Our fifteenth update email tracks recent actions and news concerning European Family Investment Companies (FICs). This Edition contains news items featuring 21 FICs from Finland, Italy, France, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, UK, Belgium, Norway, Portugal and Spain. Again, examining how European FICs are managing as the pandemic continues.

The opening days of 2021 continued to show the resilience, entrepreneurship, flexibility, values and liquidity of Family Investment Companies. Complementary, learning, defensive, add-on and follow-on acquisitions and investments were made in tech, real estate, healthcare and industry. Governance, succession, executive loyalty and continuity were demonstrated by senior appointments, promotions and contract extensions. FIC resilience and the growing importance of online revenue were again demonstrated by annual results; FIC flexibility by a heritage asset being opened to external shareholders. Other assets were sold and portfolios re-balanced. And another story featuring a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company or SPAC.

The News Briefing concludes with 14 practical Takeaways, our interpretations of what the news means for family investment companies.

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