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September 23, 2019

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

Nearly half (45%) of principals surveyed said they were re-aligning their investment strategy to manage risk or take advantage of opportunistic events (42%). Another two-fifths (42%) said they were increasing their cash reserves, while a fifth (22%) are reducing leverage exposure within their investments.

September 23, 2019

With the might of the Chinese government supporting them, family businesses in China have flourished in the last 40 years. But while business is thriving, many are facing succession challenges borne from a lack of heirs willing to take the helm. Susan Lingeswaran takes a look

On 13 December, 1978, not long after China was out of the grip of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, then-leader Deng Xiaoping delivered a radical speech to his Communist Party proposing China learn from richer countries, allow workers and peasants to compete to get ahead, and give enterprises the power to make decisions or try new ventures.

Just five days later, a council of 300 party elite agreed to adopt Deng’s vision, and China kicked off its journey from economic seclusion to becoming the world’s factory.

September 20, 2019

More than 100 multigenerational business families of wealth from across Europe and the rest of the world will gather in London on 4-6 November for the flagship 21st Campden Wealth European Family Office Conference. What can family leaders and next-gens gain from attending this confidential peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge and best practice to forge a sustainable future for their businesses?

More than 100 multigenerational business families of wealth from across Europe and the rest of the world will gather in London on 4-6 November for the flagship 21st Campden Wealth European Family Office Conference.

September 19, 2019

Alessi sells sizable share to finance growth, Sodexo scores high on sustainability for 15th year, Rockefeller moves into tech founder succession planning.

Alessi sells sizable share to finance growth

The Italian Alessi family behind some of the most recognisable designer homeware products in the world has sold a 40% share of its business for an undisclosed sum to a UK private equity firm.

The Alessi company was fully owned by the founding family, who were looking for a partner to help them grow the firm, Oakley Capital announced this week. Alessi family members Alberto, Alessio, Michele and Stefano kept 60% of the company and pledged to reinvest in the firm.

September 17, 2019

Opening the capital of a family company to third party shareholders or offering share capital is a major step for any family. Before commencing the process, it is important to quantify and understand the reasons that may justify the undertaking.

Opening the capital of a family company to third party shareholders or offering share capital is a major step for any family. Before commencing the process, it is important to quantify and understand the reasons that may justify the undertaking.

September 16, 2019

While some families have one vehicle for their charitable giving, the 11th-generation Hoare family channel their generosity and financial acumen into a suite of philanthropic ventures. James Beech speaks to Alexander Hoare

The family behind England’s oldest privately-owned bank have been giving to charitable causes for more than three hundred years. Now, both its principal and millennial scion are investing their time and talents into a fresh initiative to support early-stage social enterprises at the grassroots, where the need is greatest.

September 13, 2019

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

September 12, 2019

The matriarch of UK family business Barbour says understated product upgrades and investment in talent are key in their global lifestyle brand’s longevity and sustainability over five generations.

The matriarch of UK family business Barbour says understated product upgrades and investment in talent are key in their global lifestyle brand’s longevity and sustainability over five generations.

September 11, 2019

The coming decade will see a transition event hit a majority of family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. This may represent a change of hands of business assets in excess of $1 trillion, according to the Family Business Council—Gulf.

The coming decade will see a transition event hit a majority of family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. This may represent a change of hands of business assets in excess of $1 trillion, according to the Family Business Council—Gulf.

In this context, family businesses in the region appear to be seeing decreasing levels of management or operational involvement by the next generation.

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