Family business services

Family business services

Your business has a unique element that no other business has — the aspect of the family.

Your business has a unique element that no other business has — the aspect of the family.

This difference can play a significant role in decision making and offers both opportunities and challenges. We understand that the growth and sustainability of your family business lies in the fine balance between the needs of the business and the expectations of your family members. Our advisers have worked with companies – large and small – to address the needs of the business, and the family and bring a wealth of experience to assist you in achieving your goals.

Strategy and business planning

We work with family businesses to help build robust plans that include detailed strategy around all aspects of their organisation: finance, sales and marketing, operations, supply chain, procurement and IT. As part of our business planning process, we look to assess current processes, understand your strategic business issues, identify and pursue growth opportunities, manage the resultant risks and help maximise business returns and value.

There is no one size fits all. We can help you explore your options and find the approach that suits your business and family.

Succession planning

When it comes to running a business, the toughest decisions can be around succession. As an owner-manager, you want to make the right choices, for your business – and your family. Starting early is critical for a smooth transition. By making decisions and developing transition timelines, you can avoid conflict and build the support and buy-in your successor will need.

Our advisers can help you manage the sensitivities that come with succession and provide confidential advice on the implications of any decisions your family might make. When the time comes, we can also help your successor take on his or her new role.

Family business governance

Starting a family business is easy, relatively speaking; sustaining it beyond a couple of generations is the hardest part. It’s often said that the typical family business goes from rags to riches and back to rags in three generations. Better governance of a family business can help improve performance and satisfy the expectations of all family members. Establishing a governance framework that includes a family constitution and code of conduct for family members can help your family deal with changes in the business constructively. It requires your family to think through important scenarios before critical decisions have to be made and find agreement on important family and business goals.


Growth is an essential ingredient to continued business success. While most businesses can achieve growth organically, this can require considerable time and effort. In order to grow sustainably, family businesses must consider all of their market opportunities including seeking out complementary businesses for acquisition, potentially divesting non-core businesses, outsourcing functions to increase cost efficiencies and potentially expanding into the emerging markets.

However, agreeing on when and how to grow can often be a challenge for family businesses. A growth plan supported and understood by family members can enhance family harmony, and innovation can be sparked by engaging the next generation in the growth strategy.


The need for effective risk management and controls is crucial in an environment of increased scrutiny. It is important to minimise these risks, not only for the business itself, but also for the family, property holdings and capital. Implementing controls, securing new financing, efficient tax management and optimisation can all have a positive impact on the bottom line of your business.

Exit strategies

Sometimes, an exit strategy rather than a succession plan is needed as there isn’t a next generation of family members who are ready, willing or able to continue the business. The sale of your business is often an once-in-a-lifetime transaction, with just one opportunity to get it right. There are many options when considering an exit for the family business – we can work with you to examine the options available to you and assist with the transaction itself.

Wealth management

You’ve worked hard to build your business and make it a success. Now, as you look to the future, you want it to remain in good hands. At the same time, you want to maintain your personal wealth and pass it on to future generations.

We can help you develop an estate plan for transferring wealth to your heirs and a succession plan for your business in a manner sensitive to your needs. By thinking about the future today, you can mitigate many of the risks associated with unplanned transactions, including family conflict and high probate and other fees.


As a successful entrepreneur or owner-manager of a business, you recognise the importance of giving back to your community – whether through your time, wisdom, money or assets. But giving to others can also be an effective part of your tax and wealth management program.

Our advisers can work with you to maximise the impact of your philanthropic endeavours, both for the organisations and causes that you support and as part of your personal tax plans. We’ll help you find the best ways to structure your support so you can give generously while also being tax-efficient.

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