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March 22, 2018

Hong Kong’s highest profile family business patriarch, Li Ka-Shing, is to retire in May, passing several chairman roles to his 53 year-old son, Victor.

Hong Kong’s highest profile family business patriarch is to retire in May, passing several chairman roles to his 53 year-old son, Victor.

A high school dropout dubbed ‘Superman’ for his deal-making abilities, 89-year-old Li Ka-Shing is to step down as the chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings (CKHH) and CK Asset Holdings (CKAH), which he built from a small manufacturer making plastic flowers to a sprawling $100 billion telecoms to property empire.

March 9, 2018

Nordstrom rejects offer from founding family, BMW reports record year despite R&D spend-up, and son moves up at ArcelorMittal

Nordstrom rejects offer from founding family

Nordstrom has rejected an $8.4 billion offer from its namesake family, the latest chapter in the family’s ongoing attempt to wrest back control of the retail giant.

A special committee appointed to consider the $50 per share offer from six Nordstrom family members said in a statement they deemed it “inadequate”.

November 10, 2017

A study by the EDHEC Family Business Centre shows the rate of intra-family business succession in France is below 20%. While the tax environment exerts a significant impact on the low rate of family succession, it represents only the tip of the iceberg.

A study by the EDHEC Family Business Centre shows the rate of intra-family business succession in France is below 20%. While the tax environment exerts a significant impact on the low rate of family succession, it represents only the tip of the iceberg.

For further understanding, Rania Labaki, associate professor, director of Family Business Center at the EDHEC Business School, dives below the surface to explore the “emotional nexus” binding the business and the family.

October 26, 2017

With only one-in-eight family businesses making it to the third generation, what is the secret of their success? Rosalyn Breedy, corporate solicitor at Wedlake Bell, has been advising family dynasties for more than 25 years and shares a few of her observations.

With only one-in-eight family businesses making it to the third generation, what is the secret of their success? Rosalyn Breedy, corporate solicitor at Wedlake Bell, has been advising family dynasties for more than 25 years and shares a few of her observations.

October 12, 2017

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over; Buffett bets against autonomous trucking future;Tata Sons consolidates to cut losses

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over

Bob Weinstein is to take over the film company he founded with his brother, Harvey, after the high-level sexual harassment scandal which has seen the family business’s reputation severely damaged.

October 4, 2017

Salaries for top executives at family offices jumped 10% in the past year but women are still unrepresented in C-suites, according to the new Global Family Office Report 2017.

Salaries for top executives at family offices jumped 10% in the past year but women are still unrepresented in C-suites, according to the new Global Family Office Report 2017.

Family offices recovered from a year of low investment returns, which averaged 0.3% in 2015, to climb to 7% in 2016, the report by Campden Wealth, in partnership with UBS, said.

September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

August 30, 2017

When it comes to succession, some business families plan well and some don’t, whether the next generation is ready or not. Scott McCulloch reports.

When it comes to succession, some business families plan well and some don’t, whether the next generation is ready or not. Scott McCulloch reports.

Here is a scenario: What if a patriarch–a maverick whose family firm, built over four decades and turning over more than €100 million ($105 million) annually–dies in office without leaving his children a set of instructions on how to run the show?

August 3, 2017

Family business successions are often framed in an unsophisticated way: that there is one business, for which you nominate a successor, and plan the handover, says Gry Osnes, editor of Family Capitalism: Best Practices in Ownership & Leadership.

Family business successions are often framed in an unsophisticated way: that there is one business, for which you nominate a successor, and plan the handover, says Gry Osnes, editor of Family Capitalism: Best Practices in Ownership & Leadership.

She supervised international research which found successful family enterprises act very differently. They take a strategic and entrepreneurial approach, exploring new opportunities.

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