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May 20, 2016

Family offices and high net worth individuals continue to be among the leading investors in impact investments, despite increasing interest from mainstream financial institutions, according to a new report.

Family offices and high net worth individuals continue to be among the leading investors in impact investments, despite increasing interest from mainstream financial institutions, according to a new report.

Released by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and JP Morgan, the sixth annual Impact Investor Surveyfound that wealthy individuals and families accounted for 11% of total capital raised by fund managers.

April 14, 2016

Greybull Capital, the British family office that purchased Tata Steel’s European Long Products division this week, expects to return the loss-making business to profitability within one year, despite intense pressure from Chinese rivals.

Greybull Capital, the British family office that purchased Tata Steel’s European Long Products division this week, expects to return the loss-making business to profitability within one year, despite intense pressure from Chinese rivals.

The statement from Marc Meyohas, co-founder of Greybull Capital and former CEO of Cityspace, comes shortly after the family office announced plans to buy Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe-based plant, saving 4,400 jobs.

April 8, 2016

Family businesses claim superiority due to their long-term orientation. Nowhere is this more evident than their treatment of people

On a cold, rainy February night, I connected through New York’s La Guardia Airport. The plane stopped short of the gate, and the passengers walked down steps to the tarmac to collect our gate-checked bags and walk about 200 metres in the rain to the terminal.  This is the airport for America’s greatest city, I thought, yet it is clearly suffering from neglect.

April 8, 2016

The scandal over offshore investments is not set to influence the investment decisions of family offices, experts say, although reputational risk is a key consideration.

The Panama Papers revelations are unlikely to influence the decisions that ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families make over their finances, according to a leading specialist.

There are only likely to be “very, very limited” effects on how family offices operate, said Sascha Klamp, managing director and chief investment officer of London-based CITE Investments.

March 31, 2016

Percy Barnevik made his name heading up one of the largest family-controlled businesses in Europe, but in his retirement it is microenterprises where he has focused his attention. Jessica Tasman-Jones caught up with the former executive to find out how his foundation, Hand in Hand International, is addressing poverty one job at a time

The solution to a great deal of the world’s problems is jobs, argues Percy Barnevik. “In Egypt 75% of the students don’t get a job. The young men sit in the cafés in Cairo, unhappy, angry, they can’t support themselves, let alone a small family.” This breeds anger and they become prey for the Muslim Brotherhood and all types of violent organisations, says the former business executive. “The problem is not Islam, not the Bible, the problem is not religion. The problem is poverty and hopelessness.”

March 24, 2016

Making a dime from coin collecting is not a certainty, but with returns of 234% in the past 10 years, those numismatists with a passion for precious metal can do well out of these small pieces of history. Daniel Bardsley reports

The extraordinary success of the Rothschild banking dynasty can be traced back to a young man with a passion for collecting coins.

According to the family archive, Mayer Amschel Rothschild became interested in coins as a small boy and had not even reached his mid-teens when, in 1757, he took up a job in a bank’s rare-coins department.

March 11, 2016

The operational structure of a family office, its asset base, who it is intended to serve, and with what investments and services, are all key drivers of costs. For first generation family offices, the client base is relatively small and considerations over the extent of service are based largely on personal preference.

The operational structure of a family office, its asset base, who it is intended to serve, and with what investments and services, are all key drivers of costs. For first generation family offices, the client base is relatively small and considerations over the extent of service are based largely on personal preference.

March 11, 2016

Costs in the average family office are up. Is it possible to retain value while trimming back expenditures through outsourcing and technology? Alison Ebbage takes a look

February 26, 2016

The OECD’s Common Reporting Standard has been described as a ‘paradigm shift for tax’ as it seeks to automate the way governments share tax information with each other. How are family offices being affected? Alison Ebbage reports

Its official name is the global standard for automatic exchange of financial account information – these nine words are a simple distillation of an ambitious project to tackle global tax evasion. Known more regularly as the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), it will see government-to-government sharing of account holder information and builds upon existing legislation, notably the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the EU Savings Directive.

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