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July 27, 2021

Say Flanders, think research and technology. Belgium’s northern region is a well-known beacon of innovation. Its companies, research centres and knowledge institutions are at the basis of ground-breaking solutions in niches like digital, health and climate tech.

Say Flanders, think research and technology. Belgium’s northern region is a well-known beacon of innovation. Its companies, research centres and knowledge institutions are at the basis of ground-breaking solutions in niches like digital, health and climate tech.

Through its worldwide Science and Technology Offices, Flanders Investment and Trade helps Flanders build bridges of knowhow and innovative strength across the globe—and you can reap the rewards, too.

July 8, 2021

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

And then came the pandemic. It accelerated some trends at a pace we couldn’t have imagined—volatility and speed of market change is causing the creation and disappearance of business models faster than ever.

July 1, 2021

Four interlinked areas deserve the attention of long-term investors: greater geopolitical instability; the digital revolution; domestic political changes in the advanced economies; and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated pre-existing tectonic shifts that are changing the world order.

Four interlinked areas deserve the attention of long-term investors: greater geopolitical instability; the digital revolution; domestic political changes in the advanced economies; and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.

June 21, 2021

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments, Weston family puts Selfridges up for sale for $5.5 billion, Walton family raises $2.1 billion from Walmart shares.

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments

The Italian infrastructure company controlled by the Benetton family has offloaded its Italian road toll subsidiary for $9.7 billion and says it will use the proceeds to reinvest in technological, digital and sustainable partnerships.

May 21, 2021

Ambitious family offices in India are growing, diversifying and professionalising at pace, with more principals embracing succession planning and engagement with their next-generation, Campden Family Connect says on its fifth anniversary.

Ambitious family offices in India are growing, diversifying and professionalising at pace, with more principals embracing succession planning and engagement with their next-generation, Campden Family Connect says on its fifth anniversary.

May 18, 2021

We have reached the point where many family offices are open to some form of crypto-assets investment, and a number have allocated serious resources to crypto-assets. In some cases, this is driven by the lure of returns, in other cases by next generation family members advocating crypto investment.

I wrote an article for CampdenFB in November 2017, which included the following statement:

“Only a courageous chief investment officer would stand before a family committee meeting to advocate a crypto investment... But perceptions are changing.”

May 16, 2021

A Caribbean impact fund, an arts, culture and shopping platform for London, a Brazilian luxury eco-tourism venture and a blended US real estate income fund will exclusively present to qualifying family offices and private investors at the 10th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 27 May.

A Caribbean impact fund, an arts, culture and shopping platform for London, a Brazilian luxury eco-tourism venture and a blended US real estate income fund will exclusively present to qualifying family offices and private investors at the 10th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 27 May.

Each of the four investment opportunities will be introduced in 15-minute slots to all family offices and investors who will be able to ask questions and discuss the potential.

April 1, 2021

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy, Locked down families build Lego’s fastest sales growth in five years, Gebruder Weiss profits in combining physical and digital innovation.

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy

Pernod Ricard, the French third-generation wines and spirits giant, is set to acquire a majority stake in a family-owned premium Columbian rum as part of its “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan.

Pernod Ricard also embarked on a collaboration with Lafayette Imports, a new company founded by Biggar and Leith partners Elwyn Gladstone and Mark Teasdale, to boost its “super-premium” branding in the United States.

February 20, 2021

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification, Record revenue accelerates Walton family’s Walmart strategy, Sheldon Adelson heirs unlikely to gamble on his casino empire’s future.

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification

The $1 billion electric vehicle transformation by the Ford Motor Company in Europe is a vindication for its fourth-generation executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr, a lifelong environmentalist.

The $155.9 billion family-controlled automaker announced this week all of its passenger and commercial vehicle ranges in Europe will be zero-emissions capable—all-electric or plug-in hybrid—by 2026, moving to entirely electric by 2030.

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