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January 8, 2019

India’s traditionally cautious investors are using family offices to diversify their allocations into riskier assets and face disruption head on. James Beechreports

Locally orientated, ‘risk lite’, with a strong preservation ethic. This has been the traditional profile of Indian family investments, dominated by senior wealth holders with a preference for safe and steady assets. Fuelled by operating businesses where any profits have been funnelled back into the business, diversification has traditionally meant investing in subsidiaries of the family business or real estate, rather than new asset classes. Yet could a new breed of family investors with a desire to professionalise private investment be set to break this mould?

January 3, 2019

Wealthy family businesses in India say they have “a moral duty” to go beyond state requirements for charitable giving despite outperforming non-family firms in supporting philanthropic causes.

Wealthy family businesses in India say they have “a moral duty” to go beyond state requirements for charitable giving despite outperforming non-family firms in supporting philanthropic causes.

December 19, 2018

Indian authorities reject Ambani sibling spectrum deal, Lego launches new sets for stressed adults, FRC launches corporate governance code for private companies.

Indian authorities reject Ambani sibling spectrum deal

The future of telecommunications operator Reliance Communications (RCom), owned by billionaire tycoon Anil Ambani (pictured), has been thrown into confusion after Indian authorities refused to approve a spectrum sale deal to Reliance Jio (Jio), the company owned by Anil’s brother Mukesh Ambani.

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) told RCom it could not sell its spectrum to rival Jio as the proposed deal did not conform to its guidelines.

December 4, 2018

Family offices are being embraced by India’s wealthiest $2 trillion families, but few families have a robust succession plan in place to secure their fortunes.

Family offices are being embraced by India’s wealthiest $2 trillion families, but few families have a robust succession plan in place to secure their fortunes.

The world’s first study on India’s nascent family office space, released by Campden Research today, found more than half (58%) of Indian families surveyed were interested in setting up, or joining, a family office to manage, preserve and grow their wealth. Half (50%) said they were in the process of establishing their own family office.

January 16, 2018

As family enterprises tap into virtual reality technologies, many are discovering new avenues for growth and sharper lines of communication. Scott McCulloch reports

As family enterprises tap into virtual reality technologies, many are discovering new avenues for growth and sharper lines of communication. Scott McCulloch reports

Banishing the myth of family businesses as technological laggards, cutting-edge families are deftly exploiting new technologies to beef up productivity, sharpen communications and connect with customers in real, virtual, and emotional ways.

January 8, 2018

As India’s government forecasts 6.5% growth in gross domestic product for the fiscal year ending in March 2018, Vik Mehrotra of Venus Capital, the founder of the first India-focused hedge fund in the 1990s, explains why family office investors should meet the Indian demand for capital.

As India’s government forecasts 6.5% growth in gross domestic product for the fiscal year ending in March 2018, Vik Mehrotra of Venus Capital, the founder of the first India-focused hedge fund in the 1990s, explains why family office investors should meet the Indian demand for capital.

November 28, 2017

The Warren Buffett of India, a next gen of the Jack Daniels dynasty and the glamorous trio of sisters who are setting up their own family office will address family business leaders in India next week.

The Warren Buffett of India, a next gen of the Jack Daniels dynasty and the glamorous trio of sisters who are setting up their own family office will address family business leaders in India next week.

October 20, 2017

Family businesses have boomed in the quarter century of economic liberalisation in India and are riding a new wave of family entrepreneurship but it is unclear if they will survive generational transition.

Family businesses have boomed in the quarter century of economic liberalisation in India and are riding a new wave of family entrepreneurship but it is unclear if they will survive generational transition.

This conclusion was drawn by researchers at the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business in their report Family Businesses: The emerging landscape 1990-2015, published in late September this year.

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