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March 4, 2016

A significant increase in the number of Asian billionaires over the next decade could result in a new class of family office that is optimised for growing wealth, according to a regional adviser.

A significant increase in the number of Asian billionaires over the next decade could result in a new class of family office that is optimised for growing wealth, according to a regional adviser.

Patricia Woo, senior consultant for international legal practice Squire Patton Boggs, made her comments in response to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2016, which was released this week.

March 4, 2016

A concerted coordination between global regulators and national governments means regulation is impacting families on matters as diverse as tax information to reputation. Rose Carr and Nicholas Moody ask experts what regulatory measures family offices should watch out for

March 4, 2016

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far. But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far.

But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

After decades of risk aversion, an improvement in the economy is leading companies to start addressing the chronically low returns on equity their investors have endured for years.

February 18, 2016

For those family businesses looking to raise capital, there are a growing number of options. Today, funding the family enterprise can be much more innovative than simply taking out a loan or launching an IPO. Bruce Love reports

February 5, 2016

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

 

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

Her father, Sumner Redstone, 92, announced his retirement on Thursday. He had announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS on Wednesday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

December 11, 2015

Donald Trump isn’t the first family business owner to ever run

for public office, but he’s certainly been the most vocal

It’s one thing to push your family’s political interests behind the scenes – using Super PACs and K Street lobbyists. But to intentionally position yourself under the harsh spotlight of a political campaign is something altogether different.

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 25, 2015

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

This is at odds with a common perception that family businesses tend to be domestically-focussed, said the KPMG report European Family Business Trends.

The report was based on research that included surveys with 125 family businesses and a further 125 high net worth individuals.

November 24, 2015

Former billionaire Dorothéa Steinbruch, whose family control steelmaker Companhia Siderurgica Nacional and lender Banco Fibra SA, died at the weekend aged 85.

Former billionaire Dorothéa Steinbruch, whose family control steelmaker Companhia Siderurgica Nacional and lender Banco Fibra SA, died at the weekend aged 85.

Steinbruch was the widow of Mendel Steinbruch, one of the founders of Brazilian textile business Vicunha Group, whose current chief executive officer is their son Ricardo. Their second son Benjamin is CEO of Companhia Siderurgica Nacional.

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