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October 5, 2012

Private equity and infrastructure will become the most popular investment areas for ultra-high net worth individuals and families, according to a member of a leading multi family office.

Private equity and infrastructure will become the most popular investment areas for ultra-high net worth individuals and families, according to a member of a leading multi family office.

Rick Pitcairn, chief investment officer of US-based Pitcairn and a founding member of Wigmore Association, told CampdenFB: “We are convinced that UHNW investors will increase allocations to various kinds of private equity opportunities over the coming months.”

September 28, 2012

Brencourt Advisors, the New York-based hedge fund established by William Collins, is reportedly planning to return money to its outside investors and convert to a family office.

Brencourt Advisors, the New York-based hedge fund established by William Collins, is reportedly planning to return money to its outside investors and convert to a family office.

According to reports in the financial press, Brencourt, which manages about $300 million (€233.3 million), is finding it difficult to raise money in the current economic environment.

September 26, 2012

As emerging markets continue to interest investors, a group founded by six western family offices has added a new member from South America. 

As emerging markets continue to interest investors, a group founded by six western family offices has added a new member from South America.

Turim Family Office & Investment Management has become the first emerging market firm to join Wigmore Association, set up last year to share investment resources and research.

September 7, 2012

Ultra-high net worth investors in the US are renewing their love affair with hedge funds and other alternative investments as they move to protect their assets, according to a new survey. 

Ultra-high net worth investors in the US are renewing their love affair with hedge funds and other alternative investments as they move to protect their assets, according to a new survey.

August 21, 2012

Manchester United may have failed to kick off the season with a good start, but the British football club has the backing of one of the US’s best known investors. 

Manchester United may have failed to kick off the season with a good start, but the British football club has the backing of one of the US’s best known investors.

George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager, has brought almost 8% of the club's listed shares through his family office’s investment arm, Quantum Partners, according to a filing with US regulators.

Soros’s investment makes him one of the team’s biggest backers, after the Glazers – the family which controls the Premier League side.

August 9, 2012

Wealthy families are increasingly demanding more services than just investment advice from multi family offices, with governance skills becoming sought after.

Wealthy families are increasingly demanding more services than just investment advice from multi family offices, with governance skills becoming sought after.

That’s according to Anthony Effinger, the author of a recent report on MFOs for Bloomberg Markets – which found that a “huge emphasis” is being placed on governance.

August 7, 2012

The private banking arms of large financial institutions dominate a list of firms managing the money of wealthy families, but independent wealth managers are showing the fastest growth.

The private banking arms of large financial institutions dominate a list of firms managing the money of wealthy families, but independent wealth managers are showing the fastest growth.

July 31, 2012

Moving from a single to a multi family office means you can attract the best in the business, and more regulation is a small price to pay, says columnist Hugo Greenhalgh.

For family offices it is always about the future. As the funds dwindle as the generations multiply, maintaining the integrity of the assets is crucial. But how? The answer is simple: for a single family office to survive the triple onslaught of death, divorce and taxes, the solution is to open the doors. It should move from a single family office structure to the multi family system.

July 3, 2012

Western family offices are just beginning to uncover the investment potential in Latin America. Their challenge is to track down local families and fund managers with whom to partner.

It’s accepted investment wisdom that Latin American economies offer spectacular returns for investors. The region’s economies are expected to continue to soar while Europe and North America bump along the bottom, printing more money just to survive. So is Latin America El Dorado for family offices?

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