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Family office investments

May 21, 2014

A growing world population provides not only an increasing global appetite for food production but also feeds growing investor hunger for exposure to the agricultural sector. 

Seven years ago Rod Jones, who runs his family’s Texas-based investment office Cain Capital, felt his portfolio was lacking in diversity. He began looking for deeper exposure to the agricultural sector. Initially he investigated institutional offerings, such as fund baskets and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but was unimpressed with the vehicles he saw.

May 19, 2014

A US family office is among the investors in a new weight loss pill that aims to treat obesity, weight issues and diabetes in a non-invasive way.

A US family office is among the investors in a new weight loss pill that aims to treat obesity, weight issues and diabetes in a non-invasive way.

Clinical stage company Gelesis raised $12 million (€8.7 million) in its latest round of fundraising to develop its lead product Gelesis100.

The pill is designed to suppress feelings of hunger without the use of invasive procedures, such as surgery.

May 7, 2014

Brian Souter, the entrepreneur behind British transport group Stagecoach, is using his family office to stick with what he knows – by investing in a Finnish coach business.

Brian Souter, the entrepreneur behind British transport group Stagecoach, is using his family office to stick with what he knows – by investing in a Finnish coach business.

Souter Investments, the Scotland-based family office, revealed this week it had taken a majority stake in express intercity service OnniBus.com.

The deal was done via its transport investment arm, Highland Global Transport, which owns a portfolio of road, rail, water and air passenger transport investments in businesses in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.

April 30, 2014

Michael Dell's family office is likely to shed its corporate gardening company this spring in a deal expected to be worth at least $1 billion (€723 million).

Michael Dell's family office is likely to shed its corporate gardening company this spring in a deal expected to be worth at least $1 billion (€723 million).

Dell, the entrepreneur behind the eponymous software giant, bought ValleyCrest in 2007 for an undisclosed sum via his family office, MSD Capital.

April 29, 2014

Independent films have a reputation as a high-risk yet glamorous investment, but there are opportunities for investors across the risk appetite spectrum. Campden takes a look at how family offices are investing.  

January 20, 2014

Socially responsible investing has got the backing of famous names, has seen a huge rise in assets under management and is focused on the future, but are family offices actually interested? CampdenFB takes a look

January 17, 2014

Family offices are filling the vacuum left by corporate bankers in the world’s real estate markets, as new research reveals the asset class accounts for approximately a fifth of the invested wealth of all ultra high net worth individuals.

Family offices are filling the vacuum left by corporate bankers in the world’s real estate markets, as new research reveals the asset class accounts for approximately a fifth of the invested wealth of all ultra high net worth individuals.

January 14, 2014

New York-based family office Summer Road has put $100 million (€73.1 million) into an alternative mutual fund, following a trend of ultra high net worth families shifting away from traditional hedge funds.

New York-based family office Summer Road has put $100 million (€73.1 million) into an alternative mutual fund, following a trend of ultra high net worth families shifting away from traditional hedge funds.

According to media reports, Summer Road, headed by David Sackler, the grandson of Raymond Sackler who bought Purdue Pharma in 1952, has provided the seed funding for the Balter Long/Short Equity Fund.

September 11, 2013

Family offices talk a lot about club deals, but are they really happening, or just figments of fund managers’ imaginations? Campden reports. 

Club deals are all the rage. At least in theory. Many families are sick of paying fees to asset managers who stick their money in a black box, wave a magic wand over it and then, well, find that the money has vanished in a puff of smoke. People with burned fingers are, predictably, keen to cut out the middleman and invest directly. The idea of teaming up with other like-minded family offices to make direct private equity-style investments has an evident appeal. But club deals are not happening as fast as you might expect.

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