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April 3, 2020

Sodexo mobilises and board cut salaries, Henkel makes disinfectants and donates millions, coronavirus-testing Roche hailed by UK government.

Sodexo mobilises globally and board cuts pay to support laid-off staff

The family principal and chiefs of Sodexo, the French family-owned food services and facilities management group, will cut their pay and support their staff made redundant because of the coronavirus outbreak with a $32.6 million fund.

February 6, 2020

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference in Lausanne.

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference in Lausanne.

September 25, 2019

Rapid growth in the number of ultra-wealthy individuals worldwide has slowed to a crawl and their total wealth has dropped for the first time in three years to $32.3 trillion.

Rapid growth in the number of ultra-wealthy individuals worldwide has slowed to a crawl and their total wealth has dropped for the first time in three years to $32.3 trillion.

May 8, 2019

Succession transition sets up Ricola for the future, Gina Rinehart’s family feud to stay private, and billionaire Zhao family embroiled in US college admissions scandal.

Succession transition sets up Ricola for the future

The principal of Swiss herbal product manufacturer Ricola has relinquished daily duties to a non-family director while his son steps up onto the board of directors.

Felix Richterich, 60, remained as chairman with a focus on strategy from 1 May after seven years as both chairman and chief executive. The grandson of founder Emil Richterich managed the Laufen-based company for 27 years.

November 23, 2017

Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming, of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland, outline one of the key elements to look out for when establishing a single-family office; its location

Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming, of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland, outline one of the key elements to look out for when establishing a single-family office; its location

When families consider setting-up their own single-family office (SFO), they often overlook the matter of the jurisdiction in which that family office should be. This is actually an essential element that deserves serious thought.

There are quite a few questions that need answering before deciding on the jurisdiction for a SFO:

October 11, 2017

The more involved family owners are in the daily running of their business, the greater the interest from investors, according to a debut Swiss study of financial performance of family-owned firms.

The more involved family owners are in the daily running of their business, the greater the interest from investors, according to a debut Swiss study of financial performance of family-owned firms.

However, the ownership stake held by the founder or his/her family did not appear to correlate with stronger outperformance, and succession risk may be “overstated”.

October 5, 2017

Anat Bar-Gera’s parents did not have a penny when they relocated to Israel following the Second World War. Her father, who had been unable to finish high school, worked hard, opened his own business, and eventually earned a university degree.

Anat Bar-Gera’s parents did not have a penny when they relocated to Israel following the Second World War. Her father, who had been unable to finish high school, worked hard, opened his own business, and eventually earned a university degree.

Decades later, his daughter is one of Switzerland’s most successful telecommunications and internet entrepreneurs. Bar-Gera, pictured below right, attributes her ambition and work ethic to her parents.

July 21, 2017

Paths to success, approaches to philanthropy and preparing the next generation are just some of the topics Switzerland’s “leading ladies” will discuss in a new event hosted by Campden Wealth.

Paths to success, approaches to philanthropy and preparing the next generation are just some of the topics Switzerland’s “leading ladies” will discuss in a new event hosted by Campden Wealth.

June 19, 2017

Q & A with Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland on the three principal situations in which families consider setting up or using a family office for the first time

Q & A with Jan van Bueren and Thomas Ming of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Services Switzerland

There are three principal situations in which families consider setting up or using a family office for the first time: an abundance of liquidity in the family business; the family business is being sold; or one of the first two situations arises in combination with a growing number of family members wanting to be engaged with the family wealth in some way.

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