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May 27, 2015

Australian entrepreneur Peter Scanlon, who made his wealth in the logistics and aviation industries, is opening up his family office to new families.

Australian entrepreneur Peter Scanlon, who made his wealth in the logistics and aviation industries, is opening up his family office to new families.

Scanlon, 70, told Australian business website BRW that the existing team will continue at the new company, which will be known as Hume Partners, and will target individuals or families with more than AUS$20 million of investible funds.

March 10, 2015

A Luxembourg-based family office has launched a new asset management firm this week in a bid to introduce institutional investors and families of wealth to the peer-to-peer (P2P) finance sector.

A Luxembourg-based family office has launched a new asset management firm this week in a bid to introduce institutional investors and families of wealth to the peer-to-peer (P2P) finance sector.

Shepherd Capital, the family office of Yves Saint Laurent cofounder Pierre Bergé, and Paris-based alternative asset manager Eiffel Investment, launched Eiffel eCapital on Monday, and have committed $50 million to the firm’s strategies.

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.

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