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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

Senior Director, Global Family & Private Investment Offices, EMEA
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Lesley Hodgson

Lesley Hodgson

Senior Director, Global Family & Private Investment Offices, EMEA
Lesley is Senior Director for the Global Family and Private Investment Offices Group and responsible for the leadership of our EMEA business. Prior to assuming this position, Lesley served for 5 years as the Managing Director of Northern Trust’s Guernsey trust affiliate, Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited. She continues to serve as a Director of this entity.

Lesley joined Northern Trust in 1995 to establish a portfolio management capability outside of the United States, before leading the client servicing teams for both Securities Lending and Northern Trust Asset Management.

Lesley serves as a director to Northern Trust Guernsey Limited, Northern Trust Cayman International Limited and to a number of client company boards.

Lesley has an MA degree, with honors, in accountancy and economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

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This material is directed to professional clients only and is not intended for retail clients. For Asia-Pacific markets, it is directed to institutional investors, expert investors and professional investors only and should not be relied upon by retail investors.