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January 7, 2020

Effective communication between generations is essential for family business longevity and succession, and it’s never too late for families to start, says Ron LaVelle, a trusted adviser to ultra-wealthy families in the Bay area at Seiler LLP.

LaVelle tells CampdenFB how families can get the basics right, from professionalising the family business and setting up the family office, to hiring and keeping the right people.

Effective communication between generations is essential for family business longevity and succession, and it’s never too late for families to start, says Ron LaVelle, a trusted adviser to ultra-wealthy families in the Bay area at Seiler LLP.

LaVelle tells CampdenFB how families can get the basics right, from professionalising the family business and setting up the family office, to hiring and keeping the right people.

January 6, 2020

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

This small Mediterranean country—known as the perfect blend of gorgeous coastline and dramatic mountains—has much more to offer than meets the eye.

In terms of the business climate, significant progress has been made in the last couple of years towards streamlining business start-up procedures. Many investors have entered the market which has resulted in a remarkable rise of foreign direct investment. But, is there perhaps a development opportunity which might have been overseen? Does Montenegro have the potential to become a regional IT hub?

December 17, 2019

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

December 11, 2019

Boutique family office Mehta Ventures sets the pace in running, scaling and exiting some of India’s most exciting startups. Sanjay Mehta and Hershel Mehta explain how their family dynamic works and how to hunt for unicorns.

There must be something in the Gujarat water. India’s westernmost state is the birthplace of some of the country’s best-known businesspeople—from Mukesh Ambani, to Azim Premji, and Uday Kotak. Enterprise is a cultural obligation for Gujaratis—with just 5% of India’s workforce, the state produces 22% of the country’s exports.

October 16, 2019

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons, India pharma brothers arrested over ‘330 million’ fraud and real estate family donate $100 million to help first-generation students.

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons

A feud at one of Italy’s most powerful dynasties broke out over the weekend after media tycoon Carlo De Benedetti accused his sons of mismanaging the newspaper business he founded and sought to regain control.

The 84-year-old founder came out of retirement on Sunday and made a €38 million ($42 million) offer to buy a 30% stake in GEDI Gruppo Editoriale SpA, the owner of daily newspapers la Repubblica and La Stampa.

October 11, 2019

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

September 26, 2019

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

January 8, 2019

India’s traditionally cautious investors are using family offices to diversify their allocations into riskier assets and face disruption head on. James Beechreports

Locally orientated, ‘risk lite’, with a strong preservation ethic. This has been the traditional profile of Indian family investments, dominated by senior wealth holders with a preference for safe and steady assets. Fuelled by operating businesses where any profits have been funnelled back into the business, diversification has traditionally meant investing in subsidiaries of the family business or real estate, rather than new asset classes. Yet could a new breed of family investors with a desire to professionalise private investment be set to break this mould?

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