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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

July 1, 2004

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

As the European savings directive alters wealth management strategy in family offices, canny Swiss banks are introducing new products to keep a firm grip on their money, says Bob Reynolds

For Switzerland's wealth management industry, the loopholes could generate a healthy windfall. With wealthy customers shifting their savings into specialised financial products, banks should be in a position to harvest a new range of management fees.

March 1, 2004

Crises in emerging economies and scandals in developed countries have converged business opinion the world over on one central issue: corporate governance. But what is it and how does it affect family businesses in Lebanon?

Josiane Fahed-Srieh is Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the Family and Entrepreneurial Business Institute at the Lebanese American University.

Crises in emerging economies and scandals in developed countries have converged business opinion the world over on one central issue: corporate governance. But what is it and how does it affect family businesses in Lebanon?

November 1, 2003

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission’s initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe.

GEEF, as the European representation of owner-managed and family enterprises, welcomes the Commission's initiative to publish a Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe. The companies represented by GEEF are run by one or more entrepreneurial personalities who, with their families, own a significant part of the capital.

General comment

September 1, 2003

The European Private Banking Services Survey 2003 set out to examine the relationship between European private banks and family businesses, and reveal some of the strengths and weaknesses within.

Summary
The European Private Banking Services Survey 2003 set out to examine the relationship between European private banks and family businesses, and reveal some of the strengths and weaknesses within. From the results contained in this report, we hope to provide private banks with fodder to strengthen the link between what they offer families and what families say they want. Conversely, we hope the results will encourage families to question the service they currently receive with a view to maximising it.

September 1, 2003

The European private banking industry is now split between enterprising corporates and smaller, traditional players; lack of dynamism has retarded competitive spirit in the latter while the former established its domination. Time to get busy, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The European private banking industry is now split between enterprising corporates and smaller, traditional players; lack of dynamism has retarded competitive spirit in the latter while the former established its domination. Time to get busy, says Melanie Stern

September 1, 2002

Patrimonial firms on European stock exchanges

© INSEAD, 2002. This contribution is based on INSEAD studies authored by Christine Blondel, Nicholas Rowell and Ludo Van der Heyden (Paris and London), and Sabine Klein and Christine Blondel (Frankfurt). The studies benefited from the financial support of BNP Paribas Banque Privée, and the Tetra Laval Research Fund for the Large Family Firm. Tias Business School  conducted the study of Dutch and Belgian stock exchanges using the same methodology (Drs Albert Jan Thomassen).

Patrimonial firms on European stock exchanges

February 1, 2002

GEEF, the organisation representing owner-managed and family businesses throughout Europe, is concerned about the difficulties which entrepreneurs encounter when transferring their business from one generation to the next or when the business is sold to a third person.

GEEF, the organisation representing owner-managed and family businesses throughout Europe, is concerned about the difficulties which entrepreneurs encounter when transferring their business from one generation to the next or when the business is sold to a third person. For this reason, an extensive benchmark study has been conducted to give an overview of relevant taxation situation in the GEEFcountries: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain Sweden and the UK.

January 1, 2002

Krister Ahlstromis a busy man. As head of one of Europe’s biggest independent companies, Finland’s Ahlstrom Corporation, he oversaw enormous change as the business diversified and globalised from its origins in the paper industry.

Krister Ahlstromis a busy man. As head of one of Europe's biggest independent companies, Finland's Ahlstrom Corporation, he oversaw enormous change as the business diversified and globalised from its origins in the paper industry.

Ahlstrom himself built a reputation as a sound corporate thinker, a man who has won widespread acclaim for his ideas on corporate governance, and on the management of change within family enterprises. As a result, he is in demand at numerous conferences and seminars.

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