Working with Families

Our experiences of working with high net worth family, family office with a family business, family office with no family business, family business and the next generation members of families over the years, gives us a unique advantage in this space to advise our clients on the key issues that they might encounter in the future or are currently encountering.

“Six out of ten families lose their wealth by the second generation. Nine out of ten families by the third.”

“Only 5% of the failure is due to poor financial planning, taxes and investments.”

This is the result of many factors, but can mainly be attributed to poor communication, lack of trust and planning, misunderstanding of individual family members’ ambitions, abilities and expectations.

Where do we start?

Succession and a family strategy can be such a tricky and sensitive issue, that working with advisers such as Sandy Loder can be enormously helpful, as he can call upon his own personal experiences.

We often get asked to advise when a client might be asking themselves such questions as:

“What are we trying to achieve with our Family Office?”

“How do I ensure that the family wealth will survive and grow at the same rate as my family through multiple generations?”

“How do I avoid disputes among the various members of the family?”

“What will be the legacy of the family’s success?”

“What are the risks with our strategy?”

“Please can you help with one of my children?”

  • Manager Selection and Investment Monitoring Services

    At AH Loder Advisers, we are experienced at finding suitable wealth managers for you, whether you are thinking of changing manager or wanting to assess what other wealth managers have to offer.

    “Many people take no care of their money until they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.”

    Currently you may be experiencing the following:

    • Unknown or concern about high costs.
    • A lack of control over your aims or objectives.
    • A loss of confidence in the manager.
    • A lack of clarity or empathy.
    • A lack of knowledge as a Trustee or client who are the best wealth managers in the marker

    Why use us?

    We are focused on finding appropriate long-term investment solutions you.

    • We have an independent and effective process.
    • We will help control or eliminate unnecessary costs.
    • We can monitor investment performance on an on-going basis (as an additional service).
    • We try to protect and quantify investment risks.
    • We ensure compliance from a Trustee’s or Client’s perspective.
    • We can carry out attribution analysis* on investment managers.
    • We can aggregate data.
    • We focus on the delivery of your aims.
    • We will also carry out a unique Risk Assessment of the Investment Managers analysing the managers personal decision-making attributes.

    Once we understand what your investment aims and goals are, whether as a Trustee, High Net Worth Individual or a Family, we will then arrange the following:

    • Put forward a suitable list of managers who have demonstrated they can meet the client needs.
    • Organise the selection process, from agreeing investment goals through to appointment.
    • Carry out full due diligence and audit procedures on each manager/firm.
    • Clearly set out your mandate, risk and return parameters and aims.
    • Agree the most suitable performance benchmarks.
    • If as a Trustee, we will help you put in place a properly constituted Investment Policy Statement as required by law.
    • Advise you on the most suitable Tactical and Strategic Asset Allocations.
    • Negotiate all your fees and costs.
    • Agree with you and the manager your investment policy and accepted levels of risk.
    • Attend manager meetings with you to ensure their adherence to agreed investment guidelines.
    *Attribution analysis is performance-evaluation tool used to analyse the ability of portfolio and fund managers. It uncovers the impact of the manager’s investment decisions with regard to overall investment policy, asset allocation, security selection and activity. So we are able to analyse any claims made by an investment manager regarding their ability to make a positive impact on returns.

    Please call Sandy Loder on +44 207 042 9290 or email him on for more details or to arrange a meeting.

  • Family Office Start-Up

    Across the world, we are seeing a massive growth in Family Offices, normally after a liquidity event.

    I plan to leave my children enough to do anything but not so much they do nothing”

    Family Offices are probably one of the most difficult businesses to set up and manage.

    We are leading experts on the design, start up and running of a Family Office.

    We do this by creating a bespoke infrastructure to protect family wealth by implementing the most appropriate strategy and culture and securing consensus on the family’s values and objectives.

    We also conduct extensive Strategic Audits and Reviews for existing Family Offices to look at ways that they can be even more successful.

    We also provide a Satellite Family Office service for those Family Offices based outside Europe that would like a presence in London.

  • Family Office Audit

    We work with a range of global Family Offices who require us to meet with family heads and family office executives to conduct regular audits of performance, culture, behaviour and objectives of the office.

    These audits can challenge and validate the objectives and strategy to better enable the Office and the Family to meet their aims and objectives.

    With our track record over two decades of setting up and working within large Family Offices, and acting as Trustee, we have unparalleled experience in this field.

    We can make your Family Office even more successful.

  • Culture, Behaviour & Decision-Making

    We help our clients significantly improve their personal performance whether that is at the Organisational, Team or Individual level within the Family Business or Family Office.

    Every Family Business or Family Office has ambitions to be successful over an extended period. Quite often the pathway to success is not always smooth.

    We assess the culture, behaviour, and decision-making and provide strategies to improve performance.

    Executive boards or family councils after working with us will see qualitative performance improvements of more than 50%.

    Click here for a more detailed explanation on this

  • Succession Planning

    Our Succession Planning process includes reviewing and presenting a balanced, fair plan across the family structure to minimise discontent and future dispute.

    Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently”


    We prepare, train and help implement the Next Generation for succession.

    One of the key challenges that families face, especially for the founder is the prickly issue of Succession.

    The smooth transition of substantial wealth, or of a Family Business or a Family Office to the next generation based on status, merit and practicality can be a tricky process.

    Doing this with the agreement of all parties concerned is extremely complicated and can take time to find the right solution. This is especially true when taking over from an entrepreneurial parent.

    Any transition needs to be planned and approached with as much preparation as possible to maintain stability and continuity.

    We are very good at providing impartial facilitation services.

  • Family Governance

    We will work with, guide and facilitate the family and their advisers to help define their bespoke Family Governance.

    A man can’t make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree.”

    Owning a Family Business, a Family Office or having a large family brings many potential issues, challenges and even the occasional conflict.

    These can include:

    • Defining the Family Values
    • Having a clear Family Mission
    • Roles and responsibilities of its members
    • Voting rights for family members
    • Share ownership by family members
    • Board membership for family members
    • Family meetings
    • Succession Management

    In our experience the governance process benefits the family greatly.

  • Next Generation Mentoring

    We are leading experts in mentoring the Next Generation Family members.

    We coaching individuals on how to cope with the responsibilities and challenges of life either within their Family Business/Office or elsewhere.

    We advise them on navigating the precarious situations that life can throw at them such as:

    • Preparing for a job
    • Starting a career
    • Starting a new business
    • Inheriting wealth and managing money
    • Just struggling moving forward in life

    “If the next generation is to face the future with zest and self-confidence, we must educate them to be original as well as competent.”

    Typical Issues

    We have helped over 500 clients some of whom:

    • Were lacking in confidence
    • Had a low self-esteem
    • Were not self-reliant
    • Suffered from dyslexia, OCD, drug abuse
    • Or just lacked direction and guidance
  • Arctic Experience

    Our annual Arctic Dogsled Expedition across Norway and Sweden is probably one of the most amazing and unique experiences that you will probably ever do. You will come away with a huge sense of achievement, travelled across some stunning and remote landscapes and created a bond with both the dogs that are pulling you, but also the rest of the group. You will also have learnt new skills and understood how team dynamics works. This trip is done in April every year.

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  • Workshops/Programmes

    We run bespoke workshops & programmes for our clients. These range from life and business skills workshops to culture and behaviour workshops. We also run working lunches discussing the issues of Succession, the Next Generation, Family Offices or Cultural norms in family organisations or businesses.

    The clients requesting these workshops range from Families, Family Offices and Family Businesses to Service Providers to such as Banks and Wealth Managers.

    For instance, we have worked with Close Brothers Asset Management, Edmond De Rothschild, Stanhope Capital, Kleinwort Benson, Fleming Family & Partners, plus a range of global Family Offices and Families.

    We do not disclose which Families or Family Offices we have worked with or where in the world they are based.

    Please click here if you wish to view the range of programmes that we run.

    Close BrothersEdmond de RothschildFleming Family and Partners
    StanhopeKleinwort Benson
  • Keynote Speaking

    Sandy LoderSandy Loder is frequently asked to give talks all around the world on Family Offices, Succession, Performance and the Next Generation.

    Listed below are some of my recent talks:

    • How to manage an Organisation in an Asymmetric Environment?
    • Challenges of the Family Office
    • Succession and Roles of the Family
    • Non Legal Issues affecting the Family Business
    • The Power of Performance on a business
    • Multi-Family Office versus Single Family Office
    • Next Gen: Entitlement, Engagement, Entrepreneurship and Education
    • My Life in a Family Organisation

    If you are interested in booking Sandy Loder to speak at a family gathering, a workshop or conference, please get in touch or call the office on +44 (0)20 7042 9290.


  • Executive Leadership Coaching

    Executive Leadership can be defined and executed in a number of different ways.

    • We measure the thinking and behaviour of an executive leader.
    • We provide highly personalised feedback on how their ways of acting and reacting to people and situations shape their effectiveness.
    • Drawing from a large database on leaders’ behaviour, we produce a detailed feedback report that describes the relative effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the leader’s patterns of behaviour.
    • We then help leaders strengthen their thinking and behaviours that promote their effectiveness and realise their potential.


    • Provides leaders with insights into their personal styles of leadership behaviour
    • Shows leaders how their styles combine to shape their leadership performance
    • Develops leaders’ capacity to monitor and modify their behaviour
    • Offers leaders feedback to help them develop into positions of greater responsibilities