Family Office Forum Testimonials
Thank you all for having me at this fantastic event. It was a great success for me because I met really interesting, committed and engaged people, who were able to share and give insight into ways to improve the work I am doing. The atmosphere was at once relaxed and serious, such that it enabled us to address the issues but at the same time enjoy each others’ company. For me, a very successful event all round.
Dr Auma Obama
Let me please thank you for inviting me to participate in the Family Office Forum. It was exactly as you said it would be and I found it very stimulating and encouraging. Your reputation for finding influential 'can do' people who need to communicate with each other is certainly not exaggerated. It is indeed very important work that you do.
Viscount Chris Portman, Principal, Portman Estate
From the speakers on various panels to the attendees, and excellent refreshment and food, it was the best Family Office conference I have thus far attended. You gathered together a most authentic and dedicated group of Family Office principals and advisors. I very much admire your professional attention to detail and perfectionism on all levels. The Platinum of all Family Office Summits, two spectacular days. The highest standard of excellent in every way imaginable! The various panels and roundtable discussions were of the highest order as were the Family Office attendees. A true reflection on the Family Office Forum's excellent reputation that you had in attendance and speaking on a panel, two of the main principles from the Grosvenor Family. Thank you very much for a most stimulating, interesting and high grade 2-day Family Office conference.
Wendy Coumantaros, Spear´s
A big thank you for the conference last week. It was very interesting and good to catch-up with a number of familiar faces one normally doesn't see on events! Thank you also for the excellent event lunch.
JJ Jardine-Paterson, Principal
I just wanted to say congratulations to you and the team on the event, it was well planned and run. Convinced my Board to move our Board Meeting to Dubai on the strength of my positive experiences at your Zurich and London Forums, which I hope illustrates how highly we now regard them.
Rakesh Chand, Kaura Foundation
Congratulations for the event! It was well organized, everything went smoothly and the organizers were discretely in the background in the most positive sense. The sessions I attended were intriguing and provided interesting food for thought. But what I was most impressed with was the quality of the attendants. Only a very few service providers but plenty of Principals and investors of all sorts with a variety of international backgrounds. I enjoyed the many conversations very much. So, in short, it were two days well invested - definitely an event I can recommend without hesitation!
For me it was incredibly exciting to exchange views with other Family Offices on various investment options at such a high level in these difficult times. Thank you very much for creating a platform for this.
Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm
Very well attended, and great attention to detail on the part of the organisers.
David Badham, World Gold Council
I have never before met so many representatives from Family Offices at one single event. I would not have thought it possible to persuade so many Family Offices to join one event. It is rare to find so much expert know how in one room. Delegates and speakers alike were competent and relevant representatives of their field of expertise.
Kay Behrmann, vv.de
The Family Office Forum was a very pleasant surprise. The quality of the participants was very high and the ratio of the participants (in particular the fact that Family Offices were clearly in the majority) between Family Offices and asset managers and service providers was excellent. The event organisation was also perfect.
Fons Lute, Cyrte Investment
I enjoyed the Family Office Forum more than other conferences for Family Offices. I have rarely seen an event where it was so easy to pick up a conversation with other participants in such a good atmosphere – and the conversations had substance. The mix of topics was good, the speakers were competent and the organisation went without a hitch. Let’s have more of the same!
The superb speakers and well chosen topics covered all matters which really matter from various perspectives – the monetary side AND the human side AND the social side of wealth. The relaxed atmosphere fostered interaction throughout the attendees and resulted in a very valuable expansion of one’s network – and YES, it was also fun! Thank you! With most conferences you hope that they are at least a bit worth the time you spend there – with your conferences I am always sure that all the time I spend there is enlightening, interesting and absolutely worth it. Comprehensive, relevant, thoughtful and in-depth information on a variety of topics, stimulating questions for consideration, lively discussions and excellent network opportunities.
Ida Beerhalter, CIO, Bellwald Partner Family Office
Prestel and Partner did a great job fostering collaboration around shared interest and respect – creating relationships in a short period of time, with people from different countries, backgrounds and perspectives.
Josh Cohen, SFO
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Forum, how useful I found it and what a pleasure it was to meet so many interesting people. The event was a great success all around.
Jason Peers, Chief Investment Officer, Dutco Energy Ltd.
There is a reason you are the powerhouse of Family Office Forums globally and every delegate a true believer! Your forums have always been the benchmark for consistency and unparalleled quality to me but I am so inspired to see that every time you get better and better - it all adds up and results are unmatched. You should be so proud for what truly was a sensational conference! The discussions were deeply researched, the topics relevant, the journey meaningful and the operations seamless. A genuine eye opener as increasingly businesses have to look outside of what they deal with for inspiration, context and fresh thinking. You provided it all. All throughout the conference I heard high praise from the attendees about the conference. My heartiest congratulation again for what was really a successful and memorable conference - truly you are the gold standard!
Aradhana Khowala, CEO & Founder, Aptamind Partners
Many thanks for organising such a wonderful conference over the last two days. I thoroughly enjoyed all the speakers and met some interesting people.
Julia de Boinville
The Prestel events are the best of all the conferences I attend. The quality of the speakers, content, attendees and food is first class. Enjoyed your conference very much.
Ian W Rice, Principal
Not only was the location stunning, but the event was thoroughly enjoyable and has certainly proven to be extremely useful, informative and valuable to us already. What a truly wonderful group of attendees and professionals under one spectacular roof. We know the family we represent will be extremely interested that we certainly made every useful connection we could possibly need in order to help us attain the answers and assistance necessary to get us started.
Thomas and Kamila, TAVK
Thank you so much for two excellent days. What wonderful company, interesting topics and all in such excellent surroundings.
Edward Hoare, philanthropist
Hands down the best FO event ever! The conference was outstanding in a crowded field of family office events. The notable feature is multiple topic tracks with top notch speakers who are rare on the circuit. There were also many families in attendance, making the networking very worthwhile. Prestel and Partner is effective at vetting to ensure the right people are in the room. The venue was fantastic and conducive to having private chats as well as mingling. Excellent!
Steffi Claiden, Family Office Review
Thank you for the very warm hospitality and efficiency in which the conference was held. I was very impressed and really enjoyed the academic exchanges and the atmosphere for conference members to interact and get to know each other. I very much look forward to attending future Prestel & Partner Family Office Forums.
Sebastian Pech, BTV Group SFO
Great success! Very well organised. Tight schedule. Brilliant ambiance. Communicative participants. Interesting and rewarding exchange with both peers and well behaving solution providers. Looking forward to your next event!
Stephan Gerwert, Rigi Family Office
Excellent organized conference with a very good mix of UHNWI, Family Offices, Experts and Sponsors / Partners. A big thank you,
Was a fascinating event with thought provoking presentations and an array of sector specialists in attendance. You could not have provided a more welcoming atmosphere.
Alex Loudon, Principal
I very much enjoyed the conversations with the many Family Offices present, along your perfect organisation and wonderful venue.
Andreas K. Bremer, CCIM, International Capital, LLC
On behalf of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks for our participation in the event “Family Office Forum”. We acknowledge and appreciate your unwavering support to the government of Dubai in working towards improving business practice among family offices which play a pivotal role in the local and regional economy. The feedback from the Forum has been extremely positive and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the opportunity to share our expertise with the attendees. All responses have been enthusiastic about the content and the overall quality of the conference, which is undoubtedly tied to Prestel & Partner’s wealth of knowledge. Thank you for sharing your professional expertise and hosting such a successful event.
Tarek Hajjiri, DIFC
We thoroughly enjoyed the conference!
MA Philip Parham, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, British Embassy Abu Dhabi
This was my first Prestel Conference and I must say it was the best Family Office conference I have attended. The quality of the speakers and topics was fantastic, the networking opportunity in between speakers was really good as there were genuine FO’s represented there and not just product salesmen. The venue and quality of the food was first class.
Richard Jaffee, Single Family Office Principal
Thank you for an excellent event this week in The Palace Hotel: I have attended many events, and I must say that the quality of the discussions, and the attendees at your event, was first rate.
John D. Hanafin, Chief Executive Officer, Arton Capital
Sincere congratulations to you on a real tour de force of an event: Phenomenally impressive is no exaggeration. Thank you for the opportunity to have taken part. It was a privilege.
Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic conference. We thoroughly enjoyed the two days and met so many interesting people - it is an excellent way to network and has opened doors for us.
Louise Brassey, Marketing/Events, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing
Thank you for the wonderful event - very organized and I highly appreciated the caliber of people that I have met. Prestel & Partner did an amazing job in retaining the exclusivity of this event in facilitating the exchange of information between the right people. Not only did I benefit professionally by networking with the right people, but also on a personal level by attending the insightful lectures that your speakers presented.
Yousef Khattar, ENGEL&VÖLKERS AVIATION
By far the finest family office conference I have ever attended. Strongly recommended! Thank you for hosting a wonderful conference, it was a spectacular event!
Ozi Amanat, CIO SFO
The ratio of Investors/Providers was very good, such was the high quality of audience, and great location with premium service.
Philipp von Königsmarck, Fidelity
My first events ever were the 1980 MAR conference in Tucson, Texas and the 1981 and 1982 “Customer Yacht Club” events held by Conti in Acapulco (via Concorde from Paris) and Cozumel. Ever since I have attended and presented at Monaco, Paris, London, Zurich, Geneva . . . As a speaker as well as an investor during the last 35 years I have never experienced such excellence as the one you magically produced at the Dorchester this September!
Peter Panholzer, DynexCorp
The FO Forum was excellent. Organization perfect and the audience, especially the large number of principals, was impressive. Thank you very much for inviting us and please keep us posted on your future events.
Heiner Weber, SFO
The laidback yet very professional ambiance appealed a lot to me, such as the ability to choose from a variety of very interesting presentations
Bruno Sidler, globalOne ag SFO
As a 20 year veteran of the wealth management business from the FO side of the aisle, I have actively participated in many a conference and would consider your program truly outstanding… top of what I have ever attended. The setting was spectacular, accommodations superb, food outstanding but most importantly the attendees – representing a global audience of families – were outgoing/candid/interesting and enjoyable to spend time with! Congrats on a terrific job…well done!
Stephen McCarthy, Family Investment Office
A great event, wonderful program, many fruitful conversations, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I look forward to the future events. Thank you!
Dr. Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi
We acknowledge and appreciate your unwavering support of family businesses in working towards further enhancing the operational efficiency of family offices and uncovering international best practice.We have received extremely positive feedback from the forum and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for arranging such high caliber participants to share their expertise with our attendees. There has been particular enthusiasm regarding the content, which is undoubtedly tied to the participant’s wealth of knowledge, which made this event a resounding success.
Kara Gouyez Benallal, DEC
I am very grateful having been invited. The choice of topics, the expertise of the speakers and the networking was excellent. I went home with many new ideas and concepts and have had interesting new contacts which I will follow-up on.
Michael Hamke, SFO
A large number of family offices that presented different views in various sectors. Excellent speakers and very positive the fact that many CEOS, Principals attended the event. It was also positive that there were different sessions each hour, so that we could choose from.
Marios Rafail, Henley & Partners Switzerland AG
….was a superbly organised event in a first class venue. The atmosphere created by the Prestel team lent itself to interactive discussion rather than formal presentation and the networking opportunity was invaluable. I will be back!
Del Huse, Roycian Limited
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you on this event. We would be more than happy to partner once again.
Shadi Aslan, McLaren UAE
Successful event all round, with an exciting audience, great topics, special speakers and fruitful conversations - we look forward to the next event!
Constantin Freiherr von Wendt
Thank you and congratulations for delivering a fantastic event!
Billy Canellas, Porto Montenegro
I had a wonderful time attending the Prestel Family Office Forum. The event was very well organised. I also found all the speakers truly engaging. It is my first time this year and I’d be delighted to attend your event again in the near future.
Tram Anh Nguyen, Niveda Group
Thank you for an excellent event!
Tim Nelson, Aqua Group
Thank you for your support during the conference, which was a very big success for a first event in the region. Looking forward to collaborate on more events to come.
Mario Kozma, Tyrus Capital
An excellent event and great value for us!
Mehul Goradia, Director, Minerva Trust Middle East DMCC
Top organised and most interesting topics!
Nadine Maier, Teamhead Central Europe Key Clients, Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA
Indeed a great event, with a good balance between contents and networking
Alessandro Caldana, Bordier & Cie (Singapore) Ltd
I want to thank you for your kind invitation to participate at the Family Office Forum. I truly enjoyed the 2 days and I found every moment worthwhile (and I go to many conferences). You guys did a great job of organizing the event and the participants were also fantastic.
David Chen, Angelvest Shanghai
I very much enjoyed the Family Office Forum. Not only that you found the nearly perfect place for a meeting like that, but the very good programme as well as the number and quality of participants have been impressing. I got in contact to a number of interesting people, I'd otherwise would never meet at all.
Dieter Grosenick, M.M.Warburg & CO
I was again a very interesting program with high caliber speakers. I enjoyed the opportunity to select from different workshops. The setting was stunning, great location, service and excellent food. And most important of all, the opportunity to meet other family officers, discuss business and personal interests and to build the network was amazing.
An extraordinary forum. The participants were of an exceptionally high calibre. The presentations were highly entertaining and most relevant.
Scott & Carmen Young, Gemini Capital Consulting Ltd
Thank you for an excellent event - great topics and like-minded people. It was worth it to fly all the way for that. I look forward your next events.
Brilliant, informative and refreshingly different! Thank you,
Dominik von Eynern, Principal
I have to say this was one of the best conferences I have been to and I´ve been to many family office oriented conferences in the past two years.
Neil Fillary, Blue Family Office
The forum, by far and large, exceeded my expectations. Informative, fruitful and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with like-minded families and look forward to exploring opportunities with them moving forward. I have been to several family office events in the past where service providers and sponsors have tarnished the ambience of the event. However, the balance across the spectrum was perfect at this forum.
Tani Dulay, Woodbourne Group
Great conference with great attendees in a super location! Those who I spoke with, both Family Officers, UHNWI and solution providers alike were interesting, approachable and interested in what I had to offer them.
Paul Wilson, ShareGain
Highly thought provoking, very entertaining and impressive - as ever up to the very high standards that we have come to know from Prestel & Partner.
Wadih F Hanna
I wanted to congratulate you for the amazing event you organized. It was most interesting and most appreciated by all participants I could speak to. Very very well done!
Daniele Bartoccioni-Menconi, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
I just wanted to both congratulate and thank you for an excellent event this week. As someone who has worked both within a Family Office and on the provider side of the fence, I thought that the topics were a refreshing change from many conferences, and provided delegates with a lot of food for thought and challenge as to what they and their Family Offices could do and might want to consider doing. The organisation was superb and hassle free and I very much enjoyed meeting, speaking to and listening to many of the people who attended.
Peter Coulthard, Ernst & Young
I have been to numerous conferences over my career and the event last week definitely ranked at the top of the list. The speakers were very interesting and the networking opportunities incredibly helpful and productive. I spoke with many other first-time attendees and they felt similarly.
Eric Kolodner, Armacom
My thanks for the Forum. I found the content and speakers of great interest and marvelled at how the whole event ran on time.
Stuart Thomson, Harrods Bank Ltd
I could not be more impressed with the Family Office Forum you organised. It was amazing and beautifully delivered in every aspect. I love the way you organise the event and always feel a part of the Prestel Family.
Caroline Curtis Dolby. Ad.Dip. Psychotherapy. RCN. NCS. BACP.EFT.
Thank you for including me. I much enjoyed the two days which from my perspective just got better and better and had a super opportunity to network.
Rosemary Norris, Advisor SFO
A huge thank you: What great speakers and a lovely environment. The Forum went as swimmingly well. It has stimulated all sorts of thoughts at our end, let's cooperate.
Amy Clarke, Head of Private Clients, CAF Philanthropy Services
Thanks a lot and my congratulation for a perfect organization and quality contents: All the attendants have been very happy about the conference!
Prof. Walter Zocchi, University Milano
We found the event offered a terrific network opportunity and we enjoyed the many conversation we had and presentations.
Fabian Rauber, Lombard Odier & Cie
To be honest the feedback I received until now has been amazing. You are doing a great job, and I am truly impressed about the people you manage to bring together!
Carl von Bismarck, Principal
The Family Office Forum dealt with many interesting topics which I feel add considerable value to the daily workload. In addition the ratio of product providers is very low, which facilitates professional discussions among peers from multi and single family offices. There are ample opportunities to meet interesting contacts and to build up a wide network. I thoroughly recommend the event.
Helmut Quast, HSBC Trinkaus Family Office GmbH
The event was organised perfectly, with good conversations throughout. I have never before had so many meaningful and deep conversations at a conference.
Dimitri Felber, Marcard, Stein & Co
Everything was a perfect fit, organisation, location, participants, environment and atmosphere were simply perfect and I would like to congratulate you and your team on a job very well done. I would like to encourage you to run this event again.
Benjamin Reddmann, Pandion Invest
It was a pleasure to work with you and I would like to congratulate you on the very complete and informative event you have put together. Going forward I wish you all the best and much success!
Dr Konstantin Mettenheimer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Thank you very much for this great event and brilliant forum! For us the Prestel and Partner Family Office Forum was a great success. The feedback for the topic was very positive – not only in order to amortise our investment but also to generate impact from the participants! I felt very much at ease among the participants and look forward to taking part again next year.
Lothar Jakab, Steinbeis – Technology, Transfer, Impact
Congratulations on the very successful Family Office Forum! A very complete and interesting programme and an excellent exchange with many Family Offices. Many thanks for your top event!
Felix Graf von Hardenberg, IP Concept
Thank you once again for the attentive organisation of this very successful event – even if I probably can only begin to guess how much work was involved .... But I assume that the very positive feedback from all participants may have made it all worthwhile
Dirk Böhling, Consilisto Berenberg Privat-Treuhand GmbH
Once again I would like to thank you very much for the very successful Family Office Forum also on behalf of the President and Mr Della Volpe MA.
Dipl.-Kfm. Jamie Noguchi, Mahrberg Wealth Liechtenstein
First of all I would like to congratulate you on the extremely successful event. I enjoyed the event very much but also heard the same in all my conversations with the other participants.
Peter Schreiber, ecoblue AG
You and your colleagues have succeeded in creating an excellent event. The well thought-through programme, the choice of topics and speakers, the ample time for professional conversations among the participants as well as your attentive presence, ensuring that everything works smoothly gave the event a solid framework but also ensured that all criteria were met for a successful event for each and every participant. Thank you very much for this and for your friendly and personal attentiveness.
Dr Lutz Aengevelt
Once again many thanks for the fantastic organisation of the event. I had some very interesting conversations and was able to exchange views with my peers in a relaxed atmosphere. A nice touch was that you had speakers who fulfil a double role like myself, i.e. they are members of a Family Office and at the same time Chair of their own Family Association. Thank you very much for your support.
Heiner Schellenberg, Proseba
A particular thank you for the perfect preparation and the fantastic personal support. I would already like you to know that we are looking forward to take part again next time!!
Nina Buhne, SOTHEBY’S
I felt that the Family Office Forum was very well organised, with high calibre speakers who talked about interesting and practically relevant topics. The breaks and event programme offered ample opportunities to network, make new contacts and for professional discussions. All in all a successful event which I look forward to attending again next year.
Ingo Steffenhag, LRI Invest
My compliment! That was a very good conference. The speakers brought out the relevant topics very well. Many thanks to you and the ladies which supported you so perfectly throughout last week’s event.
Klaus Kuder, Wilhelm von Finck Deutsches Family Office
It was a great pleasure and an honour to meet you on the occasion of the Family Office Forum at Wiesbaden. The event was perfect, and I would like to congratulate you on the successful organisation.
Birgit Quiel, ProFundus
Thank you once again, I thought the Forum was very successful and informative. I look forward to next year!
Christian Woelke, Family Office Walser Wertemanufaktur
I was delighted with the event because of your organisational skills but also because of the participants. The level of the participants was already impressive. But I found the expert knowledge and the fact that the participants were so keen to share their views particularly impressive. I think that I speak for many when I say that you met the demand and closed a gap in the crowded conference market. I look forward to a repeat.
Martin Schliemann, FFA
You have every reason to be proud of this very successful event - the concept, organisation and execution throughout the three days was perfect! It is my pleasure to already confirm my attendance and I look forward to the active networking, lively discussions and expert contributions.
Jens Spudy, Spudy & Co. Family Office
Thank you very much, I very much enjoyed the Family Office Forum. The organisation, format and the participants were truly outstanding. I had many interesting conversations and was able to make many new contacts. I would be happy to take part in your future events.
Robert Wendt, Assenagon
Once again thank you very much for the Family Office Forum. I look back with pleasure on a professional and very informative event and I am already looking forward to next year with more exciting conversations and new contacts.