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October 11, 2019

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

September 26, 2019

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

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 2, 2019

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored, with fresh initiatives and platforms aimed at providing support to business and high net worth families.

Both the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market have family office and holding company regimes. The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is exploring the setup of a dedicated Family Business Leadership Centre.

December 18, 2018

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Specifically, a second test was added in addition to the 183 day rule for individuals who do not spend more than 183 days in Cyprus or another jurisdiction. As per the new test, all of the following three criteria should be met for an individual to be considered a Cyprus tax resident:

• Remains in Cyprus for at least 60 days in the year of assessment

December 17, 2018

Family offices are becoming increasingly popular amongst India’s growing ultra-wealthy population, but while family businesses are deeply entrenched in the country, family offices are still a relatively new phenomenon. Susan Lingeswaranreports

Family offices are becoming increasingly popular amongst India’s growing ultra-wealthy population, but while family businesses are deeply entrenched in the country, family offices are still a relatively new phenomenon. Susan Lingeswaran reports

When Uday Kotak, managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank and the eighth-richest person in India, announced earlier this year that he was setting up a family office to invest his $10.3 billion fortune, it was hard to ignore the sense that a tide had turned.

November 6, 2018

Private equity accounts for 22% of the average family office portfolio worldwide and interest is rocketing among families, a new study by Campden Research says.

Private equity accounts for 22% of the average family office portfolio worldwide and interest is rocketing among families, a new study by Campden Research says.

The new Private Equity Investing and Co-Investment Activity by Family Offices report, released today, said interest in the asset class in the family office community continued to grow, driven mainly by outsized returns and the availability of opportunities “that are deemed superior to those within public equities”.

November 5, 2018

Boomers are retiring in droves. Generation X is not far behind. Millennials are taking charge of family fortunes. Now what?

Boomers are retiring in droves. Generation X is not far behind. Millennials are taking charge of family fortunes. Now what?

Over the next 40 years, $30 trillion in financial and non-financial assets will pass from Baby Boomers to their heirs in North America, according to management consultants Accenture.

With so much capital in play private banks are keen to keep the millennial children of wealthy families sweet.

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