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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

September 27, 2016

With concerns over fraud and ownership, the art world offers myriad pitfalls for the unwary, causing experts to advise bringing in specialists to help ensure that investments do not turn sour.

With concerns over fraud and ownership, the art world offers myriad pitfalls for the unwary, causing experts to advise bringing in specialists to help ensure that investments do not turn sour.  Daniel Bardsley reports

When the painting Judith Beheading Holofernes was presented in public for the first time earlier this year, some hailed it as a lost masterpiece.

August 7, 2015

Working alongside future generations of clients was one of two driving factors in governance and ownership changes at Matter Family Office, according to a member of its new board of managers.

Working alongside future generations of clients was one of two driving factors in governance and ownership changes at Matter Family Office, according to a member of its new board of managers.

The US multi family office, based between Denver and St Louis, announced last month it was shifting from a firm led by a CEO and managing director to a partnership. Founded in 1990, the firm serves 50 core clients across 20 states, with $5 billion assets under management.

December 18, 2011

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives.

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives and expanding the business, according to a leading academic.

Guido Corbetta, professor of family business at Bocconi University, told CampdenFB that companies with concentrated ownership and leadership structures, typically with few family members involved, tend to work best.

June 15, 2011

Family businesses are alive and well in the US, with the top 100 generating approximately $1.6 trillion to America’s $14.6 trillion GDP in 2010. Just under half of the top 100 are owned outright by the family, a higher proportion than in Europe, where Campden’s top 100 family business for the region found that less than a third were fully controlled by the family.

Family businesses are alive and well in the US, with the top 100 generating approximately $1.6 trillion to America’s $14.6 trillion GDP in 2010. Just under half of the top 100 are owned outright by the family, a higher proportion than in Europe, where Campden’s top 100 family business for the region found that less than a third were fully controlled by the family.

September 10, 2010

Family-owned bookseller Blackwell plans to follow in the footsteps of department store John Lewis in transferring the ownership of the company to its staff.

Family-owned bookseller Blackwell plans to follow in the footsteps of department store John Lewis in transferring the ownership of the company to its staff.

Third-generation group chairman Toby Blackwell, grandson of founder Benjamin Blackwell, said he was setting up an employee partnership, giving away his shares and following the John Lewis Partnership model. "I have been studying this in detail and practice," he told Bookseller magazine on 8 September.

September 1, 2010

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.
 
The ruling could not only undermine existing family-owned business structures, but also deter such businesses raising funds in capital markets.
 

September 1, 2010

Successful business families regard their ownership of the business as a fundamental asset serving a common purpose with the aim of the present generation to transfer successfully to the next, writes Jurgen Geerlings

Successful business families regard their ownership of the business as a fundamental asset serving a common purpose of the family as a whole, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

The aim of the present generation is to transfer the ownership to the following generation in a good state.

August 26, 2010

Ken McCracken and Hakan Hillerstrom discuss new guidelines that are designed to encourage corporate governance best practice in family-owned companies

In March 2010, the European Confederation of Director's Association (ecoDa) published a set of corporate governance guidelines intended to be implemented by unlisted companies. Based on similar guidelines already available in Spain, Belgium and Finland, other countries across Europe are currently discussing how to adapt the ecoDa guidelines for their own use.

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