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April 20, 2020

After the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China and East Asia, and the second wave in Western Europe and North America, a third wave now looks to be building in several Emerging Markets (EM) and frontier countries, says Amundi Asset Management. EM and frontier countries may be able to benefit from the experiences and best practices then put in place in countries affected by the pandemic earlier. However, most of them do not have well-equipped health systems and lack the resources to deal with a health emergency vs developed countries. Covid-19 will have very significant negative effects on the economic outlooks for EM, mostly leading to recessions.

After the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China and East Asia, and the second wave in Western Europe and North America, a third wave now looks to be building in several Emerging Markets (EM) and frontier countries, says Amundi Asset Management.

April 1, 2020

When the elements speak, elemental forces are unleashed, and it is important, in the middle of this storm, to capture the right tone of voice. Any false attempt to give reassurance, to boast about early success, to bury oneself in clichés, is unhelpful—even worse, it is historic: by the time these words are read, events will have unfolded which make them, as the CD music reviews have it, ‘Of historic interest only’. We are a long way from terra firma; at the time of writing, it’s a case of ‘so far, so good’. If this were a tennis match, all we could say is that we’ve had a decent first set.

January 30, 2020

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

January 17, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals and split their time between the United Kingdom and Canada holds a number of implications for business dynasties, and for the role of the “spare” in the “heir and spare” scenario during succession, family experts say.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior royals and split their time between the United Kingdom and Canada holds a number of implications for business dynasties, and for the role of the “spare” in the “heir and spare” scenario during succession, family experts say.

The controversial move by the sixth in line to the throne and his wife and the handling by the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, as the comparable family business principal, heir and next gen, has gripped the world.

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 10, 2019

It was a drizzle that turned into a storm. When the Hong Kong government announced changes to extradition rules allowing people to be sent to mainland China for trial, it not only triggered a political crisis, but an economic one too.

It was a drizzle that turned into a storm. When the Hong Kong government announced changes to extradition rules allowing people to be sent to mainland China for trial, it not only triggered a political crisis, but an economic one too.

December 3, 2019

The year 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark UK Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino. This means that 10 years have passed during which wealthy individuals have had the opportunity to contract out of the notoriously generous divorce jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts. Whilst nuptial agreements existed prior to Radmacher, there was no certainty they would be upheld if they were challenged in court.

The year 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark UK Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino. This means that 10 years have passed during which wealthy individuals have had the opportunity to contract out of the notoriously generous divorce jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts. Whilst nuptial agreements existed prior to Radmacher, there was no certainty they would be upheld if they were challenged in court.

November 26, 2019

More than half of family offices have a succession plan in place, up a remarkable 11 percentage points in a year, and most (28%) of next gens will take control of the family wealth in the next 11 plus years, at the average age of 45, says The Global Family Office Report 2019. However, the biggest challenge facing the majority (37%) of families is their discomfort in discussing the sensitive topic of succession planning.

More than half of family offices have a succession plan in place, up a remarkable 11 percentage points in a year, and most (28%) of next gens will take control of the family wealth in the next 11 plus years, at the average age of 45, says The Global Family Office Report 2019. However, the biggest challenge facing the majority (37%) of families is their discomfort in discussing the sensitive topic of succession planning.

August 30, 2019

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

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