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Family businesses are the backbone and the engine of the dynamic and market-oriented Chilean economy. And the signs are that they could become an even stronger force in the future

Big business or big bucks is the choice presented to a family business through mergers and acquisitions, depending on how it views its future. Melanie Stern explains how the challenges faced by this sector proves that size has never mattered more in either case

At a time when banks are increasingly cautious about lending money, the stock market can be an attractive alternative source of capital for a family business – and, explains Georges van Erck, an IPO need not mean the family loses control of the business

There were 30,000 insolvencies in Germany last year and family businesses are finding it harder to procure credit from banks with their increasingly stringent lending criteria. Private equity managers may be the answer to a tailor-made financial strategy, explains Max Burger-Calderon

While global IPO and share market returns languish at historical lows, venture capitalists could step in as family business capital providers – but both sides need to work on their perceptions of one another to build a successful marriage, says Melanie Stern

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