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At Harbour Family Governance, we regularly publish articles on the many nuances of family governance. Read more on this page or sign up to our newsletter. Do not hesitate to let us know, if you have ideas for subjects, which we should write about.

In 2023, Anne-Sofie van den Born Rehfeld and Søren Brandi, managing director and chairman of the board of Harbour, published the book Ownership through Generations – Family, Fortune & Family Office. The book provides insights and specific advice to families, family offices and advisors interested in family ownership and development of family offices. Ownership through Generations can be found here. Please note that the English version will be published in early 2024.

Family Office

The Family Office Requirements are Evolving

In the late 1900s, the Rockefeller family established the first known family office, but it was not until the 1980s that the family office became a mainstream concept. Since 2005, the number of family offices has grown rapidly in proportion to the steady increase in the number of wealthy families. In fact, half of the world's family offices have been established in the last 15 years.
Family Governance

The Family Business is Sold. Now What?

When a family business is sold, the family has to redefine their community and the new identity as wealthy — or even very wealthy. In addition to the joy of the new financial situation and the exceptional achievement, the sale of the family business can also present a number of challenges.
Family Governance

Family is the Secret Weapon in Times of Crisis

It's when the black swan lands (COVID-19, war, natural disasters) that the character of businesses really gets put to the test. Crises call for traits such as resilience, focus on long-term goals, solid values, and patience, which are typical characteristics of family-owned businesses.
Next Generation

Preparing the Next Generation of the Family Business

Preparing the next generation to take over the family business can be a complex issue for both the family and the family office: When does it start? Should it be done individually or jointly? What needs to be clarified before the next generation gets involved?
Family GovernancePhilanthropy

In-Laws in the Wealthy Family: Roles and Contributions to the Ownership

In this article, we take a closer look at how you, as a daughter-in-law or son-in-law, can find your role in the family ownership and how you, as a family, can create good opportunities for daughters-in-law and sons-in-law to inform and influence.
Family GovernanceNext Generation

Have You Talked to Your Child (About the Wealth) Today?

One of the educational slogans of the 1980s was: Have you talked to your child today? As a parent of one or more children who will become wealthy, there are several conversations to be had. It can be difficult to decide when and how best to start preparing the next generation for the obligations and privileges ahead. That's why this article looks at how to talk to your child about their wealth – today and every day.