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January 30, 2015

British airline Monarch has said it expects to return to profit this year following a multi-million pound rescue package by Greybull Capital family office, which purchased the firm in October.

British airline Monarch has said it expects to return to profit this year following a multi-million pound rescue package by Greybull Capital family office, which purchased the firm in October.

The Luton-based airline was reportedly on the brink of collapse before Greybull Capital, headed by the Meyohas brothers, injected £125 million (€166 million) in October in exchange for a 90% stake.

January 30, 2015

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Andrew Porter is head of research at Campden Wealth and leads its annual Global Family Office Report project. His top five trends for 2015 are:

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

December 19, 2014

Family offices in North America are not collaborating on investments as much as originally thought. Why is the world’s largest wealth market cool on the concept, when it’s so popular in other parts of the globe?

The popular belief that family offices in North America regularly invest together has been challenged by the Global Family Office Report 2014, finding instead that they are the least likely to co-invest. 

According to the report, 61% of family offices in North America co-invested together last year, while in European offices this figure sat at 86%. 

December 15, 2014

A chance discovery in a bookshop led Guy Spier to value investing – and a $650,100 lunch with Warren Buffett. CampdenFB found out how the investment philosophy led him down a different path – both as an investor and a person. 

Forget about bonds, forget real estate, forget venture capital. If Guy Spier were the principal of a €5 billion family office he would invest virtually everything in a handful of substantial – but undervalued – listed companies.

November 26, 2014

Investor confidence is driving more European family offices to buy into illiquid investments, according to an executive at one of Europe’s largest multi family offices.

Investor confidence is driving more European family offices to buy into illiquid investments, according to an executive at one of Europe’s largest multi family offices.

November 21, 2014

Family offices in developing regions are the most cost efficient in the industry with governance and investments on par with their western peers. Is this down to operational efficiency or how offices interact with family businesses?

The family offices of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have the lowest operating costs in the industry, according to the Global Family Office Report 2014, challenging the conventional wisdom that they are costly and underdeveloped.

Despite this, many have governance structures and investment services on par with older offices in Europe and North America, with which they have far more in common than originally thought.

November 13, 2014

Australian family offices are investing in business, property and private equity, says the new head of Ernst & Young’s Oceania family office division.

Australian family offices are investing in business, property and private equity, says the new head of Ernst & Young’s Oceania family office division.

They are also hedging globally as part of a generational investment strategy, says Richard Boyce.

The Australian native says the region’s family office market is currently small, but well connected, and dominated by a few advisory firms, private banks and asset managers.

Boyce’s appointment to EY was announced this week.

November 10, 2014

A family office expert has warned that the proposed merger between multi family offices Stonehage and Fleming Family and Partners in pursuit of greater scale may not be the answer to profitability issues faced by the industry.

A family office expert has warned that the proposed merger between multi family offices Stonehage and Fleming Family and Partners in pursuit of greater scale may not be the answer to profitability issues faced by the industry.

Family-owned multi family office Fleming Family & Partners has agreed to the merger with Stonehage to create Stonehage Fleming Family and Partners (SF&P). The merger will see the Fleming Family Trust Company’s ownership stake reduced to less than a quarter of the new entity. 

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