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January 1, 2007

When India’s Tata Steel bid for the Anglo-Dutch corporation Corus, business magazines trumpeted the arrival of the Indian multinational corporation. A rival bid may yet cause the deal to unravel, but Kamal Mehta explains why the offer is a sign that Indian business has come of age

Kamal Mehta is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

When India's Tata Steel (pictured) bid for the Anglo-Dutch corporation Corus, business magazines trumpeted the arrival of the Indian multinational corporation. A rival bid may yet cause the deal to unravel, but Kamal Mehta explains why the offer is a sign that Indian business has come of age

January 1, 2007

Despite a cushioned upbringing as a member of India’s foremost political Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi looks set to step out of the wings and transform the Indian National Congress party. It’s a daunting task – requiring more than his movie star good looks, says Marc Smith

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

Despite a cushioned upbringing as a member of India’s foremost political Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi looks set to step out of the wings and transform the Indian National Congress party. It’s a daunting task – requiring more than his movie star good looks, says Marc Smith

January 1, 2007

The changing demographics of the labour market, enduring skills shortages and employee demands for work–life balance have created a so-called "war for talent". Marc Smith explores the challenges for the global family business in their search for skilled staff

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

The changing demographics of the labour market, enduring skills shortages and employee demands for work–life balance have created a so-called "war for talent". Marc Smith explores the challenges for the global family business in their search for skilled staff

November 1, 2006

Despite the diminishing role of family-controlled firms in the UK stock market, evidence suggests that the family business PLC model works and can offer value to all stakeholders. Panikkos Poutziouris presents the evidence

Panikkos Poutziouris is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the Cyprus International Institute of Management and Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School, UK.

Despite the diminishing role of family-controlled firms in the UK stock market, evidence  suggests that the family business PLC model works and can offer value to all stakeholders. Panikkos Poutziouris presents the evidence

November 1, 2006

Many family businesses that made the decision to go public several decades ago have been disappointed. François de Visscher explains why, though a complex and risky path, going private could be for the long-term benefit of the business

François de Visscher  is founder and president of the family business consultancy de Visscher & Co. www.devisscher.com

Many family businesses that made the decision to go public several decades ago have been disappointed. François de Visscher explains why, though a complex and risky path, going private could be for the long-term benefit of the business

September 1, 2006

It is rarely a straightforward process and almost always a stressful one. Julian Lewis offers a few useful tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of selling your family business while, at the same time, negotiating the most profitable sale

Julian Lewis is head of the London Corporate Team at Halliwells, a UK law firm. He specialises in the sale of privately-owned businesses.

It is rarely a straightforward process and almost always a stressful one. Julian Lewis offers a few useful tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of selling your family business while, at the same time, negotiating the most profitable sale

September 1, 2006

At 72 years of age, Nils Larson thought it was too soon to begin the transition of his family’s publishing house to the fourth generation.

At 72 years of age, Nils Larson thought it was too soon to begin the transition of his family's publishing house to the fourth generation. He believed no-one in the business was qualified to take over his duties as publisher and CEO. Despite the urgings of family members on the company's board, Mr Larson took solace in the fact that his good friend and general practice attorney, Fred Wertheimer, was not pressing him to act.

July 1, 2006

International expansion of a family business raises all sorts of questions in the boardroom. But just how do shareholders factor in increasing capital demands while striving to retain family values? Mark Dye reports on the complexities of globalisation

Mark Dye is a freelance journalist based in London.

International expansion of a family business raises all sorts of questions in the boardroom. But just how do shareholders factor in increasing capital demands while striving to retain family values? Mark Dye reports on the complexities of globalisation

There are two sides to every story and this is no different when it comes to family businesses looking at international growth. While there is excitement at the prospect of the opportunity and potential such a foray brings, it can be tempered by potential problems.

July 1, 2006

It can be an emotional time and wading through the financial issues involved in selling your business could feel like walking in space. Be equipped, do your research and make sure you maximise your financial return, says Richard LeVine

Richard Levine is counsel in the private client department of the New Haven, Connecticut office of Withers Bergman.

It can be an emotional time and wading through the financial issues involved in selling your business could feel like walking in space. Be equipped, do your research and make sure you maximise your financial return, says Richard LeVine

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