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January 19, 2018

Brunello Cucinelli sells stake to fund foundation, Walmart hikes wages but cuts staff, and L’Oreal grows Chinese skin

Brunello Cucinelli sells stake to fund foundation

Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli has sold 6% of his eponymous fashion house for nearly €100 million ($122 million), putting the money into his family foundation.

The shares, sold via an accelerated book build mainly to US institutional investors, mean the Cucinelli family—Brunello, his wife Federica and two daughters Camilla and Carolina—now own 51% of the business.

January 17, 2018

Business leaders are being urged by the World Economic Forum to boost their cybersecurity as the scale and sophistication of cyber-attacks is predicted to grow in 2018.

Business leaders are being urged by the World Economic Forum to boost their cybersecurity as the scale and sophistication of cyber-attacks is predicted to grow in 2018.

January 17, 2018

Family-owned confectionery giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

Family-owned confectionary giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

The deal will make Ferrero the third-largest player in the world chocolate market, behind fellow family business Mars, and Hershey’s, which bid against the Italian company in the battle for Nestlé.

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 15, 2018

In the first of a two-part special on passion investing, Lowrie Robertson, a paralegal in the Art Law Group at Slaughter and May, examines the relationships and responsibilities between investor, broker and seller, and how to conduct due diligence when collecting vintage wine, fine art, luxury properties and classic cars.

In the first of a two-part special on passion investing, Lowrie Robertson, a paralegal in the Art Law Group at Slaughter and May, examines the relationships and responsibilities between investor, broker and seller, and how to conduct due diligence when collecting vintage wine, fine art, luxury properties and classic cars.

January 12, 2018

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon. Nicholas Moody reports

European family businesses are buoyant about the business outlook for the next 12 months, but political risks continue to cloud the horizon. Nicholas Moody reports

Increasingly fine conditions, with the threat of geopolitical thunderstorms. If the outlook for European family businesses was a weather forecast this would sum up the current mood of leaders, who while optimistic, are watching the horizon closely.

January 11, 2018

Investment performance and appetite in family office portfolios, along with the number and size of family offices, are expected to grow in 2018.

Investment performance and appetite in family office portfolios, along with the number and size of family offices, are expected to grow in 2018.

The development of new investment opportunities was one of the key family office trends predicted for the New Year. Exploring new territories and markets with direct, co-investments and buy-outs in a generally favourable world economic climate were forecast for the coming 12-months.

January 9, 2018

Our roundup of new and noteworthy business book releases, featuring How to Find a Black Cat in a Dark Room; What Everyone Needs to Know About Tax and The Salesperson’s Secret Code.

Our roundup of new and noteworthy business book releases, featuring How to Find a Black Cat in a Dark Room: The Psychology of Intuition, Influence, Decision Making and Trust by Jacob Burak; What Everyone Needs to Know About Tax: An Introduction to the UK Tax System by James Hannam and The Salesperson’s Secret Code: The Belief Systems that Distinguish Winners by Ian Mills, Mark Ridley, Ben Laker and Tim Chapman.

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.

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