The family office plays a critical role for many families. As you become successful, you accumulate assets outside the family business. Early on, trusted family or non-family executives in the financial arena of your business may be managing these assets. These assets will grow substantially over time, making it clear that you need to establish a family office separate from the core of the family business. At first, you may want this office to provide concierge services for the family and manage financial assets outside your company.
At a certain point, the family office will reach critical mass. As this happens, you should develop a strategic plan for it in much the same way you devise a strategic plan for the core of the family business. Building this plan requires senior family board leaders and shareholders to create a mandate and charter for the family office.
- Why did you establish a family office in the first place, and what is its mission?
- What do you hope to achieve with the family office and the assets it manages?
- How should the Family office operate, and to what extent do you want to involve family members?
As the family office matures and begins transitioning from one generation to the next, this charter becomes crucial to leadership succession within the family office. Furthermore, as an owner and leader, you want the family office to provide a gravitational pull to keep family members connected to the family enterprise.
The next generation of your family will have interests and priorities which differ from that of their predecessors. If you are approaching a point of ownership and leadership transition, you likely have concerns regarding how this new generation will utilize the family office.
At GTA, we support family owners and next-generation leaders in designing service-focused family offices. Our approach is to work jointly with the senior and next generation to create a shared alignment on the purpose of this office and how it will support your family.
For established family offices with service and investment functions, we support the family owners by defining the role of your family in overseeing the family office and developing ownership and leadership succession plans.