Wednesday 09, May 2018 by William Mullally

Al-Futtaim group’s Fadi Hammedeh launches book of succession planning for Muslims

 

Introducing the book, HE Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ghurair said, “The Family Business Council Gulf would like to present families with a first of a kind book that serves as a complete guide on succession planning. The book provides options to facilitate the planning for a sustainable family business and a smooth transition of ownership across generations.” 

  

The Family Business Council – Gulf (FBCG), the regional association of Family Business Network International (FBN), launched a book on the guidelines of family business succession planning in the GCC during a press conference hosted by HE Abdulaziz Abdulla Al Ghurair, Chairman, FBCG. 

Authored by Fadi Hammadeh, Senior Advisor to FBCG and General Counsel of Al-Futtaim group, the book, Family Business Continuity in the Middle East & Muslim World: Betting Against the Odds, addresses the challenges of family business succession planning in the region and how to strategically plan for sustainable business continuity. 

Introducing the book, HE Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ghurair said, “The Family Business Council Gulf would like to present families with a first of a kind book that serves as a complete guide on succession planning. The book provides options to facilitate the planning for a sustainable family business and a smooth transition of ownership across generations.” 

“It is critical that family businesses plan for the future strategically, and make sure they take adequate time to incorporate governance and legal structure that best fits their family business succession plan, unique family dynamics and goals.”

Most family owned businesses in the GCC will face a succession challenge within the next decade. Studies by FBCG state that around 52 per cent of GCC businesses are moving from their second to third generation, facing the critical juncture of transition of ownership and business leadership. The handover will have tremendous implications on the sustainability and growth of companies and one major risk during this transition is for large family businesses to get fragmented leading to loss of economic value. 

Family businesses in the GCC are gradually focusing their attention to succession planning. Founders are seeking efficient means in corporate governance structures and relevant legal frameworks that best fits their succession plan, unique family dynamics, and aspirations. Nonetheless, The GCC context is very much challenging, due to lack of successful precedents in this area and inadequate legal solutions especially within the context of Shari'ah forced heirship rules.

Fadi Hammadeh spoke about some of the current succession planning challenges the book addresses.

“Effective family business succession planning aims to achieve management and ownership continuity. GCC family businesses are particularly vulnerable to risk of fragmentation and internal conflicts due to lack of impenetrable legal frameworks to support their continuity,” he said.

The book frames the challenges of succession planning and corporate failure in family business and details innovative solutions. It also seeks to provide a framework for conflict resolution, leadership, strategic planning, and philanthropy that is instrumental to the continuity of family firms in the GCC region and beyond. The book is the first in providing a step-by-step succession guideline in the context of the GCC market. It contains detailed examples of legal and governance structures that can be used to ensure continuity of family business in the region, with special consideration for Shari'ah.”

 

  

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