Contributing Authors

Contributing Authors - The Complete Family Office Handbook


Justin M. Zamparelli, leader of Withers Bergman’s family business practice, advises family owned enterprises on corporate and family governance and succession, as well as structuring and negotiating corporate transactions to meet the objectives of the business and the family.  Justin is a frequent speaker on topics relating to family owned and closely-held businesses and is the creator and host of a thought-leadership series, Family Business Insights: Perspectives from Family Business Leaders. 

Ivan A. Sacks, Chairman of Withers Bergman LLP, provides clients with innovative domestic and international tax, trust and estate planning solutions, recognizing that comprehensive planning is a highly personal process, with individual circumstances demanding flexible, tailored solutions.  He counsels leading families, fiduciaries, and entrepreneurs worldwide on a wide range of international private client matters relating to closely held business interests, family offices, foundations, trusts and estates as well as developing comprehensive risk management, governance and succession solutions.  He is an active member of several bar and professional associations and speaks frequently on topics related to international wealth planning. 

David S. Guin, leader of Withers Bergman’s commercial practice group, is a nationally recognized thought leader on regulatory and compliance issues for family enterprises and family offices.  He advises high net worth domestic and international individuals, families, family offices and their advisors about their obligations under U.S. securities laws, including the acquisition and disposition of public and private securities, beneficial ownership reporting obligations and the applicability of the Investment Advisers Act, Investment Company Act and Commodity Exchange Act to their investment activities.  David also advises investment advisers, fund managers and family offices on governance, structuring, commercial and compliance issues.   

William J. Kambas, an attorney in Withers Bergman’s wealth planning group, advises family and entrepreneurial clients worldwide on the development of pragmatic tax planning, governance, and business succession strategies.  An integral part of Bill's practice involves working with families, family enterprises and/or their family offices on the formation, management, and periodic evaluation of multi-national, multi-generational centralized control structures, which often include the use of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and/or trusts and the application of tax treaties.  He regularly speaks and writes on topics relating to international asset ownership structures. 

Mark Tice, an attorney in Withers Bergman’s commercial group, advises on a wide range of corporate law matters and implements a variety of complex business transactions, contractual arrangements and investments.  He has considerable experience with US securities and regulatory rules relating to family enterprises and family offices, including a deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s family office rule and issues around private fund adviser exemptions associated with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. 

Rob Kaufold has been working with single family offices since 2006.  In 2011, he established Carriage Partners as a family office and family philanthropy advisory firm focused on family offices and their charitable entities.  The firm focuses on helping families review their operational, reporting, and decision making processes so to implement an efficient, sustainable infrastructure that promotes the family’s values, supports their mission and protects their members. Rob is a New York CPA and has a BS in Accounting from Providence College.  He lives in Wilton, CT with his wife, Erin and his two daughters, Emily and Molly.

Barbara R Hauser, with 30 years of experience with wealthy families, is sought after for creating flexible family offices; leading families through a tailored governance process; organizing their global assets; bringing in the next generation and a variety of related areas. With clients in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Gulf Region, she is a frequent speaker and published author. She is on the Advisory Board of the Family Office Association and is an independent Director of the Pitcairn family office. A graduate of Wellesley College and Penn Law School, she enjoys her role as an independent family advisor. See

Warner King Babcock is Chairman and CEO of AM Private Enterprises, a family enterprise, family office and wealth advisor focusing on strategic planning, entrepreneurship, governance and special investments assisting the next generation. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Baruch College specializing in boards, governance and leadership with entrepreneurial and family enterprises, and he serves on the board of International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises and the Lawrence Field Center for Entrepreneurship in New York City. He has also been a board member of family businesses and ventures, CEO of a family business, entrepreneur founding three long-standing, successful businesses, member of a family council, trustee controlling family businesses, and a venture investor. He has written several articles and is considered a thought leader in the industry.

The Complete Family Office Handbook

Kirby blends leading industry research, real world case examples and best practices to architect the first book to comprehensively outline the infrastructure, costs and considerations for building and sustaining a world class family office. My hat is off to her.

CTC Consulting | Harris myCFO

Kirby Rosplock has written an extraordinarily comprehensive 'owner's manual' for family offices already, or seriously contemplating, investing directly in illiquid private markets. The book cogently sets forth not only the 'why' behind these families' desire to get closer to the source of private market returns, but importantly the 'how' to go about identifying, diligencing and structuring direct investments. Given the fast growing proportion of family office capital in direct private deals, this book's insights are exceptionally timely.

Tom Mahoney
Senior Managing Director,
Tangent Capital Partners

Kirby Rosplock expertly captures the complexities of the practical and emotional choices that affluent families and their advisors face.

President and CEO,
EHR Investments, Inc.

The Complete Directing Investing Handbook is a wonderful and really the education needed in the family office world. I think we seek out direct investing to diversify risk while enhancing overall returns. However, with direct investing comes the challenges with sourcing the deals, screening the deals and doing proper due diligence, structuring the deals and then monitoring these investments. Your book touched upon all these areas will great educational direction for families to easily understand and use in their offices. The book also touched upon other areas such as millennial perspective and international regard which I felt was extremely helpful. I found the book very comprehensive, informative and a very useful source for our family office.

Julio Gonzalez – Single Family Office

The world’s best and brightest family offices are devoting ever more capital to direct investing. Now is the critical time for advisors, CIOs, and family members to share a common understanding on how to source, screen, diligence, structure, monitor, and harvest direct investments. Dr. Rosplock’s handbook provides the roadmap.

Brian Smiga
Partner & Co-founder,
Alpha Venture Partners

Kirby Rosplock's "The Complete Direct Investing Handbook" is a must read for anyone interested in direct investing. With key insights reinforced by practical case studies from noted experts in the field, this is an essential guide for current and potential direct investors.

Joanne Pace
Former Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer,
Morgan Stanley Investment Management

The Complete Family Office Handbook is an important resource on the opaque world of the single family office. Comprehensive and easy to read, the book incorporates the views of many thought leaders on diverse topics from the importance of a family office vision to the current legal and compliance standards for the single family office. Those who are new to family offices and those of us who have worked in the field for decades will use it as a valuable reference for issues and ideas.

The Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A. and an independent advisor to families and family offices

Kirby Rosplock dedicated a year of her life to writing this book and it shows. This is the must-have book for anyone dealing with high levels of wealth—it will support wealth holders as well as wealth advisors and service providers in creating the most efficient structure possible for handling and preserving a high net worth person or family’s financial and human assets. Rosplock and her collaborators clearly demonstrate their command of the subject and why they are globally known to be at the top of this industry.

Family Office Review/Family Office Capital Network

In The Complete Direct Investing Handbook Dr. Rosplock and her contributing authors impart a wealth of global family office and investment expertise designed to educate affluent families and their professional advisors regarding the nuances of direct investing. This well researched new resource will prove to be an invaluable tool in navigating the rapidly growing field of direct investments.

Thomas J. Handler, Esq.
Chairman, Advanced Planning & Family Office Practice,
Handler Thayer, LLP

Most wealth books are written for managers and contain lots of details but no sense of the daily life and concerns of the people who are to be served. This Handbook is one of a kind—written for real concerned and want-to-know people. The book starts not with concepts but with concerns and offers clear ideas about what to do, laced with details about real families managing the dilemmas of great wealth and an expanding family. There are few such families, but this handbook is for every family member of such families.

Professor of Organizational Systems and Psychology,
Saybrook University

The family office space has long needed a comprehensive introduction to direct investing for non-specialists—which it now has thanks to Rosplock and her co-authors. A great place to start.

Grant Kettering
5th Generation Member of Kettering Family,

Once again Dr. Rosplock gets it right! In my experience, few have the insiders knowledge that comes shining through in this book. Not only was it helpful, it was a pleasure to read.

Wendy L Craft
Favara, LLC (SFO)
New York, NYC

There are many good books and articles about private investing in general but few that tackle the topic from the unique lens of the family office. Family offices have advantages and constraints relative to other institutional investors. They need to be understood. Kirby Rosplock’s book should be read by both family members and professional managers to better understand how to craft and advance a direct investment program.

Sam Altman
Joddes Limited
Montreal, Canada

The Complete Family Office Handbook captures the essence of today’s family office and paves the way to best practice for every family and advisor entrusted with sustaining generational wealth. Kirby has written what is sure to be an industry classic.

Founder and CEO,
Family Office Exchange

Dr. Kirby Rosplock has created an indispensable resource for family offices seeking to invest in private equity. She explains how to analyze winners and avoid the pitfalls, and discusses the extensive due diligence required even after initial investment. This is the conclusive guide to direct investing, which provides investors with the information necessary to ascertain how to proceed. Rosplock has written the essential manual for what will be a major investment trend for family offices in the years to come. 

Howard Cooper
Private Investor,