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March 6, 2015

Merged multi family offices (MFO) SandAire and Lord North Street Private Investment Office have rebranded their combined entity as Sandaire Investment Office.

Merged multi family offices (MFO) SandAire and Lord North Street Private Investment Office have rebranded their combined entity as Sandaire Investment Office.

The two London-based MFOs announced they were joining forces in March 2014 and have spent the past nine months integrating the two businesses across all areas, including client servicing, the investment process and operational systems.

Financial terms of the merger were not publicly disclosed.

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. 

January 30, 2015

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Andrew Porter is head of research at Campden Wealth and leads its annual Global Family Office Report project. His top five trends for 2015 are:

November 24, 2014

Ever been in a car with a backseat driver? At best, they are annoying to drive with and, at worst, a downright distraction. Ultimately, they can affect the safety of all passengers – themselves included – and make the driver feel like they’re not up to the task.

Ever been in a car with a backseat driver? At best, they are annoying to drive with and, at worst, a downright distraction. Ultimately, they can affect the safety of all passengers – themselves included – and make the driver feel like they’re not up to the task.

November 24, 2014

American single family offices trading commodities are no longer required to register as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), CampdenFB.com has learned. The relief comes after a successful campaign by the Private Investor Coalition (PIC) for an exemption for single family offices.

American single family offices trading commodities are no longer required to register as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), CampdenFB.com has learned.

The relief comes after a successful campaign by the Private Investor Coalition (PIC) for an exemption for single family offices.

PIC, a nationwide coalition of family offices, lobbied the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for an exemption under certain provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

November 21, 2014

Family offices in developing regions are the most cost efficient in the industry with governance and investments on par with their western peers. Is this down to operational efficiency or how offices interact with family businesses?

The family offices of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have the lowest operating costs in the industry, according to the Global Family Office Report 2014, challenging the conventional wisdom that they are costly and underdeveloped.

Despite this, many have governance structures and investment services on par with older offices in Europe and North America, with which they have far more in common than originally thought.

November 20, 2014

Family-owned Banque Havilland has extended its international network to the Bahamas with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Pasche Bank & Trust Limited in Nassau, Bahamas, the latest in a series of international deals.

Family-owned Banque Havilland has extended its international network to the Bahamas with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Pasche Bank & Trust Limited in Nassau, Bahamas, the latest in a series of international deals.

The acquisition of the Bahamas business follows the purchase of a majority stake in Banque Pasche’s Liechtenstein private banking business on 6 October this year. In November 2013, Banque Havilland  bought Banque Pasche’s Monaco business.

November 13, 2014

Australian family offices are investing in business, property and private equity, says the new head of Ernst & Young’s Oceania family office division.

Australian family offices are investing in business, property and private equity, says the new head of Ernst & Young’s Oceania family office division.

They are also hedging globally as part of a generational investment strategy, says Richard Boyce.

The Australian native says the region’s family office market is currently small, but well connected, and dominated by a few advisory firms, private banks and asset managers.

Boyce’s appointment to EY was announced this week.

November 10, 2014

A family office expert has warned that the proposed merger between multi family offices Stonehage and Fleming Family and Partners in pursuit of greater scale may not be the answer to profitability issues faced by the industry.

A family office expert has warned that the proposed merger between multi family offices Stonehage and Fleming Family and Partners in pursuit of greater scale may not be the answer to profitability issues faced by the industry.

Family-owned multi family office Fleming Family & Partners has agreed to the merger with Stonehage to create Stonehage Fleming Family and Partners (SF&P). The merger will see the Fleming Family Trust Company’s ownership stake reduced to less than a quarter of the new entity. 

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