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February 19, 2020

Walmart is disappointed with festive consumer spending—and maybe Asda, JCB cuts UK production as the coronavirus hits Chinese suppliers, and fifth-generation US newspaper dynasty McClatchy Co files for bankruptcy.

Walmart disappointed with festive consumer spending—and maybe Asda

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business with $524 billion in revenue and an economic bellwether, says holiday sales were weaker than anticipated despite online sales jumping 35% in the fiscal year.

February 18, 2020

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

February 14, 2020

Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare; Benetton fires photographer over bridge remark; Frederick Koch, US philanthropist, dies aged 86.

Ortego-owned Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare

The Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street retail chain Zara, will give €8.5 million ($9.2 million) to the Catholic Church’s charitable organisation Caritas Spain for social employment and circular economy efforts.

February 13, 2020

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Family business involves the informal, the unsaid and the invisible as much as the formal, the said and the visible. It’s all about the past linked to the present and the future with each family member having a unique lens of interpretation that’s relevant and true for them from their perspective.

Emotional sensitivity matters and threads of purpose awaken in families in very different ways. An informal network exists in families both at home and in the office which can undermine the formal network easily.

February 10, 2020

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion, Reimann family looks to float $7 billion coffee empire, L’Oreal family actions next gen succession.

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion

The family office of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty has confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with French insurer Covea about a possible all-cash acquisition of reinsurer PartnerRe.

February 6, 2020

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference in Lausanne.

Devices to beat hospital-acquired infections, prevent opioid overdoses and instantly spot infections in blood are among the pioneering healthcare innovations being showcased to family investors at the upcoming MedTech Investing Europe Conference in Lausanne.

February 5, 2020

The year 2020 will see family offices invest tactically and bolster their cyber security in the face of uncertain geopolitics, while family values are promoted to retain top talent and next gens lead the charge on digital streamlining.

The year 2020 will see family offices invest tactically and bolster their cyber security in the face of uncertain geopolitics, while family values are promoted to retain top talent and next gens lead the charge on digital streamlining.

KPMG’s Greg Limb, head of family office and private client, and Andra Ilie, senior manager, family office and private client, share their predictions for the world's family offices in the year ahead.

February 3, 2020

Chinese families started shifting their investment strategy from wealth generation to preservation in anticipation of a global economic downturn even before the deadly coronavirus outbreak disrupted China’s slowing economy.

Chinese families started shifting their investment strategy from wealth generation to preservation in anticipation of a global economic downturn even before the deadly coronavirus outbreak disrupted China’s slowing economy.

January 31, 2020

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M, Louis Dreyfus Company heiress open to selling stake and Hong Kong headwinds hit LVMH.

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M

The billionaire Persson family principal of Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz has called for his son to succeed him as chairman as the $1.7 billion fast fashion family business welcomes its first female chief executive in its 73-year history.

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