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May 7, 2008

PAI Partners, one of the oldest private equity firms in Europe, is targeting family-owned companies for its new €5.4 billion fund.

PAI Partners, one of the oldest private equity firms in Europe, is targeting family-owned companies for its new €5.4 billion fund. The fund, PAI Europe V, closed yesterday and is the largest private equity fund ever raised in continental Europe.

"We think there are thousands of important family-owned companies in France, Spain, Italy and Germany, which will need to change hands for all sorts of reasons in the coming years," said Dominique Mégret, chairman and CEO of PAI, without mentioning any companies by name.

May 1, 2008

When Warren Buffett’s European tour took him to Switzerland, Marc Smith was there to find out if the legendary investor was planning a family business acquisition

When Warren Buffett's European tour took him to Switzerland, Marc Smith was there to find out if the legendary investor was planning a family business acquisition

After several weeks of speculation, Warren Buffett has come face to face with Europe's family business owners to explain why he is so interested in acquiring one of their
companies.

April 25, 2008

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners.

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners. It has been reported that he is seeking a potential acquisition in the family business sphere for his Berkshire Hathaway (BH) investment house.

March 4, 2008

European single family offices expect to reverse their preference for traditional assets in favour of alternatives in the next three years.

European single family offices expect to reverse their preference for traditional assets in favour of alternatives in the next three years, according to a new report by Campden Research and Merrill Lynch.

May 1, 2005

Georges Noel explains why the disparity between the business philosophies of the private equity market and the family business world can be a strength at exit time

Georges Noel is the director of research, public affairs and development at the European Venture Capital Association (EVCA).

Georges Noel explains why the disparity between the business philosophies of the private equity market and the family business world can be a strength at exit time

November 1, 2004

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

Frederick Metz Shepperd is managing director of the Quadral Group, a consulting firm with offices in Europe and North America.

Can experience along the borderland of Mexico and the US bring opportunities for family businesses in Europe to compete in the expanded EU? Frederick Metz Shepperd thinks so

September 1, 2004

In April, Newsweek reported that family companies outperform their rivals on all six major stock indexes in Europe. There would seem to be a case for non-family firms to model themselves on their family-firm counterparts. Tony Bogod asks whether this is likely or, for that matter, possible

Tony Bogod is chief executive of the BDO Centre for Family Business and a partner at BDO Stoy Hayward.

In April, Newsweek reported that family companies outperform their rivals on all six major stock indexes in Europe. There would seem to be a case for non-family firms to model themselves on their family-firm counterparts. Tony Bogod asks whether this is likely or, for that matter, possible

September 1, 2004

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB’s chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business magazine.

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB's chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Spend an hour with Sir Anthony Bamford and it becomes blindingly obvious why his company is a model of efficiency: the man cherishes simplicity.
 

July 1, 2004

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

Wim Pijpers is a partner and Paul Volleman is a senior consultant at Buck Consultants International.

The EU describes itself as a family of democratic European countries, committed to working together for peace and prosperity. The bloc can also be seen as a land of opportunity, particularly after its recent 10-member expansion

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