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Lausanne is widely acknowledged to be the family business capital of the world. With two major educational centres located there, IMD and the FBN, family businesses can feel assured that their educational and networking needs will all be met

Through its ongoing research surveys, Grant Thornton has examined family businesses in 26 countries around the world, exploring their views and concerns and providing a snapshot of over 8,700 business owners worldwide.

Big business or big bucks is the choice presented to a family business through mergers and acquisitions, depending on how it views its future. Melanie Stern explains how the challenges faced by this sector proves that size has never mattered more in either case

At a time when banks are increasingly cautious about lending money, the stock market can be an attractive alternative source of capital for a family business – and, explains Georges van Erck, an IPO need not mean the family loses control of the business

There were 30,000 insolvencies in Germany last year and family businesses are finding it harder to procure credit from banks with their increasingly stringent lending criteria. Private equity managers may be the answer to a tailor-made financial strategy, explains Max Burger-Calderon

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