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May 24, 2019

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

The average female representation on a UK family board was as low as 12%, much lower compared to all FTSE 100 companies at 23%, according to a new report out this week on the corporate governance arrangements of the country’s largest family firms by turnover.

May 22, 2019

JAB-owned Pret A Manger buys rival Eat, Jaguar Land Rover reports record $4.6 billion loss, and LVMH buys rosé producer Chateau du Goloupet.

JAB-owned Pret A Manger buys rival Eat

UK sandwich chain Pret A Manger has agreed to buy its rival Eat for an undisclosed fee to take advantage of the appetite for vegetarian and vegan foods.

Pret, owned by JAB Holding, said it plans to convert as many of the 94 Eat shops as possible to its new Veggie Pret concept in response to a demand for more vegan and vegetarian options on the high street.

May 20, 2019

Ethically minded, technology savvy and eager to make a positive impact—the next generation are driving family offices’ movement into sustainable and impact investing. But are the expectation of returns realistic or are families just following a trend?

Sustainable and impact investing continue to be attractive for family offices and are among the fastest growing areas in the average family office investment portfolio. But uncertainty persists for many interested in the asset class, with fewer expert advisers compared to more traditional classes. 

Family offices increased their foray into sustainable investing over the past 12 months, with more than one-third (38%) now engaged in the practice, according to The Global Office Family Report 2018 (GFOR). 

May 16, 2019

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

May 15, 2019

Asia’s richest man buys UK’s Hamleys for $88 million, Coca Cola heir arrested after $1.3 million in cannabis found on private jet, and billionaire Barclay brother sues French writer over play.

Asia’s richest man buys UK’s Hamleys for $88 million.

British toy maker Hamleys has been sold to Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, for £68 million ($88 million)—the latest in a string of retail acquisitions by his family conglomerate, Reliance Industries.

Ambani’s Reliance Brands, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, announced it had bought the 260-year-old toy retailer from Hong Kong-listed Chinese fashion firm C Banner International Holdings.

May 14, 2019

Family offices registered their best investment performance in five years and the majority intend to maintain or further increase their deal flow. Yet as experts warn that the bubble may burst, are families prepared for what comes next?

Record returns, a trend towards high risk, more illiquid investments in pursuit of yield, and an increased appetite for co-investments all shaped the family office landscape last year. So, how have family offices structured their portfolios for such high returns?

In 2017, investment performance converted into capital gains, with almost half (48%) of family offices reporting their assets under management have increased over the 12 months surveyed.

May 9, 2019

Alannah Weston has succeeded her father, Galen Weston, as chairwoman of Selfridges Group.

Alannah Weston has succeeded her father, Galen Weston, as chairwoman of Selfridges Group.

Weston, 47, served as deputy chair of the luxury group since 2014, which includes Selfridges and Co in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada, de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands and both Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland.

Her appointment makes her one of the few women to chair such a prominent business.

May 8, 2019

Succession transition sets up Ricola for the future, Gina Rinehart’s family feud to stay private, and billionaire Zhao family embroiled in US college admissions scandal.

Succession transition sets up Ricola for the future

The principal of Swiss herbal product manufacturer Ricola has relinquished daily duties to a non-family director while his son steps up onto the board of directors.

Felix Richterich, 60, remained as chairman with a focus on strategy from 1 May after seven years as both chairman and chief executive. The grandson of founder Emil Richterich managed the Laufen-based company for 27 years.

May 7, 2019

Education has consistently ranked as one of the top philanthropic causes for wealthy families since the Global Family Office Report began collecting data on the field in 2014. Now massive populations, increasing middle class income, and increasing spending on education in Asia is making the sector a compelling impact investment opportunity too. 

Education has consistently ranked as one of the top philanthropic causes for wealthy families since the Global Family Office Report began collecting data on the field in 2014. Now massive populations, increasing middle class income, and increasing spending on education in Asia is making the sector a compelling impact investment opportunity too. Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquetpicks out some of the key trends.

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