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September 1, 2007

Cross-border deals are on the rise and nowhere is this more clear than in Europe. Giovanni Amodeo looks at family businesses, both public and private, to see how they coped with the multiple challenges this particular M&A trend generates

Giovanni Amodeo is the editor of wealthmonitor.

Cross-border deals are on the rise and nowhere is this more clear than in Europe. Giovanni Amodeo looks at family businesses, both public and private, to see how they coped with the multiple challenges this particular M&A trend generates

September 1, 2007

Any acquisition undertaken is a risk – even more so when the company has innovations and ideas that are new to your business. Andrew Murray-Watson looks at family businesses that have taken the plunge and what can be learned from these transactions

Andrew Murray-Watson is business editor of The Independent on Sunday.

Any acquisition undertaken is a risk – even more so when the company has innovations and ideas that are new to your business. Andrew Murray-Watson looks at family businesses that have taken the plunge and what can be learned from these transactions

September 1, 2007

Before the recent credit crunch, M&A activity was booming throughout the world. Families in Business compares and contrasts the Asian, European and US markets to ascertain what the impact has been on deals involving family businesses

Reports compiled by Rob Davies in Asia, Reg Crowder in Europe and Michael Fischer in the US.

Before the recent credit crunch, M&A activity was booming throughout the world. Families in Business compares and contrasts the Asian, European and US markets to ascertain what the impact has been on deals involving family businesses

July 1, 2007

The president of the US is the most powerful job in the world – and several notable
families have coveted the position. James W Ceaser and Richard Skinner look at the
parallels between politics and family business …

James W Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Richard Skinner is visiting assistant professor of political science at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.

The president of the US is the most powerful job in the world – and several notable families have coveted the position. James W Ceaser and Richard Skinner look at the parallels between politics and family business …

July 1, 2007

The US was the world’s business leader for much of the 20th century, but today it is
facing a serious challenge from new, emerging economies. With many firms looking east to China and India, Patti McCracken analyses how US family businesses are reacting

Patti McCracken is a freelance journalist based in Austria.

The US was the world's business leader for much of the 20th century, but today it is facing a serious challenge from new, emerging economies. With many firms looking east to China and India, Patti McCracken analyses how US family businesses are reacting

July 1, 2007

Families in Business held a roundtable meeting at the Families in Business
conference in Chicago to discuss how family members can prepare, plan and
execute the sale of the family business and the opportunites they may face afterwards

Families in Business held a roundtable meeting at the Families in Business conference in Chicago to discuss how family members can prepare, plan and execute the sale of the family business and the opportunites they may face afterwards

The Roundtable Panel

May 1, 2007

Brand content may seem like nothing new – after all, contract publishing has been around for ages. But it has a new life in video via broadband connections. Meg Carter explains how some family businesses are using this tool to uniquely market themselves

Meg Carter is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

Earlier this year, Budweiser, the lager brand owned by family-run brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, launched its own TV network. Bud TV is a family of entertainment channels distributing a mix of music, comedy, sport and celebrity interviews – all of which have been originally produced for or acquired by Anheuser-Busch. It is the most ambitious example to date of a new form of marketing communications fast attracting attention in boardrooms worldwide: brand content.

May 1, 2007

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of “on demand”, following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of "on demand", following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse.

Amy Syracuse is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

May 1, 2007

The history of advertising is filled with the corpses of failed campaign strategies.Marc Smith looks at several recent examples to ascertain what family businesses should and, perhaps more importantly, should not be doing

The history of advertising is filled with the corpses of failed campaign strategies.Marc Smith looks at several recent examples to ascertain what family businesses should and, perhaps more importantly, should not be doing.

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

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