You have just inherited your family’s wealth and you want to start your own family office to protect your legacy
You have a family legacy to protect and want to start your own family office.
Family office is an asset management company, which manages family’s assets. It can manage assets of a single family or multiple families. The service can be provided by the third parties who are regulated professionals or by the head of the family who is an experienced or sophisticated investor.
If you are someone new to wealth, most likely you will need a little guidance how the industry works and help you to identify professionals who you could potentially rely upon.
5 Steps to Create a Family Office
1. Determine if you need an Asset Management Company
The first step is to ascertain whether the wealth is large enough to warrant the services of a single family office tailor-made for the family and its wealth requirements.
Family office is sometimes synonymous with an asset management company. An asset management company, even if it manages its own assets, needs to be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. However, the structure of a family’s assets is not necessarily the one that warrants an asset management licence.
There are many different asset classes, such as a range of different businesses operating worldwide, sizable real estate portfolios or liquid assets and cash ready to be traded or invested on stock exchange and a variety of portfolio investment products.
Some families may be asset rich, but cash poor. Sometimes, the healthy required cash balance to meet the lifestyle of the family may be missed due to the heavy emphasis on making investments.
Truth be told, some investments are not necessarily assets and may add substantial financial constraints on a family’s cash flow and wealth.
2. Review the physical location of family assets
The second step is to look at the physical location of these assets. Are they inside or outside the UK?
3. Are your family assets structured correctly?
The third and perhaps, the most important step is to ascertain whether the assets and investments are structured properly.
This is especially true if the family has a weave offshore and foreign companies placed across the globe. The compliance requirements in a number of jurisdictions are increasing by day.
For some structures that may have perceived to have worked well in the past, this is no longer the case.
Family legacy structures by definition are old. Certain structures may have been established 10-20 years ago or longer. However, the pace of incremental change is very quick.
Previously, it was ok to have reviewed the family’s fiduciary structures every 5 years or so. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case and a more frequent review is required, which may be dictated by the specific asset classes held in the structures.
4. Are the family wealth structures tax efficient for the new family members?
Not only that the jurisdictions went over many many changes, so did the tax systems of the countries where the new beneficiaries maybe resident.
Therefore, it is imperative to receive good and relevant specialist advice from a qualified specialist experienced in these matters.
There are many questions that need to be asked beforehand in order to determine whether a family office in the shape of the asset management company is the step in the right direction.
5. Contact a family office specialist to discuss your needs
As somebody who specializes in tax, wealth management of ultra high net worth individuals’ assets and legal requirements for high net worth families, my sole purpose is to help you protect your family’s legacy.
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Saule Voluckyte, M.A.E.S, LL.B, FAIA
I have been working exclusively with UHNWI in Mayfair, London since January 2008. I built specialist knowledge and expertise required to serve ultra high net worth individuals investing, operating and relocating to the UK or Switzerland.
Within the industry, I am the single adviser who is able to traverse the different areas of expertise and bring a comprehensive approach across: global structuring, UK immigration, international taxation and FOREX to develop their global wealth strategy, while they build, grow and expand their wealth worldwide.
Previous experience as one of the senior advisors for the government, made me a go-to person when delicate and uncomfortable scenarios involving heads of state need to be handled with care and preserve privacy.