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March 19, 2010

Fashion group Inditex, controlled by billionaire Amancio Ortega and his family, gave its most upbeat economic outlook for two years this week as it reported an increase in net income of 5% for 2009.

Fashion group Inditex, controlled by billionaire Amancio Ortega and his family, gave its most upbeat economic outlook for two years this week as it reported an increase in net income of 5% for 2009.

The Spain-based group opened 343 new stores in 2009, 98% of which were outside the domestic market, and reported a net income of €1.3 billion. This increase was particularly prominent in the Asian market where sales accounted for 12.2% of total sales, compared to 2008 where they were 10%. 

February 26, 2009

Asian family businesses do not like outside sources dealing with their investments, so what is the future for their office model?

As the first and second generation proprietors of Asia’s family businesses look to pass control on to their children and grandchildren, private banks and other service providers are hoping that they will look to the Western family office concept to aid the transfer of wealth. But, while succession is a real challenge for Asian family businesses, particularly given the deteriorating economic outlook, observers believe that cultural and financial factors stand in the way of the adoption of formalised family office structures.

September 1, 2008

This year has seen a wide range of liquidity events across the family business spectrum. Ben Bland, Michael Fischer and David Craik analyse a selection of them from a geographical perspective ...

This year has seen a wide range of liquidity events across the family business spectrum. Ben Bland, Michael Fischer and David Craik analyse a selection of them from a geographical perspective ...

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When Ranbaxy chief executive Malvinder Singh agreed to sell the pharmaceutical company founded by his grandfather to Japan's Daiichi Sankyo in the biggest ever takeover of an Indian family business, he described it as an "emotional decision".

February 21, 2008

The investment company behind one of Italy’s most powerful families is to invest in one of Asia’s leading alternative investment managers.

The investment company behind one of Italy's most powerful families is to invest in one of Asia's leading alternative investment managers. IFIL, controlled by the Agnelli family, will invest $90 million in Vision Investment Management, one of the largest Asia-based fund of hedge fund managers.

January 2, 2008

Despite some high profile failures hedge funds had a successful year in 2007. As investors evaluate which funds will perform best in 2008, Reg Crowder meets the experts to shed some light on the trends to watch over the next 12 months

Despite some high profile failures hedge funds had a successful year in 2007. As investors evaluate which funds will perform best in 2008, Reg Crowder meets the experts to shed some light on the trends to watch over the next 12 months

Eliza Lau, CEO of the Hong Kong-based "funds of hedge funds" manager SAIL Advisors, doesn't need any opinion surveys to see where hedge funds are headed in 2008. Her incoming and outgoing calls tell the story.

January 1, 2007

In Asia, many businesses are family-owned, but the “advising” industry seems to be in its infancy. One such field that is gaining ground is family offices. While no one format has come to the forefront, the model is becoming more widespread, and families, bankers and investment advisors are understanding the need and usefulness of the concept. Families in Business spoke with Chew-Mee Kirtland, managing director of Mornington Services, a multi-family office based in Singapore, about the trends in Asian family offices

In Asia, many businesses are family-owned, but the "advising" industry seems to be in its infancy. One such field that is gaining ground is family offices. While no one format has come to the forefront, the model is becoming more widespread, and families, bankers and investment advisors are understanding the need and usefulness of the concept. Families in Business spoke with Chew-Mee Kirtland, managing director of Mornington Services, a multi-family office based in Singapore, about the trends in Asian family offices

September 1, 2006

Asian family business are returning some of their globally-made fortunes to good causes back home, fueling a growing philanthropic sector in Asia. Michael Yeoh reports on the business families who traditionally preserved their wealth for family

Michael Yeoh is founder, executive director and chief executive officer of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the ASLI Foundation, based in Kuala Lumpur.

Asian family business are returning some of their globally-made fortunes to good causes back home, fueling a growing philanthropic sector in Asia. Michael Yeoh reports on the business families who traditionally preserved their wealth for family

September 1, 2006

Asia is the latest buzzword in business. Whether it’s outsourcing in India or opening a branch office in China, things seem to booming in these two countries.

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

Asia is the latest buzzword in business. Whether it's outsourcing in India or opening a branch office in China,  things seem to booming in these two countries. Even the pandas are getting into the spirit of things, producing an unprecedented population boom among these normally near-celibate creatures.

But is this really news? Haven't we been hearing about how Asia is 'the next big thing' for the past 10 years? Why the 'new' interest?

July 1, 2006

There’s money to be made from globalisation. Thematic investing allows business families to look at the financial world in a new light, taking advantage of the emerging markets and changing macroeconomic trends. Eric Sarasin explains how business families can profit

Eric Sarasin is head of private banking at Bank Sarasin in Switzerland, and a member of the bank's founding family.

There's money to be made from globalisation. Thematic investing allows business families to look at the financial world in a new light, taking advantage of the emerging markets and changing macroeconomic trends. Eric Sarasin explains how business families can profit

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