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January 14, 2022

Canadian multi family office Northwood is acquired by CI Financial, Inditex owner Amancio Ortega buys up a key piece of Toronto real-estate and hedge fund billionaire Alan Howard gets into the esports game.

CI Financial acquires Canadian multi family office Northwood

Northwood, the privately-owned boutique Canadian family office, has agreed to a sale to investment management firm CI Financial Corp.

One of the first multi-family offices established in Canada, the Toronto-based Northwood, which co-ordinates the financial, investment and personal affairs of Canadian and global families, manages approximately $2.2 billion of investment assets and $9 billion net worth.

December 18, 2021

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail, Heineken’s African push with $4.5 billion merger, LVMH takes Thelios inhouse in share buyout.

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail

The $1.1 billion publisher of Britain’s bestselling newspaper is back in Rothermere family hands after 90 years as a publicly listed company.

However, the slimmed down Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) faces a cost-cutting editorial management shake-up, amid ailing publishing sales and advertising.

October 29, 2021

A new generation is driving change in a tea category where for decades price has meant more than taste or goodness. The trend they are forcing is about taste and wellness, but so much more. As younger customers turn to tea, they are demanding a more sincere appreciation of ethics and sustainability. This offers a glimmer of hope for passionate tea growers who make tea for the love of the leaf.

A new generation is driving change in a tea category where for decades price has meant more than taste or goodness. The trend they are forcing is about taste and wellness, but so much more. As younger customers turn to tea, they are demanding a more sincere appreciation of ethics and sustainability. This offers a glimmer of hope for passionate tea growers who make tea for the love of the leaf.

October 4, 2021

Agnelli family’s Exor unites Ferrari with former Apple designer Sir Jony Ive, Alexandra Ford English in driving seat of global Ford merchandising, Extra time for Rothermere bid to take Daily Mail trust private.

Agnelli family’s Exor unites Ferrari with former Apple designer Sir Jony Ive

John Elkann, the Agnelli family scion in control of Ferrari, anticipates “great things” from a new long-term collaboration with Sir Jony Ive, the design mastermind of Apple products.

August 6, 2021

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor, Toennies family cancels meat business exit, Murdoch family’s News Corp to buy Oil Price Information Service for $1.15 billion.

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor

British billionaire Mike Ashley will make way for his future son-in-law as the head of his international $4.1 billion retail empire.

July 20, 2021

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director (NED)? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Independent research commissioned by the Institute of Directors found that the NED contribution added value to the firm with most believing the NED role improved profitability.

July 2, 2021

As we emerge from the aftermath of Covid-19, we have a golden opportunity to reboot capitalism, and purpose is the most effective source code to start with to reset how business can be a force for good.

As we emerge from the aftermath of Covid-19, we have a golden opportunity to reboot capitalism, and purpose is the most effective source code to start with to reset how business can be a force for good.

This means prioritising listening, learning, compassion and involvement as our new pillars for innovation and growth. Companies must adopt a mindset of giving more than taking, choosing the future over the present, and public good over self-preservation.

June 21, 2021

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments, Weston family puts Selfridges up for sale for $5.5 billion, Walton family raises $2.1 billion from Walmart shares.

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments

The Italian infrastructure company controlled by the Benetton family has offloaded its Italian road toll subsidiary for $9.7 billion and says it will use the proceeds to reinvest in technological, digital and sustainable partnerships.

June 18, 2021

Puig headquarters, Barcelona, 1990, 9:12pm, a young inexperienced product manager was looking at potential packaging designs for a new Puig perfume. He had to pick at least two finalists for a meeting with his boss the following day.

Puig headquarters, Barcelona, 1990, 9:12pm, a young inexperienced product manager was looking at potential packaging designs for a new Puig perfume. He had to pick at least two finalists for a meeting with his boss the following day.

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