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July 1, 2005

Despite the size and power of some of the larger funds, private equity providers come in all shapes and sizes and may have a variety of investment appetites. But what are the pros and cons of this route for families? Richard Willsher takes a look at the evidence

Richard Willsher is a freelance journalist specialising in finance

Despite the size and power of some of the larger funds, private equity providers come in all shapes and sizes and may have a variety of investment appetites. But what are the pros and cons of this route for families? Richard Willsher takes a look at the evidence

Do private equity investors find family businesses attractive and what are they really looking for?

March 1, 2005

The shape of Swiss private banking has dramatically emerged from a period of eclipse. Bob Reynolds discovers that the two biggest players intend to use aggressive strategies to attract new money

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

The shape of Swiss private banking has dramatically emerged from a period of eclipse. Bob Reynolds discovers that the two biggest players intend to use aggressive strategies to attract new money

Swiss private client banking has emerged from the dark side of the moon. Commercial, regulatory, political and competitive pressures had conspired to put the giants of Swiss private banking into the shadows.
 

January 1, 2005

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Private equity money has always rung alarm bells for family businesses – no one wants to relinquish power to outsiders. But outside input can have myriad benefits, including scope for expansion and independent pension arrangements, writes Bob Reynolds

Five years ago, the typical family business private equity deal was £10 million for 30% of the enterprise. Now, it is more usual to see venture capitalists paying £100 million for 100% of the business.
 

January 1, 2005

The ranks of the world’s super wealthy have grown steadily over the past year, says Scott McCulloch. Now all the private banks must do is calculate how to serve them best and do it at a profit

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business magazine.

The ranks of the world's super wealthy have grown steadily over the past year, says Scott McCulloch. Now all the private banks must do is calculate how to serve them best and do it at a profit

September 1, 2004

The influence of China may be felt beyond the political sphere but that hasn’t stopped Hong Kong’s domestic economy from roaring ahead. Meanwhile, in Singapore it’s all change as the government bows to calls for economic reform. Hywel Lewis reviews the economic and political climate in both countries

Hywel Lewis is a freelance journalist specialising in family businesses.

The influence of China may be felt beyond the political sphere but that hasn't stopped Hong Kong's domestic economy from roaring ahead. Meanwhile, in Singapore it's all change as the government bows to calls for economic reform. Hywel Lewis reviews the economic and political climate in both countries

May 1, 2004

One third of all money placed offshore is managed by the Swiss financial sector. No other jurisdiction comes close to matching or challenging the dominance of Switzerland. Bob Reynolds reports

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red magazine.

One third of all money placed offshore is managed by the Swiss financial sector. No other jurisdiction comes close to matching or challenging the dominance of Switzerland. Bob Reynolds reports

According to a report released by Gemini Consulting, the amount of money deposited in the world's 4,000 private institutions has increased steadily over the past decade.

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