour London despite Brexit, SHV profit ‘exceptional’ in difficult year, and Australia’s big baby boom business handover

Chinese investors favour London despite Brexit

Wealthy Chinese families are flocking to London despite Brexit uncertainty, with a 56% increase in Chinese applications for Investor Visas during 2017.

China accounts for just under a third of UK Investor Visa applicants, with London's main drawcards being asset security, commercial property, a weakened pound, excellent private schools, and legal and accountancy expertise, says research from wealth managers LJ Partnership.

April 5, 2018

In the past four years family offices have been consistently over-optimistic about their future investment performance when contributing to The Global Family Office Report. Is behavioural finance the answer to more effective forecasts or should they put more effort into predicting other indicators? Nicholas Moodyreports

In the past four years family offices have been consistently over-optimistic about their future investment performance when contributing to The Global Family Office Report. Is behavioural finance the answer to more effective forecasts or should they put more effort into predicting other indicators? Nicholas Moodyreports

March 2, 2018

Uncertainty over the legal status of non-domiciles, residency and Brexit is behind a flight in wealthy individuals and families from the United Kingdom to friendlier destinations around the world.

Uncertainty over the legal status of non-domiciles, residency and Brexit is behind a flight in wealthy individuals and families from the United Kingdom to friendlier destinations around the world.

Relocation experts discussed the trend at a high net wealth mobility event near London last month, sponsored by Locate Guernsey and attended by about 130 private wealth advisors.

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 5, 2018

In an uncertain world the key to survival rests with those who are flexible and quick enough to adapt. The key to success sits neatly in the pockets of those who can pre-empt change and seize the opportunities it brings, says Andra Ilie, private client adviser at Knox Private Office.

In an uncertain world the key to survival rests with those who are flexible and quick enough to adapt. The key to success sits neatly in the pockets of those who can pre-empt change and seize the opportunities it brings, says Andra Ilie, private client adviser at Knox Private Office.

For UK based ultra-wealthy family office principals, there are a number of matters to contend with and consider as we move through a time of change.

January 12, 2018

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon. Nicholas Moody reports

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon. Nicholas Moody reports

Increasingly fine conditions, with the threat of geopolitical thunderstorms. If the outlook for European family businesses was a weather forecast this would sum up the current mood of leaders, who while optimistic, are watching the horizon closely.

September 28, 2017

US regulators side with Boeing in Bombardier row; Dyson to release “radical” EV; and non-doms flee Brexit UK.

US regulators side with Boeing in Bombardier row

Family-controlled Bombardier has called a proposed import duty on its new US fleet “absurd and divorced from reality”, in the latest chapter of its spat with American rival Boeing.

The US Commerce Department this week sided with Boeing in the dispute, proposing punitive tariffs of up to 219% on Bombardier’s C-Series jet, which Boeing claims is being sold in the US below cost thanks to subsidies and bailouts from the Quebec, Canadian and UK governments.

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