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September 30, 2021

Deep tech is much talked about by governments, and the European Commission especially, but often without an explanation of what it actually is. Only by defining, and therefore assessing, its character can we consider its place in the European startup ecosystem.

Deep tech is much talked about by governments, and the European Commission especially, but often without an explanation of what it actually is. Only by defining, and therefore assessing, its character can we consider its place in the European startup ecosystem.

Stephen Nundy, partner at Lakestar, and Yoram Wijngaarde, founder and chief executive of Dealroom, in conversation about the future of deep tech and its role in Europe’s future.

August 17, 2021

Artificial intelligence, the ESG avalanche, increased global mobility and a virus that has turned lives upside down and shifted behaviour and one thing is clear: the world is not the same as it was some years ago and trying to plan for a transition in today’s environment is challenging at best.

Artificial intelligence, the ESG avalanche, increased global mobility and a virus that has turned lives upside down and shifted behaviour and one thing is clear: the world is not the same as it was some years ago and trying to plan for a transition in today’s environment is challenging at best.

July 29, 2021

The most basic and perhaps most ultimately effective strategy for leaders dealing with the challenges of family business is to plan, create and maintain effective communication practices.

The most basic and perhaps most ultimately effective strategy for leaders dealing with the challenges of family business is to plan, create and maintain effective communication practices.

As family business member and consultant Vernon Holleman puts it: “Communication is critical. Honest, regular communication about where the business is, how it’s doing, how it’s sort of being run and operated.

July 23, 2021

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani, Zegna family lists luxury group via $3.2 billion SPAC, Les Wexner distances from L Brands with $2.2 billion share sale.

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani

The Agnelli family that made its fortune in the Italian auto industry is expanding its interests in luxury goods with apparent overtures to Armani, only months after acquiring a quarter-stake in Christian Louboutin.

Agnelli scion John Elkann (pictured left), 45, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of Exor, the family-controlled holding company, has been in talks with fashion designer Giorgio Armani, Reuters reported.

May 26, 2021

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

Meanwhile, his father Prince Charles has been waiting many years to take over; his uncle, Prince Andrew, has been caught up in an international scandal; and to cap it all, the Queen recently lost her husband, Prince Philip, after 74 years of marriage.

March 8, 2021

End of a 247-year era as Birkenstock sells control to Bernard Arnault, Tata Group finalising e-commerce BigBasket deal, Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands exits The Strip for Asia.

End of a 247-year era as Birkenstock sells control to Bernard Arnault

Germany’s sixth-generation Birkenstock family will sell a majority stake in its historic footwear business to the family interests of Bernard Arnault, principal of French luxury goods empire LVMH.

November 19, 2020

Why would a family who at one time owned up to 50,000 acres sell a house that has been in the family for 40 generations? This is what Will Garton-Jones, owner of the Llanfendigaid Estate in Wales has chosen to do, but it is not a decision that he will have taken lightly.

Why would a family who at one time owned up to 50,000 acres sell a house that has been in the family for 40 generations? This is what Will Garton-Jones, owner of the Llanfendigaid Estate in Wales has chosen to do, but it is not a decision that he will have taken lightly.

November 16, 2020

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

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.

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