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Global Family and Private Investment Office Services

Fiduciary Services

Our services are delivered globally as well as through as through strategic jurisdictions in Delaware, Nevada, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey.
A collaborative approach for managing your complex wealth management needs

Safeguard and preserve family wealth across generations and geographies

Multi-generational wealth comes with critical estate planning, wealth transfer, reporting and tax challenges that can impact family dynamics. Count on our Global Family and Private Investment Offices group (GFO) to conscientiously safeguard a family’s unique objectives while proactively helping meet your family’s needs, now and for generations to come.


From fully discretionary or directed trustee services to serving private trust companies, GFO can help tailor solutions to meet specific family goals. Your trust will be part of a focused client base with a common trust advisor, who brings substantial experience to bear in resolving fiduciary and family office issues. Your trust advisor can act as an extension of your office, helping resolve fiduciary or family issues along with assisting with the following needs.

  • Trust administration. Comprehensive reporting and sophisticated technology to support the structure, scale and complexity of your relationship.
  • Distribution discretion. When appropriate, we can provide the objectivity to help align family expectations with the settlor’s intent as expressed in the instrument and provide discretion in trust distribution decisions.
  • Investment management and discretion. Custom portfolio construction and fulfillment through Northern Trust’s industry-leading institutional, multi-manager solutions. We can also help manage financial benefits of complex investments like real estate, commercial property and oil, gas and mineral rights.
  • Advisory services. Expert advice from across our wealth management business for multi-generational families, private investment and trust companies, foundations and family office professionals.


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With the ever-evolving nature of international tax, non-U.S. residents or citizens and their advisors should become aware of fundamental tax principals to avoid the unintended application of U.S. tax.

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Daniel F. Lindley

Daniel F. Lindley

Fiduciary Practice Executive, GFO
Daniel F. Lindley is the Fiduciary Practice Lead for the Global Family & Private Investment Offices group ("GFO") within Northern Trust.


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