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February 16, 2021

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies. 

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies.

November 9, 2019

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion, Solvay shakes up structure and management against headwinds, Hays family tout capital reinvestment and the personal touch in Thomas Cook takeover.

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion

The family office of prolific US investor Warren Buffett (pictured) has conserved $128 billion in cash in its third quarter, up from $122.4 billion in the previous quarter, backing up a recession-warning trend revealed in The Global Family Office Report 2019.

October 4, 2019

Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the fifth generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming sixth generation learns the business.

Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the fifth generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming sixth generation learns the business.

Coopers Brewery said the organisational restructure was designed to provide additional support for Dr Tim Cooper (pictured), fifth-generation managing director, and to provide a more effective and efficient engagement with customers. The changes included the appointment of a general manager and the recruitment of a national marketing manager.

July 23, 2018

Serving two masters can be a recipe for disaster, yet many large family businesses operate successful two board systems which separate the daily management from a supervisory board with a broader mandate. Is a supervisory board right for your family business? Or is the added level of decision-making a hindrance? Daniel Bardsley reports

Serving two masters can be a recipe for disaster, yet many large family businesses operate successful two board systems which separate the daily management from a supervisory board with a broader mandate. Is a supervisory board right for your family business? Or is the added level of decision-making a hindrance? Daniel Bardsley reports

Last year BMW sold more than 2 million vehicles under its own brand name, a record performance—even if it was not enough to catch arch-rival Mercedes-Benz.

October 9, 2013

Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's newly-formed entertainment company 21st Century Fox have been advised to vote against his re-election as chairman – and against the return of his two sons Lachlan and James to the board of directors – by a top proxy advisory firm, ahead of the company's first shareholder meeting next week.

Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's newly-formed entertainment company 21st Century Fox have been advised to vote against his re-election as chairman – and against the return of his two sons Lachlan and James to the board of directors – by a top proxy advisory firm, ahead of the company's first shareholder meeting next week.

January 22, 2013

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

December 9, 2011

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

Walton Entreprise, controlled by Rob Walton, Alice Walton, Jim Walton and the John Walton Estate Trust, will register for sale 70,615,608 of the company’s shares, Walmart said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

January 19, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.  

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company is still controlled by around 80 members of the Cargill and MacMillan families. The company said in a statement that the Mosaic transaction would help it accomplish the objective of "maintaining its status as a private company".

August 26, 2010

Ken McCracken and Hakan Hillerstrom discuss new guidelines that are designed to encourage corporate governance best practice in family-owned companies

In March 2010, the European Confederation of Director's Association (ecoDa) published a set of corporate governance guidelines intended to be implemented by unlisted companies. Based on similar guidelines already available in Spain, Belgium and Finland, other countries across Europe are currently discussing how to adapt the ecoDa guidelines for their own use.

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