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January 9, 2020

The year of 2019 was one when many of the six impossible things before breakfast remain unresolved—with the shining exception of Brexit, and the wider resolution of domestic politics. We can still feel the political earthquake which struck the UK last month—we cannot yet see the effect of it. Most political earthquakes, when they happen, are scarcely discerned, and even those which are perceived for what they are, do not easily reveal the new pathways created from the changed landscape.

The year of 2019 was one when many of the six impossible things before breakfast remain unresolved—with the shining exception of Brexit, and the wider resolution of domestic politics. We can still feel the political earthquake which struck the UK last month—we cannot yet see the effect of it. Most political earthquakes, when they happen, are scarcely discerned, and even those which are perceived for what they are, do not easily reveal the new pathways created from the changed landscape.

December 18, 2019

Great power conflict has been rendered obsolete by the relentless advance of globalisation, material prosperity and the triumph of reason. So argued Norman Angell in The Great Illusion, published in 1910.

Great power conflict has been rendered obsolete by the relentless advance of globalisation, material prosperity and the triumph of reason. So argued Norman Angell in The Great Illusion, published in 1910.

Four years later, World War I exploded out of thin air. It began what Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm described as the “short Twentieth century”, which ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

September 5, 2019

Business families of wealth are postponing their investments, considering moving their assets overseas and may even review their residencies as Britain’s turbulent exit from the European Union looms.

Business families of wealth are postponing their investments, considering moving their assets overseas and may even review their residencies as Britain’s turbulent exit from the European Union looms.

August 23, 2019

Campden Wealth in partnership with UBS is only one month away from launching the eagerly-awaited Global Family Office Report 2019 and new chapters are in store.

Campden Wealth in partnership with UBS is only one month away from launching the eagerly-awaited Global Family Office Report 2019 and new chapters are in store.

A ground-breaking number of family office principals from around the world have been surveyed for the benchmark-setting study and the report is currently being written. The sixth edition of the report will be published on 24 September.

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.

November 30, 2017

CMA completes father-son transition, Koch brothers in controversial takeover, and Bharti family donate 10% of wealth

CMA completes father-son transition

Rodolphe Saadé has taken over as chairman of container shipping firm CMA CGM, the business which his father founded and which made his family billionaires.

Lebanese-French businessman Jacques Saadé founded CMA container shipping in Marseille in 1978, later acquiring logistics company CGM. The Saadé family, worth an estimated $1.86 billion according to Forbes, own 75% of CMA CGM.

May 24, 2017

Family office investors should remain steadfast and open minded during this period of political uncertainty, a top wealth adviser says.

Family office investors should remain steadfast and open minded during this period of political uncertainty, a top wealth adviser says.

“People [are] suggesting that markets are horribly expensive and that the global economy is going to slow down precipitously,” Kevin Gardiner, Rothschild Wealth Management’s global investment strategist, said.

“I’d keep an open mind because I’m not sure either of those things are true.”

April 2, 2015

Around Thanksgiving I caught up with Corey Boles, US analyst for political consultancy Eurasia, and we talked turkey about what family businesses might expect from inside the Beltway this year.

Around Thanksgiving I caught up with Corey Boles, US analyst for political consultancy Eurasia, and we talked turkey about what family businesses might expect from inside the Beltway this year.

With November’s midterms delivering Republicans the Senate and the largest GOP House majority since the Hoover administration, Boles told me business-owning families should be watching Washington closely.

October 30, 2014

Wisconsin family business Trek Bicycle Corporation has been pulled into the political crossfire of the US midterm elections, after a family member running for governor has come under attack about her tenure at the manufacturer.

Wisconsin family business Trek Bicycle Corporation has been pulled into the political crossfire of the US midterm elections, after a family member running for governor has come under attack about her tenure at the manufacturer.

Mary Burke, 55, is running on the Democratic ticket for the north-central state, with her success as a second-gen executive at Trek being central to her campaign.

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