Frustrated by unresolved family business issues?
What do the world's leading families know that you don't?
What do the world's leading family businesses know that you do not?
Grow your business and strengthen your family relationships; Learn from successful business families and leading experts

The next Forum takes place on May 19-21, 2015 at The Dorchester, London W1. Please simply click here to hold your places on option at the lowest rate.

Three reasons to attend the Forum:

1. Learning by discussing common issues with successful business families from every continent.

2. Growing your business by linking into a trusted, global network of family firms and family offices

3. Hearing direct from family speakers and renowned experts. The detailed programme for 2015 is currently being prepared. The speakers and themes will be very different to those in 2014 but the format will be similar to that outlined below: including two afternoons dedicated to live family business cases and table-sized group discusions.

Wednesday
7 May, 2014
The Family business Forum is designed exclusively for family members with major family firms or family offices. You will discover the solutions to your unresolved issues, by hearing from and working with business families from every continent.
Mr. Peter Leach
Challenges and Potential Solutions – An Introduction
Mr. Peter Leach
(United Kingdom)
Adjunct Professor in Family Business, Imperial College London
Author of "Family Businesses, The Essentials"
Founding Partner, Peter Leach & Partners
As a leading teacher, writer and consultant on family business, Peter Leach has worked with hundreds of business families all around the world.
Peter will lead discussions on the first day of the Forum and draw broader lessons from the family speakers’ presentations.
In the opening session, he will consider family business dynamics and the key challenges for family owners at different stages in a firm’s development. He will introduce several concepts that will be addressed in more detail during the Forum.
Mr. Gilad Tiefenbrun
Mr. Gilad Tiefenbrun
The Story of a Family Business Turnaround
Mr. Gilad Tiefenbrun
(United Kingdom)
Managing Director, Linn Products Ltd.
A second generation family member, Gilad had worked at Linn, a producer of legendary hi-fi products, during school holidays, but had since pursued an external career in high-tech companies.
With Linn facing significant strategic challenges, in 2003 he returned to begin a large-scale restructuring, first of R&D and then later, the whole company. Gilad will tell the story of their family business turnaround, centred on its own new technology for superb digital sound, in the same way as the company had done with market-defining products in the vinyl record and compact disc era.
Mr. Tom Roche
Mr. Conor Roche
Implementing An Early Second To Third Generation Transition
Mr. Tom Roche (Ireland) Chairman, NTR plc and former Director, Doyle Hotel Group
Mr. Conor Roche (Ireland) Executive Director, NTR plc and Director, Doyle Hotel Group
Conor Roche and his third generation siblings are in the unusual situation that both parents come from separate family business backgrounds: NTR, a world-class wind power provider and The Doyle Collection, a group of luxury boutique hotels.
In the first part of this interactive case, Tom and Conor Roche will explain how disunity during the second generation had encouraged the family to take a different approach with the third generation, by considering an early inter-generational transition.
Wind Farm in the US Mid-West
Discussing the Case to Learn from Other Participants
In the second part of the case, participants will work in groups to discuss what the family could have done and why. In the final part, they will learn, directly from Tom and Conor, on how the Roche family implemented their second-to-third generation transition, including new family governance and business structures.
Peter Leach will facilitate the discussions, bring together common themes and identify broader lessons from the live case.
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner hosted by EY
Thursday
8 May, 2014
Today’s sessions answer your toughest questions on the role of the family in the business, effective ownership and rule-setting. You will also learn how fair process can be used in your family to encourage buy-in and prevent conflict.
Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden
Rethinking How Family and Business Interact
Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden (France and Singapore) Mubadala Professor in Corporate Governance and Strategy, First Holder of the Wendel Chair for the Large Family Firm, INSEAD Business School
Prof. Ludo Van der Heyden initiated INSEAD’s activities in family business and governance. He has been Co-Dean of the Business School and is currently Director of the INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative. Ludo will facilitate the discussions on the second day of the Forum, draw conclusions from other speakers’ experiences and contribute his own presentations, particularly on the themes of fair process and good governance.
Mr. E. Alexandre Soares dos Santos
A Portuguese Family's experience
Mr. E. Alexandre Soares dos Santos (Portugal) Former Chairman, Jerónimo Martins Group
Alexandre Soares dos Santos will discuss how family owners can be represented effectively. His family’s case illustrates the need for some business families to be active in three boards: the family board (or council), the ownership board and business boards.
Founded in 1792 with a small Lisbon store, today the Group employs over 69,000 people in: food retail, with over 2,500 outlets, mainly in Poland and Portugal; fast-moving consumer goods, in partnership with Unilever; manufacturing, including Gallo Worldwide olive oil.
Mr. Khalid Al Zayani, OBE
Bringing in Governance and Rules
Mr. Khalid Al Zayani, OBE (Bahrain) Honorary Chairman, Al Zayani Investments Group
Al Zayani Investments Group is a 4th generation Bahraini company focusing on the automotive, banking, industry and real estate sectors. The Group applies a policy of total separation between ownership and management, to allow family members to focus on tactical business developments and attend to strategic networking.
Khalid will explain his belief that family members should not be locked into routine management affairs and so each company is led by a non-family CEO who reports to a Board, comprising of family and non-family Directors.
The Resort in Pueblo Valley
Lessons from a Family Conflict
The Resort in Pueblo Valley
(Unites States)
In this INSEAD case* from a real-life situation, the Bolles family had owned a historical ranch resort in New Mexico for 80 years and three generations. The tragic loss of the third generation leader was then compounded by a family disagreement over the future of the business.
Led by Ludo Van der Heyden, Forum participants will work in groups to discuss what the family should do next. In a compelling session, each group will then role-play the viewpoint of an individual Bolles family member.
* Source: INSEAD, The Resort in Pueblo Valley, written by Adjunct Professor of Family Business Christine Blondel
Using Fair Process to Enhance Family Decision-Making
In the closing session, Ludo will explain how, by implementing “fair process” in family decision-making, even those who disagree with a decision may go along with it, provided the process is perceived as having been fair.
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner hosted by Citi Private Bank
Friday
9 May, 2014
The final morning is devoted exclusively to peer-to-peer advice and discussion. In feedback each year, this workshop is rated as the most valuable part of the Forum.
Dorchester Hotel
Mr. Peter Leach
Mr. Peter Leach
(United Kingdom)
Adjunct Professor in Family Business, Imperial College London
Author of "Family Businesses, The Essentials"
Founding Partner, Peter Leach & Partners
It is the opportunity for participants to seek advice on whatever questions are on their minds by drawing on the experience of the other families.
Workshop facilitator Peter Leach is a leading advisor, teacher and writer, helping family owners around the world. His work includes creating governance structures, facilitating next generation participation and drafting family constitutions.
Participants work in table-sized, peer-to-peer groups to explore their own challenges and opportunities. Peter Leach answers questions so that participants return home with clear action steps.
The Family Business Forum is sponsored by (in alphabetical order):
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If you are interested in the May 2015 Family Business Forum then please click to hold a place on option and we will send you more details as soon as they are available.
Testimonials
Joining the Loedstar conferences means for me a valuable enrichment of my network.
Chris Brenninkmeyer, Germany
The Loedstar Family Business Forum is a unique learning experience which all business families can benefit from.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia
To me, the Family Business Forum is an annual ritual that I look forward to attending.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia
The Forum helps us to realise that both the challenges and their solutions are the same for many family businesses; we can learn so much from each other.
Dr. Fouad F. Alkhadra, Chairman & CEO, Dan Holding Group, Kuwait