While compiling the First Edition of our European Family Investment Company Report we learned a great deal about the history of the family businesses we researched. What amazed us was their resilience, how they survived crises like wars and economic depressions. As families today struggle to respond to Coronavirus, what are the messages, the practical takeaways from the past?

The biggest crisis of the Twentieth Century faced by European Family Investment Companies (FICs) was the Second World War. It led us to wonder what messages could be extracted from FIC histories to inform those facing Coronavirus, the biggest challenge – so far – of the 21st Century?

Please enjoy our findings. If you would like to receive a PDF copy of this and the opportunity to chat with John Learmonth, one of the authors, please email info(at)deanbridgeinternational.com.