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April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

November 16, 2018

Bombardier to cut 5000 jobs in restructuring, Thailand conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group bids for rail project, and Volkswagen in talks with Ford to invest in self-driving unit Argo.

Bombardier to cut 5000 jobs in restructuring

Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier is to cut 5,000 jobs as part of an effort to streamline operations and reduce costs.

Bombardier said the 7% reduction of its workforce over the next 12 to 18 months will save the company about $250 million a year by 2021, with the job cuts mostly coming from the company’s engineering and management ranks.

June 20, 2018

Missoni eyes international expansion, Heineken invests in the Great British Pub, and Alexa checks into Marriott.

Missoni eyes international expansion

The Missoni family have sold a 41.2% stake in their eponymous fashion house to Italian private equity firm FSI, a move the family say will make them more competitive internationally.

The stake was valued at €70 million ($93 million), and the companies said in a statement it would involve a capital increase and no leverage against Italy’s Missoni. The family retains majority control.

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