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January 30, 2019

Slowing growth with Brexit as the obstacle, loose succession planning and the rise of cybercrime are the challenges keeping Irish family business leaders awake at night, according to research.

Slowing growth with Brexit as the obstacle, loose succession planning and the rise of cybercrime are the challenges keeping Irish family business leaders awake at night, according to research.

However, Ireland performed slightly better than global counterparts on particular areas of diversity. A quarter (25%) of Irish family business board members were female compared to 21% global and 28% of Irish family management teams were women, PwC’s 2019 Irish Family Business Survey discovered.

November 8, 2018

Family businesses are being urged to define, strategise and raise public awareness of their guiding principles to give themselves the edge over competitors, especially in an uncertain world.

Family businesses are being urged to define, strategise and raise public awareness of their guiding principles to give themselves the edge over competitors, especially in an uncertain world.

October 30, 2018

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

The world’s 2,158 billionaires collectively increased their wealth by $1.4 trillion last year to $8.9 trillion—the largest absolute increase in billionaire wealth history.

A total of 199 billionaires were created over the year globally, with nearly one-third gaining their wealth through some form of innovation.

April 5, 2018

Chinese investors favour London despite Brexit, SHV profit ‘exceptional’ in difficult year, and Australia’s big baby boom business handover

Chinese investors favour London despite Brexit

Wealthy Chinese families are flocking to London despite Brexit uncertainty, with a 56% increase in Chinese applications for Investor Visas during 2017.

China accounts for just under a third of UK Investor Visa applicants, with London's main drawcards being asset security, commercial property, a weakened pound, excellent private schools, and legal and accountancy expertise, says research from wealth managers LJ Partnership.

June 22, 2017

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon, a new poll says.

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon, a new poll says.

The European Family Business Barometer 2017, commissioned by Societe Generale Private Banking, found more than 76% of respondents were positive about their business outlook into 2018, with only 4% holding a negative view.

May 25, 2016

PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) has set up an Asia-Pacific family business hub in Singapore, the island city-state where 89% of family businesses do not have a succession plan.

PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) has set up an Asia-Pacific family business hub in Singapore, the island city-state where 89% of family businesses do not have a succession plan.

Sian Steele, PwC UK family business leader who helped established the centre, said issues facing family businesses are universal.

However, Asia Pacific family business owners do not have the networking, communication, and support as developed in mature markets when they confront transition issues from first to second and second to third ownerships, Steele said.

April 20, 2016

Next-generation members of family businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of installing outsiders in senior roles, according to a report.

Next-generation members of family businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of installing outsiders in senior roles, according to a report.

Although nine out of ten next gens have, or expect to have, a governance role themselves in the business, many believe an external hire may be able to contribute more, according to PwC’s Great Expectations: The Next Generation of Family Business Leaders.

May 29, 2015

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

The 2015 Billionaires Report said data analysis of 1,300 billionaires from the last 19 years showed most US and European self-made billionaires choose to keep their businesses that built their wealth (60%), with one-third (30%) selling pieces of their business via an IPO or trade sale, while 10% cash out.

February 3, 2015

More than a third of Malaysian family businesses plan to install non-family managers when passing ownership to the next generation, new research has revealed.

More than a third of Malaysian family businesses plan to install non-family managers when passing ownership to the next generation, new research has revealed.

The PwC survey of 50 Malaysian family businesses found that families were increasingly opting to give key operating roles to non-family executives as they thought individuals should be appointed on merit.

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