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In the first of an occasional series, Melanie Stern pilots a discussion with business families to examine how they view the private equity world. She finds perceptions are changing and the benefits are flagged up – but doubts linger about its role in business

Changes to the structure and diversity of trusts offered by offshore financial services centres aim to close loopholes and protect the client. Bob Reynolds looks at how this has prompted other jurisdictions to tighten policy, improve services and boost uptake

Georges Noel explains why the disparity between the business philosophies of the private equity market and the family business world can be a strength at exit time

What UK family firms think about corporate finance

Research suggests that investors are increasing their exposure to real estate. But if that’s where the hot money is going it’s much less clear how to invest, where to get advice and who to work with for the best results, says Richard Willsher

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