Germany Family Office

Germany Family Office

by Richard C. Wilson & Family Offices Group Association Team

Germany Family Office Guide

Germany is known for having a strong economy supported by very skilled labor.  There are a number of very successful companies in Germany that have helped the country become the economic powerhouse it is today.  This economic success has led to a high level of wealth in the country and family offices have become more popular as of late to help serve the needs of the wealthy families and high-net-worth individuals.

The following free guide to German Family Offices will help you better understand German family offices and provide you with resources to learn more about Germany.  You should also check out our 100% free book on family offices.

Introduction to Germany

Germany probably needs little introduction because it has long been a major player in international business and its central location in Europe has made it a key member of the European Union.  Germany has a stable government, a strong financial system and an economy that has recovered remarkably well from the financial crisis.  Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy in terms of nominal GDP and the fifth largest in terms of purchasing power parity.  Of the world’s 500 largest stock-market-listed companies measured by revenue in 2010, the Fortune Global 500, 37 are headquartered in Germany.

Why Germany?  

All of the economic successes listed in the introduction explain the large amount of wealth in the country.  Germany has been an economic power in Europe for years and the number of successful businesses in the country have led to a high number of wealthy families and high-net worth individuals.  There are many family offices in the country and surrounding European nations that are looking to serve these wealthy clients.

Family Offices in Germany

It is sometimes thought that Germany is not a ripe location for family offices because Germans are often said to be skeptical of alternative investments like hedge funds and therefore will be less open to a family office that invests in alternative investments like private equity and hedge funds.  However, a recent study found that this is not the case.  German family offices actually invest quite heavily in hedge funds, which surprised many analysts.  In fact, among the surveyed German family offices, many of them said that they expected to increase their allocations to hedge funds.

This finding suggests that the German public and German family offices are warming up to hedge funds and other alternative investments which is a good indicator that family offices will similarly grow in the country as more and more wealthy families seek to make greater returns and protect their wealth through family offices.  Furthermore, there are a number of very popular family office events held in Germany because there is such a high interest among wealthy German families and high-net-worth individuals in family offices.
As Germans continue to warm up to the idea of family offices and hedge funds, we expect even more family offices to open in Germany.

Germany Family Office Resources Guide

Germany Family Office Resource #1: There are very few books written on the family offices niche so I thought I would provide a link to this book.  It is written in German, but it translates to “Alternative business models for family office solutions – German Edition.”

Germany Family Office Resource #2: A Swiss wealth management firm agreed to buy a German family office last year.  Here is the story. 

Germany Family Office Resource #3:  If you are looking for contact details of family offices places such as Germany you may want to consider using a Family Offices Database.  A Family Office Database provides you with the complete contact details for 100’s or sometimes even up to 1,000 global single and multi-family offices within an easy to use Excel spreadsheet format.  Learn more about this by clicking here.

Germany Family Office Resource #4: This German family office has a career page that encourages qualified candidates to apply to work in the German family office.

Germany Family Office Resource #5: This is a great article showing the growth in family offices in Germany.  The Hamburg-based Berenberg Bank reports that it has seen a surge of money coming in from family offices in 2010.

Germany Family Office Resource #6:  Here is an article about Wermuth Family Office, a German family office, that announced that it was seeking investors for a hedge fund.

Germany Family Office Resource #7:  Deutsches Family Office Forum 2011 is Germany’s single family office event. It is a three day conference addressing the needs and challenges of single family offices in Germany. Click here to learn about this German single family office event.

Germany Family Office Resource #8:  Here is another annual family office event in Germany.

Germany Family Office Resource #9:  Here is a press release explaining that Germany’s largest family office partnered in a joint venture with Partners Group to open a Swiss subsidiary.

Germany Family Office Resource #10:  This article covers the trend of German family offices investing heavily in hedge funds.

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