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June 13, 2019

In the countdown to the coveted CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards, Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo, co-chief executives of new partner BNP Paribas Wealth Management, discuss the trends they are seeing in Europe’s family business community and give their advice for sustainable success.

In the countdown to the coveted CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards, Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo, co-chief executives of new partner BNP Paribas Wealth Management, discuss the trends they are seeing in Europe’s family business community and give their advice for sustainable success.

June 12, 2019

Mexican tequila tycoon transfers wealth to daughter, US cable billionaire buy Italy’s Fiorentina Football Club and Indian tech chairman Azim Premji passes baton to son.

Mexican tequila president transfers wealth to daughter

The family behind the world’s bestselling tequila has undergone a wealth transfer as part of the family’s succession plan.

In a statement sent to the Mexican Stock Exchange, Becle SAB, the holding company that owns tequila brand Jose Cuervo, said president Juan Francisco Beckmann had completed the transfer of more than half his stake to his daughter, 12th generation family member Karen Virginia Beckmann.

June 7, 2019

Sustainability, growth and jobs are at stake when the issue of UK family businesses and inheritance tax flares up, say sector experts.

Sustainability, growth and jobs are at stake when the issue of UK family businesses and inheritance tax flares up, say sector experts.

Tax Justice UK’s new research released this week said the British government was handing out up to £666 million ($849 million) a year in inheritance tax reliefs on land and business property to families who were already well off.

June 6, 2019

Bollinger family buys into UK wine merchant, Springer family and KKR consider bid to take Axel Springer private, and James Packer sells half his stake in Crown to Hong Kong's Melco.

Bollinger family buys into UK wine merchant

One of France’s most established winemaking families has bought a minority stake in a UK-based fine wine merchant backed by City tycoon Michael Spencer.

Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB), the family-owned holding company behind Bollinger and Ayala Champagnes, is understood to have acquired a minority stake of up to 10% in BI Wines and Spirits.

June 5, 2019

How can family office investors identify real growth opportunities in times of increased economic volatility? Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond outlines how to tune out the noise to focus on long-term asset allocation.

How can family office investors identify real growth opportunities in times of increased economic volatility? Multi-Asset Strategist Cara Lafond outlines how to tune out the noise to focus on long-term asset allocation.

 

 

 

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June 3, 2019

As operating environments become increasingly competitive and complex, the family office of the future will need to become savvier about their investment strategies while tackling challenges such as cybersecurity and succession, experts say. The ones that do not risk sleepwalking into disaster.

Early in 2019, a 20-year-old German man admitted to police that he was behind one of the country’s biggest data breaches where hundreds of documents containing private information of a thousand public figures were leaked online.

May 31, 2019

The $190 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault signals the emergence of family principal John Elkann as a major player as the world’s car industry develops connectivity, electric powered vehicles and autonomous driving.

The $190 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault signals the emergence of family principal John Elkann as a major player as the world’s car industry develops connectivity, electric powered vehicles and autonomous driving.

The merger also shows how a dynastic family business can make bold strategic decisions to ensure its sustainability in an era of technological disruption.

May 29, 2019

Hong Kong property tycoon hands reins to his two sons, Pentland-owned Speedo teams up with House of Holland, and Japanese billionaire sues family over removal from company.

Hong Kong property tycoon hands reins to his two sons

Lee Shau-Kee, Hong Kong’s second-wealthiest man, has retired as chairman of Henderson Land Development, handing over the reins of his property company to his two sons.

In a stock exchange filing, Henderson said Lee, who turned 90 in March, stepped away “due to his advanced age” and would be succeeded by his two sons Peter Lee Ka-kit and Martin Lee Ka-shing, who will take over as joint chairmen and managing directors.

May 27, 2019

Family offices are standing on the precipice of a multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth between generations, yet succession planning among family offices is moving at a glacial pace. What are the barriers to planning? And what should families be doing now?

The cautionary tale of India’s Ambani family should be enough to scare any patriarch or matriarch into succession action. The sudden death of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aged 69, in 2002 sparked an acrimonious battle between his two billionaire sons, Mukesh and Anil, leading to the brothers splitting up the family business in a deal mediated by their mother. Today relations are civil, but the businesses they inherited have had very different outcomes.

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