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August 25, 2010

Families need to understand the risks to their business’s reputation and employ effective strategies to combat an increasingly litigious environment. Elizabeth Henson looks at how family businesses can protect their reputation.

Increasingly, family businesses are facing a rise in litigation and a greater propensity for them to be viewed as celebrities, open to attack from the mass media, unscrupulous advisers and other hostile parties. This is a real threat, and one that must be addressed if businesses are to be effectively passed down the generations.

Whilst a strategy for public relations and litigation are regarded as essential by most successful multinational corporate organisations, family businesses frequently neglect to establish similar functions for their own specific needs.

August 20, 2010

Gilles Pélisson, chairman and chief executive of Accor, said he wants the hotel and services group he runs to nearly double the number of hotels it has worldwide to as many as 7,000, with much of the emphasis on growth in Asia.

Gilles Pélisson, chairman and chief executive of Accor, said he wants the hotel and services group he runs to nearly double the number of hotels it has worldwide to as many as 7,000, with much of the emphasis on growth in Asia.
 
Pélisson, whose uncle Gérard Pélisson co-founded the hotel business back in the 1960s, made his remarks while in India.
 

August 18, 2010

Family ownership is a big factor in the success of the luxury consumer sector, which has rebounded sharply since the credit crisis, according to a leading analyst, writes Marc Smith.

Family ownership is a big factor in the success of the luxury consumer sector, which has rebounded sharply since the credit crisis, according to a leading analyst, writes Marc Smith. 
 
Scilla Huang Sun, the lead fund manager for Julius Baer's luxury brands fund, said: "Luxury brands that have a majority owner like a family are likely to have a long-term strategy in place, which is vital to their success."
 

August 9, 2010

Campari, the famous Italian drink, may be celebrating its 150th birthday this year, but it is an American bourbon less than half its age that is driving sales at family-controlled Davide Campari-Milano.

Campari, the famous Italian drink, may be celebrating its 150th birthday this year, but it is an American bourbon less than half its age that is driving sales at family-controlled Davide Campari-Milano.

The Italy-based business purchased the Wild Turkey brand, established in 1940, from fellow family-controlled manufacturer Pernod Ricard last year for €433 million.

According to results for H1 2010, group sales were up 16.7% to €515.7 million. Net profit rose 13.6% to €69.3 million.

August 5, 2010

Swatch Group, the iconic family-controlled watchmaker, announced record half-year results yesterday both in terms of sales and profits.

Swatch Group, the iconic family-controlled watchmaker, announced record half-year results yesterday both in terms of sales and profits.

This news will be welcomed by new family chairman Nayla Hayek (pictured), who was elected to the position in June following the unexpected death of her father, Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek. (Continue reading here)

July 28, 2010

LVHM, the French luxury group controlled by the Arnault family, yesterday announced strong half-year results that firmly signals a rebound in the luxury market for family-controlled firms.

LVMH, the French luxury group controlled by the Arnault family, yesterday announced strong half-year results that firmly signals a rebound in the luxury market for family-controlled firms. 

July 27, 2010

Leonardo Del Vecchio might be expected to take that extra special summer holiday after his company announced better-than-expected second quarter results.

Leonardo Del Vecchio might be expected to take that extra special summer holiday after his company announced better-than-expected second quarter results.

Luxottica, the world's biggest eyewear group and 70% owned by Del Vecchio (pictured), recorded a 30% year-on-year rise in net profits in the second quarter of the year to €150 million. Analysts were expecting profits of  €145 million.
 

July 20, 2010

An aura of austerity might be gripping the economies of Europe and America but luxury spending seems to be little aware of it. That’s good news for many family businesses that still comprise a big part of the luxury product and service sector.

An aura of austerity might be gripping the economies of Europe and America but luxury spending seems to be little aware of it. That's good news for many family businesses that still comprise a big part of the luxury product and service sector. 

July 7, 2010

Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver has bought and sold some of the world’s most famous watch brands, but says he has no plans to put his time and effort into succession planning, writes Margie Goldsmith.

Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver has bought and sold some of the world's most famous watch brands, but says he has no plans to put his time and effort into succession planning, writes Margie Goldsmith.

The death last week of family-controlled Swatch Group founder Nicolas G Hayek saddened Biver, who knew him from his time as a board member of Swatch from 1992 to 2003.

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