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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.

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. With its knowledge and experience with family businesses around the world, KPMG Enterprise business advisers have worked with companies – large and small – to address the needs of the business, and the family.


When it comes to running a business, the toughest decisions can be around successions and exits. As a business owner, 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 support.

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


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, entrepreneurial 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.


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


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.

KPMG Enterprise family business advisers 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.


People are often at the center of all that we do, and this important element is often one that can cause many obstacles. From developing and retaining both family and non-family talent, to setting clear roles and responsibilities and establishing remuneration and employment policies; these areas require detailed review and attention.

KPMG Enterprise family business advisers will help you find the best ways to structure your people focused activities and help you to navigate this complex area of the business.

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