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January 8, 2019

India’s traditionally cautious investors are using family offices to diversify their allocations into riskier assets and face disruption head on. James Beechreports

Locally orientated, ‘risk lite’, with a strong preservation ethic. This has been the traditional profile of Indian family investments, dominated by senior wealth holders with a preference for safe and steady assets. Fuelled by operating businesses where any profits have been funnelled back into the business, diversification has traditionally meant investing in subsidiaries of the family business or real estate, rather than new asset classes. Yet could a new breed of family investors with a desire to professionalise private investment be set to break this mould?

January 7, 2019

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

Georgia is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for doing business both domestically as well as internationally. Attractive factors include the country’s top international ranking on ease of starting and maintaining a business, as well as the fact Georgia has proven itself to be a corruption-free destination. 

January 2, 2019

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored, with fresh initiatives and platforms aimed at providing support to business and high net worth families.

Both the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market have family office and holding company regimes. The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is exploring the setup of a dedicated Family Business Leadership Centre.

December 18, 2018

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Specifically, a second test was added in addition to the 183 day rule for individuals who do not spend more than 183 days in Cyprus or another jurisdiction. As per the new test, all of the following three criteria should be met for an individual to be considered a Cyprus tax resident:

• Remains in Cyprus for at least 60 days in the year of assessment

December 17, 2018

Family offices are becoming increasingly popular amongst India’s growing ultra-wealthy population, but while family businesses are deeply entrenched in the country, family offices are still a relatively new phenomenon. Susan Lingeswaranreports

Family offices are becoming increasingly popular amongst India’s growing ultra-wealthy population, but while family businesses are deeply entrenched in the country, family offices are still a relatively new phenomenon. Susan Lingeswaran reports

When Uday Kotak, managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank and the eighth-richest person in India, announced earlier this year that he was setting up a family office to invest his $10.3 billion fortune, it was hard to ignore the sense that a tide had turned.

December 12, 2018

Family and non-family principals of Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company crowded the stage to accept the Top Family Business Award 2018 as next generations vowed to build on the success of their families at the gala ceremony in Madrid.

Family and non-family principals of Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company crowded the stage to accept the Top Family Business Award 2018 as next generations vowed to build on the success of their families at the gala ceremony in Madrid.

The Irish family that claimed this year’s leading prize at the CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards paid tribute to the “fantastic families” who shared their “best in class” stories on the stage.

December 3, 2018

Feisal Alibhai, Qineticare founder and chief executive, reveals why a focus on the wellbeing of the family is the missing piece in the ability to achieve robust succession planning

Feisal Alibhai, Qineticare founder and chief executive, reveals why a focus on the wellbeing of the family is the missing piece in the ability to achieve robust succession planning

To protect a family’s longevity, shrewd principals engage in detailed succession planning, which is vital to demonstrate true caring and love. Despite this meticulousness, succession continues to fail at an unacceptable rate, with wealth too often wiped out by the third generation.

November 19, 2018

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. 

Asia’s story over the past few years has been a tale of rapidly rising wealth and with it, increased philanthropic giving. In 2014, Hong Kong real estate moguls Ronnie and Gerald Chan hit western headlines when they pledged a $350 million gift to Harvard University through their charitable foundation—the largest in the institution’s history. In its 2016 study on philanthropy, BNP Paribas said that 27% of high net worth Asians planned to leave at least a third of their fortune to charity.

November 13, 2018

Ray White Group has grown from one man and his shed in Australia’s backblocks to an international property powerhouse. Nicholas Moodymeets third-generation co-chairman Brian White

Ray White Group has grown from one man and his shed in Australia’s backblocks to an international property powerhouse. Nicholas Moody meets third-generation co-chairman Brian White

The heart of Australasia’s largest real estate agency sits not among the soaring steel and glimmering glass of Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne’s high-rise skylines, but in a humble tin shed in Crows Nest, a small Queensland town, 150km north-west of Brisbane.

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