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January 21, 2021

Somewhere in a cupboard, I have a set of eight contract notes dated 8 January 1975, when I invested—upwards of £100 per holding!—in a range of UK equities. Reader, I called the bottom of the market—a dangerous thing for a young man to do.

Somewhere in a cupboard, I have a set of eight contract notes dated 8 January 1975, when I invested—upwards of £100 per holding!—in a range of UK equities. Reader, I called the bottom of the market—a dangerous thing for a young man to do.

January 20, 2021

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

December 9, 2020

Covid-19 has created challenges for short-term investment performance and fundraising, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to real assets will continue. In 2021, more than ever, real assets are likely to be a source of attractive risk adjusted returns.

Covid-19 has created challenges for short-term investment performance and fundraising, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to real assets will continue. In 2021, more than ever, real assets are likely to be a source of attractive risk adjusted returns.

November 17, 2020

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations. 

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

October 7, 2020

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

HM Revenue & Customs’ powers to obtain information from financial institutions are set to increase, with the requirement for taxpayer or tribunal approval to be removed. Although not yet in force, the legislation is at an advanced stage and will be of interest to family offices.

What the new powers mean

September 16, 2020

Writing the constitution begins with the existing legal documents. They are read and explained so that they are clear to the family. This is more difficult than it seems, and often there are several drafts before the meaning and mechanics of each agreement is understood, consistent, and clear.

Writing the constitution begins with the existing legal documents. They are read and explained so that they are clear to the family. This is more difficult than it seems, and often there are several drafts before the meaning and mechanics of each agreement is understood, consistent, and clear.

June 8, 2020

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

The UK tax authority’s suspension of its Inheritance Tax investigations during the coronavirus crisis gives family offices the opportunity to get their affairs in order, family lawyers say.

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