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June 7, 2019

Sustainability, growth and jobs are at stake when the issue of UK family businesses and inheritance tax flares up, say sector experts.

Sustainability, growth and jobs are at stake when the issue of UK family businesses and inheritance tax flares up, say sector experts.

Tax Justice UK’s new research released this week said the British government was handing out up to £666 million ($849 million) a year in inheritance tax reliefs on land and business property to families who were already well off.

May 31, 2019

The $190 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault signals the emergence of family principal John Elkann as a major player as the world’s car industry develops connectivity, electric powered vehicles and autonomous driving.

The $190 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault signals the emergence of family principal John Elkann as a major player as the world’s car industry develops connectivity, electric powered vehicles and autonomous driving.

The merger also shows how a dynastic family business can make bold strategic decisions to ensure its sustainability in an era of technological disruption.

May 27, 2019

Family offices are standing on the precipice of a multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth between generations, yet succession planning among family offices is moving at a glacial pace. What are the barriers to planning? And what should families be doing now?

The cautionary tale of India’s Ambani family should be enough to scare any patriarch or matriarch into succession action. The sudden death of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aged 69, in 2002 sparked an acrimonious battle between his two billionaire sons, Mukesh and Anil, leading to the brothers splitting up the family business in a deal mediated by their mother. Today relations are civil, but the businesses they inherited have had very different outcomes.

May 24, 2019

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

The average female representation on a UK family board was as low as 12%, much lower compared to all FTSE 100 companies at 23%, according to a new report out this week on the corporate governance arrangements of the country’s largest family firms by turnover.

May 2, 2019

A dispute between Danish shipping giant Maersk and Los Angeles (LA) dockers over plans to automate port vehicles has highlighted the challenges legacy businesses face balancing innovation with the social cost wreaked by disruption.

A dispute between Danish shipping giant Maersk and Los Angeles (LA) dockers over plans to automate port vehicles has highlighted the challenges legacy businesses face balancing innovation with the social cost wreaked by disruption.

The family-controlled business is facing a backlash from the International Longshore & Warehouse Union over plans to use unmanned electric vehicles instead of diesel trucks to shuttle shipping containers around LA Port—the largest in the US. 

March 21, 2019

Latin American family businesses must create value and thrive for the economic well-being of their home countries, but succession planning is the most common reason why family firms fail.

Latin American family businesses must create value and thrive for the economic well-being of their home countries, but succession planning is the most common reason why family firms fail.

March 14, 2019

The family behind Britain’s last domestically-owned carmaker says it sold its majority stake to an Italian family private equity firm to secure the future of its 110-year-old business.

The family behind Britain’s last domestically-owned carmaker says it sold its majority stake to an Italian family private equity firm to secure the future of its 110-year-old business.

Sports car manufacturer Morgan Motoring Company will be acquired by Italian investment group Investindustrial next month on undisclosed terms. The investment was made without financial debt and Morgan will have a positive net cash position upon closing of the transaction in April.

March 12, 2019

Divorce, despite the best efforts of the parties and their solicitors, can sometimes be a traumatic, and difficult process. Divorce proceedings are often more complicated, and the animosity between the parties can increase, where as well as being married, there is a family business. We look at some of the ways in which the courts in England and Wales approach the family business within divorce proceedings.

Divorce, despite the best efforts of the parties and their solicitors, can sometimes be a traumatic, and difficult process. Divorce proceedings are often more complicated, and the animosity between the parties can increase, where as well as being married, there is a family business. We look at some of the ways in which the courts in England and Wales approach the family business within divorce proceedings.

March 6, 2019

“Why are people talking about family governance?” “What do they mean and why is it important?” “Does family governance mean I need a family council? A family constitution?”

The word governance often sounds intimidating. I recommend replacing it with the term decision-making.

“Why are people talking about family governance?” “What do they mean and why is it important?” “Does family governance mean I need a family council? A family constitution?”

The word governance often sounds intimidating. I recommend replacing it with the term decision-making.

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