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September 1, 2006

At 72 years of age, Nils Larson thought it was too soon to begin the transition of his family’s publishing house to the fourth generation.

At 72 years of age, Nils Larson thought it was too soon to begin the transition of his family's publishing house to the fourth generation. He believed no-one in the business was qualified to take over his duties as publisher and CEO. Despite the urgings of family members on the company's board, Mr Larson took solace in the fact that his good friend and general practice attorney, Fred Wertheimer, was not pressing him to act.

July 1, 2006

International expansion of a family business raises all sorts of questions in the boardroom. But just how do shareholders factor in increasing capital demands while striving to retain family values? Mark Dye reports on the complexities of globalisation

Mark Dye is a freelance journalist based in London.

International expansion of a family business raises all sorts of questions in the boardroom. But just how do shareholders factor in increasing capital demands while striving to retain family values? Mark Dye reports on the complexities of globalisation

There are two sides to every story and this is no different when it comes to family businesses looking at international growth. While there is excitement at the prospect of the opportunity and potential such a foray brings, it can be tempered by potential problems.

July 1, 2006

It can be an emotional time and wading through the financial issues involved in selling your business could feel like walking in space. Be equipped, do your research and make sure you maximise your financial return, says Richard LeVine

Richard Levine is counsel in the private client department of the New Haven, Connecticut office of Withers Bergman.

It can be an emotional time and wading through the financial issues involved in selling your business could feel like walking in space. Be equipped, do your research and make sure you maximise your financial return, says Richard LeVine

July 1, 2006

Starting with virtually nothing in the 1940s, the Jacobson family built an industrial distribution empire now worth over $3 billion. Suzy Bibko discusses the challenges of the business and the creation of its family investment firms

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

Starting with virtually nothing in the 1940s, the Jacobson family built an industrial distribution empire now worth over $3 billion. Suzy Bibko discusses the challenges of the business and the creation of its family investment firms

July 1, 2006

Going public was not an option for Bertelsmann’s Mohn family. In the nick of time the family managed to hold onto control of their media powerhouse. Melanie Stern reports on Bertelsmann’s buyback and what could have been Germany’s biggest IPO

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Going public was not an option for Bertelsmann's Mohn family. In the nick of time the family managed to hold onto control of their media powerhouse. Melanie Stern reports on Bertelsmann's buyback and what could have been Germany's biggest IPO

March 1, 2006

Behind the dazzling smiles of Lakshmi Mittal and his heir apparent Aditya is a grim determination to become the biggest steel producer in the world. Whether Arcelor and the French business community are to be persuaded has yet to be seen. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Behind the dazzling smiles of Lakshmi Mittal and his heir apparent Aditya is a grim determination to become the biggest steel producer in the world. Whether Arcelor and the French business community are to be persuaded has yet to be seen. Melanie Stern reports

March 1, 2006

Campden Conferences and the BDO Centre for Family Business are launching the first of a series of surveys on international family values. Peter Leach and Juliette Johnson, of BDO, explain the rationale

Peter Leach is chairman of the BDO Centre for Family Business. Juliette Johnson is senior manager of the BDO Centre for Family Business. www.bdo.co.uk/cfb

Campden Conferences and the BDO Centre for Family Business are launching the first of a series of surveys on international family values. Peter Leach and Juliette Johnson, of BDO, explain the rationale

September 1, 2005

There are several routes owners can take to sell off the family business. However, the process is not always as straight-forward as some may think.George Malim outlines the best way to please everyone and get the best price before the seller puts their feet up

George Malim is a freelance journalist. malim@blueyonder.co.uk.

There are several routes owners can take to sell off the family business. However, the process is not always as straight-forward as some may think.George Malim outlines the best way to please everyone and get the best price before the seller puts their feet up

July 1, 2005

Selling the family business need not be fraught with problems. If you hire a good outside advisor, you can protect your interests, secure a good deal and continue to manage. John Willert and Brian Silston urge you not to be taken in by misinformation and myth

John Willert is vice-president at de Visscher & Co, a financial advisory firm for family-owned companies. Brian Silston is an associate. www.devisscher.com

Selling the family business need not be fraught with problems. If you hire a good outside advisor, you can protect your interests, secure a good deal and continue to manage. John Willert and Brian Silston urge you not to be taken in by misinformation and myth

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