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October 11, 2013

The family office of Hyatt heiress Karen Pritzker, and her husband Michael Vlock – in conjunction with real estate firm Colony Capital – has invested $50 million (€36.8 million) in an initiative to transform Southern Californian residential housing.

The family office of Hyatt heiress Karen Pritzker, and her husband Michael Vlock – in conjunction with real estate firm Colony Capital – has invested $50 million (€36.8 million) in an initiative to transform Southern Californian residential housing.

In partnership with American Coastal Properties the scheme will take dated homes in up-and-coming neighbourhoods in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles and spend 50 to 100% of the purchase price on renovations.

September 26, 2013

The Koffler Group, a US-based family office, has traditionally travelled light when it comes to debt, but Campden talks to the third-gen who has been fearless in making sure it now has a mixed bag of investments.

The family fortune may have been made by an inherently conservative investor with a flair for designing suitcases, but when it comes to investment strategy subsequent generations of the Koffler family have been determined not to carry any baggage.

Sol Koffler is a poster child for the American dream. Arriving in the US from eastern Europe in 1920 at the age of 13, he started selling $1 suitcases as the Great Depression reached its peak. Over the next 46 years he built American Tourister into the second largest luggage company in the country.

September 17, 2013

Most global equity markets have recovered sharply in the last year, but that doesn’t mean family offices are piling in, as many of them still remain wary of risk. Campden reports. 

Don't mention the B-word – Bernanke. When the chairman of the Federal Reserve suggested the Fed was starting to think about winding down its asset-purchasing programme investors started heading for the exits, and US equities – not to mention assets in emerging markets, which had benefitted from the global search for yield – nose-dived.

September 9, 2013

What are the key characteristics that distinguish a family office from a private bank or asset manager? In a follow up to last week’s CampdenFB editorial examining misuse of the term, Greg Ellison, chief executive of financial services provider and family office Boston Group, adds his two cents to the debate.

As David Bain highlighted in Family Offices and Nightclubs the label "family office" seems to be appearing everywhere these days. Bain questions, "Are they really family offices or just private banks in family offices’ clothing?"

September 2, 2013

What is it with family offices these days? They appear to be everywhere. But are they really family offices or just private banks in family offices' clothing? The new vogue for the title "family office" could be undermining the credibility of the model. 

What is it with family offices these days? They appear to be everywhere. How much so? Well for starters Bloomberg Markets recently ran a big story about the top 50 multi family offices in the world, which was picked up by much of the world’s financial press afterwards.

August 6, 2013

HSBC’s ultra-high net worth offering is the biggest multi family office in the world, according to Bloomberg Markets, which has produced its annual ranking of the sector. 

HSBC’s ultra-high net worth offering is the biggest multi family office in the world, according to Bloomberg Markets, which has produced its annual ranking of the sector.

July 31, 2013

One in five US family offices has a dedicated IT professional on staff and the average firm spends 5% of their budget on technology, new research reveals.

One in five US family offices has a dedicated IT professional on staff and the average firm spends 5% of their budget on technology, new research reveals.

The Family Office Exchange study Technology in the Family Office, which surveyed single and multi family offices, revealed security was the top technology concern when it came to family offices.

July 17, 2013

Australia is ahead of the game when it comes to single family offices, according to new research, with the Asia-Pacific country boasting 250 out of the estimated 2,700 that exist globally.

Australia is ahead of the game when it comes to single family offices, according to new research, with the Asia-Pacific country boasting 250 out of the estimated 2,700 that exist globally.

Tables compiled by Eureka Report, an Australian investment website, reveal the country’s top 20 family offices are worth AU$103.9 billion (€73.2 billion), while the top 20 are worth AU$177.5 billion.

July 8, 2013

A London-based family office today announced the appointment of a former UK secretary of state to its advisory board.

A London-based multi family office today announced the appointment of a former UK secretary of state to its advisory board.

David Blunkett, secretary of state in Tony Blair's Labour government from 2001 to 2004, has joined Oracle Capital. Blunkett said in a statement: "I am looking forward to offering insights from a lifetime of engagement in both the public arena and private and social entrepreneurship."

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