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August 20, 2010

Gilles Pélisson, chairman and chief executive of Accor, said he wants the hotel and services group he runs to nearly double the number of hotels it has worldwide to as many as 7,000, with much of the emphasis on growth in Asia.

Gilles Pélisson, chairman and chief executive of Accor, said he wants the hotel and services group he runs to nearly double the number of hotels it has worldwide to as many as 7,000, with much of the emphasis on growth in Asia.
 
Pélisson, whose uncle Gérard Pélisson co-founded the hotel business back in the 1960s, made his remarks while in India.
 

July 8, 2010

The S$3.2 billion bidding war between the Singh family and Khazanah, the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia, for Parkway Holdings Ltd has taken a new twist.

The S$3.2 billion bidding war between the Singh family and Khazanah, the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia, for Parkway Holdings Ltd has taken a new twist.

Khazanah had given itself until today to make another offer for Asia's largest hospital operator, but it has been announced that it will delay a decision for a further two and a half weeks. Khazanah made an original offer of S$3.78 per share in May before the Singh family countered with S$3.80.
 

June 28, 2010

The latest edition of Campden FO, the magazine dedicated to the global family office community, is now available. There are two areas of focus to this issue: tax and family offices in Asia.

The latest edition of Campden FO, the magazine dedicated to the global family office community, is now available. There are two areas of focus to this issue: tax and family offices in Asia. Click here to go straight to the issue.

June 18, 2010

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

April 28, 2010

At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2008, Bill Gates coined the term “creative capitalism”. In Asia, the family-owned business must be a critical part of the creative capitalism debate, writes Christian Stewart

At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2008 Bill Gates coined the term "creative capitalism", writes Christian Stewart. 

March 30, 2010

Family companies were brought to the fore on Friday when the winners of the UK’s Eastern Eye Asian Business Awards 2010 were announced. One of the big winners was the Lalani family, owners of 99p Stores Ltd, who scooped the Asian Business Enterprise Award.

Family companies were brought to the fore on Friday when the winners of the UK's Eastern Eye Asian Business Awards 2010 were announced. One of the big winners was the Lalani family, owners of 99p Stores Ltd, who scooped the Asian Business Enterprise Award.

March 19, 2010

Fashion group Inditex, controlled by billionaire Amancio Ortega and his family, gave its most upbeat economic outlook for two years this week as it reported an increase in net income of 5% for 2009.

Fashion group Inditex, controlled by billionaire Amancio Ortega and his family, gave its most upbeat economic outlook for two years this week as it reported an increase in net income of 5% for 2009.

The Spain-based group opened 343 new stores in 2009, 98% of which were outside the domestic market, and reported a net income of €1.3 billion. This increase was particularly prominent in the Asian market where sales accounted for 12.2% of total sales, compared to 2008 where they were 10%. 

February 26, 2009

Asian family businesses do not like outside sources dealing with their investments, so what is the future for their office model?

As the first and second generation proprietors of Asia’s family businesses look to pass control on to their children and grandchildren, private banks and other service providers are hoping that they will look to the Western family office concept to aid the transfer of wealth. But, while succession is a real challenge for Asian family businesses, particularly given the deteriorating economic outlook, observers believe that cultural and financial factors stand in the way of the adoption of formalised family office structures.

September 1, 2008

This year has seen a wide range of liquidity events across the family business spectrum. Ben Bland, Michael Fischer and David Craik analyse a selection of them from a geographical perspective ...

This year has seen a wide range of liquidity events across the family business spectrum. Ben Bland, Michael Fischer and David Craik analyse a selection of them from a geographical perspective ...

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When Ranbaxy chief executive Malvinder Singh agreed to sell the pharmaceutical company founded by his grandfather to Japan's Daiichi Sankyo in the biggest ever takeover of an Indian family business, he described it as an "emotional decision".

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