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February 9, 2015

A data leak revealing details of some of HSBC’s wealthiest clients has made headlines around the world today, detailing how the private bank assisted clients with tax evasion and denied governments in their home countries billions of dollars of revenue.

A data leak revealing details of some of HSBC’s wealthiest clients has made headlines around the world over the weekend, detailing how the private bank assisted clients with tax evasion and denied governments in their home countries billions of dollars of revenue.

“Old-wealth families” are among the private banking clients HSBC helped evade tax, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), as well as celebrities, politicians and people associated with arms trafficking, blood diamonds and bribery.

February 4, 2015

One of the most enduring family office myths is that no one office is alike. The industry’s most common phrase, ‘once you’ve seen one family office, you’ve seen one family office’, speaks to their distinct nature. Yet the UBS and Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2014 cast doubt on this conventionally held wisdom.

One of the most enduring family office myths is that no one office is alike. The industry’s most common phrase, ‘once you’ve seen one family office, you’ve seen one family office’, speaks to their distinct nature. Yet the UBS and Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2014 cast doubt on this conventionally held wisdom, finding that family offices have more in common than originally thought. 

December 24, 2014

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

1.    Berkshire Hathaway offers long-term alternative for family offices

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.

October 10, 2014

Asia, the Middle East and Africa are currently some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now a new report profiles what makes the regions’ high net worth business owners tick.

Founded in 1974, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics empire, already has revenues of $131.8 billion (€104.4 billion). It’s not a consumer brand, but its electrical components power iPhones, Kindles and Playstations, among other gadgets. Still in the hands of its founder, Terry Gou, the company is an example of the way private business can exploit the skyrocketing economies of developing regions.

October 7, 2014

Wealthy Spaniards and Greeks have felt the pinch from the economic crisis with the average ultra-high net worth individual in each country losing around a quarter of their wealth since 2007, according to new research.

Wealthy Spaniards and Greeks have felt the pinch from the economic crisis with the average ultra-high net worth individual in each country losing around a quarter of their wealth since 2007, according to new research.

However, the inaugural Julius Baer Wealth Report Europe found that the experiences of Europe’s most wealthy has varied substantially from country to country, with the net private wealth in Switzerland and Germany rising €1 trillion and €2 trillion respectively from pre-crisis levels.

September 29, 2014

Offshore wealth booked across borders reached new heights in 2014. See here the sites and sources of offshore wealth and where it sits in the scheme of global private wealth

Offshore wealth booked across borders reached new heights in 2014. See here the sites and sources of offshore wealth and where it sits in the scheme of global private wealth

September 25, 2014

Most wealthy parents do not prepare their children for the responsibilities of their future inheritance. Nicholas Moody digs into the findings of a four-year study into wealthy Dutch families that reveals how to reverse this trend

Wealth has many unintended consequences and trying to minimise the impact of wealth on the next generation of inheritors has been the goal of a four-year project for Raimund Kamp and Marijke Kuijpers, founders of Guidato Family Office.

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