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June 20, 2019

Investors say their impact investments meet—or beat—their expectations as the global $502 billion sector grows and matures, but they struggle to find the right people to manage their projects.

Investors say their impact investments meet—or beat—their expectations as the global $502 billion sector grows and matures, but they struggle to find the right people to manage their projects.

May 16, 2019

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

October 16, 2018

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

As a result, when it comes to sourcing management talent there is often a risk-averse and comfortable reliance on the ‘black book’, favouring those with knowledge of the family office landscape.

October 8, 2018

With cybersecurity breaches at well-known companies hitting the headlines, it is easy to believe that family offices which maintain a low profile would not be a prime target for digital fraud.

With cybersecurity breaches at well-known companies hitting the headlines, it is easy to believe that family offices which maintain a low profile would not be a prime target for digital fraud.

However, this ignores the attractiveness of the information that is stored by a family office, their advisers and their financial institutions—information and data which is potentially useful to criminals who wish to steal from, harm or damage the reputation of a wealthy family.

March 5, 2018

As the family office space matures, so does the recruitment and retainment of top talent from outside the family, driven by competitive C-suite salaries and bonuses—although their ranks remain stubbornly male-dominated

As the family office space matures, so does the recruitment and retainment of top talent from outside the family, driven by competitive C-suite salaries and bonuses—although their ranks remain stubbornly male-dominated

More complex investments, professionalisation of the sector, and competition for talent is driving hefty pay increases for family office C-suite employees this year.

July 17, 2017

Top-tier salaries in family offices have increased since 2016 with most chief executives now paid more than $300,000 a year, a study by Agreus reveals.

Top-tier salaries in family offices have increased since 2016 with most chief executives now paid more than $300,000 a year, a study by Agreus reveals.

Chief executives and investment related roles also generated the biggest bonuses of between 31% and 50%, with the high-end receiving more than 50%. However, the percentage of salary paid as bonuses was similar to the findings last year by the family office resourcing and recruitment consultancy.

November 21, 2013

A number of arrests have been made at Ikea France over allegations the European arm of the Swedish family business hired a security firm to spy on employees and customers using police files.
 

A number of arrests have been made at Ikea France over allegations the European arm of the Swedish family business hired a security firm to spy on employees and customers using police files.

Ikea France is being investigated as a corporate entity, and could be forced to pay compensation to any victims of spying.

Stefan Vanoverbeke, chief executive of the French division of the Swedish flat pack furniture business, along with his predecessor Jean-Louis Baillot, and chief financial officer Dariusz Rychert were arrested on Monday.

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.

November 12, 2009

Finding the right advisor for your family office is still one of the most difficult issues wealthy families must address, according to a family wealth expert.

Finding the right advisor for your family office is still one of the most difficult issues wealthy families must address, according to a family wealth expert.
 
"One of the toughest issues for wealthy families is to identify trusted advisors that can support them through the myriad of issues they will face – financially, personally, philanthropically and with their families," said Randy Ottinger, author of Beyond success: building a personal, financial and philanthropic legacy.
 

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