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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.

December 19, 2017

When your country is only 45 years old, it makes sense many businesses based there are young too. So succession is an issue which plays on the minds of many family business heads in the United Arab Emirates, as they enter the throes of the first generational transition. James Beech and Alexandra Newlove report

When your country is only 45 years old, it makes sense many businesses based there are young too. So succession is an issue which plays on the minds of many family business heads in the United Arab Emirates, as they enter the throes of the first generational transition. James Beech and Alexandra Newlove report

December 12, 2017

Johannes Stillig, Head of Cyber at the reputation and privacy crisis consultancy, Schillings, sets out the steps that family businesses and their executives need to take to mitigate the risk of a cyber-attack and the loss of private and confidential information. 

Johannes Stillig, Head of Cyber at the reputation and privacy crisis consultancy, Schillings, sets out the steps that family businesses and their executives need to take to mitigate the risk of a cyber-attack and the loss of private and confidential information. 

In your experience, how are family businesses performing when it comes to cyber security?

December 6, 2017

With second homes needing to make sense both as investments and as great places to live, what do the world’s most sought-after locations have to offer?

With second homes needing to make sense both as investments and as great places to live, what do the world’s most sought-after locations have to offer?


 

ASPEN, COLORADO, US

Few places fit the tag “billionaire’s playground” quite like Aspen, Colorado.

Nestled within the Rocky Mountains, it has long been one of the United States’ most exclusive skiing destinations.

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:

November 23, 2017

This has been the debate here—how to convince elder patriarchs that succession planning will fit with their life and afterlife. When they reach their 70s or 80s, they are preoccupied with facing God, not legacy, and so this region is at risk of losing big businesses.

The Arabian Gulf as we know it did not exist more than 50 years ago, as far as world maps were concerned, and while the region emerged in wealth due to oil and gold, the wealth was concentrated in tribal families.

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

November 6, 2017

Fast-growing companies are what get economies moving and this year more than 70% of the leaders in our Top 50 list are from expanding new companies we have never featured. Read on about the leaders getting their family businesses going in the right direction

Fast-growing companies are what get economies moving and this year more than 70% of the leaders in our Top 50 list are from expanding new companies we have never featured. Read on about the leaders getting their family businesses going in the right direction

November 3, 2017

Warren Buffett famously said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it".

Warren Buffett famously said: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”. These days, given the influence of social media and direct consumer feedback, the smallest issue can have widespread consequences for businesses. Not surprisingly, a survey by the Reputation Institute revealed that reputation is a top priority for 65% of business leaders. However, only 16% felt their organisation had the capability to manage their reputation comprehensively.

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