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September 1, 2010

Successful business families regard their ownership of the business as a fundamental asset serving a common purpose with the aim of the present generation to transfer successfully to the next, writes Jurgen Geerlings

Successful business families regard their ownership of the business as a fundamental asset serving a common purpose of the family as a whole, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

The aim of the present generation is to transfer the ownership to the following generation in a good state.

August 26, 2010

Ken McCracken and Hakan Hillerstrom discuss new guidelines that are designed to encourage corporate governance best practice in family-owned companies

In March 2010, the European Confederation of Director's Association (ecoDa) published a set of corporate governance guidelines intended to be implemented by unlisted companies. Based on similar guidelines already available in Spain, Belgium and Finland, other countries across Europe are currently discussing how to adapt the ecoDa guidelines for their own use.

September 30, 2008

Mel Stern takes a look at two family-owned businesses that have reaped the rewards of bringing in a turnaround manager

Mel Stern takes a look at two family-owned businesses that have reaped the rewards of bringing in a turnaround manager

November 1, 2007

In this article, the first of the new Families in Business debate section, Dennis Jaffe argues the benefits owners can expect from selling while Tom Davidow fights for the non-sale corner and keeping the business together for the next generation

Dennis Jaffe is a founding partner of Relative Solutions.
Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates, based in Brookline, MA.

In this article, the first of the new Families in Business debate section, Dennis Jaffe argues the benefits owners can expect from selling while Tom Davidow fights for the non-sale corner and keeping the business together for the next generation

Yes – seriously consider selling

May 1, 2007

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split.

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

May 1, 2007

Family businesses can often be thought of as solid and staid, not taking many risks and tied to age-old and sometimes outdated traditions. Not so, argues Albert Jan Thomassen – family businesses today are modern, proactive, diverse and up for new challenges

Family businesses can often be thought of as solid and staid, not taking many risks and tied to age-old and sometimes outdated traditions. Not so, argues Albert Jan Thomassen – family businesses today are modern, proactive, diverse and up for new challenges.

Albert Jan Thomassen is chairman of the FBN 18th Summit Programme Committee.

September 1, 2006

It is rarely a straightforward process and almost always a stressful one. Julian Lewis offers a few useful tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of selling your family business while, at the same time, negotiating the most profitable sale

Julian Lewis is head of the London Corporate Team at Halliwells, a UK law firm. He specialises in the sale of privately-owned businesses.

It is rarely a straightforward process and almost always a stressful one. Julian Lewis offers a few useful tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of selling your family business while, at the same time, negotiating the most profitable sale

September 1, 2005

Henry bought Able & Sons Construction 30 years ago after his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Henry grew his father’s business to $80 million in annual revenues, expanding into building churches and government buildings.

Henry bought Able & Sons Construction 30 years ago after his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Henry grew his father's business to $80 million in annual revenues, expanding into building churches and government buildings. He is well-respected in the community and proud of building the new Methodist Church, high school and city hall and expanding the county courthouse, hospital and the three elementary schools.

July 1, 2004

Finland may be a small country overshadowed by its dominant neighbour Russia, but has a tenacious family business sector powering a stable economy. Krista Elo-Pärsinnen reports

Finland may be a small country overshadowed by its dominant neighbour Russia, but has a tenacious family business sector powering a stable economy.

Finland's family businesses embody 'accountable ownership' with a face – they are arguably the backbone of the economy as well as the engine powering it. Their broad goal is not unlike family business owners the world over: to pass down an enterprise in a better condition than when they themselves took over.

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