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January 26, 2011

Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong and Macau-based casino king, has often been a controversial figure during his long career as one of East Asia’s better-known entrepreneurs.

Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong and Macau-based casino king, has often been a controversial figure during his long career as one of East Asia's better-known entrepreneurs.

According to some sources, the casino and property entrepreneur has allegedly been linked to the Chinese organised crime group, the Triads, and allegedly collaborated with the Japanese during World War II.

Not the sort of background – it might be felt – you would want hung out for wider scrutiny.

January 13, 2011

Turin and Wolfsburg might not have much in common at first glance, writes David Bain.

Turin and Wolfsburg might not have much in common at first glance, writes David Bain.
 
For one thing, Wolfsburg is in Germany and has a population of just over 100,000, whereas Turin is in Italy with nearly one million inhabitants. It's probably also fair to say that the temperament of each other's citizens might have little in common.  
 
But there is one thing that unites both of these towns – car making.
 

December 15, 2010

As with any year, deaths in the family happen and in the world of family businesses there were some prominent ones. Campden FB lists them and looks at their achievements.

As with any year, deaths in the family happen and in the world of family businesses there were some prominent ones. Campden FB lists them and looks at their achievements.

December 8, 2010

Two of France’s largest and most famed family businesses, Hermes and L’Oreal, have taken steps this week to bolster family control and reaffirm the family’s commitment to the company. But the question remains as to whether this is enough to ensure continued family ownership.

Two of France's largest and most famed family businesses, Hermes and L'Oreal, have taken steps this week to bolster family control and reaffirm the family's commitment to the company. But the question remains as to whether this is enough to ensure continued family ownership, writes Katie Barker. 

Hermes moved first with its family members setting up a holding company in an attempt to fend off unwelcome advances from much larger rival LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

November 29, 2010

Donald Trump reckons he has the right succession plan in place at his billion-dollar real estate and entertainment company, writes David Bain.

Donald Trump reckons he has the right succession plan in place at his billion-dollar real estate and entertainment company, writes David Bain. 
 
Interviewed recently in Forbes magazine, Trump (pictured) said he told his kids to avoid drugs, alcohol and smoking.
 
"As they grow up, any time I leave the house, I say, 'no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking.' After saying it a thousand times, they say, 'Dad, don't say it'," Trump was cited as saying in the Forbes article.  
 

November 25, 2010

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

The directors have to take into account that their decisions will affect the business, the family and the owners at the same time. Some consequences will have to be dealt with shortly after a decision has been made, other decisions will have a long-term impact.

October 28, 2010

US family offices won a significant battle in their efforts to remain private earlier this year when they gained exemption from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, writes Katie Barker

US family offices won a significant battle in their efforts to remain private earlier this year when they gained exemption from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, writes Katie Barker.

Following the backlash from family offices over having to register with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and in order not to inadvertently disadvantage family offices, the US regulators amended the reforms to exclude family offices.

October 13, 2010

Private banks are making a concerted effort to win clients from family businesses as they seek to grow their onshore assets under management, writes David Bain.

Private banks are making a concerted effort to win clients from family businesses as they seek to grow their onshore assets under management, writes David Bain.
 
Swiss wealth managers who are under pressure to diversify away from non-compliant offshore money are rolling out a number of new initiatives.
 
"Private banks are wanting to court family members of businesses because they know their financial matters will be compliant," said a Zurich-based senior private banker.
 

October 6, 2010

Family businesses are opening up their books for scrutiny – or at least two are: Ikea and Schaeffler, writes David Bain.

Family businesses are opening up their books for scrutiny – or at least two are: Ikea and Schaeffler, writes David Bain. 

Swedish Ikea, one of the more secretive family businesses, decided to publicly disclosed its profit for the first time in its 67-year history.

Mikael Ohlsson, Ikea's chief executive, said in early October that the decision was taken in response to demands from employees and suppliers for more information.

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