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On average, private equity makes up 21% of a family office portfolio - the highest proportion of any asset class. Also, eight in 10 family offices intend to maintain or increase their allocations to this asset class going forward.
Based on data collected for the GFO 2016, allocations to private equity represented over a fifth (21%) of the average family office portfolio. A 2% increase from 2015 was reported among multi-year participants in the study (family offices who participated in the GFO in 2015 and 2016). Family office executives who participated in qualitative interviews earlier this year, pointed to diversification benefits and the potential of higher returns as the key factors that attract them to private equity.
Private equity is expected to further strengthen its position within the average family office portfolio as eight in 10 GFO 2016 participants indicated they intend to either maintain or increase their allocations to this asset class. There is an indication family offices will co-invest and invest more directly in the future as 51% and 40% respectively stated they plan to increase their activity within those areas.
Private Equity Allocations - % of the average family office portfolio
Private Equity includes: Direct venture capital/private equity, private equity funds and co-investing
|Direct venture capital/private equity||
|Private equity funds||7|
|Hedge funds: includes all strategies||8|
|Equities, developed markets||18|
|Equities, developing markets||6|
|Fixed income, developed markets||9|
|Fixed income, developing markets||3|
|Cash or equivalent||8|
|Real estate direct investment||15|
|Agriculture (forest, farmland, etc.)||2|
Future intentions for private equity allocations - % of family offices
|Direct venture capital/private equity||11||%||49||%||40||%|
|Private equity funds||23||%||48||%||29||%|
Allocations to private equity funds represented the highest proportion (34%) of the family office private equity portfolio in 2016, with the key pull factors being diversification and consistent deal flow.
Increase from 31% to 41% was reported among multi-year participants between 2015 and 2016.
Interviewed family office executives pointed to the benefits of diversification and consistent deal flow as the key factors that attract families to funds. They also highlighted the advantages of access to a skilled pool of investment professionals, which can be attractive to family offices with insufficient resources. One family office executive from
"One significant advantage that private equity funds have over direct investing is the sector-specific skill-set and knowledge of their managers, and the resources that they can put towards each deal. My recommendation for those who want to invest in private equity would be - work with fund managers first, they know how to do it."
Private Equity allocations, direct and indirect - % of portfolio share, private equity holdings only
Active management role
Passive shareholder role
Early-stage / venture capital
Co-investments, club and office-to-office deals
Deals syndicated by investment bank
Family office executives point to skills and resource gaps as the key challenges faced by those who choose to invest directly.
Higher expected returns, absence of agent fees and greater sense of control over operations and exit are the key factors that prompt families to invest directly, say family office executives. In 2016 GFO participants expected an average return of 16% on their direct deals, compared with 14% of all indirect investments.
However, interviewees also stressed the challenges frequently faced by those who pursue this approach, including: restricted access to high quality deals, limited team resources and knowledge gaps.
They highlighted the importance of thorough due diligence and a team's ability to grow the businesses that they intend to invest in as the key success factors. One family office executive from
"If you want to invest directly, be aware that for the potential of generating higher returns, you will have to burn some shoe leather and get some work done. It's very time consuming and stress levels are significantly higher."
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About the research:
Quantitative data analysed in this report was derived from a survey conducted for the purpose of the Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2016 (GFO 2016). A total of 242 respondents participated in quantitative survey in 2016, representing family offices with an average AUM of USD
To provide clarification for the key private equity-related trends that emerged from the in-depth analysis of the GFO 2016 dataset, six qualitative interviews were conducted with family office executives in
The sample of respondents came from Campden Wealth's existing community of family offices in
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