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The Magic Moment We Became a Family Business

Following on from my previous post about how to define a family business, I remembered the moment when we became a family business.

Of course, bearing in mind my comments about the difficulty in finding a common definition of the term, the moment we “became” a family business was more in our minds than following a specific event that put our business within such a definition. Read more

Family Office Typology

In my day-to-day business the term “family office” is frequently used but when the conversation goes a little deeper I regularly find that my counterparts have little or no understanding as to what it actually means. Apart from the notion that all family offices are ultra conservative investors and shy away from any risk (and opportunity), the only other common denominator is the involvement of a family.

So, what actually is a family office and are they all the same or, if not, how are they different? Read more

Who Are My Family Members?

One of the questions that comes to mind when setting up family governance structures is whom to include in such a structure. In other words: who are the members to be governed? Read more

Family Business Advice

What Even is a Family Business?

What Even is a Family Business? Although often talked about and mentioned, little thought is given to what a familiy business actually is.

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Top 5 Mistakes Handing Over Real Estate Assets To The Next Generation

In my experience, spanning over 20 years of working in the property investment industry, I have observed recurring problems in the process of handing over real estate assets to the next generation. The list of the top 5 mistakes identified are as follows: Read more