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January 26, 2012

Defining who is actually a family member is often a minefield – is it just blood relatives or does it also include in-laws? The definition has long since been debated but to no avail. However, this could be about to change as a US regulatory body has attempted to answer the age-old question of what defines a family member.

Defining who is actually a family member is often a minefield – is it just blood relatives or does it also include in-laws? The definition has long since been debated but to no avail. However, this could be about to change as a US regulatory body has attempted to answer the age-old question of what defines a family member. 

January 19, 2012

Single family offices in Europe and the US anticipated the financial crisis, and were well prepared to ride out the worst period of 2008.

Single family offices in Europe and the US anticipated the financial crisis, and were well prepared to ride out the worst period of 2008.

That’s according to a new study of 40 single family offices, with a median asset size of more than $500 million (€388 million), by asset advisers Cambridge Associates.

January 5, 2012

The number of single family offices offering security services is growing, as wealthy families feel increasingly worried about trusting the wrong people and suffering identity theft, says research by financial services provider Rothstein Kass Family Office Group. 

The number of single family offices offering security services is growing, as wealthy families feel increasingly worried about trusting the wrong people and suffering identity theft, says research by financial services provider Rothstein Kass Family Office Group.

According to the study, in 2011, 80.8% of single family offices provided personal security services – such as background investigations, hacker-proof computer systems and protection personnel – compared to 59.8% two years ago.

January 3, 2012

Collaboration between family offices is likely to become a big feature of 2012, as they look to reduce risk in the current volatile market environment, according to Family Office Management Consulting. 

Collaboration between family offices is likely to become a big feature of 2012, as they look to reduce risk in the current volatile market environment, according to Family Office Management Consulting.

The London-based advisory group said structures that allow family investors to share knowledge and co-invest, such as investment committees and roundtables, will become more commonplace this year.

December 26, 2011

Family offices would benefit from taking a three-pronged approach to managing their assets if they want to grow wealth in the current risky economic climate, according to investment manager Stefan Angele.

Family offices would benefit from taking a three-pronged approach to managing their assets if they want to grow wealth in the current risky economic climate, according to investment manager Stefan Angele.

Speaking to CampdenFO, Angele, who is head of investment management at Swiss & Global Asset Management, said family offices usually have very different time horizons to other private investors, which enables them to take a more long-term approach to investing.

November 10, 2011

Family offices and hedge funds don’t have an awful lot in common, except that they both tend to be small outfits. But these days small no longer means irrelevant and most people agree that hedge funds, however many they employ, ought to be regulated. 

Family offices and hedge funds don’t have an awful lot in common, except that they both tend to be small outfits. That has meant that both of them have, until now, tended to fall outside the clutches of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the American financial regulator.

But these days small no longer means irrelevant and most people agree that hedge funds, however many they employ, ought to be regulated.

August 26, 2010

Ken McCracken and Hakan Hillerstrom discuss new guidelines that are designed to encourage corporate governance best practice in family-owned companies

In March 2010, the European Confederation of Director's Association (ecoDa) published a set of corporate governance guidelines intended to be implemented by unlisted companies. Based on similar guidelines already available in Spain, Belgium and Finland, other countries across Europe are currently discussing how to adapt the ecoDa guidelines for their own use.

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