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April 4, 2022

With a family line that dates to the year 1000, Octavian Pilati learnt from an early age the weight and importance of legacy. But when a crisis saw him taking over the family business at the age of 26 and subsequently shepherding a successful exit, he saw an opportunity to break out on his own and advise others of the pitfalls of fractured family dynamics and unclear succession planning.

With a family line that dates to the year 1000, Octavian Pilati learnt from an early age the weight and importance of legacy. But when a crisis saw him taking over the family business at the age of 26 and subsequently shepherding a successful exit, he saw an opportunity to break out on his own and advise others of the pitfalls of fractured family dynamics and unclear succession planning.

September 28, 2021

Early-stage solutions for strokes, varicose veins, surgical 3D imaging, wounds, skincare and genomic screenings are among the breakthroughs to be showcased for ambitious investors at the virtual MedTech Investing Europe Forum on 13-14 October.

Early-stage solutions for strokes, varicose veins, surgical 3D imaging, wounds, skincare and genomic screenings are among the breakthroughs to be showcased for ambitious investors at the virtual MedTech Investing Europe Forum on 13-14 October.

July 30, 2021

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment, Amancio Ortega’s Inditex fortunes fall and rise with Covid-19 restrictions, Weston family puts Selfridges on the auction block for $5.5 billion.

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment

The Porsche family is backing the European rocket launch startup Isar Aerospace Technologies with an eye on the spin-off innovations from easier access to space.

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.

March 31, 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.

September 4, 2020

Escarrer family’s road to recovery after Melia Hotels almost hit zero revenue, US billionaire vintner Bill Foley finds record New Zealand profits in premiumisation, Gebruder Weiss meets rising demand in e-sales with new delivery hub.

Escarrer family’s road to recovery after Melia Hotels almost hit zero revenue

Spain’s Escarrer family is focusing on renovated resort hotels, incorporating independent accommodation providers, digitalisation and its loyalty scheme in its post-coronavirus travel recovery strategy after the family-owned Melia Hotels International suffered its worst semester in history.

June 5, 2020

Fifth-generation Robert Buchbauer heads a streamlined Swarovski, youngest LVMH scion Frederic Arnault to lead Tag Heuer to recovery, next gen James Ferragamo steps aside for trusted adviser as Ferragamo faces the post-Covid-19 future.

Fifth-generation Robert Buchbauer heads a streamlined Swarovski

Robert Buchbauer, the great-great grandson of founder Daniel Swarovski, is the new chief executive of the Austrian jewellery family business amid a management overhaul at the top.

Buchbauer kept his title as chairman of the company’s executive board, the panel of eight fifth-generation family members which runs the 125-year-old manufacturer of fine crystal jewellery, and has been a member since 2002.

August 30, 2019

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

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