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October 26, 2022

Minimising the negative societal consequences of an investment is no longer just a ‘Nice to have’. Investors today are increasingly prioritising positive and measurable environmental, governance or social outcomes alongside financial gains, says Russell Investments’ Samantha Steele.

Private equity markets have seen a surge of interest in impact investing in recent years. In a recent survey by Pitchbook, 65% of respondents managing external money said that they had offered impact strategies to their clients, up from 57% in 2021. However, challenges around transparency, reporting and access to opportunities are common. Here’s how a fund of funds approach can help.

October 17, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Mukesh Ambani sets up a new family office in Singapore;Sir Jim Ratcliffe is blocked from buying Manchester United by the current club owners; and Pierre Castel is hit with a multi-million dollar tax bill.

Mukesh Ambani to set up family office in Singapore
Asia’s second wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, is looking to further expand his reach by opening a new family office in Singapore.

The Reliance Industries chairman, whose current net worth is $83.7 billion (according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index), is reported to have chosen real estate and brought on board a manager tasked with employing new staff to get the office up and running.

October 17, 2022

It may be time for a bit of grin and bear it before we can once again look for reasons to be cheerful, says Steve Russell, investment director at Ruffer LLP.

Warning: the following contains explicit language of a bearish nature. Readers of a more nervous disposition may want to look away now…

Even after three consecutive quarters of losses in both equities and bonds, investors may not be out of the woods. So far, it has been a painful, but orderly repricing of risky assets. Now, we fear something worse - a liquidation.  

October 4, 2022

In a world where people find themselves without the ability to pay commitments as they arise, forced selling drives prices, says Ruffer LLP chairman Jonathan Ruffer.

September 13, 2022

The Tasmanian chairman of KPMG Australia discusses the key issues families are facing, focussing on ESG issues and the advice he would give to his younger self.

Since joining multinational professional services network KPMG in 1983, Tasmanian-born Paul Green has worked across a range of disciplines, from audit to corporate recovery to management consultancy.

Paul’s pragmatic approach to problem solving, broad career experience and genuine interest in people makes him a great resource for family businesses and family offices looking to further establish themselves within the Asia-Pacific region.

July 19, 2022

Inflation oscillates: it’s an idea when it’s not about, and a defining feature when it is, says Ruffer LLP chairman Jonathan Ruffer.

Inflation oscillates: it’s an idea when it’s not about, and a defining feature when it is. The only other word which comes to mind with similar status is ‘war’. Irrelevant or inexorable – the human mind finds it hard to make a judgement between the two extremes.

June 27, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87; Barry Hearn and son are set to receive a £150 million windfall from Matchroom Sport stake sale; and Henry Cheng's family office bids for control of clothing retailer Giordano.

EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, has died aged 87.

“EssilorLuxottica sadly announces today that its chairman has passed away,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board would meet soon to “Determine the next steps”.

May 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Gautam Adani’s family office invests in an Abu Dhabi petrochemicals firm; the Todd Boehly-led consortium is officially approved as new Chelsea FC owners; and British tycoon Guy Hands bids to buy Butlins holiday camps.

Gautam Adani’s family office invests in Abu Dhabi petrochemicals firm
The family office of Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, has committed to invest $75 million in an Abu Dhabi-based petrochemicals firm as part of a $2 billion initial public offering (IPO) - the biggest-ever listing in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) state.

April 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Brewing heir Santo Domingo joins a Chelsea FC consortium; Twitter’s board of directors approves a ‘Poison pill’ strategy against Elon Musk’s takeover bid; and Sir Terence Conran’s former restaurant empire is up for auction.

Brewing heir Santo Domingo backs Chelsea FC takeover bid
Colombian-born billionaire brewing heir Alejandro Santo Domingo [picured left] has announced his backing for the bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Santo Domingo, who sits on the board of the world’s largest brewer ABInBev, has joined part of the investor group spearheaded by former Liverpool FC and British Airways chairman Sir Martin Broughton.

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