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May 18, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Rami Cassis stakes a claim in luxury brand Hervia; Alex Chesterman snaps up additional stock in Cazoo; and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing’s family office sets up in Singapore.

Rami Cassis stakes claim in luxury brand Hervia
International growth investor Rami Cassis has entered the luxury goods market with the acquisition of UK-based fashion brand Hervia through his private family office, Parabellum Investments.

The deal, which was made for an undisclosed sum, gives Cassis a 75% stake in the Manchester-based business which sells designer clothing and jewellery.

May 10, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Reetu Gupta is appointed chairwoman of The Gupta Group; Todd Boehly’s syndicate agrees to purchase Chelsea FC for £4.25 billion; and Brazilian billionaire Alberto Safra buys a Sao Paulo real estate firm.

Reetu Gupta appointed chairwoman of The Gupta Group
Reetu Gupta, a two-time recipient of Canada's top 100 most powerful women award, has been named chairwoman and ambassadress of The Gupta Group, taking over the running of the privately owned family office from her father, Dr. Steve Gupta.

May 5, 2022

A global surge in start-up funding has prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with the dotcom boom and bust at the turn of this century. A cursory glance at the numbers does hint at some parallels says private markets investment platform Titanbay.

A global surge in start-up funding has prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with the dotcom boom and bust at the turn of this century. A cursory glance at the numbers does hint at some parallels says private markets investment platform Titanbay.

May 4, 2022

Over the past few years, the world has experienced a global public health crisis, social tensions, technological disruptions and economic turbulence unseen in decades. As a trusted partner and advisor to family offices, BNY Mellon Global Family Office partnered with The Harris Poll to find out how this select group was adapting to these massive and rapid interruptions across the globe.

Over the past few years, the world has experienced a global public health crisis, social tensions, technological disruptions and economic turbulence unseen in decades. As a trusted partner and advisor to family offices, BNY Mellon Global Family Office partnered with The Harris Poll to find out how this select group was adapting to these massive and rapid interruptions across the globe.

April 27, 2022

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China, says Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China. According to Campden Wealth’s Global Family Office Report 2021 (the Report) [1], setting up an office in the city provides easier access to investments in the region.


The East continues to grow at a fast pace

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 22, 2022

Joey Mason and Ed Snow, the founders of Duplex Capital Partners, talk about how their firm enables personalised therapeutics through data-driven technology and leading-edge medical techniques. 

Coming from entrepreneurial healthcare and venture capital company growth backgrounds respectively, Joey Mason and Ed Snow know the pitfalls and opportunities that come from investing in healthcare.

Their firm Duplex Capital Partners aims to profit from investing in “Digitally-based life science technology companies innovating to underpin the next generation of biotechnology products.” Here, they explain what they do and where they think the industry is going.

April 21, 2022

Inflation-linked bonds are a key defence in a world of deepening negative real yields, says Jasmine Yeo, investment manager at Ruffer LLP.

What was the real return on the US ten-year bond over the past two years? Flat? Down a little?

Wrong – down a lot. The bedrock of the balanced portfolio has delivered a real return of -20% over the past two years [1].

That’s the worst inflation-adjusted performance since 1981 [2].

Traditional balanced portfolios rely on equities and bonds fulfilling their roles – equities for good times, bonds to cushion the bad. But after a torrid three months for markets, investors are being forced to tear up the rulebook.

April 20, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer; Robert Kraft’s family donates $24 million to Harvard Business School; and Ashwin Damera invests in an Indian venture lending firm.

François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer
French businessman François Pinault [pictured left] is aiming to buy music streaming platform Deezer in a deal estimated at $1.6 billion.

The founder of the luxury group Kering and investment company Artémis, along with other founders of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) I2PO, plans to take the company public if the deal goes ahead.

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