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June 1, 2003

Big business or big bucks is the choice presented to a family business through mergers and acquisitions, depending on how it views its future. Melanie Stern explains how the challenges faced by this sector proves that size has never mattered more in either case

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Big business or big bucks is the choice presented to a family business through mergers and acquisitions, depending on how it views its future. Melanie Stern explains how the challenges faced by this sector proves that size has never mattered more in either case

June 1, 2003

At a time when banks are increasingly cautious about lending money, the stock market can be an attractive alternative source of capital for a family business – and, explains Georges van Erck, an IPO need not mean the family loses control of the business

Georges van Erck is Managing Director at JPMorgan, London. He has more than 30 years of investment banking experience, most of which have been spent providing corporate finance services to family-owned companies.

At a time when banks are increasingly cautious about lending money, the stock market can be an attractive alternative source of capital for a family business – and, explains Georges van Erck, an IPO need not mean the family loses control of the business

June 1, 2003

There were 30,000 insolvencies in Germany last year and family businesses are finding it harder to procure credit from banks with their increasingly stringent lending criteria. Private equity managers may be the answer to a tailor-made financial strategy, explains Max Burger-Calderon

Max Burger-Calderon is a partner with Apax
Partners Group and is also chairman of the EVCA (European Venture Capital Association).

There were 30,000 insolvencies in Germany last year and family businesses are finding it harder to procure credit from banks with their increasingly stringent lending criteria. Private equity managers may be the answer to a tailor-made financial strategy, explains Max Burger-Calderon

June 1, 2003

While global IPO and share market returns languish at historical lows, venture capitalists could step in as family business capital providers – but both sides need to work on their perceptions of one another to build a successful marriage, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

While global IPO and share market returns languish at historical lows, venture capitalists could step in as family business capital providers – but both sides need to work on their perceptions of one another to build a successful marriage, says Melanie Stern

June 1, 2003

In order to safeguard your assets, estate planning should be actioned early and on a regular basis. There are seven key stages of planning and they can be well illustrated by Jaques’ famous speech describing the Seven Ages of Man

Ian Macdonald is a lawyer with Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie, Solicitors, in Glasgow, Scotland specialising in tax, trusts and estate planning.

In order to safeguard your assets, estate planning should be actioned early and on a regular basis. There are seven key stages of planning and they can be well illustrated by Jaques' famous speech describing the Seven Ages of Man

"All the world's a stage… and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages."

June 1, 2003

The South African economy is growing despite difficult global conditions. Business owners are confident to own their own business, and optimism and expectations are high

Tony Balshaw is National Partner-in-Charge, PRIMA Family Controlled Companies consulting division, Grant Thornton South Africa.

The South African economy is growing despite difficult global conditions. Business owners are confident to own their own business, and optimism and expectations are high

April 1, 2003

A large number of Dutch family firms created in times of economic development now face succession issues, instigating a wave of research and education activities to help and support these firms

Albert Jan Thomassen is director of the Family Business Centre at Tias Business School and director of FBNed, the Dutch Association of Family Firms.

A large number of Dutch family firms created in times of economic development now face succession issues, instigating a wave of research and education activities to help and support these firms

April 1, 2003

In the late 1950s Harold Reynolds, as sole owner, founded a gravel and crushed stone business, County Gravel, Inc (“County”) that thrived during a highway construction boom.

In the late 1950s Harold Reynolds, as sole owner, founded a gravel and crushed stone business, County Gravel, Inc ("County") that thrived during a highway construction boom. Harold and his wife Gladys equally, as the Reynolds Limited Partnership ("the Partnership"), own the real estate where County conducts its active business. Gladys and Harold have three children: Bill (48), Cathy (44) and Ricky (42).

January 1, 2003

September 11 caught the world by surprise. One year on, the World Trade Center isn’t the only thing being rebuilt – many family businesses have to face tough decisions on succession, sales, hiring and development

Mike O'Malley is a consultant, lecturer and executive coach. He specialises in developing solutions for the relationship problems among business members, outside stakeholders and management.

September 11 caught the world by surprise. One year on, the World Trade Center isn't the only thing being rebuilt – many family businesses have to face tough decisions on succession, sales, hiring and development

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