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May 27, 2021

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

A hand went up: “Uncle, what if more than one of us needed it at the same time?” He smiled and said not to worry.

May 26, 2021

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

Meanwhile, his father Prince Charles has been waiting many years to take over; his uncle, Prince Andrew, has been caught up in an international scandal; and to cap it all, the Queen recently lost her husband, Prince Philip, after 74 years of marriage.

May 26, 2021

Interest and activity in private market secondary strategies have grown to new heights in recent years. Transaction volumes have set records, year after year. Since the onset of Covid-19, fundraising has also remained robust with larger and mega-funds helping to drive total capital closed in 2020 to more than the prior three years combined.

Interest and activity in private market secondary strategies have grown to new heights in recent years. Transaction volumes have set records, year after year. Since the onset of Covid-19, fundraising has also remained robust with larger and mega-funds helping to drive total capital closed in 2020 to more than the prior three years combined (1).

May 25, 2021

After months of uncertainty and suspended recruitment plans, family offices are hiring again. For many, the inability to meet candidates face-to-face to check for value alignment has been a deterrent. But with life slowly returning to “normal” and in-person meetings now possible, they are starting to consider the talent they need for the future.

After months of uncertainty and suspended recruitment plans, family offices are hiring again. For many, the inability to meet candidates face-to-face to check for value alignment has been a deterrent. But with life slowly returning to “normal” and in-person meetings now possible, they are starting to consider the talent they need for the future.

May 24, 2021

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group, Berlusconi family's Fininvest exits Mediobanca, Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for racial equality in impact investing.

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group

Family-owned Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, could buy a majority share of a unique $1.8 billion South African wine and spirits company, making the deal its second acquisition in 2021.

The fourth-generation Dutch beer maker confirmed last week it is in talks with Distell Group Holdings over a “potential transaction”. The $23.7 billion brewer added discussions were ongoing and there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

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 20, 2021

Over the past five months investors put more money into equity funds than in the previous twelve years combined. It’s easy to see why.

Over the past five months investors put more money into equity funds than in the previous twelve years combined. It’s easy to see why.

There is a lot of spare money around. Central banks have flooded the economy with support and generous government subsidies have filled the gap for millions of individuals. Those who could, saved.

May 19, 2021

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The issue has been highlighted by the $10 billion losses caused to a number of major banks as a result of providing prime brokerage finance to Archegos to invest in the stock market.

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.”

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