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October 26, 2009

Summer 2009 will have come as a blessed relief to some family offices. A chance to get away from the negative headlines about the economy, worries about wealth management and tribulations about who to trust going forward. Others will have spent valuable sunlounger hours plotting ways to ensure such times are not repeated or at least mitigated and guarded against.

Summer 2009 will have come as a blessed relief to some family offices. A chance to get away from the negative headlines about the economy, worries about wealth management and tribulations about who to trust going forward. Others will have spent valuable sunlounger hours plotting ways to ensure such times are not repeated or at least mitigated and guarded against.

October 26, 2009

Communication between family offices and the families they serve is essential at any time, but the need is currently greater than ever

The credit crunch has brought into sharp relief the importance of adequate communication between families and family offices. Where multifamily offices have lost investors' capital, good communication can be the difference between losing and retaining client trust. Meanwhile, the very existence of single family offices is being called into question if vast sums have been lost and communication is poor or lacking.

August 27, 2009

Professor Randel Carlock, INSEAD’s Berghmans Lhoist chaired professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, outlines strategies to help your family business through the current storm.

In recent months many firms have laid off employees, shelved growth plans and cut budgets as the recession and general pessimism continues to afflict the business world. Amid the deepest and most widespread economic downturn for more than 50 years, international trade is forecast to fall by more than 13% and world economic activity to shrink by 2.7%, according to Paris-based body the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

April 27, 2009

What is the best way for families and their family offices to communicate? And how do you ensure that this communication is done in the right manner and to a regular timetable? A select panel at Campden’s European Family Office conference met to discuss these crucial questions

Roundtable panel
John Bender's family founded publishing house Matthew Bender & Co, whose involvement with law books date back to 1804. It has been part of the Reed Elsevier Group since 1998. He is now involved in family office wealth management in the Channel Islands and Switzerland.

Jamie Cayzer Colvin is a fifth generation member of his family company, Caledonia Investments, which started as a

November 1, 2008

Campden FB’s latest online survey delved into the world of relationships within the family business. What is communication like between family members? How able are you to share difficult problems with other family members? Have you experienced personal conflict or sibling rivalry?

While family businesses can be the best of all possible worlds and provide many rewards, they also present inherent risks. Those rewards and risks are rooted in the quality of the relationships between family members. Emotions attached to the meaning of family are so powerful that unless attention is paid to critical issues, relationships in family businesses can spin out of control and endanger both the family and the business.

A survey about family business relationships conducted by Campden FB yielded important information regarding these critical issues.

September 1, 2008

Andrew Pindar’s father learnt the hard way that being pressured to join the family business is far from an ideal way to start your corporate career. This has framed how Andrew approaches his management style and GA Pindar & Son is reaping the rewards says Marc Smith

Andrew Pindar's father learnt the hard way that being pressured to join the family business is far from an ideal way to start your corporate career. This has framed how Andrew approaches his management style and GA Pindar & Son is reaping the rewards says Marc Smith

November 2, 2007

Rogers Communications is today Canada’s foremost provider of cable, telecoms and wireless services. But, as Marc Smith finds out from Edward Rogers, the family business’s story begins with the invention of a world first …

Rogers Communications is today Canada's foremost provider of cable, telecoms and wireless services. But, as Marc Smith finds out from Edward Rogers, the family business's story begins with the invention of a world first…

November 1, 2007

Many business leaders are afraid of change and it takes a brave family member to initiate the conversation. But how do you ensure you get it right? Allen Bettis explains how to be a successful change initiator when waiting quietly is not an option

Allen Bettis is principal of The Legacy Associates, a family business consulting firm based in Minneapolis.

Many business leaders are afraid of change and it takes a brave family member to initiate the conversation. But how do you ensure you get it right? Allen Bettis explains how to be a successful change initiator when waiting quietly is not an option

September 1, 2007

Family meetings can be the ideal place to establish values and air the conflicts within the family business. Joseph H Astrachan and Kristi S McMillan explain how important these meetings can be and how you can get the most out of them

Joseph H Astrachan is executive director, Cox Family Enterprise Center.
Kristi S McMillan is director, Cox Family Enterprise Center.

Family meetings can be the ideal place to establish values and air the conflicts within the family business. Joseph H Astrachan and Kristi S McMillan explain how important these meetings can be and how you can get the most out of them

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