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World Family Office Forum | Europe

Tom Lileng

Managing Director, General Oriental

Tom is a Managing Director at General Oriental Investments S.A., Geneva. Tom joined the firm in 2011 and oversees the Geneva office. Tom’s responsibilities include portfolio management as well as overseeing the research and trading efforts for the firm. On the allocation side, Tom is the firm’s Head of Alternative Investments, covering all alternative investment strategies but with a particular focus on credit and distressed opportunities. Prior to General Oriental Investments, Tom was a Portfolio Manager and Head of Research with Santander’s Alternative Investments unit, initially based in New York and later Geneva. Prior to Santander, Tom was a Senior Investment Analyst with SPI Funds and a Business Analyst with UBS. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science (Finance, 1999) and Master of Business Administration (International Business, 2000) from Florida Atlantic University and has earned a series of Executive Course Certificates from Harvard Business School Online (2021-2022). Tom is a Norwegian citizen and speaks Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, French, and Portuguese. Cavamont Holdings was founded as an investment holding company by Sir James Goldsmith for the exclusive benefit of his family and professionally managed by General Oriental Investments S.A. Prior to his death in 1997, Sir James amassed a personal fortune estimated at $2.5B. He was known for identifying weak managements and great companies, taking them over, turning them around and reaping the profits. Sir James was outspoken in his opposition to the founding of the European Currency (also created The UK Referendum Party), but was supportive of a Europe of regions.

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