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Any business that sets its sights on expansion could do worse than look east. The burgeoning markets in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Turkey are fast catching up with the established zones in the west and Asia, writes Frederick Metz Shepperd

Despite the size and power of some of the larger funds, private equity providers come in all shapes and sizes and may have a variety of investment appetites. But what are the pros and cons of this route for families? Richard Willsher takes a look at the evidence

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

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