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February 26, 2009

In an ideal world, the end of a marriage would lead to a clean financial break between a couple. The reality, however, is often far less straightforward. Despite the publicity divorce cases involving substantial assets receive, clean break cases are very much the exception.

In an ideal world, the end of a marriage would lead to a clean financial break between a couple. The reality, however, is often far less straightforward writes Sandra Davis, head of the Family Department at Mishcon de Reya.

For high net worth individuals, finality can be achieved either by reallocating capital to meet the receiving spouse's need for accommodation and income or, in longer marriages, by dividing the family's wealth to reflect the couple's contributions to the marriage.

February 20, 2009

Sports headlines in the US have been lauding family-owned American football team the Pittsburgh Steelers who won their sixth world championship on 1 February, the most championships for any team in the history of the NFL.

Sports headlines in the US have been lauding family-owned American football team the Pittsburgh Steelers who won their sixth world championship on 1 February, the most championships for any team in the history of the National Football League.  

February 11, 2009

The recent column by Albert Jan Thomassen, “When owners pilot the plane” does a good job of discussing the problems that entrepreneurs such as Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of EasyJet, face in working with a management team and a board of directors.

The recent column by Albert Jan Thomassen, "When owners pilot the plane" does a good job of discussing the problems that entrepreneurs such as Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of EasyJet, face in working with a management team and a board of directors.

But there are deeper issues beyond differences in their perceptions of risk management and growth rate that business families must address with their owners' group, management teams and boards.

February 5, 2009

Index investing traces its roots back more than 50 years and socially responsible investing is no spring chicken either. Yet only recently have the two investing strategies become integrated in a way that does justice to both.

Index investing traces its roots back more than 50 years and socially responsible investing (SRI)—a child of the 1970s—is no spring chicken either. Yet only recently have the two investing strategies become integrated in a way that does justice to both.
 
Investing with goals beyond profits alone has traditionally meant giving up conventional indexing strategies. SRI, in essence, is an active investment strategy, which leaves little if any room for the passive notions of buying stocks and puts it at odds with tapping indexing's low costs and competitive returns.

January 29, 2009

To some, it may sound like an odd pairing. Owner of the family-controlled Marriott hotel chain Bill Marriott is jumping into bed with king of the hipper than thou boutique hotel Ian Schrager.

To some, it may sound like an odd pairing. Owner of the family-controlled Marriott hotel chain Bill Marriott is jumping into bed with king of the hipper than thou boutique hotel Ian Schrager. Their new $2.8 billion joint venture, recently named Editions, is a chain of fashionable, affordable hotels which promises not to look like a chain and has made a commitment to environmental responsibility.

January 22, 2009

Six months ago I wrote a column warning investors not to be swayed by the allure of so-called star managers who become famous for what is often fleeting outperformance.It would now appear that my warning was justified and just possibly the cult of star managers is drawing to a close

Six months ago I wrote a column warning investors not to be swayed by the allure of so-called star managers who become famous for what is often fleeting outperformance. It would now appear that my warning was justified and just possibly the cult of star managers is drawing to a close as previous high profile individuals struggle in the current volatile markets.
 

January 15, 2009

The demise last week of Waterford Wedgwood is a story of two once great companies that the public simply fell out of love with. What was once synonymous with classic luxury is now fighting for its survival

The demise last week of Waterford Wedgwood is a story of two once great companies that the public simply fell out of love with. What was once synonymous with classic luxury is now fighting for its survival as family board members scatter like shards from a broken fine bone china plate.

January 7, 2009

If last year’s economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year’s commentaries seem universally depressing.

If last year's economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year's commentaries seem universally depressing. However, we cannot get away from the fact that the financial news and the background economic environment is bad and likely to get worse before it gets better.

The good news though is that a lot of this bad news has already been factored in, with some investment houses thinking that the fall in certain valuations may have already gone too far.

December 18, 2008

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and non-executive board member of EasyJet, also comes from a business owning family. He has publicly criticised the management of the British low-cost airline and refuses to approve the 2007 annual report.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and non-executive board member of EasyJet, also comes from a business owning family. He has publicly criticised the management of the British low-cost airline and refuses to approve the 2007 annual report.

With a 27% stake, he is the major shareholder. In his opinion, the management of EasyJet is wrong in its plan to further expand the airline while the number of travellers is going down globally.

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