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As the needs of multi-generational and international families evolve, the family office is becoming an increasingly important vehicle when it comes to protecting significant wealth whilst fulfilling business and philanthropic aims.

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Creating a legacy for you and your family

We recognise that as each family office is unique in terms of culture, structure and scope, it is crucial to work with a multi-disciplinary team of trusted advisers with the ability to provide you with pragmatic and truly bespoke advice.

Our multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience advising clients on managing their investment portfolio whether this covers real estate, heritage property or private equity. When it comes to deploying capital, we take a commercial approach whilst striving to minimise the risk involved.

We act for several family offices worth upwards of £100 million, which includes advising them on their daily operations and their compliance with legal requirements, as well as assisting individual family members with their tax and estate planning.

We have the expertise to support you in ensuring the efficient and effective running of your family office including structuring and planning with regard to tax liabilities and regulatory compliance. We can advise you on the full range of employment and immigration matters and if your family office gets involved with a dispute of any kind, we can support you in resolving this. We can also provide reputation management advice as necessary.

Family offices work highlights

ship in a harbour
Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
Europe modern complex of residential buildings
Dog waiting to eat his food
person writing at a table
inserting coin on the vintage piggy bank

Advising a complex M&A deal involving the purchase of a ship building company

We acted for a consortium of domestic & international family office investors in relation to a complex private equity backed M&A buy-side mandate which involved the purchase of a ship building company. We advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful completion of the onward sale, where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

Advising a family office on FCA regulatory requirements

We advised a family office on the FCA regulatory requirements of operating a multi-family office, as well as advising them on SAFEs under which they were investing in two early-stage companies.

Advising a M&A buy-side mandate for the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

We acted on a M&A buy-side mandate, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

Advising a trustee in bankruptcy on the repossession and realisation of a large residential development

We acted for a trustee in bankruptcy on the repossession and realisation of a large residential development in London which the bankrupt sought to protect through a sham trust. This involved multiple contested applications by the bankrupt, all of which were successfully resisted, and the assembling of evidence to prove that the trust document relied on by the bankrupt and his family was either a sham (the bankrupt having acted at all times as if there was no trust in place) or a post-dated document created after the bankruptcy.

Advising an EU premium pet food producer for the acquisition of an English company

We advised a EU producer of premium pet food, backed by investment from a European family office, on the acquisition of an English company. The deal was structured to complete in stages, so it involved preparing a detailed shareholders’ agreement and options.

Advising on personal insolvency

We advised on the individual voluntary arrangement of a high-profile bankrupt with debts exceeding £2bn.

Providing commercial advice to a leading start-up bank

We advise a leading start-up online bank on an on-going basis on multiple commercial matters including terms and conditions, services agreements, influencer agreements and others.

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Private wealth

With strong expertise in tax and estate planning and family law, our team provides single and multi-family offices with guidance on the accumulation, protection and transfer of family wealth and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family. By gaining a thorough understanding of your circumstances, our team:

  • Ensures your wealth is structured in a way that is tax-efficient and fulfils the requirements and wishes of you and your family, as well as providing guidance on asset protection and succession and dealing with sensitive family matters with the utmost discretion.
  • Provides detailed advice in relation to residence and domicile status which affects an individual’s exposure to UK taxation, including analysing property ownership of non-resident individuals and its subsequent taxation.
  • Can guide you skilfully and sensitively through complex national and international financial claims and matters involving children, ensuring your family’s needs are protected both now and in the future.

Find out more.

Private equity

We advise in relation to the full scope of personal and commercial assets, which often involves building an extensive investment portfolio. An important part of a family office’s remit is the creation, as well as preservation, of wealth. In this respect, we can support our clients in creating an enduring legacy for themselves and their families by enabling them to directly invest into private limited companies. A well-run family office will have a diversified portfolio of assets, including direct investments. By having a deep knowledge of the marketplace and adopting a sector-focused approach, our multi-disciplinary M&A and private equity lawyers can:

  • Help you successfully invest into private limited companies, whilst minimising the risk associated with deploying your capital.
  • Come up with creative, commercial solutions which help you to achieve your business and philanthropic objectives.
  • Support you with resolving any commercial disputes of any kind involving your investments, including providing reputation management advice as necessary.

Find out more.

Immigration

Whether you are a wealthy individual looking to move with your family, or looking to recruit employees from overseas for your family office, our team of immigration solicitors offer a personal and tailored service by:

  • Gaining a full understanding of your unique circumstances and priorities and determining the route which best fits your requirements from across the UK visa tiers.
  • Guiding you practically and pragmatically through the immigration process, also advising on any relevant tax planning implications.
  • Supporting you with your continuing legal compliance with the UK immigration rules, including the extension of a UK visa or applications for permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain and citizenship.

Find out more.

Employment

When staff are engaged to help the running of your family office, navigating the web of employment laws, tax and other regulatory obligations can be complex, especially for first-time employers. Our employment team can support you through each stage of this relationship by:

  • Onboarding new employees, as well as reviewing arrangements for existing employees.
  • Helping you put in place written policies and procedures.
  • Advising you throughout the relationship with your employees, including dealing with grievances or disciplinary matters, as well as terminating employment.

Find out more.

Family offices Publications

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FinTech

Our practice advises a diverse client base including challenger banks, peer-to-peer e-payment vehicles, Forex companies and those utilising Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

We regularly advise companies and projects looking to raise funds via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs) in regard to UK law and FCA regulation and the contractual relationship between those offering the token and the token holder. We have particular expertise advising on corporate, commercial, data protection, and intellectual property issues and resolving disputes.

We understand that, in this space, simple is better. We keep our approach light touch, focusing only on what needs to be done to secure the best result as quickly as possible, freeing you up to focus on the progression of your business.

Spotlight

Islamic finance

Our financial services team has experience in drafting and negotiating master purchase and sale agreements for Islamic finance products, including commodity based Murabaha trades and Sukuk bonds, negotiating with a number of Middle Eastern Banks in the process.

On the disputes side, we have been instructed by a number of state-owned Middle Eastern banks over the years on various financial and commercial dispute matters. As such we are aware and very familiar with the business and other cultural issues involved in acting both for and against clients in the Arab world.

Spotlight

Services for brokers

Wide-ranging legal and regulatory guidance to help Broker Dealers, including stockbrokers, interdealer brokers, FX, CFD, crypto and commodities brokers deal with regulation and legal risk and documentation.

In the UK, activities of Brokers are tightly regulated by the UK FCA and FSMA and EU regulations grandfathered into local law. environment. From the way you document derivatives trades to the way you communicate potential investment opportunities, everything is tightly controlled by several rules that affect how you do business. At the same time, customers and counterparties are increasingly litigious. Disputes around misselling are becoming more commonplace, and allegations of misconduct can result in liability more readily than in the past. We help our clients understand what is permitted and what they can and cannot do.

Pragmatic solutions from a specialist team

Our broker practice is partner-led and supported by specialist lawyers with extensive hands-on experience gained working in brokerage and capital markets. We can advise advising brokers on a wide range of issues, covering regulation, deal documentation, employment and litigation.

While other lawyers may overcomplicate the legal and regulatory framework, we focus on what’s important. We aim to handle every matter pragmatically, providing concrete solutions for our broker clients, based on our real world experience of working not just in law firms but for investment banks and brokers.

Select areas of expertise

We offer a full spectrum of services for brokers who trade in equities, debt, currency, commodities, contracts for difference, cryptocurrencies and derivatives.

  • Regulatory and compliance: We assist with all aspects of regulation and compliance including perimeter guidance, financial promotions and the FCA Handbook.
  • Documenting Transactions: Additionally, we advise on terms of business, introducing broker agreements, appointed representative agreements as well as derivatives master agreements (ISDA, GMRA, MSLA etc).
  • DisputesOur seasoned dispute resolution team handles the most significant matters facing financial brokers including claims for misselling, professional negligence and contractual disputes. We also assist with regulatory investigations.
  • Employment law and general business: We can help you set up brokerage documentation, employment contracts and compliance policies, as well as manage everyday employment issues, internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings. We also conduct employment tribunal hearings and settlement negotiations.
  • Data privacyFCA-regulated brokers have a duty to be responsible when handling client data and control their activities through adequate risk-management systems. Our specialists in data privacy law can help you build GDPR-compliant practices and respond appropriately to any breach.

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    Family offices key contacts

    Family offices

    Family offices

    Family offices

    As the needs of multi-generational and international families evolve, the family office is becoming an increasingly important vehicle when it comes to protecting significant wealth whilst fulfilling business and philanthropic aims.

    • Key contact

      Peter Daniel

      Peter Daniel

      Partner - Head of Private Wealth

      ArrowView profile

    • The Team

      Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to provide you with creative, personalised solutions in a clear and understandable way.

      ArrowMeet the team

    • Our Publications

      Discover a wealth of invaluable guidance in the form of guides and brochures written by our expert lawyers.

      ArrowSee our downloads

    • Our insights

      Discover the latest insights and thought leadership from our team of legal experts.

      ArrowFind out more

    Creating a legacy for you and your family

    We recognise that as each family office is unique in terms of culture, structure and scope, it is crucial to work with a multi-disciplinary team of trusted advisers with the ability to provide you with pragmatic and truly bespoke advice.

    Our multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience advising clients on managing their investment portfolio whether this covers real estate, heritage property or private equity. When it comes to deploying capital, we take a commercial approach whilst striving to minimise the risk involved.

    We act for several family offices worth upwards of £100 million, which includes advising them on their daily operations and their compliance with legal requirements, as well as assisting individual family members with their tax and estate planning.

    We have the expertise to support you in ensuring the efficient and effective running of your family office including structuring and planning with regard to tax liabilities and regulatory compliance. We can advise you on the full range of employment and immigration matters and if your family office gets involved with a dispute of any kind, we can support you in resolving this. We can also provide reputation management advice as necessary.

    Family offices work highlights

    ship in a harbour
    Commercial advice for leading car manufacturer
    Europe modern complex of residential buildings
    Dog waiting to eat his food
    person writing at a table
    inserting coin on the vintage piggy bank

    Advising a complex M&A deal involving the purchase of a ship building company

    We acted for a consortium of domestic & international family office investors in relation to a complex private equity backed M&A buy-side mandate which involved the purchase of a ship building company. We advised the buyer on all aspects of the transaction; from initial due diligence to a successful completion of the onward sale, where all parties walked away satisfied with the outcome.

    Advising a family office on FCA regulatory requirements

    We advised a family office on the FCA regulatory requirements of operating a multi-family office, as well as advising them on SAFEs under which they were investing in two early-stage companies.

    Advising a M&A buy-side mandate for the purchase of a leading automotive manufacturer

    We acted on a M&A buy-side mandate, backed by investment from a family office, in respect of the purchase of a leading manufacturer of dual-control systems for cars. We also advised on the equity financing of the special purpose vehicle, and the debt financing of the deal.

    Advising a trustee in bankruptcy on the repossession and realisation of a large residential development

    We acted for a trustee in bankruptcy on the repossession and realisation of a large residential development in London which the bankrupt sought to protect through a sham trust. This involved multiple contested applications by the bankrupt, all of which were successfully resisted, and the assembling of evidence to prove that the trust document relied on by the bankrupt and his family was either a sham (the bankrupt having acted at all times as if there was no trust in place) or a post-dated document created after the bankruptcy.

    Advising an EU premium pet food producer for the acquisition of an English company

    We advised a EU producer of premium pet food, backed by investment from a European family office, on the acquisition of an English company. The deal was structured to complete in stages, so it involved preparing a detailed shareholders’ agreement and options.

    Advising on personal insolvency

    We advised on the individual voluntary arrangement of a high-profile bankrupt with debts exceeding £2bn.

    Providing commercial advice to a leading start-up bank

    We advise a leading start-up online bank on an on-going basis on multiple commercial matters including terms and conditions, services agreements, influencer agreements and others.

    Jump to the top of the Family offices page.

    Private wealth

    With strong expertise in tax and estate planning and family law, our team provides single and multi-family offices with guidance on the accumulation, protection and transfer of family wealth and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family. By gaining a thorough understanding of your circumstances, our team:

    • Ensures your wealth is structured in a way that is tax-efficient and fulfils the requirements and wishes of you and your family, as well as providing guidance on asset protection and succession and dealing with sensitive family matters with the utmost discretion.
    • Provides detailed advice in relation to residence and domicile status which affects an individual’s exposure to UK taxation, including analysing property ownership of non-resident individuals and its subsequent taxation.
    • Can guide you skilfully and sensitively through complex national and international financial claims and matters involving children, ensuring your family’s needs are protected both now and in the future.

    Find out more.

    Private equity

    We advise in relation to the full scope of personal and commercial assets, which often involves building an extensive investment portfolio. An important part of a family office’s remit is the creation, as well as preservation, of wealth. In this respect, we can support our clients in creating an enduring legacy for themselves and their families by enabling them to directly invest into private limited companies. A well-run family office will have a diversified portfolio of assets, including direct investments. By having a deep knowledge of the marketplace and adopting a sector-focused approach, our multi-disciplinary M&A and private equity lawyers can:

    • Help you successfully invest into private limited companies, whilst minimising the risk associated with deploying your capital.
    • Come up with creative, commercial solutions which help you to achieve your business and philanthropic objectives.
    • Support you with resolving any commercial disputes of any kind involving your investments, including providing reputation management advice as necessary.

    Find out more.

    Immigration

    Whether you are a wealthy individual looking to move with your family, or looking to recruit employees from overseas for your family office, our team of immigration solicitors offer a personal and tailored service by:

    • Gaining a full understanding of your unique circumstances and priorities and determining the route which best fits your requirements from across the UK visa tiers.
    • Guiding you practically and pragmatically through the immigration process, also advising on any relevant tax planning implications.
    • Supporting you with your continuing legal compliance with the UK immigration rules, including the extension of a UK visa or applications for permanent residence, indefinite leave to remain and citizenship.

    Find out more.

    Employment

    When staff are engaged to help the running of your family office, navigating the web of employment laws, tax and other regulatory obligations can be complex, especially for first-time employers. Our employment team can support you through each stage of this relationship by:

    • Onboarding new employees, as well as reviewing arrangements for existing employees.
    • Helping you put in place written policies and procedures.
    • Advising you throughout the relationship with your employees, including dealing with grievances or disciplinary matters, as well as terminating employment.

    Find out more.

    SPOTLIGHT

    FinTechopen

    Our practice advises a diverse client base including challenger banks, peer-to-peer e-payment vehicles, Forex companies and those utilising Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

    We regularly advise companies and projects looking to raise funds via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs) in regard to UK law and FCA regulation and the contractual relationship between those offering the token and the token holder. We have particular expertise advising on corporate, commercial, data protection, and intellectual property issues and resolving disputes.

    We understand that, in this space, simple is better. We keep our approach light touch, focusing only on what needs to be done to secure the best result as quickly as possible, freeing you up to focus on the progression of your business.

    Islamic financeopen

    Our financial services team has experience in drafting and negotiating master purchase and sale agreements for Islamic finance products, including commodity based Murabaha trades and Sukuk bonds, negotiating with a number of Middle Eastern Banks in the process.

    On the disputes side, we have been instructed by a number of state-owned Middle Eastern banks over the years on various financial and commercial dispute matters. As such we are aware and very familiar with the business and other cultural issues involved in acting both for and against clients in the Arab world.

    Services for brokersopen

    Wide-ranging legal and regulatory guidance to help Broker Dealers, including stockbrokers, interdealer brokers, FX, CFD, crypto and commodities brokers deal with regulation and legal risk and documentation.

    In the UK, activities of Brokers are tightly regulated by the UK FCA and FSMA and EU regulations grandfathered into local law. environment. From the way you document derivatives trades to the way you communicate potential investment opportunities, everything is tightly controlled by several rules that affect how you do business. At the same time, customers and counterparties are increasingly litigious. Disputes around misselling are becoming more commonplace, and allegations of misconduct can result in liability more readily than in the past. We help our clients understand what is permitted and what they can and cannot do.

    Pragmatic solutions from a specialist team

    Our broker practice is partner-led and supported by specialist lawyers with extensive hands-on experience gained working in brokerage and capital markets. We can advise advising brokers on a wide range of issues, covering regulation, deal documentation, employment and litigation.

    While other lawyers may overcomplicate the legal and regulatory framework, we focus on what’s important. We aim to handle every matter pragmatically, providing concrete solutions for our broker clients, based on our real world experience of working not just in law firms but for investment banks and brokers.

    Select areas of expertise

    We offer a full spectrum of services for brokers who trade in equities, debt, currency, commodities, contracts for difference, cryptocurrencies and derivatives.

    • Regulatory and compliance: We assist with all aspects of regulation and compliance including perimeter guidance, financial promotions and the FCA Handbook.
    • Documenting Transactions: Additionally, we advise on terms of business, introducing broker agreements, appointed representative agreements as well as derivatives master agreements (ISDA, GMRA, MSLA etc).
    • DisputesOur seasoned dispute resolution team handles the most significant matters facing financial brokers including claims for misselling, professional negligence and contractual disputes. We also assist with regulatory investigations.
    • Employment law and general business: We can help you set up brokerage documentation, employment contracts and compliance policies, as well as manage everyday employment issues, internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings. We also conduct employment tribunal hearings and settlement negotiations.
    • Data privacyFCA-regulated brokers have a duty to be responsible when handling client data and control their activities through adequate risk-management systems. Our specialists in data privacy law can help you build GDPR-compliant practices and respond appropriately to any breach.

    Family offices insights

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