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January 10, 2020

China’s billionaire business families are setting up their own family offices at a phenomenal rate as ageing principals shift their priorities from wealth creation to preservation and succession.

China’s billionaire business families are setting up their own family offices at a phenomenal rate as ageing principals shift their priorities from wealth creation to preservation and succession.

More than three-quarters of Chinese families surveyed by Campden Wealth said they either established or joined a family office after 2010. In the last six years, interest has been growing, and almost one-third reported they began using family office services in either 2018 (13%) or in the first eight months of 2019 (18%).

January 10, 2020

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics, Heinrich Deichmann on family-funded growth and philanthropy, and family succeeds Georges Duboeuf, France’s “pope of Beaujolais”.

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics

British family business Pentland Group has acquired Speedo North America for $170 million, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the competition of many Speedo athletes.

The second-generation $3 billion group announced this week it had entered into a definitive agreement for the business with apparel company PVH Corp. Speedo International licensed the Speedo trademark to a PVH subsidiary for use in North America and the Caribbean.

January 9, 2020

The year of 2019 was one when many of the six impossible things before breakfast remain unresolved—with the shining exception of Brexit, and the wider resolution of domestic politics. We can still feel the political earthquake which struck the UK last month—we cannot yet see the effect of it. Most political earthquakes, when they happen, are scarcely discerned, and even those which are perceived for what they are, do not easily reveal the new pathways created from the changed landscape.

The year of 2019 was one when many of the six impossible things before breakfast remain unresolved—with the shining exception of Brexit, and the wider resolution of domestic politics. We can still feel the political earthquake which struck the UK last month—we cannot yet see the effect of it. Most political earthquakes, when they happen, are scarcely discerned, and even those which are perceived for what they are, do not easily reveal the new pathways created from the changed landscape.

January 6, 2020

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

In terms of the business climate, significant progress has been made in the last couple of years towards streamlining business start-up procedures. Many investors have entered the market which has resulted in a remarkable rise of foreign direct investment. But, is there perhaps a development opportunity which might have been overseen? Does Montenegro have the potential to become a regional IT hub?

December 23, 2019

Reimann family’s JAB Holding blends coffee brands, Lauder family fortunes rise as empire grows, Wallenberg family’s Electrolux makes white goods go green.

Reimann family’s JAB Holding blends coffee brands

JAB Holding, family office of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, is merging two of its coffee brands with a view to a major listing in 2020 as competition with Nestle heats up.

December 11, 2019

Boutique family office Mehta Ventures sets the pace in running, scaling and exiting some of India’s most exciting startups. Sanjay Mehta and Hershel Mehta explain how their family dynamic works and how to hunt for unicorns.

There must be something in the Gujarat water. India’s westernmost state is the birthplace of some of the country’s best-known businesspeople—from Mukesh Ambani, to Azim Premji, and Uday Kotak. Enterprise is a cultural obligation for Gujaratis—with just 5% of India’s workforce, the state produces 22% of the country’s exports.

October 25, 2019

Families looking to invest in impact vehicles should ensure the impact element of the fund is genuine and it has the right tools to measure impact, says Max Gottschalk, the founder and chief executive of multifamily investment office Vedra Partners.

Families looking to invest in impact vehicles should ensure the impact element of the fund is genuine and it has the right tools to measure impact, says Max Gottschalk, the founder and chief executive of multifamily investment office Vedra Partners.

August 19, 2019

The age of quantum computing has dawned and tech giants and start-ups are racing to make the next generation of supercomputers applicable to our daily lives. Alison Ebbage reports on what it means for family businesses and investors.

Quantum computing could turn the technology world on its head. By harnessing properties beyond the grasp of traditional Newtonian physics, the potential is to transform the way that computers look at data and the speed at which they can process and analyse it.

July 29, 2019

Tax department clarifies Cyprus 60-day rule for nominee directors

Effective as of 1 January, 2017, the so-called “60 day rule” for the purposes of establishing Cyprus tax residency for individuals is of importance to those seeking Cypriot residency.

Under the rule, individuals are considered tax residents of Cyprus and benefit from the island’s tax regime if they:

• Reside in Cyprus for a period of 60 days

• Do not reside in any other single country for a period exceeding 183 days in total

• Are not tax resident in any other country

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