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November 6, 2020

One of the many effects of Covid-19 has been to accelerate a lot of change that was already underway—the transition to a cashless society, for example—yet, throughout this period there has also been the growing realisation that many other aspects of our lives need updating and digitising. So, it may not be surprising to learn that at Antler, where we enable and invest in early stage startups, we have never been busier.

One of the many effects of Covid-19 has been to accelerate a lot of change that was already underway—the transition to a cashless society, for example—yet, throughout this period there has also been the growing realisation that many other aspects of our lives need updating and digitising. So, it may not be surprising to learn that at Antler, where we enable and invest in early stage startups, we have never been busier.

November 2, 2020

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos, Lee Kun-hee leaves legacy of Samsung success but succession chaos, Warburtons shares pandemic dough with staff.

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos

The Due Jensen family of Denmark has returned to helm their industrial giant Grundfos for the first time in almost two decades with the succession of next-generation heir Poul Due Jensen.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

October 23, 2020

Forrest mining family office Tattarang diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams, Ferragamo family denies minority stake sale claim, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior power LVMH rebound.

Forrest mining family diversifies into apparel brand RM Williams

Andrew Forrest, the Australian mining magnate and family office principal, says he is “incredibly proud and humbled” to return a former family business to Australian ownership in a $135 million acquisition indirectly from the French family-owned luxury giant LVMH.

October 22, 2020

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction. 

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction.

October 21, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has hit public finances like a war. Across the world governments have scrambled to offset the economic and social impact of the virus. Huge, and necessary, rises in public spending have pushed government deficits to levels not seen since the two world wars of the 20th century.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit public finances like a war. Across the world governments have scrambled to offset the economic and social impact of the virus. Huge, and necessary, rises in public spending have pushed government deficits to levels not seen since the two world wars of the 20th century.

The numbers are enormous: UK government debt now tops £2 trillion (1). whilst the US owes an eye watering $26 trillion (2). The picture is similar across Europe with many other countries also seeing debt/GDP ratios rising to over 100% (3).

October 16, 2020

Next-gen Euisun Chung takes the wheel of Hyundai after 20 years, apparel brand Uniqlo predicts recovery to pre-pandemic profits within a year, ‘Pasta king’ Guido Barilla says next five years critical to fix global food systems.

Next-gen Euisun Chung takes the wheel of Hyundai after 20 years

South Korean billionaire Euisun Chung has succeeded his father Mong-Koo Chung as chairman of Hyundai Motor Group to drive the world's fifth largest automaker into a future of autonomous driving, renewable fuels and flying cars.

October 14, 2020

Ramesh S Ramakrishnan, the chairman of the global family-controlled shipping and logistics group Transworld, says being alert and agile for new opportunities will be vital for families as businesses cope with the new post-pandemic world.

Ramesh S Ramakrishnan, the chairman of the global family-controlled shipping and logistics group Transworld, says being alert and agile for new opportunities will be vital for families as businesses cope with the new post-pandemic world.

October 13, 2020

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

As we move further along the dreaded “second wave”, the main issue paralysing the finance sector is uncertainty. Concern over when consumer and investor confidence will return is widespread—and unfortunately, there is no immediate end in sight.

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