Press releases

Munich / Berlin, 2015-11-04

New Study: How the successors view generational transition

Germany's next generation of family business leaders: 75 percent want to take over operational management / selling is not an option.

For young German family business leaders the assumption of corporate responsibility is the most important professional goal, whether as the successor or as the founder of a start-up company. This has been shown by way of an empirical study of Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen in cooperation with the Foundation for Family Businesses, which was presented in Berlin yesterday.

Munich, 2015-09-23

Inheritance Tax: Foundation for Family Businesses calls for adjustments

Inheritance tax: "This reform embodies the spirit of prosperity "
This Friday the German Bundestag and Bundesrat announce the reform plans of the federal government for the first time. "The draft law on inheritance tax embodies the spirit of prosperity. In doing so it is testing the resilience of large family businesses in generational change and endangering Germany’s international competitiveness, "warns Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer, Chairman of the Foundation for Family Businesses.

Berlin, 2015-06-12

Prudence more important than speed in inheritance tax reform

Delay Cabinet decision on inheritance tax - Foundation for Family Businesses: Prudence before speed

The Foundation for Family Businesses has called for the principle of "prudence before speed" in inheritance tax reform. Otherwise, the proposed changes could cause "irreparable harm" to the unique corporate landscape found in Germany, explained Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses, on the occasion of the "Day of the German Family Business" in Berlin.

München, 2015-06-11

Inheritance Tax Reform throws Germany far behind in the international comparison

If the recently submitted draft bill on inheritance tax should become law, the tax competitiveness of Germany as compared to other European industrialized countries would significantly deteriorate. This is reported in the study carried out by by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, commissioned by the Foundation for Family Businesses.

München, 2015-06-02

Draft bill Inheritance: Split first impression

Draft bill Inheritance: Split first impression

The Federal Ministry of Finance has submitted a draft bill concerning inheritance tax. From the perspective of the Foundation for Family Businesses it contains improvements, at first glance, compared to previous benchmarks. The draft however by no means utilises the scope the Constitutional Court judges had left the legislature to act in favour of family businesses.

Munich, 2015-02-20

Foundation for Family Businesses Country Index

The new “Country Index” of the Foundation for Family Businesses shows a widening gap in the competitiveness of many EU countries. If the descent of Italy, France and Spain continues, it will have a significant impact on the stability of the entire euro zone, warns Prof. Brun-Hagen Hennerkes, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board. The newspaper DIE WELT reported extensively on the Country Index.

Munich, 2015-01-13

ECB overstretched with ABS purchases of its mandate

Report -  ECB overstretched with ABS purchases of its mandate

With the purchase of asset-backed securities (ABS), the banks of the Euro-crisis countries should above all be free of bad loans. "This risk redistribution takes place outside of democratic control" criticized Foundation Board Chairman Alfons Schneider. A new report commissioned by the Foundation finds that the liability for central bank losses will instead fall on the shoulders of the taxpayer.