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November 21, 2014

Family offices in developing regions are the most cost efficient in the industry with governance and investments on par with their western peers. Is this down to operational efficiency or how offices interact with family businesses?

The family offices of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have the lowest operating costs in the industry, according to the Global Family Office Report 2014, challenging the conventional wisdom that they are costly and underdeveloped.

Despite this, many have governance structures and investment services on par with older offices in Europe and North America, with which they have far more in common than originally thought.

November 17, 2014

It’s like a fairy tale, but the story of the Blue Moon Diamond is true. In January of 2014, an extraordinary rock created approximately one billion years ago, in the depths of the earth was released from its long sleep from a half mile down in the darkness of the Cullinan Mine in South Africa. 

It’s like a fairy tale, but the story of the Blue Moon Diamond is true. In January of 2014, an extraordinary rock created approximately one billion years ago, in the depths of the earth was released from its long sleep from a half mile down in the darkness of the Cullinan Mine in South Africa.

November 12, 2014

More than two-thirds of family businesses in south-east Asia have implemented formal succession plans, as senior executives believe they are important for attracting investment, new research claims.

More than two-thirds of family businesses in south-east Asia have implemented formal succession plans, as senior executives believe they are important for attracting investment, new research claims.

September 18, 2014

The first ever global study of family offices is released today, providing new insights into a growing, but notoriously discreet, sub-section of the ultra-high net worth wealth sector.

The first ever global study of family offices is released today, providing new insights into a growing, but notoriously discreet, sub-section of the ultra-high net worth wealth sector.

The average family office has total assets of $890 million, the research from Campden Wealth Research in partnership with UBS found. The total sample size surveyed represented $180 billion in private wealth.

September 17, 2014

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Dani Saveker, CEO of the consultancy and research company, who coined the term, believes they will become increasingly important over the coming years.

September 16, 2014

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan. 

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan.

Family Business Survey 2014, a joint venture from Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, found that 86% of family businesses in would prefer to reduce distributions to owners than to lay off staff.

The study, which had a sample based out of West Michigan, also found that 56% of owners would prefer to take a pay cut than lay off staff.

August 11, 2014

A “shocking” number of family offices send confidential information via email, according to a family wealth IT expert, as new research outlines how family offices can protect themselves from cyber attacks.

A “shocking” number of family offices send confidential information via email, according to a family wealth IT expert, as new research outlines how family offices can protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Internet security for family offices: 10 steps to protect online information, a white paper published by software company Archway Technology Partners and family office intranet provider Trusted Family, released this month, says the majority of family offices lack the specialist IT security needed to prevent cyber attacks.

February 25, 2013

South Korea’s chaebols are the foundation of the country’s economic success story. But have these businesses turned into monsters?  

Imagine you are the fantastically wealthy owner of a vast South Korean conglomerate with a young daughter who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She needs a hobby. What do you do? Give her a bakery, of course. Sounds harmless? Not so.

Early in 2012 there was a vast public blowback against the swanky bakeries owned by the daughters of South Korean moguls, which were accused of putting traditional small Korean bun-sellers out of business. The outcry was so great that even politicians leapt on to the bandwagon.

February 21, 2013

"Should I stay or should I go?" asked The Clash. It’s a question that arises for all next-gens sooner or later, at least when it comes to the people they employ to advise them about investing their money. The evidence suggests that many incline to "go".

"Should I stay or should I go?" asked The Clash. It’s a question that arises for all next-gens sooner or later, at least when it comes to the people they employ to advise them about investing their money. The evidence suggests that many incline to "go".

A recent report published by Campden Wealth and Morgan Stanley found that 62% of the next-generation members in major family businesses are considering changing their bankers in the next two years, compared to just 25% of the older generation in those businesses.

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