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March 22, 2018

Nordstrom ends talks with founding family, Porsche put next-gen in the driver's seat, and Ofers divide assets to avoid competition law

Nordstrom ends talks with founding family

Nordstrom have ended discussions with its founding family over re-privatising the business, following 10 months of negotiations.

The fashion retailer had appointed a committee to negotiate with the family—who own just over 30%—on behalf of shareholders, but the parties had been unable to reach an agreement and this week Nordstrom announced it had “terminated” discussions.

March 22, 2018

Hong Kong’s highest profile family business patriarch, Li Ka-Shing, is to retire in May, passing several chairman roles to his 53 year-old son, Victor.

Hong Kong’s highest profile family business patriarch is to retire in May, passing several chairman roles to his 53 year-old son, Victor.

A high school dropout dubbed ‘Superman’ for his deal-making abilities, 89-year-old Li Ka-Shing is to step down as the chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings (CKHH) and CK Asset Holdings (CKAH), which he built from a small manufacturer making plastic flowers to a sprawling $100 billion telecoms to property empire.

March 1, 2018

Rothschild makes way for son, Buffett’s $29 billion tax cut, family firms have worse management practices, study says.

Rothschild makes way for son

David de Rothschild, chairman of Rothschild & Co, is expected to set aside this year, to make way for his son and successor Alexandre.

The elder de Rothschild, pictured, has run the UK part of the investment group back since 2004, oversaw its merger with its French arm, and has run the joint effort since 2012.

February 15, 2018

The research which takes an inside look at the unique and private world of family offices has launched—and the call is out for participants in this year’s Global Family Office Report.

The agenda-setting research which takes an inside look at the unique and private world of family offices has launched—and the call is out worldwide for participants to share their attitudes and experiences.

The Gobal Family Office Report (GFOR), released annually in September by Campden Research in partnership with UBS, is the world’s most comprehensive examination of family office principals’ attitudes to wealth, investments, philanthropy, staffing, and succession.

January 29, 2018

The famously frugal founder of one of the world’s most iconic retail chains has died in his native Sweden, aged 91.

The famously frugal founder of one of the world’s most iconic retail chains has died in his native Sweden, aged 91.

Known for driving a 1993 Volvo car, trawling flea markets for clothes, and flying economy class only, the IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad peacefully passed away from a short illness at his home in Småland, Sweden on 27 January.

December 8, 2017

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

In 1965 Luciano Benetton (pictured) established the company with his three siblings that became famous for colourful knitwear and provocative advertising campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s.

He served as Benetton's chairman from 1978 to 2012.

November 23, 2017

This has been the debate here—how to convince elder patriarchs that succession planning will fit with their life and afterlife. When they reach their 70s or 80s, they are preoccupied with facing God, not legacy, and so this region is at risk of losing big businesses.

The Arabian Gulf as we know it did not exist more than 50 years ago, as far as world maps were concerned, and while the region emerged in wealth due to oil and gold, the wealth was concentrated in tribal families.

November 17, 2017

With 65% of family offices expecting a generational wealth transfer within the 15 years, what better theme than succession to explore at the 2017 North American Family Office Conference?

With 65% of family offices expecting a generational wealth transfer within the 15 years, what better theme than succession to explore at the 2017 North American Family Office Conference?

Campden Wealth’s North American regional manager David Braham said in the next two decades, ultra-high net worth families will hand over $2.1 trillion to their heirs, a process which means grappling with issues around education, leadership, values, and communication.

November 10, 2017

A study by the EDHEC Family Business Centre shows the rate of intra-family business succession in France is below 20%. While the tax environment exerts a significant impact on the low rate of family succession, it represents only the tip of the iceberg.

A study by the EDHEC Family Business Centre shows the rate of intra-family business succession in France is below 20%. While the tax environment exerts a significant impact on the low rate of family succession, it represents only the tip of the iceberg.

For further understanding, Rania Labaki, associate professor, director of Family Business Center at the EDHEC Business School, dives below the surface to explore the “emotional nexus” binding the business and the family.

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