James advises clients on a range of succession planning, asset protection and taxation matters at Forsters LLP. His clients include high net worth individuals, trustees, family offices, private banks and charities.
What are some of the key legal considerations that family offices need to consider when structuring investments in a post-Covid world? How have wealth-holder responsibilities and priorities changed within this new era?
We have reached the point where many family offices are open to some form of crypto-assets investment, and a number have allocated serious resources to crypto-assets. In some cases, this is driven by the lure of returns, in other cases by next generation family members advocating crypto investment.
Each family is unique. A concerted effort to understand the complex dynamics which exist within each family, between spouses, siblings and the generations, is an essential first step for family advisers. Without this understanding, it is much more difficult to help a family deal with succession issues, especially in the context of a family business with members sitting on the board.
Galaxy Investment Partners, the family office of ex-hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz, has recently made a name for itself for adopting cryptocurrency as an asset class. Is this a blip for family offices, or the start of a trend?
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