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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.

April 27, 2018

More family offices are looking to shift jurisdiction this year, advisers say, as political instability continues from London to the Middle East.

More family offices are looking to shift jurisdiction this year, advisers say, as political instability continues from London to the Middle East.

August 23, 2016

Britain has taken the first step down a long and uncertain road to its departure from the European Union. James Beech asks financial experts if family offices are in for a bumpy ride

Britain has taken the first step down a long and uncertain road to its departure from the European Union. James Beech asks financial experts if family offices are in for a bumpy ride

More than 17 million Britons voted on 23 June to leave the European Union after 43 years – triggering a tsunami of unprecedented political upheaval and volatility in financial markets which has shaken the United Kingdom and reverberated around the world.

May 10, 2016

Wildcat Capital, which manages funds for the American billionaire David Bonderman, has called for management changes at a pharmaceutical firm, representing a rare public case of shareholder activism by a family office.

Wildcat Capital, which manages funds for the American billionaire David Bonderman, has called for management changes at a pharmaceutical firm, representing a rare public case of shareholder activism by a family office.

In a strongly worded letter, Wildcat raised concerns over corporate governance at Sorrento Therapeutics and said the chief executive, Henry Ji, should be replaced.

April 13, 2016

Families should plan ahead to ensure they can make use of tax exemptions when businesses are transferred from one generation to the next, a report has advised.

Families should plan ahead to ensure they can make use of tax exemptions when businesses are transferred from one generation to the next, a report has advised.

November 25, 2015

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

This is at odds with a common perception that family businesses tend to be domestically-focussed, said the KPMG report European Family Business Trends.

The report was based on research that included surveys with 125 family businesses and a further 125 high net worth individuals.

August 26, 2015

CampdenFB is carrying out an online survey as part of a special report on financing the family business in FB65.

Finance is crucial to help build successful family businesses, and although increasing numbers are looking to non-bank channels, traditional banks remain a key source of funding.

December 11, 2014

Family businesses looking to raise capital for growth are increasingly turning to self-funded expansion in order to avoid traditional banking services in the UK, new research has revealed.

Family businesses looking to raise capital for growth are increasingly turning to self-funded expansion in order to avoid traditional banking services in the UK, new research has revealed.

Family Business Survey 2014, produced by Charles Russell Speechlys and Family Business Place, found the preference for self-financed growth stemmed from real and perceived difficulties in borrowing from banks, and a general reluctance to take on debt.

June 16, 2014

European family businesses are more optimistic about their future following signs of economic recovery with the majority considering investment opportunities in their home markets.

European family businesses are more optimistic about their future following signs of economic recovery with the majority considering investment opportunities in their home markets.

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