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Setting Up a Multifamily Office

Can anyone just establish a multifamily office? Is it a feasible and worthy endeavor?

Setting up a multifamily office requires careful planning and also a consideration of your family’s wealth management needs.

In this article, we’ll explore the meaning, upsides and drawbacks of multifamily office, as well as find out who’s best suited to create one.

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What is a Multifamily Office?

A multifamily office (MFO) is a private firm that provides assistance to numerous families in all aspects of wealth management. Tax and estate planning, risk management, financial consulting, trusteeship, lifestyle management, professional coordination, investment assistance, and administration of charitable foundations are all part of the services offered by MFOs.

Some MFOs provide additional personal services beyond money management, such as managing household workers and arranging vacations. MFOs can take many different forms, including the expansion of an existing single family office, the merger of two existing single family offices, or the establishment of a new team of advisors dedicated to serving the investment, estate planning, lifestyle, and tax service needs of wealthy families.

MFOs assemble a group of experts to work in tandem with families, educating them on best practices and letting them pool their assets to have more bargaining and negotiating power. The MFO is able to provide a broader range of services to their client families at a lower cost by working with several families who pool their resources through cost sharing, reduced fees, and costs.

An MFO’s organizational architecture often consists of a series of specialized subsidiaries that serve as conduits between individuals and their wealth management companies, family trusts, and real estate investments. MFOs can pool assets, pool knowledge, and manage the wealth of several families more effectively by adopting this organizational structure.

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What is the minimum net worth required to open a multifamily office?

While $30 to $50 million in liquid assets may be necessary to launch a multifamily office, this range is typically seen as the floor.

Those with a net worth of $30 million can consider working with a multi-family office, while those with a net worth of up to $50 million can receive the services and assistance they need from advisors at a wealth management firm, per Investopedia’s estimates.

Multifamily office vs wealth management

Wealth management is an umbrella word for many financial services geared on assisting people and families in handling their wealth and realizing their financial objectives. Investment management, financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, tax strategies, and more are all examples of wealth management services.

A wealth management firm’s clients may include those of varied financial means, including a high net worth family.

The term multifamily office refers to a specific type of wealth management that offers a broad selection of customized services to a small number of wealthy households. Money management, in a general sense, refers to the broader field of managing and growing money for individuals or families, and it can involve varying degrees of service and clients.

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Advantages of opening a multifamily office

Establishing a multifamily office comes with numerous benefits, such as cost-sharing opportunities, access to a specialized team for wealth management, and an added layer of privacy and exclusivity. As highlighted by Forbes, opting for a multi-family office leads to a considerably lower client-to-employee ratio, contributing an additional layer of privacy and exclusivity to the family’s wealth management efforts.

Moreover, the dedicated team overseeing the family’s wealth ensures a cost-effective structure by consolidating resources to generate savings. A multi family office distributes some administrative and building costs across a larger investor pool, leading to reduced overall overhead expenses. Nevertheless, it is crucial to thoroughly evaluate all options before deciding, as a multifamily office may not align with the long-term financial goals of every family.

What are the disadvantages of opening a multifamily office?

Constraints on family autonomy, the threat of mission drift, and the need for clear lines of communication and a shared vision are just a few of the challenges that may arise when establishing a multifamily office.

Compared to a single-family office, the family may have less say in the running of a multifamily business, as pointed out by Forbes. One possible explanation for this loss of control is the communal nature of a multifamily office, where choices are made as a group rather than individually.

As time goes by, certain family members may begin to expect increased returns and new services from the family office, a phenomenon dubbed scope creep.

Problems in managing and fulfilling new expectations may arise as a result of this widening of the scope. In addition, a multifamily office might not be the best fit for a family that lacks substantial wealth, a clear sense of direction, or constructive channels of communication.

For a multifamily office to be successful, family members must work together cohesively and have common goals. The family may have to make joint financial decisions that don’t take into account the preferences of each member. This could be a source of friction and a loss of individual freedom. Those with plans to launch a multifamily office must give careful thought to the aforementioned considerations.

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Bottom Line

When compared to a single-family office, the control, coordination, and breadth of services available to a multifamily office with assets of less than $100 million can be difficult to achieve.

According to a Forbes article, families may feel less in charge when they choose a multifamily workplace rather than the independence of a single-family business.

Moreover, a white paper from Credit Suisse suggests that at least $100 million in assets under management is often required for the effective implementation of a comprehensive family office strategy. This financial threshold is regarded a significant criterion for assuring the feasibility and success of a multifamily office in giving the appropriate level of service and coordination.

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