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February 15, 2011

Family-controlled agricultural trader Louis Dreyfus’ plans for a possible merger with rival Olam International has come to an end, raising speculations about the future of the company.

Family-controlled agricultural trader Louis Dreyfus' plans for a possible merger with rival Olam International has come to an end, raising speculations about the future of the company.

Merger plans between Paris-based Louis Dreyfus and Singapore-based Olam, first announced in September 2010, have been reported to have collapsed due to over differing views on how to grow the business. Analysts say that a merger between the two would have created the world's third-largest agricultural trading house, with an estimated market value of between $15 and $18 billion.

June 18, 2010

With the transfer of wealth to the next generation of Asians underway and growing interest from highly-taxed western families, the region’s financial centres are rushing to court family offices, writes Paul Golden.

With the transfer of wealth to the next generation of Asians underway and growing interest from highly-taxed western families, the region's financial centres are rushing to court family offices, writes Paul Golden.

The relatively high percentage of first generation wealth creators in Asia has heightened awareness of family office services across the continent, with the major financial centres keen to promote themselves as the location of choice for these aspiring dynasties.

March 1, 2008

Family businesses in Asia are finding it hard to keep up with developments around the globe and shipping giant IMC Group is no exception. However, family member Yuelin Yang explains to Bruce Love that, with the help of outside professionals, the tide is starting to turn

Family businesses in Asia are finding it hard to keep up with developments around the globe and shipping giant IMC Group is no exception. However, family member Yuelin Yang explains to Bruce Love that, with the help of outside professionals, the tide is starting to turn

January 1, 2007

A series of unfortunate events delayed Banyan Tree’s IPO for six years. But they forced a risk management plan that will take one of Asia’s top luxury spa brands onto the global stage

Melanie Stern is the former section editor of Families in Business.

A series of unfortunate events delayed Banyan Tree's IPO for six years. But they forced a risk management plan that will take one of Asia's top luxury spa brands onto the global stage

January 1, 2007

As an international financial centre, Singapore offers financial institutions a conducive, pro-business environment, cost-competitiveness and a highly-skilled and cosmopolitan labour force. Furthermore, it has long been recognised as one of the best cities for business with a strategic geographical location, at the heart of the rapidly-developing Asian market. So, it seems that doing business in, or with, Singapore is a no-brainer – yet we here very little about the country in comparison with other Asian powerhouses. Families in Business spoke with Erina Han of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to find out what’s on offer in Singapore for family businesses

As an international financial centre, Singapore offers financial institutions a conducive, pro-business environment, cost-competitiveness and a highly-skilled and cosmopolitan labour force. Furthermore, it has long been recognised as one of the best cities for business with a strategic geographical location, at the heart of the rapidly-developing Asian market. So, it seems that doing business in, or with, Singapore is a no-brainer – yet we here very little about the country in comparison with other Asian powerhouses.

September 1, 2006

Singapore’s competitiveness as a nation will depend on the success of local Chinese family enterprises. Wee-Liang Tan discusses how their traditional outlook may well prove to be a hindrance to both their own long-term growth and the growth of the economy

Wee-Liang Tan is associate professor of entrepreneurship and law at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University.

Singapore's competitiveness as a nation will depend on the success of local Chinese family enterprises. Wee-Liang Tan discusses how their traditional outlook may well prove to be a hindrance to both their own long-term growth and the growth of the economy

March 1, 2006

If you want to consult the manager of your Swiss bank account in the future where would you go? Zurich, Geneva or Bern? The answer, increasingly, is Singapore, says Bob Reynolds, and the Swiss banking fraternity has been put under considerable pressure to compete

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red.

If you want to consult the manager of your Swiss bank account in the future where would you go? Zurich, Geneva or Bern? The answer, increasingly, is Singapore, says Bob Reynolds, and the Swiss banking fraternity has been put under considerable pressure to compete

September 1, 2005

Fuelled by smart globalisation of business and investment interests, the explosion in family wealth across India and the Far East has private banks salivating and eager to set up shop in this fruitful and burgeoning new territory, finds Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business

Fuelled by smart globalisation of business and investment interests, the explosion in family wealth across India and the Far East has private banks salivating and eager to set up shop in this fruitful and burgeoning new territory, finds Melanie Stern

September 1, 2004

The influence of China may be felt beyond the political sphere but that hasn’t stopped Hong Kong’s domestic economy from roaring ahead. Meanwhile, in Singapore it’s all change as the government bows to calls for economic reform. Hywel Lewis reviews the economic and political climate in both countries

Hywel Lewis is a freelance journalist specialising in family businesses.

The influence of China may be felt beyond the political sphere but that hasn't stopped Hong Kong's domestic economy from roaring ahead. Meanwhile, in Singapore it's all change as the government bows to calls for economic reform. Hywel Lewis reviews the economic and political climate in both countries

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