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April 22, 2016

Seven decades ago the Nuqul family was fleeing Palestine by foot; today they head up one of Jordan’s largest family businesses. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with its second-generation chairman about how his family business has weathered the region’s geopolitical risk and the importance of good corporate governance

Seven decades ago the Nuqul family was fleeing Palestine by foot; today they head up one of Jordan’s largest family businesses. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with its second-generation chairman about how his family business has weathered the region’s geopolitical risk and the importance of good corporate governance

“My father was deprived of higher education because he did not have the means. At the time he should have been at university he was crossing the borders by foot.”

February 26, 2016

Which bank does the best job providing finance and service to your family business? Those were the two simple, yet crucial, questions we set out to answer in an online survey of CampdenFB readers over the past two months. Below we’ve put banks in the order they were ranked for providing finance to family businesses.

Which bank does the best job providing finance and service to your family business? Those were the two simple, yet crucial, questions we set out to answer in an online survey of CampdenFB readers over the past two months. Below we’ve put banks in the order they were ranked for providing finance to family businesses. The figure in red indicates how they were ranked for service.

February 19, 2016

Owning and chartering a luxury superyacht remains one of life’s ultimate experiences. But following the economic crisis, the extreme turbulence in the yacht market has demanded a new type of yacht broker emerge to properly assist clients with the challenges of buying and chartering in the 21st century. Andrew Messum explains

The 1920s and 1930s are regarded as the heyday of yachting and some of the classic yachts built during this time remain in the top 100 largest yachts afloat, lovingly restored and maintained by their current owners.
 

December 3, 2015

Private equity was the most common asset class among family offices in 2014 and one of the year’s best performers. So why are some executives voicing caution about expectations moving forward? 

The popular belief that strong returns in private equity will continue into the future has been challenged by participants in the Global Family Office Report 2015, warning that a build-up in unallocated capital could lead to lesser returns. 

According to one chief executive from a single family office in North America, who participated in the report anonymously, the record level of unspent cash is creating undue levels of competition, which is in turn pushing up prices. 

November 27, 2015

Low interest rates and lacklustre returns in equities helped the hedge fund asset category gain the largest growth in allocations this year, but a diverse investment strategy from external managers meant that returns were a mixed bag.

The multi-year trend of family offices taking on more risk continued in 2015, triggering a two percentage point increase in allocations to hedge funds, according to the second annual Global Family Office Report.

Data revealed that the average family office portfolio allocated approximately 9% to hedge funds in 2015, up from 7% the year before, making it the fastest growing asset class for the year.

November 13, 2015

Costs, CEO pay, assets, performance. All these came under the spotlight in the second annual Global Family Office Report. While the inaugural report was about debunking myths from the industry, this year's edition examines what trends have emerged from that starting point. 

Increases in costs and an optimistic performance outlook for the year ahead are some of the main findings to come out of Campden Wealth’s second Global Family Office Report, produced in conjunction with UBS. This year the annual report, which sheds light on investments, costs, and services within family offices, takes an in-depth look at three asset categories: private equity; real estate; and hedge funds. This special section includes interviews with family office executives and service providers, who have helped question a few commonly-held beliefs.

October 9, 2015

Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever for family businesses to expand into new territories, and many are advising the next generation to seek a global education in order to expand their horizons. Michael Finnigan reports

Michel Haddad, a 34-year-old next gen from Lebanese family business Technica, is one of a growing number of executive MBA (EMBA) students prepared to travel huge distances to study. 

Every two months the sales manager temporarily steps away from his role at the family business, travels 2,000 miles and spends two weeks studying at the EDHEC Business School in Lille, France. He hopes the Global EMBA course, which is specifically designed for family businesses, will prepare him for future leadership.

July 17, 2015

Africa is set to become a powerhouse of luxury goods and fashion, now that the global narrative on its social and economic wellbeing is beginning to change. Michael Finnigan reports on one Zimbabwean family business looking to capitalise on the growing interest in the continent

May 7, 2015

More than four-fifths of family businesses in Asia believe professional experience is important for achieving wealth management goals, according to a new study that recommends simulation software as a way of training the next generation.

More than four-fifths of family businesses in Asia believe professional experience is important for achieving wealth management goals, according to a new study that recommends simulation software as a way of training the next generation.

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