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November 29, 2018

The world’s business families are making the successful transfer of leadership to the next generation a higher priority than even the safeguarding of wealth in an era of disruption and uncertainty.

The world’s business families are making the successful transfer of leadership to the next generation a higher priority than even the safeguarding of wealth in an era of disruption and uncertainty.

New research by Stonehage Fleming said 69% of respondents spotlighted succession planning as one of their top three concerns for future financial organisation, followed by capital preservation (62%) and tax planning (48%).

November 14, 2018

The overwhelming majority of family businesses in Asia have experienced technological disruption, but less than half are ready to adapt to the advent of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, renewable energy or robotics.

The overwhelming majority of family businesses in Asia have experienced technological disruption, but less than half are ready to adapt to the advent of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, renewable energy or robotics.

While more than 60% of families took steps to understand the nature of disruptive technologies, only one-third have developed a clear perspective on the future direction for their own industry, a new report by Lombard Odier found.

November 6, 2018

Private equity accounts for 22% of the average family office portfolio worldwide and interest is rocketing among families, a new study by Campden Research says.

Private equity accounts for 22% of the average family office portfolio worldwide and interest is rocketing among families, a new study by Campden Research says.

The new Private Equity Investing and Co-Investment Activity by Family Offices report, released today, said interest in the asset class in the family office community continued to grow, driven mainly by outsized returns and the availability of opportunities “that are deemed superior to those within public equities”.

September 18, 2018

Family businesses outpace non-family businesses in growth and revenue, and investors worth more than $50 million are the most confident of all investors when it comes to sustainable investing, according to two separate studies.

Family businesses outpace non-family businesses in growth and revenue, and investors worth more than $50 million are the most confident of all investors when it comes to sustainable investing, according to two separate studies.

Revenue growth was stronger, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation margins were higher, cash flow returns were better and gearing was lower among family firms, revealed the new Credit Suisse Family 1000 in 2018 report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute.

September 7, 2018

Philanthropist Dilmah Tea owning family opens humanitarian centre, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles invests $30 million in driverless cars, New rules to define impact investing.

Philanthropist Dilmah Tea owning family opens humanitarian centre

The patriarch of the world’s first family of tea says their new $7.4 million centre for “empowerment, inspiration, community development and climate change” is the evolution of 12 years of human service in the impoverished Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

September 5, 2018

A leading Spanish business school says families can plan their successions in just six steps, after finding most of the firms it surveyed did not have a structure ready to transfer control between the generations.

A leading Spanish business school says families can plan their successions in just six steps, after finding most of the firms it surveyed did not have a structure ready to transfer control between the generations.

New research from IESE Business School revealed more than half of the companies consulted (53%) did not yet have a defined succession plan, despite acknowledging the importance of securing longevity.

May 9, 2018

Recognising tensions between family tradition and innovation is the first step towards managing those tensions and making strategic decisions to power the business forward, says new research.

Recognising tensions between family tradition and innovation is the first step towards managing those tensions and making strategic decisions to power the business forward, says new research.

March 27, 2018

Time is running out for 100,000 small and medium sized enterprises in Germany which plan to complete their succession plans by the end of 2019, but either have not found a successor or have not yet started to search for one.

Time is running out for 100,000 small and medium sized enterprises in Germany which plan to complete their succession plans by the end of 2019, but either have not found a successor or have not yet started to search for one.

January 24, 2018

Nearly half of family offices offer senior staff co-investment opportunities as part of their compensation package, new research suggests.

Nearly half of family offices offer senior staff co-investment opportunities as part of their compensation package, new research suggests.

Other popular forms of compensation for investment staff include carried interest, offered by 38% of family offices; deferred incentive compensation (28%); and leverage through recourse loans (12%).

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