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January 24, 2017

Are robust labour markets and culture shifts drawing successors into sexy start-ups and pushing them away from ‘traditional’ family firms? Scott McCulloch reports

Are robust labour markets and culture shifts drawing successors into sexy start-ups and pushing them away from ‘traditional’ family firms? Scott McCulloch reports

Next-generation successors have long been advised to cut their professional teeth outside the family business before coming in. Yet in an era of globalised economies, where company revenues can grow enormously in a single generation, are family businesses losing their allure for affluent and entrepreneurial Millennials?

January 23, 2017

The Global Family Office Report stops short of offering advice—instead the reader must interpret its objective data. In this concluding article, research director Stuart Rutherford and UBS family office head Philip Higson share their personal views on the future focus for family offices

The Global Family Office Report stops short of offering advice—instead the reader must interpret its objective data. In this concluding article, research director Stuart Rutherford and UBS family office head Philip Higson share their personal views on the future focus for family offices

January 9, 2017

Enterprising family businesses and how next-generation leaders are pushing the boundaries 

November 14, 2016

Taking a business from one horse-drawn cart to an international logistics firm is no easy task, but that is exactly what Germany’s Fiege family has accomplished over five generations. Michael Finnigan talks to its next-generation leaders about the long haul

Taking a business from one horse-drawn cart to an international logistics firm is no easy task, but that is exactly what Germany’s Fiege family has accomplished over five generations. Michael Finnigan talks to its next-generation leaders about the long haul

To some the origins of Fiege might sound like the classic 1980s British sitcom Only Fools and Horses: an entrepreneurial farmer-cum-businessman fixes a rickety cart to one of his horses in the hope his new “transportation business” will make him a millionaire.

October 17, 2016

Alison Ebbage finds out how a top French business school is empowering the family business leaders of tomorrow

Alison Ebbage finds out how a top French business school is empowering the family business leaders of tomorrow

July 26, 2016

Feeling the burden of expectation in taking over the family business? Having fun is one way of lightening the load. 

Feeling the burden of expectation in taking over the family business? Having fun is one way of lightening the load. 

The late actress Katharine Hepburn once said: “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” Wise words for the next generation or hokum?

Many commentators agree the concept of playfulness has merit in family businesses, at least as one tactic to soothe next gens’ nerves over the prospect of growing responsibilities in the workplace.

July 6, 2016

Trusted advisers can bridge the gulf of communication between patriarchs and the next generation in Asia Pacific family businesses when creating much needed family constitutions.

Trusted advisers can bridge the gulf of communication between patriarchs and the next generation in Asia Pacific family businesses when creating much needed family constitutions.

Up and coming members of family businesses often struggled to be heard by traditional elders but consultants from finance, academia and law can help next-gens find their voices when challenging firmly held views.

May 17, 2016

From perfume to mangroves, Benjamin Firmenich is a next gen with impact on his mind. Michael Finnigan spoke to him about doing good – both inside the eponymous family business and out

From perfume to mangroves, Benjamin Firmenich is a next gen with impact on his mind. Michael Finnigan spoke to him about doing good – both inside the eponymous family business and out

May 9, 2016

Statistics increasingly tout the number of women being considered for leadership roles in US family businesses. But should family businesses be patting themselves on the back for gender equality just yet? 

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