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April 16, 2019

Merck had been able to continually anticipate changes in the macro-environment and adapt itself

There are several things that family businesses can learn from the history of Merck.

Cohesion and continuity are the benefits of adherence to family values and tradition. Merck values of hard work, empathy, and striving for excellence were imbibed and inculcated across generations mainly through practice.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

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.

December 20, 2018

Pernod Ricard has defended its “strong family values” against criticism from activist fund Elliott Management over shareholder returns and governance.

Pernod Ricard has defended its “strong family values” against criticism from activist fund Elliott Management over shareholder returns and governance.

The world's second-largest wine and spirits group has came under fire from US billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott, which has built up a stake worth about €1 billion ($1.13 billion) equivalent to about a 2.5% stake in the company controlled by the third generation Ricard family

November 1, 2018

More than 80% of the world’s most up and coming family businesses have their second generation or later on board, but families face a “conundrum” with their next gens over ownership versus management.

More than 80% of the world’s most up and coming family businesses have their second generation or later on board, but families face a “conundrum” with their next gens over ownership versus management.

October 10, 2018

Succession planning among family offices worldwide is moving at a glacial pace despite families standing on the precipice of a huge transfer of wealth, the new Global Family Office Report warns.

Succession planning among family offices worldwide is moving at a glacial pace despite families standing on the precipice of a huge transfer of wealth, the new Global Family Office Report warns.

May 24, 2018

Luciano Benetton has overhauled the fashion empire he co-founded by forming a new corporate vehicle and appointing next generation family members to its board.

Luciano Benetton has overhauled the fashion empire he co-founded by forming a new corporate vehicle and appointing next generation family members to its board.

March 16, 2018

Cathay losses offset by property at Swire Pacific; VW cars using more diesel following recall; and governance, employee care characterise family firms

Cathay losses offset by property at Swire Pacific

Swire Pacific has reported a HK$4.7 billion ($600 million) profit for 2017, as losses from subsidiary Cathay Pacific were offset by property sales.

The Hong Kong arm of UK-based family investment vehicle John Swire & Sons (JS&S) posted revenues of $10.2 billion, up 29% from 2016, off the back of the settlement of a large property deal.

May 10, 2017

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

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