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March 27, 2012

Members of two of Canada’s largest family businesses, Maple Leaf Foods and Empire Company Limited, have joined forces to start a private equity firm aimed at investing in mid-sized companies.

Members of two of Canada’s largest family businesses, Maple Leaf Foods and Empire Company Limited, have joined forces to start a private equity firm aimed at investing in mid-sized companies.

SeaFort Capital, launched on 26 March, will focus on businesses with profits between $2 million (€1.49 million) and $10 million, said a statement from the private equity firm.

February 19, 2012

On the face of it, private equity and family businesses should be allergic to each other. But the truth about their interaction is a little more complex.

On the face of it, private equity and family businesses should be allergic to each other. Family businesses are long-term affairs, while private equity houses are often characterised as wham-bam-thank-you-mam-merchants who just want to maximise profit and get out after five years. Some family business owners look with suspicion at private equity. But the truth about their interaction is a little more complex.

July 29, 2011

The family behind French chip card maker Oberthur is in talks to sell part of the business to outside investors, in an attempt to fund a bid to purchase a UK company.

The family behind French chip card maker Oberthur is in talks to sell part of the business to outside investors, in an attempt to fund a bid to purchase a UK company.

According to the Financial Times, the Savare family, which currently owns 92% of the maker of SIM cards and electronic passports, plans to retain a 40% stake and sell the remaining to private equity bidders.

August 26, 2010

Selwyn Parker analyses why institutional investors are starting to appreciate the family business ownership model

Until the global financial crisis overturned the prevailing wisdom of institutional investors, the UK family-controlled brewer and pub owner Fuller, Smith & Turner was considered almost an anachronism in a highly-leveraged world. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, the firm had such low borrowing levels that it was shunned by most analysts and big investors in favour of much more highly-geared rivals who had not, in the phrase of the period, "tied up capital in the business".

June 11, 2010

Exor, the investment arm of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, has announced that it plans to invest up to $100 million in partnership with Jardine Matheson Holdings and Rothschild private bank to access private equity opportunities in China and India.

Exor, the investment arm of Italy's Agnelli dynasty, has announced that it plans to invest up to $100 million in partnership with Jardine Matheson Holdings and Rothschild private bank to access private equity opportunities in China and India.
 
According to a statement released on Thursday, the agreement means Exor will be strongly placed to capture both medium and long-term investment opportunities in regions with high growth potential across a wide range of sectors.
 

March 25, 2010

A new survey has highlighted the increasingly important role of family offices to the private equity industry. More than two thirds (69%) of family offices surveyed by alternative assets research and consultancy group Preqin are considering forging new relationships with GPs this year.

A new survey has highlighted the increasingly important role of family offices to the private equity industry. More than two thirds (69%) of family offices surveyed by alternative assets research and consultancy group Preqin are considering forging new relationships with GPs this year.

March 5, 2010

The private equity industry has had a difficult couple of years, yet it is still proving popular among family offices

The private equity industry has had a difficult couple of years, yet it is still proving popular among family offices

Hindsight often says that the best time to invest is when an industry is down. And many are questioning whether this is the case with private equity.

February 27, 2009

How hunting together as a collective can be a lucrative option for family offices

The growing maturity of the family office sector is resulting in businesses increasingly coming together to implement more sophisticated investment strategies.

Over the last three years, a rising number of family offices have co-invested in a dizzying array of deals in areas as diverse as private equity buyouts and commercial property transactions.

February 5, 2009

Family businesses have what it takes to weather the current economic storm, according to Roger Pedder, former chairman of Clarks Shoes, one of the UK’s largest private family companies.

Family businesses have what it takes to weather the current economic storm, according to Roger Pedder, former chairman of Clarks Shoes, one of the UK's largest private family companies.

"Family businesses are the bedrock of the economy and will be placed in better stead throughout these tough economic times, which were, in truth, bought about by the type of short-term business and investment behaviour prevalent in most quoted and many private equity-owned companies today," said Pedder in an exclusive interview with Campden FB.

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