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Global Family Offices


Dedicated to the complex needs of international family offices, wealthy individuals and their family foundations.

Established over 30 years ago, the Global Family & Private Investment Offices (GFO) group is a dedicated boutique practice within Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business. The group focuses on providing tailor-made investment, fiduciary, custody, financial reporting and investment advisory solutions to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families, family offices as well as charities, foundations and endowments.

Our family office clients implement sophisticated investment programs, utilise multiple internal, external, domestic and global money managers, require complex reporting and often do work within the framework of a family office to manage and oversee a variety of financial needs and wealth transfer strategies.

Within the GFO group we foster long-term relationships with our clients by offering an unparalleled combination of service, institutional expertise and global capabilities which are tailored to the distinct needs of our clients.

Northern Trust's strategic focus on our clients and our core business has not wavered for over 125 years. Our heritage gives us an unparalleled insight into the needs of our clients and to this day we adhere to the same principles upon which we were founded by the Smith FamilyService, Expertise and Integrity.

Belinda Aspinall

Belinda Aspinall

Regional Head of Global Family & Private Investment Office Group, EMEA
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Belinda Aspinall

Belinda Aspinall

Regional Head of Global Family & Private Investment Office Group, EMEA

Belinda is the Regional Head of the Global Family and Private Investment Offices Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and is based in London.

Prior to joining the GFO group, Belinda was CEO of Northern Trust Channel Islands, where she was responsible for the Banking, Fund Administration and Fiduciary business.

From 2012, Belinda was based in Stockholm, where she was responsible for all asset servicing and asset management business activity across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Belinda joined Northern Trust in 2005 as a senior relationship Manager responsible for a range of UK, Irish and Guernsey domiciled fund managers. In 2007 she assumed the role as head of a team of global fund services relationship managers in the UK which services global asset managers, insurance funds and in-house managed pension scheme clients.

Belinda has over 26 years of industry experience in a wide range of operational and client-facing roles. She began her career with JPMorgan Chase, Luxembourg before moving to London as a senior relationship manager in 2000.

GFO In focus

  • Formed as a dedicated servicing division in 1982
  • 450+ family relationships in multiple countries
  • 265+ dedicated Northern Trust professionals
  • Key Asset Metrics (US$):
    • $423B in Assets under Administration
    • $99B in Assets under Management
    • $10B Total Credit Facilities
  • Relationships in over 30 Countries
  • More than 60 Clients with AUC >US$1B

As of 31st December 2017


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