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July 8, 2021

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

And then came the pandemic. It accelerated some trends at a pace we couldn’t have imagined—volatility and speed of market change is causing the creation and disappearance of business models faster than ever.

July 2, 2021

Pinault family’s Artemis and James Murdoch venture into Gen Z video platform Brut, Rupert Murdoch closes the book on $349 million Houghton Mifflin Harcourt deal, H&M profits rebound by $1.2 billion but stores cut.

Pinault family’s Artemis and James Murdoch venture into Gen Z video platform Brut

Francois-Henri Pinault and James Murdoch, the scions of family-owned traditional media groups, are investing millions into Brut, a new “socially conscious” digital news provider for Generation Z and millennials.

May 18, 2021

We have reached the point where many family offices are open to some form of crypto-assets investment, and a number have allocated serious resources to crypto-assets. In some cases, this is driven by the lure of returns, in other cases by next generation family members advocating crypto investment.

I wrote an article for CampdenFB in November 2017, which included the following statement:

“Only a courageous chief investment officer would stand before a family committee meeting to advocate a crypto investment... But perceptions are changing.”

May 16, 2021

A Caribbean impact fund, an arts, culture and shopping platform for London, a Brazilian luxury eco-tourism venture and a blended US real estate income fund will exclusively present to qualifying family offices and private investors at the 10th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 27 May.

A Caribbean impact fund, an arts, culture and shopping platform for London, a Brazilian luxury eco-tourism venture and a blended US real estate income fund will exclusively present to qualifying family offices and private investors at the 10th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 27 May.

Each of the four investment opportunities will be introduced in 15-minute slots to all family offices and investors who will be able to ask questions and discuss the potential.

December 8, 2020

Increasing numbers of technology platforms are now incorporating APIs—Application Programming Interfaces which enable those businesses to embed other platforms within their own apps or websites. These APIs are behind many of the digital transformations that are opening new pathways to forge profitable partnerships and monetise data for tech innovation and growth.

Increasing numbers of technology platforms are now incorporating APIs—Application Programming Interfaces which enable those businesses to embed other platforms within their own apps or websites. These APIs are behind many of the digital transformations that are opening new pathways to forge profitable partnerships and monetise data for tech innovation and growth.

November 8, 2020

Digitalisation, flexibility and safety keep Melia’s doors open against drop in revenue, Otto Group ‘bounces back’ off e-commerce acceleration, Clark family rescue shoe business with LionRock Capital deal.

Digitalisation, flexibility and safety keep Melia’s doors open against drop in revenue

Spain’s Escarrer family is determined to improve the competitiveness and efficiencies of its global hotel business after counting the cost of the “terrible” impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel industry.

October 3, 2020

Walton family’s Walmart sells Asda to British billionaire brothers, Persson family’s H&M closes 250 stores and ramps up online investment, Lotte Group prepares for the hands-free “untact” future today.

Walton family’s Walmart sells Asda to British billionaire brothers

Walmart, the world’s largest family business, has sold most of its ownership of the Asda supermarket chain in the UK after 21 years to a fledgling British family business owned by the billionaire Issa brothers for £6.8 billion ($8.7 billion).

February 7, 2020

Amundi SA's alternative and real assets business launched in 2016 with the ambition to integrate all its unlisted assets expertise in real estate, private debt, private equity and infrastructure. This was in response to growing investor demand for such asset classes, through which it is possible to capture an illiquidity premium and diversify portfolios. Since then, funds under management have doubled to €54 billion ($58 billion)—hitting the target the firm set itself when it launched the platform.

Amundi SA's alternative and real assets business launched in 2016 with the ambition to integrate all its unlisted assets expertise in real estate, private debt, private equity and infrastructure. This was in response to growing investor demand for such asset classes, through which it is possible to capture an illiquidity premium and diversify portfolios. Since then, funds under management have doubled to €54 billion ($58 billion)—hitting the target the firm set itself when it launched the platform.

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