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August 17, 2021

Charitable giving is increasingly becoming a keystone in ultra-high net worth family estate planning.  Therefore, in considering how to unwind an estate plan on divorce, thought must be given to how to disentangle the family’s charitable activities.

Charitable giving is increasingly becoming a keystone in ultra-high net worth family estate planning.  Therefore, in considering how to unwind an estate plan on divorce, thought must be given to how to disentangle the family’s charitable activities.

How a philanthropic programme can be bisected such that each party can pursue their own independent path depends significantly on the form of that programme; at its most complex it involves a close investigation of UK charity and trust law to determine the best way to separate the two individuals.

August 6, 2021

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor, Toennies family cancels meat business exit, Murdoch family’s News Corp to buy Oil Price Information Service for $1.15 billion.

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor

British billionaire Mike Ashley will make way for his future son-in-law as the head of his international $4.1 billion retail empire.

July 17, 2021

One of the greatest challenges any business experiences in transforming from a profitable small business to a legacy enterprise is navigating the waters of succession. An effective succession plan requires more than just moving names around on an org chart or a legal charter. To invest in its future, a family enterprise must build the power of its brand.

Many family enterprises develop strong branding around their visionary founders. But what happens to this brand when the next generation assumes leadership? We explore how a family enterprise should build the power of its brand in conjunction with succession planning.

May 27, 2021

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

A hand went up: “Uncle, what if more than one of us needed it at the same time?” He smiled and said not to worry.

May 19, 2021

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The issue has been highlighted by the $10 billion losses caused to a number of major banks as a result of providing prime brokerage finance to Archegos to invest in the stock market.

May 10, 2021

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation, Warren Buffett’s heir apparent is deal-maker Greg Abel, Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce but continue charitable foundation.

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation

Apologetic co-chairman Joel Glazer has sought to reassure Manchester United fans he and his US billionaire family “care deeply” about the English Premier League football club they own and pledge greater investment and fan consultation.

April 26, 2021

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli “remains convinced” by European Super League, Chinese and US shoppers boost luxury sector recovery for Kering, Hermes and LVMH.

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson

Sir James Dyson says he neither sought nor received any benefit from Boris Johnson when he was asked by the UK’s prime minister to build £20 million ($27.7 million) worth of ventilators early in the national Covid-19 emergency.

April 14, 2021

Anheuser-Busch, Champagne Taittinger, Malt-O-Meal and The Wall Street Journal are some illustrative examples of the behaviour of family owners relinquishing the control of the business, not without expressing regret after the sale.

Anheuser-Busch, Champagne Taittinger, Malt-O-Meal and The Wall Street Journal are some illustrative examples of the behaviour of family owners relinquishing the control of the business, not without expressing regret after the sale.

In family businesses, the underlying processes of the divestment decision-making are not only driven by financial logics, but also by emotional logics. How do they play out across family business archetypes and what families can do to make the right decision of selling or not selling the business with limited regret?

March 18, 2021

Family businesses demonstrate greater resilience than non-family firms during the Covid-19 pandemic due to their patient capital, social responsibility and accelerated business transformation, but the crisis has brought home the need for families to formalise and communicate their succession plans.

Family businesses demonstrate greater resilience than non-family firms during the Covid-19 pandemic due to their patient capital, social responsibility and accelerated business transformation, but the crisis has brought home the need for families to formalise and communicate their succession plans.

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