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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.

November 22, 2017

While some investors are stepping up their concern around an impending recession, wealth manager Kleinwort Hambros advises it is likely the bull market will continue to “grind higher”.

While some investors are stepping up their concern around an impending recession, wealth manager Kleinwort Hambros advises it is likely the bull market will continue to “grind higher”.

Mouhammed Choukeir, chief investment officer at Societe Generale's UK private banking and wealth management division, said clients are coming to terms with the uncertainties posed by Brexit and Trump.

“These are topics that have been around for some time,” Choukeir said.

November 10, 2017

The Grosvenor Estate ‘front-footed’ many of the media claims made against it leading up to the Paradise Papers data leak – in the process offering an example of how family-owned enterprises can face up to reputation threats.

One of the UK’s most prominent families ‘front-footed’ many of the media claims made against it leading up to the Paradise Papers data leak – in the process offering an example of how family-owned enterprises can face up to reputation threats.

In a thorough statement on its website published on 26 October, executive trustee of the Grosvenor Estate Mark Preston, addressed many of the “inaccurate” articles. 

October 19, 2017

Asia-Pacific family offices continue to prefer a hands-on role in managing illiquid investments, allocating almost a third of their portfolios to direct investment in real estate and venture capital/private equity, led by Australia.

Asia-Pacific family offices continue to prefer a hands-on role in managing illiquid investments, allocating almost a third of their portfolios to direct investment in real estate and venture capital/private equity, led by Australia.

September 29, 2017

Family offices are doing less co-investing and active management of their private equity investments, increasingly delegating to funds amid execution challenges, new research suggests.

Family offices are doing less co-investing and active management of their private equity investments, increasingly delegating to funds amid execution challenges, new research suggests.

The newly-released Global Family Office Report 2017 (GFOR) said co-investments made up only 9.4% of the average private equity portfolio among 101 multi-year participants.

September 14, 2017

A decade since the Global Financial Crisis and there are “echoes”—but nothing more—of history repeating itself with the investment climate remaining relatively “friendly”.

A decade since the Global Financial Crisis and there are “echoes”—but nothing more—of history repeating itself with the investment climate remaining relatively “friendly”.

That is according to Kevin Gardiner, global investment strategist at Rothschild Wealth Management, who gave a press briefing this week around political risk, the effects of ongoing economic expansion, and inflation.

July 27, 2017

JAB Holding Company, the investment vehicle of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, has stepped away from luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo and bitten into bakery-café chain Panera.

JAB Holding Company, the investment vehicle of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, has stepped away from luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo and bitten into bakery-café chain Panera.

JAB continued its shift from the moribund luxury market to coffee and food with its call in April for buyers interested in acquiring its 68% stake in Jimmy Choo.

May 24, 2017

Family office investors should remain steadfast and open minded during this period of political uncertainty, a top wealth adviser says.

Family office investors should remain steadfast and open minded during this period of political uncertainty, a top wealth adviser says.

“People [are] suggesting that markets are horribly expensive and that the global economy is going to slow down precipitously,” Kevin Gardiner, Rothschild Wealth Management’s global investment strategist, said.

“I’d keep an open mind because I’m not sure either of those things are true.”

January 11, 2017

The long-term trend of divesting control of family businesses into family offices is expected by KPMG to rise in 2017 as investments diversify and succession looms.

The long-term trend of divesting control of family businesses into family offices is expected by KPMG to rise in 2017 as investments diversify and succession looms.

The increasing intricacy of the family’s investments and activities and succession planning were believed to be behind the trend.

KPMG also predicted the need for a “renewed focus” on how to reward professionals within family offices, in light of the increasingly evident war for talent.

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