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March 25, 2012

Hedge funds haven’t covered themselves in glory in recent years. Underperformance, fee structures and redemption restrictions have all angered investors – many of them family offices. Chris Owen reports

Mention hedge funds to an investment specialist at a family office three years ago and the response was more than likely to have contained a few expletives. That’s because for many very wealthy investors who had been early converts to the hedge fund investment phenomenon, the period from the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008 to at least the end of 2009 represented the worst ever experience they had ever had with hedge funds since their inception.

September 1, 2011

Fewer chief investment officers are actually working inside a family office, as many opt to outsource the function to better manage their focus on hedge funds, according to an expert in investment.

Fewer chief investment officers are actually working inside a family office, as many opt to outsource the function to better manage their focus on hedge funds, according to an expert in investment.

Charlotte Beyer of the Institute for Private Investors reckons CIOs in investment firms and wealth boutiques will benefit from this trend.

Read the full story at CampdenFO.

August 15, 2011

Falling returns, rather than regulatory reasons, might explain the growing number of hedge fund managers converting into family offices in the US, say experts.

Falling returns, rather than regulatory reasons, might explain the growing number of hedge fund managers converting into family offices in the US, say experts.

Sophie Dworetzsky, a partner at international law firm Withers, reckons that tougher times is making the family office model more attractive. “The financial situation now is causing people to move away from being a bigger hedge fund managing a lot of money to a multi or single family office,” she said.

August 10, 2011

Many finance and family offices professionals are in a state of denial over the imminent implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, according to the IMS Group’s Jonathan Wilson.

Many finance and family offices professionals are in a state of denial over the imminent implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, according to the IMS Group’s Jonathan Wilson.

Figures from the professional financial services group show that three-quarters of non-US based finance professionals working in the alternative investment industry are unprepared for the Dodd-Frank Act.  

April 14, 2010

When the Manuli family went public with its Manuli Rubber company in 1997, Antonello Manuli did something many cash-rich family business owners have done – he set up a family office. But that’s where the similarities with most of his peers end, writes Marc Smith.

When the Manuli family went public with its Manuli Rubber company in 1997, Antonello Manuli did something many cash-rich family business owners have done – he set up a family office, writes Marc Smith.

But that's where the similarities with most of his peers end because the 64 year-old Italian subsequently invested a staggering 80% of the financial wealth into hedge funds.

July 30, 2009

The financial crisis has changed the financial services industry as we know it. Markets are focusing more on risk management, stock markets are volatile and corporate bonds not as safe.

The financial crisis has changed the financial services industry as we know it. Markets are focusing more on risk management, stock markets are volatile and corporate bonds not as safe. The credit rating agencies, relied on by regulators under the Basel II capital adequacy regime for banks, are discredited, and global regulation faces restructuring. The Basel Committee is revising its capital adequacy standards, and there are moves in the US and Europe to set up bodies overseeing systemic risk. 

June 25, 2009

The motives behind the draft EU directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers may be questionable, but it is hard to disagree with policymakers' objectives to enhance transparency and to create harmonised regulatory standards for alternative investment managers in Europe.

The motives behind the draft EU directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers may be questionable, but it is hard to disagree with policymakers' objectives to enhance transparency and to create harmonised regulatory standards for alternative investment managers in Europe. The dilemma is how to put these ambitions into practice in a cost effective, coherent and fair-minded way.

April 20, 2009

Iveagh, the London-based Guinness family office, has entered into a strategic partnership with alternative investment management company 47 Degrees North Capital.

Iveagh, the London-based Guinness family office, has entered into a strategic partnership with  alternative investment management company 47 Degrees North Capital. Under the agreement, Iveagh will become a minority shareholder of 47 Degrees North – a leading provider of specialised fund of hedge fund products with offices in New York and Switzerland.

November 1, 2008

The global automobile industry is in a shambles with a share in Ford Motor Company selling for less than a Starbucks latte and GM and Chrysler discussing a merger that resembles two drunks hoping they can make it to the next lamppost (government bailout).

The global automobile industry is in a shambles with a share in Ford Motor Company selling for less than a Starbucks latte and GM and Chrysler discussing a merger that resembles two drunks hoping they can make it to the next lamppost (government bailout).

Somewhere in all this chaos the Porsche family has managed to create two highly profitable automobile firms that are the world leaders in designing, manufacturing and marketing cars.

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