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January 4, 2021

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

1.            Reviewing shared purpose

December 19, 2020

Marriott International scores its ESG performance, Henkel opens its ideas factory, Kering rebounds with e-commerce and growth in North America and China.

Marriott International scores its ESG performance

Family-controlled Marriott International, Inc, the largest lodging company in the world, says it has achieved its goal of spending $500 million with women-owned businesses one year ahead of schedule and spent nearly a billion dollars with diverse- and women-owned businesses.

The goal was among the highlights in its 2020 Serve 360 Report released this month on its diversity, volunteerism and other environmental, social and governance activities.

November 20, 2020

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

October 21, 2020

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction. 

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction.

September 22, 2020

Impact investing is an investment strategy which has grown dramatically since its infancy. Its objective is to make a positive difference and target progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Whilst still in the initial stages of development, impact investing continues to grow and mature. 

Impact investing is an investment strategy which has grown dramatically since its infancy. Its objective is to make a positive difference and target progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Whilst still in the initial stages of development, impact investing continues to grow and mature.

Here Samantha Steele outlines what impact investing is and how Russell Investments is seeing increased momentum around its incorporation into private market investment plans.

What is impact investing? Why now?

May 11, 2020

Tests faced by wealthy family businesses in the Gulf are usually related to a stock market crash, loss of an investment or, at worst, the sudden death of the family patriarch. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new and unprecedented challenge.

Tests faced by wealthy family businesses in the Gulf are usually related to a stock market crash, loss of an investment or, at worst, the sudden death of the family patriarch. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a new and unprecedented challenge.

When the outbreak was announced the immediate concern for wealthy families, or private clients as we refer to, was the health and safety of the family patriarch since they were now of an advanced age which placed them in the vulnerable and high-risk category.

April 6, 2020

Family offices in India have professionalised at an astonishing rate in the four years since Campden Family Connect was founded, but engaging the next generation remains a key concern and the coronavirus pandemic is causing pain as portfolios lose value.

Family offices in India have professionalised at an astonishing rate in the four years since Campden Family Connect was founded, but engaging the next generation remains a key concern and the coronavirus pandemic is causing pain as portfolios lose value.

The fourth anniversary this week of the pioneering global membership community for ultra-high net worth families in India was the ideal opportunity to take stock of what the family office space has achieved in the country, how it is looking now and where it can progress.

March 28, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may take an unprecedented toll on a family’s mental health, as well as their business wealth, with some members reacting to the threat with fear, aggression or optimism, while millennial next gens are coming of age in leadership.

The coronavirus pandemic may take an unprecedented toll on a family’s mental health, as well as their business wealth, with some members reacting to the threat with fear, aggression or optimism, while millennial next gens are coming of age in leadership.

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