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November 21, 2019

Succession by virtue of birth and family dynamics is a phenomenon that occurs quite frequently. We see it on the news or because it is happening in the organisation we work for, or simply because it’s happening in our family owned business. The successor is handed over the reins of the business, but can he or she run the business? What are the factors that determine the success of the succession? Can this be left to chance or “It runs in the blood” factor?

Succession by virtue of birth and family dynamics is a phenomenon that occurs quite frequently. We see it on the news or because it is happening in the organisation we work for, or simply because it’s happening in our family owned business. The successor is handed over the reins of the business, but can he or she run the business? What are the factors that determine the success of the succession? Can this be left to chance or “It runs in the blood” factor?

It’s time for millennials to take up the mantle

November 9, 2019

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion, Solvay shakes up structure and management against headwinds, Hays family tout capital reinvestment and the personal touch in Thomas Cook takeover.

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion

The family office of prolific US investor Warren Buffett (pictured) has conserved $128 billion in cash in its third quarter, up from $122.4 billion in the previous quarter, backing up a recession-warning trend revealed in The Global Family Office Report 2019.

October 9, 2019

British family business Hays Travel says it will buy the entire property portfolio of the collapsed travel group Thomas Cook and save up to 2,500 jobs.

British family business Hays Travel says it will buy the entire property portfolio of the collapsed travel group Thomas Cook and save up to 2,500 jobs.

The UK’s largest independent travel agent announced today they had agreed to acquire Thomas Cook’s 555 high street stores for an undisclosed amount. The 39-year-old company already owned 190 shops across the country and employed hundreds of homeworkers.

September 5, 2019

Business families of wealth are postponing their investments, considering moving their assets overseas and may even review their residencies as Britain’s turbulent exit from the European Union looms.

Business families of wealth are postponing their investments, considering moving their assets overseas and may even review their residencies as Britain’s turbulent exit from the European Union looms.

June 20, 2019

Investors say their impact investments meet—or beat—their expectations as the global $502 billion sector grows and matures, but they struggle to find the right people to manage their projects.

Investors say their impact investments meet—or beat—their expectations as the global $502 billion sector grows and matures, but they struggle to find the right people to manage their projects.

May 16, 2019

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

Business principals looking to secure their legacy, but missing a family successor, could take inspiration from the founder of Richer Sounds who is transferring the bulk of his shares worth $4.4 million into an Employee Ownership Trust.

October 16, 2018

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

As a result, when it comes to sourcing management talent there is often a risk-averse and comfortable reliance on the ‘black book’, favouring those with knowledge of the family office landscape.

October 8, 2018

With cybersecurity breaches at well-known companies hitting the headlines, it is easy to believe that family offices which maintain a low profile would not be a prime target for digital fraud.

With cybersecurity breaches at well-known companies hitting the headlines, it is easy to believe that family offices which maintain a low profile would not be a prime target for digital fraud.

However, this ignores the attractiveness of the information that is stored by a family office, their advisers and their financial institutions—information and data which is potentially useful to criminals who wish to steal from, harm or damage the reputation of a wealthy family.

March 5, 2018

As the family office space matures, so does the recruitment and retainment of top talent from outside the family, driven by competitive C-suite salaries and bonuses—although their ranks remain stubbornly male-dominated

As the family office space matures, so does the recruitment and retainment of top talent from outside the family, driven by competitive C-suite salaries and bonuses—although their ranks remain stubbornly male-dominated

More complex investments, professionalisation of the sector, and competition for talent is driving hefty pay increases for family office C-suite employees this year.

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