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Global Custody


Simplify your information management with a consolidated and centralised view

The dedicated GFO group has an in-depth understanding of the unique needs of families and the family offices and advisors who serve them. Our global custody solution focuses on quality and capability, delivering processing efficiencies and scale in major and emerging markets.

Many of our wealthiest families have assets which are spread across the globe with a variety of asset managers. Maintaining and controlling those assets can be an arduous and time consuming task. Working with a global custody provider gives you greater control and security, as well as comprehensive, consolidated reporting of all assets.

Global accounts with local access

We take care of the detail, actively tracking balances and transactions, monitoring provider reports and fees. As one of the top global custody providers in the world, Northern Trust delivers a range of services:

  • Standard and bespoke reports for all investments and liabilities
  • Trade processing and reconciliations with individual managers
  • Automated cash sweeps
  • Sophisticated, web-based reporting for risk management, tax planning and performance analysis
  • Complete year-end tax information
  • Standard accounting for all transactions
  • Settling trades and safekeeping securities in over 104 markets
  • Investment of idle cash balances with cash investment and cash sweep capabilities in over 20 currencies
  • Collection of dividend and income payments — income credited on payable date in 37 countries
  • Notification of corporate actions and proxies in 40 markets
  • Foreign exchange
  • Lending global securities with one of the largest lending pools in the marketplace
  • Reporting in both base and local currencies, tailored to meet a client’s specific reporting needs
  • Analysis of global performance, enabling clients to evaluate manager performance continually and automatically against 800+ major market indices and 900+ stock universes worldwide
  • Passive currency overlay
Lesley Hodgson

Lesley Hodgson

Director, Middle East Client Development, Global Family and Private Investment Office Group EMEA
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Lesley Hodgson

Lesley Hodgson

Director, Middle East Client Development, Global Family and Private Investment Office Group EMEA

Lesley started her career with the Treasury of Royal Bank of Scotland before joining Northern Trust’s asset management business in 1995 to establish a portfolio management capability outside of the United States. After the successful establishment of this function she then worked with international clients on their global investment and securities lending needs.

She specialises in working with ultra-high net worth global families and their advisors on a vast range of different aspects to managing family wealth. She works with some of the leading global experts on tax and legal matters with special attention on establishing trusts, Private Trust Companies (PTCs) and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs). Her experience includes helping families establish efficiency, governance and succession planning within family businesses, property, art and landed estates. She has been instrumental in the establishment of new family offices as well as providing ongoing strategic solutions to those with long standing offices.

Lesley has a M.A. degree with Honours in Accountancy and Economics, from the University of Dundee, Scotland, and is IMC qualified.


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