Family offices

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Fundamentals to consider when setting up a family office

As families or family businesses surpass major milestones, many decide to take it to the next level and set up a family office. The establishment of a family office starts with defining a vision and purpose for the family, and once this is formalised, the founding patriarch or matriarch will usually design and construct the foundations of a family office.

Setting up and running a family office can be seamless and efficient if the founder meticulously considers each detail on how best to structure their family office to align with both near term and long-term objectives. As family offices grow in stature and families mature, their focus could naturally shift beyond the conventional pursuit of capital growth, for example, to include ESG endeavors and philanthropic pursuits.

While each family office is unique and serves the wide ranging needs of the founder and their successors, it is important to consider a number of key fundamentals when setting up and running a family office, whether the objective is to operate a single family office or a multi family office. 

Setting you up for enduring success

Starting a family office can be a complex process and not an easy undertaking. Many aspects must be considered from strategy and planning to implementation and value creation. We outline the key aspects one should consider when setting up a family office.

  • Mapping out strategic goals and family vision.
  • Managing the expectations of family members and key stakeholders.
  • Identifying an optimal family office structure and legal entity.
  • Development of governance structure and guiding principles.
  • Identifying talent and staffing profiles.

  • Developing policies and procedures that bring the strategy to life.
  • Identifying how best to structure estate planning and tax planning activities.
  • Pinpointing which activities to be performed in-house and those to be outsourced.
  • Training of next generation geared towards a smooth transition in the future.

  • Identifying relevant license(s) to be obtained (if needed).
  • Recognising which regulatory or tax exemptions the family office may qualify for.
  • Testing systems and processes and identifying service providers to work with.
  • Build out of reporting processes and business continuity preparedness.
  • Ensuring robust internal controls and risk management policies and procedures are in place.
  • Design of compliance process and review of outcomes.

  • Reviewing and monitoring of evolving tax and legal requirements.
  • Ensuring optimal functioning and benchmarking against leading practices.
  • Development of a conflict resolution mechanism that can resolve issues in an amicable way.
  • Embedding cybersecurity technologies and managing them to deliver operational improvements.
  • Monitoring cyber threats and ensuring cybersecurity framework is robust and fit for purpose.

  • Protecting family legacy and creating meaningful social impact.
  • Assessing whether the family‚Äôs ESG and impact investing goals are on track.
  • Tracking progress towards sustainability goals and philanthropic pursuits.
  • Managing investment risk and protecting family wealth.
  • Sourcing market intelligence on trends and opportunities in public and private markets.

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Your trusted business advisors

Our family offices team has deep industry experience and business knowledge which can help you turn challenges into opportunities.

John Wong

Family Business and Private Client Services Leader, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 1810

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Agnes Wong

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 3816

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Marie-Anne Kong

Hong Kong Asset and Wealth Management Leader, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 2707

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Rex Ho

Asia Pacific Financial Services Tax Leader, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 3026

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Julie Chan

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 2432

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Benson Cheng

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 3128

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Neil Sutton

Asia Pacific Corporate Finance Leader, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 1831

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Thomas Crasti

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 6337

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Loretta Ng

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 2503

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Wise Lam

Partner, PwC Hong Kong

+[852] 2289 3041

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