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March 28, 2018

With an estimated $4 trillion expected to be passed down within a generation in North America and the UK alone, robust succession planning is paramount—but it can cause dilemmas. What are the options for those family business owners who are now approaching retirement, but whose children and grandchildren are either interested in pursuing alternative careers or too young to take on the business?

With an estimated $4 trillion expected to be passed down within a generation in North America and the UK alone, robust succession planning is paramount—but it can cause dilemmas. What are the options for those family business owners who are now approaching retirement, but whose children and grandchildren are either interested in pursuing alternative careers or too young to take on the business?

November 16, 2017

In a world where public trust in businesses and other institutions is rapidly declining, family-owned companies are in a unique position to communicate and capitalise on their brands and values. Alexandra Newlove reports

In a world where public trust in businesses and other institutions is rapidly declining, family-owned companies are in a unique position to communicate and capitalise on their brands and values. Alexandra Newlove reports

August 19, 2016

Giorgio Armani would do well to consider motivation, guidelines and accountability when setting up a foundation to control his €2.64 billion ($2.9 billion) empire.

Giorgio Armani would do well to consider motivation, guidelines and accountability when setting up a foundation to control his €2.64 billion ($2.9 billion) empire.

This is the advice from the UK family office team of professional services network KPMG when CampdenFB asked what succession plans they would recommend to the Italian fashion designer.

July 25, 2014

The UK public is more than twice as likely to trust a company if it is family owned than if it is publicly listed, new research from the Institute for Family Business (IFB) reveals.

The UK public is more than twice as likely to trust a company if it is family owned than if it is publicly listed, new research from the Institute for Family Business (IFB) reveals.

A poll, conducted by international market research firm YouGov for the family business organisation, found 55% of the population thinks family ownership is important to business trustworthiness. Only 26% thought this for public companies.

February 10, 2014

Family-owned firms are the most trusted businesses globally, a new survey released this month reveals, but one family business expert says not all family businesses are doing enough to exploit their reputation.

Family-owned firms are the most trusted businesses globally, a new survey released this month reveals, but one family business expert says not all family businesses are doing enough to exploit their reputation.

According to the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer, 71% of respondents said they trusted family-owned businesses, just ahead of small and medium enterprises, which were trusted by 68% of respondents.

In North America family-ownership played an even bigger role in trust, with 85% of respondents there saying they trusted this ownership model.

December 4, 2009

After a turbulent year for family wealth, Selwyn Parker assesses the situation that families face, the threats and opportunities that exist and what the experts are recommending

The global financial crisis has dealt a heavy blow to the fortunes and confidence of ultra high net worth families the world over. Simultaneously, avenues that were once considered reasonably reliable for family wealth preservation are now facing extraordinary pressures. 

September 17, 2009

In the US, if you are a wealthy individual, you would not walk across the road without taking your lawyer, tax advisor, accountant and therapist with you. The wealthy Asian individual, however, will walk across the road on his/her own.

In the US, if you are a wealthy individual, you would not walk across the road without taking your lawyer, tax advisor, accountant and therapist with you. The wealthy Asian individual, however, will walk across the road on his/her own writes Christian Stewart.

Asia has a different culture in terms of the use of external professional advisors, and this has some impact on the succession process. For example, most Asian families do not have a family shareholders agreement or "exit plan".    

August 27, 2009

Gavin Knight talks to three family business owners to assess the relationship between them, their businesses and their advisors

It is not just in the realms of financial advice that families have started to question the service they're getting. The humble family business advisor is also having to up his/her game.

January 1, 2006

A unified family business depends on good communication and a solid foundation of trust. Andrew Keyt and Joe Astrachan say the secret to good management and visionary leadership rests with making satisfying face-to-face human contact on a regular basis

Andrew Keyt is president of the US chapter of FBN International and executive director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Centre. Joe Astrachan is a research fellow at Loyola University Chicago.

A unified family business depends on good communication and a solid foundation of trust. Andrew Keyt and Joe Astrachan say the secret to good management and visionary leadership rests with making satisfying face-to-face human contact on a regular basis

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