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  • Observers had been convinced he would make it too costly, but Gordon Brown’s thumbs up on the launch of UK real estate investment trusts mean family investors have some new investment options to examine – from both the buy and the sell-side, finds Melanie Stern

  • France’s Darbonne family are seasoned players in their herb-growing niche. But China could pose a threat to the future of their business and 119 years’ dominance, chief executive Luc tells Melanie Stern

  • Behind the dazzling smiles of Lakshmi Mittal and his heir apparent Aditya is a grim determination to become the biggest steel producer in the world. Whether Arcelor and the French business community are to be persuaded has yet to be seen. Melanie Stern reports

  • At Campden Conference’s 2005 European Family Office Conference we presented the results of a survey conducted on family governance and the inner workings of family offices from around the globe. Melanie Stern reports on the findings

  • As part of an occasional series, Melanie Stern chairs a roundtable discussion at Campden’s Family Office Conference on the pertinent issues for family offices in 2006 and beyond

  • Mazen Darwazah, of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, tells Melanie Stern about being the first company from Jordan to achieve a full listing on the London Stock Exchange, and looks back at the family’s three decades of hard work and transition

  • Dubai’s Al-Ghurair family is one of several groups feverishly constructing a commercial powerhouse for United Arab Emirates – and building a competitive future for both the Emirati and the economy as a whole. By Melanie Stern

  • The family-owned private bank is almost dead, or that’s what we would believe if we looked at last year’s results of Swiss banking titans, UBS and Credit Suisse. Who has avoided the acquisition net and how are they remaining competitive? Melanie Stern reports

  • In family business, being successful doesn't necessarily mean you're doing well in dollars and cents. If your family isn't squabbling over who should be boss, or wrestling with decades of habit to bring the independence of your board up to speed – and business isn't suffering – then you're not doing badly at all. Families in Business examines the world's ten most successful family business CEOs, ranking equally by sales or revenue and the decisions and achievements the CEO has made during the year. All inheritor CEOs have worked to earn their place, bringing in major deals for their companies on their own merit prior to taking on the top job. Watch for these guys in 2006, writes Melanie Stern

  • To stay ahead of the game, businesses need to recruit and retain top-quality staff at all levels – but especially at the top – so incentives and rewards are key. Melanie Stern examines the changes ahead in executive compensation for non-family CEOs

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