Family Charter and succession planning

By | July 21, 2017|Family Business|

Family-owned businesses reaching a milestone of more than 100 years are indeed extraordinary, and Royal Selangor, a Malaysian company of Chinese descent that started in the 1880s, has proven that with a well-crafted Family Charter (constitution) and a timely succession process, the family business can continue to survive and grow amid a complex and competitive [...]

How Are Family Offices Structured?

By | July 21, 2017|Family Business|

There is no standard legal structure for family offices. The types and number of legal entities used in a family office differs depending on each family’s vision and goals, the family’s investment strategy, and the scope of services to be provided by the family office. There are, however, several types of family offices commonly seen [...]

Modernising Bata’s 123 year-old family business one step at a time

By | July 14, 2017|Family Business|

The T. & A. Bata Shoe Company was founded in the late 1800s in the Czech Republic by Tomas Bata, his brother Antonin and his sister Anna. They came from a long generation of cobblers. The family-owned international business saw its tentacles spread in the 1900s and currently has more than 6000 stores worldwide. And, [...]

Leadership is vital to ensure family businesses keep thriving

By | July 14, 2017|Family Business|

It is difficult to overstate how important family businesses are. Some two-thirds of UK businesses are family-owned – 4.7 million in total. They employ more than 12 million people, approaching half of all people employed in the private sector. They generate more than a quarter of UK GDP and in 2015 alone the family business [...]

Up Close and Personal: Perspectives on Asian Family Offices

By | July 7, 2017|Family Business|

With assets still predominately held by the first and second generations, the heads of most wealthy Asian families remain as key decision makers and they are often keen to stay actively involved in managing their own assets. This is despite the fact that many of Asia’s wealthy families are facing a transition period which involves [...]

This Company Grew to $70 Million When the Kids Took Over for Mom and Dad

By | July 7, 2017|Family Business|

Teddy Fong runs Million Dollar Baby, a $70 million children's furniture wholesaler his parents, Daniel and Maryann Fong, started in 1990. Almost three decades ago, Daniel Fong was a venture capitalist with an urge to start a company. He did some research and bought and then merged two baby-furniture wholesalers, which had low overhead and [...]

Algorithms will push investors into private companies – and family offices will lead the charge

By | June 30, 2017|Family Business|

The investment push into private companies is one of the big investment themes of the post-financial crisis, and its just getting going. This view was reinforced by what Robert Soros, the son of one of the great investment gurus of the last 50 years, George Soros, said this week. Speaking about his departure from his [...]

Overcoming the third generation conundrum

By | June 23, 2017|Family Business|

It has been said that the first generation accumulates, the second preserves and the third squanders. And experienced bankers have seen their fair share of corporate family-based customers, so promising in earlier generations, lose direction or even implode when the grandchildren take over. Recognising the conundrum before such companies, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad embarked on [...]

British Empire Trust manager focuses on ‘family businesses’ for returns

By | June 23, 2017|Family Business|

Joe Bauernfreund , who runs the £993 million British Empire Investment Trust, has revealed how he is investing in family holding companies to generate returns. The British Empire Investment Trust has increased its dividend for each of the past thirty years. The trust tends to invest in the holding companies of wealthy families around the [...]

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