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Michael Finnigan

December 11, 2015

Real estate, private equity and hedge funds were three asset categories that defined family office investment in 2014, but what other areas should family offices prioritise as they move into the next financial year? 

The multi-year trend of family offices taking on more risk continued in 2015, both in investment intentions and portfolio allocations, according to the second annual Global Family Office Report. Yet one unintended consequence of their ‘risk on’ approach is that many offices are excessively focused on investments, which in turn means they are failing to address several key areas of concern. 

October 9, 2015

Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever for family businesses to expand into new territories, and many are advising the next generation to seek a global education in order to expand their horizons. Michael Finnigan reports

Michel Haddad, a 34-year-old next gen from Lebanese family business Technica, is one of a growing number of executive MBA (EMBA) students prepared to travel huge distances to study. 

Every two months the sales manager temporarily steps away from his role at the family business, travels 2,000 miles and spends two weeks studying at the EDHEC Business School in Lille, France. He hopes the Global EMBA course, which is specifically designed for family businesses, will prepare him for future leadership.

September 24, 2015

The majority of family offices pay higher salaries to senior executives from outside of the family in a bid to recruit and retain talent, according to a new report from Campden Wealth and UBS.

The majority of family offices pay higher salaries to senior executives from outside of the family in a bid to recruit and retain talent, according to a new report from Campden Wealth and UBS.

Non-family CEOs on average receive a base salary of $338,000, while family CEOs receive a salary of $302,000, according to the Global Family Office Report 2015, which was released this week.

August 21, 2015

Camargo Corrêa agrees to $30 million fine for price fixing; Lindt posts record half-year earnings; and Shoprite Holdings to open 35 new stores in Africa

Camargo Corrêa agrees to $30 million fine for price fixing

Brazilian engineering company Camargo Corrêa, controlled by the billionaire Carmargo sisters, has agreed to pay fines of $30 million after admitting to its role in a price fixing scandal.

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