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Grow your business and strengthen your family relationships; Learn from successful business families and leading experts

The next London Forum takes place on May 24-26, 2016 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 2016 is currently being finalised.

Although the speakers and themes in 2016 will be very different to 2015, you will find the 2015 programme below as a reference:

19 May, 2015
The Family Business Forum is designed exclusively for family members with major family firms or family offices. In today’s sessions, you will hear from and work with families from every continent, discussing genuine situations in table-sized groups.
Dr. Ivan Lansberg
How Each Evolutionary Stage Brings New Challenges
Dr. Ivan Lansberg
(United States/Venezuela)
Academic Director, Center for Family Enterprises Executive Programs, Kellogg School of Management; Author & Co-Author of “Succeeding Generations” and “Generation to Generation”
One of the world’s leading teachers, writers and consultants on family business, Ivan Lansberg is particularly recognised for his work on family business succession. Ivan will facilitate discussions, draw conclusions from other speakers’ experiences and contribute his own presentations. In the opening session, he will introduce some key concepts to be addressed in detail during the Forum, including how family enterprises typically evolve.
Mr. Alexander Scott
What Happens When a Family Sells its Main Business?
Mr. Alexander Scott
(United Kingdom)
Former Chairman, Provincial Insurance Company; Chairman, Sandaire Investment Office
Former Chairman, Provincial Insurance Company; Chairman, Sandaire Investment Office
In 1994, Alex Scott took over as 5th generation Chairman of Provincial, then the UK’s largest private insurer. Very quickly, he was confronted with significant strategic challenges which implied a troubled future for the 90-year old firm. Non-family directors advised the owners to realise their inherited business; would this previously coherent G3/G4 shareholder group survive such a dramatic change?
This case will explore the fundamental question of what holds a family together, besides the business, and asks what families can do to increase cohesion. Participants will learn from the Scott family’s difficult decision to sell their company and their subsequent initiatives to promote family unity, including investing together in a new financial business.
The Globalisation of Families in Business
For many families, keeping the family together has become more difficult because of the geographical spread of family members, particularly after overseas education and career moves. Ivan Lansberg will discuss the implications of this globalisation challenge and suggest what extra steps can be taken to maintain family cohesion.
Mr. Prasad Kumar
Learning from an Indian Family’s Governance Journey
Mr. Prasad Kumar
Chairman – Institution Building and Governance
GMR Group
What is unusual about GMR is that its founder, G.M. Rao, decided to attempt an ambitious constitution-crafting process in the early life of the company. He had to persuade the second generation to participate; family executives were already under time pressure as GMR grew into one of India’s largest infrastructure groups.
Prasad Kumar played a key role as an in-house facilitator. He will explain what can be learned from the ups-and-downs of their process, outline its end results and discuss the true test of long-term implementation.
Grupo Carvajal
The Case of Grupo Carvajal*
Grupo Carvajal
The case takes place around 2010, in this Latin American market leader with over 200 family shareholders and 27,000 employees. The family found itself facing three simultaneous challenges: strategic renewal (reducing dependence of paper-based businesses); 3rd to 4th generation transition and introducing the first non-family CEO.
Strategic Change and Managing Contradictions
Forum participants will work in table-sized groups to identify potential solutions for Carvajal, before hearing what the family actually did next; would their sophisticated governance architecture be a help or a hindrance? In conclusion, Ivan Lansberg will show how protocols, education and leadership can make difficult changes easier to manage.
* Special thanks to the Carvajal family, Grupo Carvajal and Kellogg School of Managment
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner hosted by EY
20 May, 2015
Today’s sessions answer your toughest questions on next generation choices, family entrepreneurship and education. You will also learn about succession, including the twin challenges, for current and future leaders, of letting-go and taking charge.
Mr. Hugo Mulliez
Mr. Alexandre Mulliez
To Join or Not to Join the Business?
Mr. Hugo Mulliez
Founder, Artsper
Mr. Alexandre Mulliez
Head of Marketing, Development and Innovation, AuchanDirect
Originally in textiles, today the Mulliez family operates over 50 major retail brands, such as Auchan, Decathlon and Leroy Merlin, with over 400,000 employees overall. Uniquely, to balance risk management and solidarity, each company is run independently while the several hundred family members invest collectively in every firm.
Fifth generation brothers Hugo and Alexandre Mulliez will draw on their personal experiences to address a key next generation question: should I create something new or join the family firm? Hugo is expanding his own successful on-line art marketplace; Alexandre, after co-founding four firms, and having board member experience at Auchan E-Commerce, recently joined the home delivery division.
Ms. Juliette Johnson
Creating a Family Education Programme
Ms. Juliette Johnson
(United Kingdom)
Founder, Juliette Johnson Consultancy
Programme Director for Next Generation Leadership, Institute for Family Business
Recognised as one of the UK’s leading family business experts, Juliette Johnson will review different practices towards family education. She will suggest that varying objectives, between one family and another, will naturally result in fundamentally different approaches, which each family needs to shape itself. Juliette will review common educational challenges and resulting models before focusing on the hands-on experience of two families.
Preparing Family Members for Family Executive and Ownership Roles
Learning from Two Families’ Experience
This session will explore the main practical questions for families engaged in family education and development. Juliette Johnson will facilitate a dialogue to learn from two families’ different priorities and approaches.
The discussion will consider what they each decided as their educational objectives, who was involved and the solutions that were chosen for family members in different roles. Finally, they will consider the longer-term challenge of maintaining family engagement in education, while adapting to the changing demands of the family and the business.
Leadership and Letting-Go
Succession is a critical test for any family firm. This session will explore the two prerequisites for timely succession: the current leadership’s willingness to let go and the next generation’s credibility and ability to take over.
Led by Ivan Lansberg, Forum participants will work in specially-chosen table-sized groups to bring out the key succession issues and what can be done to address them. The first session will consider Letting-Go, including context, barriers and succession planning.
Taking Charge: Establishing Your Credibility as a New Leader
The second session will explore Taking Charge, including why next generation leaders need to be tested, to establish credibility, and how to encourage them to step forward. In the closing session, Ivan will suggest that, because authority cascades down, it is vital that each generation is empowered as much as possible or the following one will also be held back from reaching its potential.
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner hosted by Citi Private Bank
21 May, 2015
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.
Ms. Juliette Johnson
Ms. Juliette Johnson
(United Kingdom)
Founder, Juliette Johnson Consultancy
Programme Director for Next Generation Leadership, Institute for Family Business
It is the opportunity for participants to seek advice on whatever questions are on their minds by drawing on the hard-earned experience of the other families and practical advice from the facilitator.
The workshop leader and facilitator, Juliette Johnson, is recognised as one of the UK’s leading family business advisors. Her focus includes succession, governance, communication and next generation education.
Participants will work in table-sized groups to explore their own challenges or opportunities. Juliette will answer outstanding questions so that participants return home with clear next steps.
The Family Business Forum is sponsored by (in alphabetical order):
To download and print out a copy of a PREVIOUS (2015) Family Business Forum Colour Programme, just to give you an idea of what a programme looks like, please click here: Download the programme

If you are interested in the May 2016 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.
Joining the Loedstar conferences means for me a valuable enrichment of my network.
Chris Brenninkmeyer, Germany
Loedstar's meetings are a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from other families from all over the world. They are always well-structured events with an open atmosphere.
3rd gen. German entrepreneur - aviation
To me, the Family Business Forum is an annual ritual that I look forward to attending.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia
The Family Business Forum that is organized annually by Loedstar is very educational and inspirational. It provides a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences.
Izzat A Sajdi, Consulting Engineering Center, Jordan