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December 17, 2019

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

We are all familiar with the platitudes about trusts: great things if used right, offering potential solutions to asset protection, probate, tax and family issues. The concept of moving the legal ownership of an asset to an unrelated party while still retaining the benefit of it is useful in many contexts.

December 11, 2019

Boutique family office Mehta Ventures sets the pace in running, scaling and exiting some of India’s most exciting startups. Sanjay Mehta and Hershel Mehta explain how their family dynamic works and how to hunt for unicorns.

There must be something in the Gujarat water. India’s westernmost state is the birthplace of some of the country’s best-known businesspeople—from Mukesh Ambani, to Azim Premji, and Uday Kotak. Enterprise is a cultural obligation for Gujaratis—with just 5% of India’s workforce, the state produces 22% of the country’s exports.

October 16, 2019

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons, India pharma brothers arrested over ‘330 million’ fraud and real estate family donate $100 million to help first-generation students.

Family feud at Italy’s la Repubblica as founder seeks to take control from sons

A feud at one of Italy’s most powerful dynasties broke out over the weekend after media tycoon Carlo De Benedetti accused his sons of mismanaging the newspaper business he founded and sought to regain control.

The 84-year-old founder came out of retirement on Sunday and made a €38 million ($42 million) offer to buy a 30% stake in GEDI Gruppo Editoriale SpA, the owner of daily newspapers la Repubblica and La Stampa.

October 11, 2019

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

Stamping your authority early and rising above family politics is essential in being successful as a non-family executive in a family business, says Michele Norsa, the former Salvatore Ferragamo chief executive and Italian family business guru.

September 26, 2019

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

Families looking to formalise their governance structure should ensure all next generation members are involved in the process so they can voice ideas for their future and contribute to the terms, says next gen Marie-Amelie Jacquet.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

January 8, 2019

India’s traditionally cautious investors are using family offices to diversify their allocations into riskier assets and face disruption head on. James Beechreports

Locally orientated, ‘risk lite’, with a strong preservation ethic. This has been the traditional profile of Indian family investments, dominated by senior wealth holders with a preference for safe and steady assets. Fuelled by operating businesses where any profits have been funnelled back into the business, diversification has traditionally meant investing in subsidiaries of the family business or real estate, rather than new asset classes. Yet could a new breed of family investors with a desire to professionalise private investment be set to break this mould?

January 2, 2019

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored

The Gulf has seen transition planning become a key area of focus in recent years. Across the region, transition-friendly systems and laws are being explored, with fresh initiatives and platforms aimed at providing support to business and high net worth families.

Both the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market have family office and holding company regimes. The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry is exploring the setup of a dedicated Family Business Leadership Centre.

December 18, 2018

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Last year, the Cypriot House of Representatives voted into law the revised criteria for determining the tax residency of individuals in Cyprus.

Specifically, a second test was added in addition to the 183 day rule for individuals who do not spend more than 183 days in Cyprus or another jurisdiction. As per the new test, all of the following three criteria should be met for an individual to be considered a Cyprus tax resident:

• Remains in Cyprus for at least 60 days in the year of assessment

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