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March 25, 2010

A new survey has highlighted the increasingly important role of family offices to the private equity industry. More than two thirds (69%) of family offices surveyed by alternative assets research and consultancy group Preqin are considering forging new relationships with GPs this year.

A new survey has highlighted the increasingly important role of family offices to the private equity industry. More than two thirds (69%) of family offices surveyed by alternative assets research and consultancy group Preqin are considering forging new relationships with GPs this year.

March 5, 2010

The private equity industry has had a difficult couple of years, yet it is still proving popular among family offices

The private equity industry has had a difficult couple of years, yet it is still proving popular among family offices

Hindsight often says that the best time to invest is when an industry is down. And many are questioning whether this is the case with private equity.

February 27, 2009

How hunting together as a collective can be a lucrative option for family offices

The growing maturity of the family office sector is resulting in businesses increasingly coming together to implement more sophisticated investment strategies.

Over the last three years, a rising number of family offices have co-invested in a dizzying array of deals in areas as diverse as private equity buyouts and commercial property transactions.

February 5, 2009

Family businesses have what it takes to weather the current economic storm, according to Roger Pedder, former chairman of Clarks Shoes, one of the UK’s largest private family companies.

Family businesses have what it takes to weather the current economic storm, according to Roger Pedder, former chairman of Clarks Shoes, one of the UK's largest private family companies.

"Family businesses are the bedrock of the economy and will be placed in better stead throughout these tough economic times, which were, in truth, bought about by the type of short-term business and investment behaviour prevalent in most quoted and many private equity-owned companies today," said Pedder in an exclusive interview with Campden FB.

January 9, 2009

Johann Rupert, chairman of family-owned luxury company Richemont, has agreed to provide significant funding to help spin out Lehman Brothers’ private equity arm into an independent firm according to reports.

Johann Rupert (pictured), chairman of family-owned luxury company Richemont, has agreed to provide significant funding to help spin out Lehman Brothers' private equity arm into an independent firm.

The new company will be known as Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking and will have $4.5 billion under management according to the Wall Street Journal.

December 15, 2008

Family-owned chemical company Huntsman has terminated its merger agreement with Hexion and settled out of court for $1 billion.

Family-owned chemical company Huntsman has terminated its merger agreement with Hexion and settled out of court for $1 billion. However, it is continuing its multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Huntsman has launched several lawsuits – amounting to $3 billion – against Hexion and its private equity owners Apollo following the latter's announcement in June that it would be pulling out of the merger because the new company would be insolvent.

September 30, 2008

Family-owned Huntsman Corporation has won its court battle with private equity firm Apollo Management over the proposed merger with Hexion Specialty Chemicals.

Family-owned Huntsman Corporation has won its court battle with private equity firm Apollo Management over the proposed merger with Hexion Specialty Chemicals.

The Chancery Court in Delaware ordered Hexion to consummate the merger as quickly as possible. It also decreed an extension to the merger termination date if Hexion does not fully comply with its order.

Apollo and Hexion filed a lawsuit against  the family company in June claiming it would be insolvent should the merger, which was originally signed in September 2007, go through.

September 1, 2008

James Phillipps looks at how private equity can help family businesses to unlock extra value within the family business to aid a future sale

James Phillipps looks at how private equity can help family businesses to unlock extra value within the family business to aid a future sale

The term often brings with it connotations of men in suits gutting established firms and heavy-handed management, but private equity can be a useful tool for families looking to increase the value of their company, with the medium- to long-term goal of selling out at a much higher price.

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.

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