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February 24, 2021

Family business leader turned coach Philip Mackeown is calling on families to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis with an “additional font of courage within” and for their successors who must carry the businesses—and the family—forward.

Family business leader turned coach Philip Mackeown is calling on families to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis with an "additional font of courage within" and for their successors who must carry the businesses—and the family—forward.

February 16, 2021

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies. 

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies.

March 5, 2020

If your family firm is considering working with outside investors, remember that the old axiom “knowledge is power” still holds true. For example, bringing in an outside investor does not have to take the “family” out of family firm. Yet, as with any change in ownership structure, you need to consider the types of investors who are going to provide a good fit for your business.

If your family firm is considering working with outside investors, remember that the old axiom “knowledge is power” still holds true. For example, bringing in an outside investor does not have to take the “family” out of family firm. Yet, as with any change in ownership structure, you need to consider the types of investors who are going to provide a good fit for your business.

January 31, 2020

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M, Louis Dreyfus Company heiress open to selling stake and Hong Kong headwinds hit LVMH.

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M

The billionaire Persson family principal of Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz has called for his son to succeed him as chairman as the $1.7 billion fast fashion family business welcomes its first female chief executive in its 73-year history.

August 27, 2010

Fairfax Media, the Sydney-based publishing and broadcasting company, announced a return to profit in the last year when it released its financial results on 27 August.

Fairfax Media, the Sydney-based publishing and broadcasting company, announced a return to profit in the last year when it released its financial results on 27 August.

Fairfax made a profit after tax of AUD$282 million (€197 million) for the year ending June 2010, compared with a loss of AUD$380 million for the same period in 2009. The company also said it has reduced its net debt by AUD$347 million.

July 20, 2010

John B Fairfax, board member of the family-controlled media company, announced yesterday he will not stand for re-election at the next Fairfax Media AGM.

John B Fairfax, board member of the family-controlled media company, announced yesterday he will not stand for re-election at the next Fairfax Media AGM.

His announcement means the founding family will have only one representative on the company's board, John's son Nicholas Fairfax.

January 29, 2010

The Schnitzer family, which has controlled the US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries since 1906, has dropped below the 20% stock ownership level required to keep control of the company.

The Schnitzer family, which has controlled the US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries since 1906, has dropped below the 20% stock ownership level required to keep control of the company.

A family spokesman told a local Oregon newspaper that the family's reasons for selling included "financial planning, estate planning, funding other investments."
 

September 1, 2006

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates. Dr. Davidow has more than 20 years of experience working with family controlled enterprises. He is based in Brookline, MA.

September 1, 2004

The globalisation of world economies means many family businesses must grow strategically to survive. More often than not, the growth capital requirements of the family firm clash with the liquidity and control needs of the family shareholders. What to do? Francois de Visscher explains

Francois de Visscher is founder and president of the family business consultancy de Visscher & Co.

The globalisation of world economies means many family businesses must grow strategically to survive. More often than not, the growth capital requirements of the family firm clash with the liquidity and control needs of the family shareholders. What to do? Francois de Visscher explains

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