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February 2, 2021

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out. 

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out.

What should a beneficiary in such a position do next? The first step is to obtain information.

Information gathering

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 6, 2020

Second UK lockdown cost Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales, Red Bull energises Yoovidhya family of inventor with $257 million payout, Lord Bamford gives JCB staff an extra holiday to mark 75th anniversary.

Second lockdown costs Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales

The Weston family-controlled food and retail giant Associated British Foods estimates it lost £430 million ($579 million) in sales while its high street fashion retailer Primark was closed during the latest coronavirus lockdown.

November 26, 2020

The growing global $344 billion legal cannabis market is maturing, attracting sophisticated capital and proving attractive for family office investors seeking returns, says Chrystal Capital Partners.

The growing global $344 billion legal cannabis market is maturing, attracting sophisticated capital and proving attractive for family office investors seeking returns, says Chrystal Capital Partners.

Kingsley Wilson (pictured above), investment partner and co-founder of the London-based entrepreneurial corporate finance and investment house, discusses the opportunities and shatters the myths in the alternative asset class with Geordie Hadden-Paton (pictured below), investment associate at CCP.

November 2, 2020

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos, Lee Kun-hee leaves legacy of Samsung success but succession chaos, Warburtons shares pandemic dough with staff.

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos

The Due Jensen family of Denmark has returned to helm their industrial giant Grundfos for the first time in almost two decades with the succession of next-generation heir Poul Due Jensen.

October 29, 2020

There are a number of inheritance tax-saving strategies available, but apart from giving away cash, what are ultra-wealthy individuals and families doing to mitigate their exposure to IHT?

Surrey has been labelled Britain’s inheritance tax capital by a national newspaper, the county southwest of London where the average UK inheritance tax (IHT) bill is £234,000 ($303,000).

With property prices in Surrey and across the UK continuing to rise, and the tax-free threshold (known as the ‘nil rate band’) of £325,000 ($421,000) frozen, family business owners could be forgiven for thinking that IHT is a fact of life.

General lifetime planning opportunities

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

June 9, 2020

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the main challenge posed to the dominance of the English legal system appeared to be Brexit. A flurry of English language courts opened in European cities, touting for business that would otherwise come to the English High Court. We know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so is it any surprise that litigants—including ultra-wealthy clients—still choose the English Courts to resolve their disputes?

The appeal of English Courts

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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