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January 18, 2021

Active ownership, or proxy and engagement, has experienced a growing role in investment practices in recent years. As the light continues to shine on the importance of responsible investing and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, asset owners have a responsibility to better understand both the risk factors and potential return associated with the ownership of a company they invest in.

Active ownership, or proxy and engagement, has experienced a growing role in investment practices in recent years. As the light continues to shine on the importance of responsible investing and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, asset owners have a responsibility to better understand the risk factors and potential return associated with the ownership of a company they invest in.

January 6, 2021

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

Any one of these descriptions are representative of considerable responsibilities and accepted norms. Taken together, they represent the range and depth of the obligations, paths and expectations which together are captured in one word: successor.

December 14, 2020

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurs Darshan Patel, 58, founding chairman and managing director of the family business, works in tandem with next-generation Manan Patel, 27, chief executive of their family office Vini Investments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

November 11, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and its social and economic reverberations are triggering particularly salient challenges for family businesses. The first one relates to family business succession.

The Covid-19 pandemic and its social and economic reverberations are triggering particularly salient challenges for family businesses. The first one relates to family business succession.

April 23, 2020

These are unprecedented and unpredictable times for family businesses of every shape and size. Whilst many are in survival mode, others may have started to consider the future, rethinking what their operating model looks like.

These are unprecedented and unpredictable times for family businesses of every shape and size. Whilst many are in survival mode, others may have started to consider the future, rethinking what their operating model looks like.

The tendency for family firms to pull together in times of crisis stands them in good stead—but as the world adjusts to its new normal, opportunities will open up for family businesses to continue to thrive in a post Covid-19 world.

February 13, 2020

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Emotional sensitivity matters and threads of purpose awaken in families in very different ways. An informal network exists in families both at home and in the office which can undermine the formal network easily.

January 29, 2014

Cheuk Nang Holdings next-gen Gigi Chao has penned an open letter to her father, and company founder, Cecil Chao following his public appeal to find a male suitor to turn her straight.

Cheuk Nang Holdings next-gen Gigi Chao has penned an open letter to her father, and company founder, Cecil Chao following his public appeal to find a male suitor to turn her straight.

Despite the fact she has been in a nine-year relationship with another woman, who she married in a civil ceremony in France in 2012, her father offered a dowry of HK$500 million (€47.1 million) to any man that could persuade Gigi to marry them.

December 8, 2008

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.
 
Wendel Investissement, which is controlled by the family’s SLPS holding company, owns stakes in several businesses including industrial giants St Gobain and Legrand.
 

November 1, 2008

The most successful families pay attention to family dynamics as well as business dynamics. Thayer Willis looks at what you need to do to get your family relationships in perfect working order

Imagine a business that is prospering and whose family owners have more money than they know what to do with. From the outside they have "made it". In reaching this point, however, there is a trail of broken relationships, family members who are scared and hurting, family members doing work that they don't like or not working at all, and a family that, overall, is adrift with no sense of purpose. What does this family really have? And would you trade your own situation for all that money and a host of broken relationships?

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