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April 27, 2017

Arnault family restructures holdings, sells Hermes stake; Lotte Group to reduce cross-shareholdings by 73% in simplification drive; JAB Holdings luxury arm mulls sale of Jimmy Choo and Bally

Arnault family restructures holdings, sells Hermes stake
France’s Arnault family is to pay €12.1 billion ($13.2 billion) for the minority stake in iconic French fashion house, Christian Dior, it does not yet control and sell its stake in family-controlled rival Hermes.

Arnault Family Group, who controls the world’s largest luxury company LVMH, said the move was part of a two-step simplification of its holding structures in response to market demands.

April 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president has thrust a family business leader into the most important job in the world. What will be the impact on family businesses in the US (and beyond) of having a family business-friendlier figure in charge? Nicholas Moody and James Beech report

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president has thrust a family business leader into the most important job in the world. What will be the impact on family businesses in the US (and beyond) of having a family business-friendlier figure in charge? Nicholas Moody and James Beech report

April 12, 2017

Living longer thanks to advances in healthcare and technology means family business leaders may marry and have children more than once, with huge repercussions around the kitchen table and the boardroom table. James Beech looks at how ‘blended families’ and family businesses mix

Living longer thanks to advances in healthcare and technology means family business leaders may marry and have children more than once, with huge repercussions around the kitchen table and the boardroom table. James Beech looks at how ‘blended families’ and family businesses mix

February 28, 2017

Startling data on female employment and pay rates for executive roles suggests that family offices remain dominated by men, but what happens when they reach the top?  

Startling data on female employment and pay rates for executive roles suggests that family offices remain dominated by men, but what happens when they reach the top?  

February 24, 2017

Mental health has been called the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age, and those most at risk often sit at the two extremes of the socioeconomic spectrum. Michael Finnigan investigates 

Mental health has been called the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age, and those most at risk often sit at the two extremes of the socioeconomic spectrum. Michael Finnigan investigates 

February 16, 2017

The McKinney Møller family intends to directly own – partly or as a majority shareholder – several Maersk-related entities following key strategic changes at the Danish transport-to-energy behemoth Maersk Group.

The McKinney Møller family intends to directly own – partly or as a majority shareholder – several Maersk-related entities directly following key strategic changes at the Danish transport-to-energy behemoth Maersk Group.

The announcement comes as the 113-year-old Danish company replaced its chairman of 14 years and posted its second heaviest loss in seven decades.

February 14, 2017

Research suggests that blended families are on the rise, adding an additional layer of family dynamics to the existing complexities that business families are dealing with. 

Research suggests that blended families are on the rise, adding an additional layer of family dynamics to the existing complexities that business families are dealing with. During the inauguration of the new United States president in Washington DC, the very blended nature of the First Family was hard to miss. But is it really a new phenomenon and how does it influence family conflict?

February 7, 2017

Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides

Two days after Donald Trump shocked the world by being elected as the 45th President of the United States, my wife and I travelled to Argentina for a vacation. Nearly everyone we met asked about the election, mostly saying something like: “What are you crazy Yanquis thinking?” The newspaper headlines in Buenos Aires were extremely unflattering, as they probably were worldwide. Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides.

January 24, 2017

Are robust labour markets and culture shifts drawing successors into sexy start-ups and pushing them away from ‘traditional’ family firms? Scott McCulloch reports

Are robust labour markets and culture shifts drawing successors into sexy start-ups and pushing them away from ‘traditional’ family firms? Scott McCulloch reports

Next-generation successors have long been advised to cut their professional teeth outside the family business before coming in. Yet in an era of globalised economies, where company revenues can grow enormously in a single generation, are family businesses losing their allure for affluent and entrepreneurial Millennials?

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