Many single family offices are among the most important private equity investors in the UK. However, it is difficult to identify relevant family offices. Many of them operate secretly and attach importance to discretion. This is where the service of familyofficehub.io comes in. Our research team has great experience in tracking family offices and making them accessible in clear databases. These databases can be easily downloaded from our online shop. To give you an idea of what we do, here are three investment companies from wealthy families in the UK. They invest in private equity and are particularly active in their home country.

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#1: Tavistock Group – Single Family Office of Joe Lewis, actively investing in growing companies from various industries

Hardly any other family office has an investment focus as broad as that of the Tavistock Group. The company appears as a real estate and hotel investor, is active in the sports business (Tottenham Hotspur), invests as a venture capital investor in up-and-coming entrepreneurs and makes private equity investments. Behind the Tavistock Group is billionaire Joe Lewis, one of the richest people in the country. The company’s shareholdings include Mitchells & Butlers, renewable energy producer Patagonia Energía and numerous other companies from all over the world.

#2: LSG Holdings, London – Long-term thinking Single Family Office by experienced businessman and investor Elio Leoni Sceti

LSG Holdings is a typical single family office active in real estate, private equity and venture capital. The long-term investment horizon makes the investment company a popular investor among entrepreneurs who wish to implement their strategy in the long run. In many cases, the management holds shares in the company, which in LSG Holding’s view promotes sustainable corporate development. LSG Holding’s broad positioning is illustrated by the fact that we also present the company in our contribution on three UK family offices from the venture capital sector.

#3: TY Danjuma Family Office, Surrey – Single Family Office focused on private equity and real estate investments in the UK and beyond

TY Danjuma Family Office is the single family office of the Nigerian businessman Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma. The investment company pursues the goal of asset preservation and accumulation by investing in various asset classes. This includes in particular the private equity sector as well as the real estate market. Under the name TY Ventures (UK) Ltd, investments are made in promising companies from various sectors. One of the portfolio companies is CNIguard, a provider of remote monitoring systems for critical infrastructure. Another investment is made in the film production company Starchild Pictures.

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Contextflow is an Austrian medtech startup that works on deep learning solutions for radiology. The startup now received six-digit funding for its further growth.

Deep Learning based image recognition for radiology use cases

The Vienna-based startup was launched in 2016 as a spin-off of the Medical University Vienna. For the development of its services, it was supported by the Technical University Vienna. When further evidence is needed in medical cases, Contextflow supports medical teams by crawling millions of medical imagery, cases and literature. Radiologists can simply select a relevant area in an image – and immediately get information about associated cases. Contextflow is led by Markus Holzer (CEO), Rene Donner and Markus Krenn. Together, the team has more than 250 peer reviewed publications.

Funding to get EU certification and to accelerate proof of concepts

The new funding round for Contextflow was led by Apex Ventures. Other investors include Nina Capital (a European venture capital fund) and Crista Galli Ventures. Crista Galli Ventures is a new investment firm backed by a Danish single family office. The family office backed investment firm is founded by Dr. Fiona Pathiraja, a board-certified radiologist. Contextflow wants to use the funding round to get a EU certification and to accelerate its international proof of conecptes. So far, the firm works with hospitals in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Croatia.

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Wirtschaftswoche, 21.10.2019
Harlie Raethel, 21.10.2019

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We use this article to introduce you to three UK single family offices that are actively buying real estate. The investment companies of wealthy companies are becoming increasingly important players in the real estate scene. However, many real estate professionals find it difficult to identify and address the most relevant family offices. This is where the comprehensive database of familyofficehub.io comes in. Our experienced research team is constantly on the lookout for important family offices in Europe. Our lists contain valuable information about the investment focus and general contact details so that you can start addressing them directly. Particularly in the real estate environment, we successfully help brokers, asset managers, co-investors and other players to gain valuable partners.

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#1: Grosvenor, Chester – Real Estate development, management & investment in more than 60 cities around the world

With £11.8 billion, Grosvenor is probably one of the most important real estate companies in the UK. The real estate arm of the Single Family Office develops real estate projects, invests in world-class buildings around the world and manages assets. The company is active in Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington D.C., for example. The preferred asset classes are retail, residential and office, with buildings with appreciation potential often being acquired. The website of the Family Office provides a good overview of past investments, so that potential partners can get an optimal overview of the way they work.

#2: Souter Investments, Edinburgh – Real Estate development by one of the most important family offices in the UK

Souter Investments is a very important private equity investor in the UK. However, the investments are not only focused on typical company acquisitions. Rather, the investment company is also active in the real estate sector. As a co-investor, Souter Investments has invested in East Lothian Developments Ltd (ELDL). ELDL is one of the largest neighbourhood development projects in Scotland. The real estate project includes numerous new residential buildings and is well connected to Edinburgh. A participation in the project developer AMA from Edinburgh is also worth mentioning. At the end of 2018, the exit of the diversified real estate company took place.

#3: J Leon Group, London – Real Estate investments focused on UK commercial property and central London residential Real Estate

The J Leon Group is a long-established family office that has been managing and increasing assets for many decades. As a relevant fund of funds investor, the Group diversifies its portfolio and ensures stability in family assets. However, the company does not only invest in corporate values. Rather, it actively invests in UK commercial property and is one of the largest investors in this segment in the UK. In this regard, highstreet shops in prime locations play an exceptionally important role. Also, agricultural and woodland assets are part of the J Leon Group.

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Swiss news portal Finews.ch recently reported about the launch of a new multi family office in Basel: Ex-private-banker Mathis Büttiker is the founder of the new “BTK21” family office.

Foundation of new multi family office follows La Roche-Notenstein acquisition

In 2018, Swiss bank Vontobel acquired private bank La Roche-Notenstein for CHF 700M. At this point, the private bank had CHF 16BN assets under management. Three partners of La-Roche were hired by the Basel-based bank E. Gutzwiller. Mathis Büttiker – another partner and shareholder – is now working on the launch of his own multi family office “BTK21”. The name BTK is based on Büttiker’s name. The new multi family office with just a few employees will be focused on law, tax and wealth consulting for high net worth families.

First customers for Basel-based “BTK21”

Büttiker already managed to acquire the first customers through his own network. The new family office will be targeting entrepreneurial families from the Basel area. The ex-private banker calls himself as “Consigliere”. It means that he and his firm want to serve as independent advisor for wealthy families. Büttiker wants to fully launch the new family office in 2020. So far, the company is already registered as BTK21 AG, but – for example – the website is still under construction. BTK will complement other already existing family offices in Basel, like Univest or ATAG.

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Finews.ch, 21.10.2019
Basil Samuel Lade, 21.10.2019

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In recent years, the European venture capital scene has caught up in an international comparison. This is partly due to successful start-ups and investors from the UK. In addition to traditional VC funds, domestic single family offices play an important role. They manage the assets of very wealthy families and business people and increasingly also invest in start-ups. In this article, we present three British single family offices that are active in venture capital and are among the most important players in this field. They are part of our comprehensive database of the most relevant family offices in Europe, which has helped many clients find new partners.

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#1: Tavistock Group – Powerful Single Family Office of Joe Lewis with a broad investment focus

British entrepreneur Joe Lewis is one of the richest people in the UK. Not only does he own one of the largest motor yachts in the world, he also owns some of the most valuable paintings in auction history. His assets are mainly managed by the Tavistock Group, which has gained fame as a major shareholder in the Tottenham Hotspur football club. The Single Family Office has a very broad investment focus and invests in both listed and private companies. Through Boxer Capital, for example, investments are made in promising biotech companies. In addition, the Tavistock Group invests in start-ups from various sectors. Examples include Surge Global, Ultimate Finance and Atlas Labs.

#2: LSG Holdings, London – Renowned Single Family Office with focus on B2C-startups

LSG Holdings invests in real estate as well as private equity and venture capital. The Single Family Office from London is particularly interested in startups from the B2C sector. Successful exits include zynga, Beamly and Mashable. The startup portfolio includes companies such as Cru Kafe, Petme, yeay and Equinox Kambucha. LSG Holding attaches great importance to a genuine partnership and actively supports the sponsored start-ups in their growth.

#3: Waymade Capital, Basildon – Single Family Office of Vijay and Bhikhu Patel, founded in 2013

The Single Family Office of Vijay and Bhikhu Patel is based on the three pillars Pharma, Property, Private Equity and Philantropy. As a private equity investor, Waymade Capital pursues a very broad investment approach and supports companies from various sectors. The long-term investment horizon is what makes the Family Office interesting for young companies. In this way, a sustainable growth strategy can be chosen that would not be possible with many other investment companies. Due to the business background of the family, there is special interest and know-how in medical and pharmaceutical companies.

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Single family offices – the investment firms of high net worth families – are playing an increasingly important role in the Nordic region. Many SFOs are relying on real estate investments. We introduce you to three interesting Scandinavian single family offices that are real estate investors.

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#1: Pontos, Finland – Investing in real estate development projects and commercial real estate

Pontos is the single family office of Ilpo and Timo Kokkila. Besides private equity and listed companies, pontos actively invests in real estate. Pontos is focusing on real estate development projects (and companies) as well as commercial real estate. Target areas are Finland, Estonia and Portugal, the minimum transaction volume is €10M. Exemplary portfolio objects and projects are a 20% stake in LAK Real Estate (Helsinki) or 100% ownership of the ReLog logistic, warehouse and retail portfolio. Also, hotels like the popular “Sokos Hotel Viru” in Tallinn belong to the portfolio.

#2: Awilhelmsen, Norway – Investments in Offices, Hotels, Retail and Parking

Awilhelmsen is the investment firm of the Wilhelmsen family. The Norwegian single family office was established in 1939 and is today active in the cruise business, real estate, shipping & offshore, retail and industrial investments. In 1990, the Arne Wilhelmsen family entered the real estate market. Investments are made through the fully-owned real estate firm Listow AS. Linstow develops, owns and manages properties in the Nordic and Baltic area. The owns different types of buildings: offices, hotels, shopping centers, parking spaces. Exemplary buildings are the Comfort Hotel at the Bergen Airport, Radisson Sonya Hotel in St. Petersburg or the Galerija Centrs in Riga.

#3: Ferd, Norway – Logistics and Warehousing real estate in Norway

Ferd is the investment company of the Norwegian Andresen family. Ferd is an active investor in capital markets, private equity and real estate. The Norwegian family office owns, develops and operates warehousing and logistic properties. New acquisitions are mainly made in the Oslo area, but also Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim objects are relevant for the firm. In 2018, Ferd realized a return of NOK 315M through its real estate business.

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Scandinavia counts as one of the richest regions in Europe, consisting of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and some parts of Finland. Many single family offices (the investment firms of wealthy families) are located in the Nordics. A major investment trend in the single family office landscape within the last 10 years were investments in private companies – called private equity. We will introduce you to three major Scandinavian single family offices who invest in PE.

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#1: Ferd, Norway – Active private equity ownership

Ferd is the investment company and family office of Johan H. Andresen and his family. The Norwegian SFO invests in listed companies, private companies, real estate, special situations, external funds and social entrepreneurs. In total, the firm managed NOK 32.3BN in 2017 (approximately €3BN). For its private equity investments in unlisted companies, Ferd focuses on an active ownership role. Portfolio companies are Aibel, Brav or Interwell. Aibel is a Norwegian service company for oil, gas and renewables. Brav is a consumer goods company in the sport and outdoor industry. Interwell is also a technology provider for the oil and gas industry.

#2: Awilhelmsen, Norway – From shipowners to long-term investors

Wilhelmsen family made their fortune in 1939 as shipping company. Over time, the family company developed to a major Scandinavian investment firm, active in private equity, real estate, shipping, retail and industrial investments. As usual for single family offices, the firm is a long-term investor focused on sustainable investments. The first private equity investment was consumer electronics chain Expert in 2007. Today, PE investments are dealt through the “Awilhelmsen Capital” division. In 2018, Norwegian eHealth company DIPS was acquired.

#3: Pontos, Finland – €5-20M investments with no industry restrictions

Pontos is a Finnish family office that invests in real estate, private equity funds and direct private equity investments. The family investment company of Ilpo Kokkila was established in 2001 as the real estate division of construction company SRV was split into an own passive firm. Ponto’s portfolio companies employ more than 6,300 persons, and make a yxearly turnover of €700M. When it comes to private equity, Pontos has no industry restrictions and invests in transactions between €5-20M. Portfolio companies are Valmet Automotive (service provider for automotive engineering), R8tech (technology company to reduce buildings’ energy consumption) or Blueprint Genetics (genetics biotech startup).

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The European venture capital industry is increasingly dominated by single family offices. In recent years, numerous family-led venture capitalists have emerged, particularly in Switzerland, to promote the Swiss start-up scene. However, the asset managers of the super-rich often operate in secret and are difficult to approach. For this reason, start-ups often find it hard to identify suitable family offices. This is where the research knowledge of Familyofficehub comes into play. We are constantly building and enlarging our database of the largest family offices in Europe in order to help our customers approaching the right investment firms. In this article we want to give you some insights of our database by presenting three Swiss single family offices that are investing in venture capital.

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#1: Caliza Holding, Netstal – long-term investor in the areas of manufacturing, energy, real estate, mining and raw materials

Some time ago we reported on the participation of Caliza Holding in the energy startup Electrochaea (read here). This investment is a good example of the focus of the Single Family Office from Switzerland. Caliza is looking for innovative young companies that are active in classic industries such as manufacturing, energy, real estate, mining and raw materials. Disruptive approaches are sustainably supported so that the start-ups gain a partner who not only provides capital. The Family Office is globally active and a really promising partner for many start-ups.

#2: Occident Group AG, Zug – valuable partner for life sciences, high-tech and ICT startups in Switzerland and Germany

We already presented Occident Group as a Swiss single family office that invests in real estate (read here). However, this is not the only asset class, the Schützenhöfer family office focuses on. As venture capitalist, the Occident Group is looking for innovative startups from Germany and Switzerland. Usually, the single family office joins the seed round and, if positive, participates in the subsequent rounds. The industry focus is on life sciences, high-tech and ICT. The company’s motto “tomorrow happens today” already expresses the forward-looking way of thinking. Renowned startups from the portfolio are for example Numbrs, Versantis, Lunaphore and advanceCOR. In addition to the office in Zug, the Occident Group also has a branch in Munich.

#3: Santo Holding AG, Zug – single family office of Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann (Hexal), investing in pharmaceutical and biotech startups

Santo Holding is the Swiss-based single family office of the Strüngmann brothers from Germany. After building and selling the pharmaceutical company Hexal, Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann are active private equity and venture capital investors in Europe. They therey focus on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare companies. Through the Single Family Office, they primarily invest in promising young companies from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Their patience and long-term investment approach pays off, particularly in drug research and development, making Santo Holding a much sought-after financier among start-ups in this field. An investment from the recent past is the participation in the German company Boxine (read here). You can find other valuable venture capital providers in our comprehensive Family office database – without spending hours doing research.

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Pinnacle Cranes is a leading crane rental, sales and service company active in North and South Carolina.  Now, the company has been acquired by private equity fund Tecum Equity, supported by Western Allegheny Capital, the single family office of Cliff Forrest. Forrest is the owner of Rosebud Mining, Pennsylvania’s largest underground coal mining company.

Crane service company from North Carolina

Pinnacle Cranes was established in 2001 as a division of Carolina Tractor and Equipment. The company is mainly offering Link-Belt, Manitex and Shuttlelift carry deck cranes. Pinnacle Cranes sell, rent and maintain cranes for its customers. The Charlotte-based company mainly works for construction companies. After the acquisition, the company will look for a new headquarter location.

Bought by Tecum Equity and Forrest Single Family Office

Tecum Equity – which manages the private equity investments for the Cliff Forrest single family office Western Allegheny Capital – is the new owner of Pinnacle Cranes. Tecum is a Pittsburgh-based investment management firm with $750M assets under management. The firm is focused on management buyouts, divestitures, growth capital, acquisition financing and leveraged buyouts. Other holdings of Tecum include Bandon Holdings or Clio Holdings. Cliff Forrest is the owner of Rosebud Mining, a major coal mining company from Pennsylvania. Recently, Forrest also acquired the majority of Oberg Industries shares, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of precision components.

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Vertical.net, 9.10.2019
Bizjournals, 9.10.2019
David Carballar, 9.10.2019

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In September, London-based gold payment app Glint Pay has fallen into administration. In October, the Singapore-based Fergusson single family office “Nimoi Holdings” launched a hostile takeover bid for the struggling startup.

Gold payment app Glint in crisis mode

Glint wants to enable its customers to “spend gold digitally for the very first time”. Customers can hold a multi-currency account with Glint Pay in order to make payments with a linked Mastercard. The startup was founded in 2015 by Ben Davies and Jason Cozens and raised £15.2M so far. Just a few months after the previous £5m funding round by asset manager Sprott and the US launch Glint now announced that it is in administration. It is unclear if customer deposits are safe: the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that the deposits are not covered by the so-called Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Hostile takeover bid of Fergusson Single Family Office

According to an exclusive note to AltFi, Nimoi Holdings (the Singapore single family office of Alexander and David Fergusson) launched a hostile takeover for Glint Pay. Nimoi is an active long-term investor that also owns shares in various companies like Woodside Holdings Investment Management or Agricola Holdings. Nimoi already tried to buy Glint before, but Glint’s management rejected the offer. In July, the Fergusson single family office acquired a loan granted to Glint by Brahma Finance. David Fergusson told AltFi that acquiring the loan didn’t come with a downside: Nimoi would have been paid if the company succeeded, otherwise Nimoi would be able to manage the company on its own. In an update published on AltFi on the 8th of October, a spokesperson of Glint’s Administrators told that the information provided by Nimoi is incorrect and that Glint has fully repaid the outstanding debt to the company. The administrators are – according to the spokesperson – working on a solvent rescue with existing shareholders.

Sources
AltFi (1), 9.10.2019
AltFi (2), 9.10.2019
Crunchbase, 9.10.2019
Dmitry Demidko, 9.10.2019

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