Running a family business means you will inevitably encounter complexities and challenges. Ensuring your values, wishes, wealth and - ultimately - your legacy, are preserved for future generations requires careful planning and rigorous execution.
Wealth owners and their families appoint Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to help - ensuring issues are anticipated and dealt with. We act for more than 100 high-value family businesses, including some of the most valuable privately held companies in the world. They and their shareholders have appointed us to help with:
A substantial family office wanted to allow third party investors to invest in their portfolio. We advised on restructuring the portfolio to create an open-ended investment company (OEIC) which could accept non-family investors' funds. The OEIC had a more formalised investment management process and more research resources - and the buying power to access institutional-investment assets. The end result was a better managed, more tax efficient portfolio with lower overall costs.
Our client, the head of a substantial family business, wanted to make sure that his family used his wealth according to his wishes. We arranged a series of family meetings to hear the family’s views on several points, including how to manage the succession of the family business.
The end result was a series of practical steps to take, and a family constitution that the family understood, and – given their involvement in it – was less likely to be challenged.
We advised a wealthy family with substantial property and investment portfolios on setting up a family office. First, we carefully defined the services that would be required immediately and in the longer term.
Then we created a company which retained some advisers in-house (investment, real estate, accounting, administration) and outsourced other advice and services (including tax, specialist investment and concierge). We drafted the relevant contracts, with a focus on confidentiality and service levels, and made sure the family office complied with its regulatory obligations.
"They are very commercially minded, cut through the legal jargon and get straight to the point."Chambers UK 2015 – Private Client