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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 Forum is designed to be a friendly and safe environment for you to find the answers to your toughest family business questions. It will address issues that apply to any family firm or family office and families travel specially from 30-plus countries and every continent.

Our 17th annual Family Business Forum will take place on May 10-12, 2017 in the Ballroom of The Dorchester, Mayfair, London. Please simply click here to hold your places on option at the lowest early rate.

Live family cases discussed in table-sized groups

What makes the Forum really special is the range of live family cases covered over two-and-a-half days. In many sessions, participants hear about a challenge faced by a family speaker, discuss the case in table-sized groups, then learn about what the family actually did. In others, they engage in an interactive dialogue with the speaker. The final morning is a peer-to-peer discussion with the topics chosen by you and the other participants. The main facilitator will be one of the world's leading teachers, writers and consultants on family business Mr Peter Leach of Imperial College, London, author of "Family Enterprises, The Essentials".

Complimentary Momentum Club membership

The Forum fee includes complimentary Business Momentum Club membership for one year. Membership means, quite simply, that you can call on us, year-round for support and assistance. We will connect you with other families to learn from each other's experience including one-on-one dialogue, peer-to-peer mastermind calls, internship exchanges and invitations to third party events.

We are in the process of finalising the programme and will post it here as soon as it is ready. Meanwhile, you might like to read below about the most recent Family Business Forum. It will give you an idea of the quality of typical speakers and facilitators, along with the sorts of topics we cover at the Forum. Please note that in 2017, the speakers and topics will be different - they change each time.

Please see the previous (May 2016) Forum programme as an example below:

24 May, 2016
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
Challenges and Potential Solutions – An Introduction
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”;
Senior Partner, Lansberg, Gersick & Associates, LLC
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, including the challenges at different phases in a family firm’s evolution and how to handle them.
Mr. André Hoffmann
Family Ownership in a Quoted Business
Mr. André Hoffmann
Non-Executive Vice Chairman, Roche Holding Ltd.
André Hoffmann is Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd., which controls F. Hoffmann-La Roche and the Roche healthcare brand. Founded in 1896 in Basel, Roche has grown from a small drug laboratory into a global, research-based healthcare company with over 88,000 people.
Drawing from his experience as representative of his family’s pooled voting rights, André will consider the challenge of responsible ownership and explore the key factors in successful family ownership in a quoted business.
Mr. Andy Rubin
Mr. Andy Rubin
Family Influence and Leadership
Mr. Andy Rubin
(United Kingdom)
Chairman, Pentland Brands plc
Mr. Peter Leach
(United Kingdom)
Adjunct Professor in Family Business, Imperial College London
Partner, Deloitte Global Leader – Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte LLP
Founded in 1932 as a shoe business in Liverpool, UK, Pentland is private, family-owned and a leading global company in sport and fashion. They own category-leading brands such as Speedo, Canterbury and Berghaus, and the majority share of publicly-listed sports fashion retailer JD Sports with 800 stores across Europe.
Andy Rubin, member of the third generation and Chairman of the brand management division, will outline the family’s unique values and culture, recognised by awards including “Best Corporate Workplace in the UK” and “Best People Manager in the UK”. He will discuss aspects of their approach in an interview with family business expert Peter Leach.
The Sulzberger Family (United States)
In this live case, you will learn directly from two family members of the Ochs Sulzberger family, controlling shareholders at The New York Times Company for 120 years. This case is focused on the evolution of the family’s governance system over the past 20 years, particularly the various methods used to select people for key positions in the structure.
Adaptability in Family Governance
Forum participants will work in table-sized groups to identify potential solutions to one challenge, before hearing what the family actually did; would their governance architecture be sufficiently flexible? Ivan Lansberg will bring together common themes from the group discussions and draw broader lessons from the case.
*The above is a preliminary synopsis of the case which is being finalised with speakers
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner hosted by Northern Trust
25 May, 2016
Today’s sessions answer your toughest questions on non-family executives, family business longevity and corporate social responsibility. You will also learn about building resilience, by learning from each other’s experience and from the latest research.
Dr. Percy Barnevik
Achieving the Best with Non-Family Top Executives
Dr. Percy Barnevik
Co-Founder, Hand in Hand International
Former Chairman ABB, Astra Zeneca, Skanska, Sandvik and Investor
Author of “Percy Barnevik on Leadership”*
Percy Barnevik will discuss his experience of leadership, gained in the three biggest family businesses in Sweden, one being the Wallenberg Group, and some of the world´s biggest companies, including American DuPont and General Motors.
He will end by commenting on entrepreneurship and how his co-founded organisation, Hand in Hand, has mass-mobilized poor people into entrepreneurs thereby creating 1.7 million businesses.
*Special thanks to Percy Barnevik for offering all Forum participants a complimentary signed copy
Mr. Iraj Ispahani
Lessons from a 10th Generation Family Member
Mr. Iraj Ispahani
Director and Board Member, M.M. Ispahani Ltd.
A tenth-generation family member, Iraj’s family conglomerate owns Bangladesh’s largest tea company, as well as food brands, real estate, textiles and jute businesses. He will discuss what has contributed to their business’s longevity including unwritten rules with commonly-agreed vision and values.
Iraj will explain how each generation is encouraged to become involved in philanthropy, from tackling blindness to supporting girls’ and boys’ education. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of “Seeing is Believing” and Deputy Chairman and Trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe.
Mr. Devin DeCiantis
Learning from “Extremophile” Family Firms that Thrive in High-Risk Environments
Dr. Ivan Lansberg
(United States/Venezuela)
Academic Director, Center for Family Enterprises Executive Programs, Kellogg School of Management;
Senior Partner, Lansberg, Gersick & Associates, LLC
Mr. Devin DeCiantis
Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard University and Kellogg School of Management
Consultant, Lansberg, Gersick & Associates, LLC
All family firms are exposed to external risk. And yet, one type of family organization actually thrives in extremely volatile operating environments, let us call them Resilient Family Firms or Extremophiles.
This dynamic session will consider what all family firms can do to build resilience in the face of potential risks, both predictable and unexpected. The session will be co-facilitated by Ivan Lansberg together with Devin DeCiantis, who teaches about family enterprise at Harvard and Kellogg.
Lessons from Living on the Edge
How can some family firms thrive against tremendous odds, rather like the tardigrade, a tiny creature which can survive from -272°C to +150°C, including in the vacuum of outer space? Ivan and Devin’s latest research suggests that there is something baked into the DNA of some family firms which allows them to face harsh environments.
Participants will join different table-sized groups, based on their risk profile, to begin to understand the common risks within their operating environments and share their unique responses and adaptations. Families will learn from each other as well as hear cases of firms operating in volatile conditions today and those that have survived adverse conditions in the past.
Participants are invited to cocktails followed by dinner
26 May, 2016
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 “Family Enterprises, The Essentials”; Partner, Deloitte Global Leader – Family Enterprise Consulting, Deloitte LLP
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 and practical advice from the facilitator.
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 will work in table-sized groups to explore their own challenges or opportunities. Peter 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 the Family Business Forum Colour Programme please click here: Download the programme

If you are interested in the May 2017 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
All of us having run family businesses think our problems are unique, yet when we meet together through Loedstar we find that our issues are much more in common and by dialoguing problems become opportunities.
Alan Hassenfeld, Hasbro Inc.
To me, the Family Business Forum is an annual ritual that I look forward to attending.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia
The speakers are chosen from the most experienced and successful families who have their members speak of their own experiences in an open and frank manner.
Abdullah Adib AlZamil, Zamil Group, Saudi Arabia