Press releases


Munich, 2019-06-21

Family businesses in Germany and the United States

Debate over industrial policies: Economic historical study explores the fundamental differences in the business landscapes of Germany and the United States

In a long-term historical study, the Foundation for Family Businesses explains why such fundamentally different business landscapes arose in Germany and the United States. Family companies in Germany have evolved into a strong pillar of the German economy over centuries. But their role in the United States is smaller. The study explores the reasons why.


Munich, 2019-05-03

Disclosure Requirements of Family Companies

Companies are expected to provide more and more transparency today. But some of the planned disclosure requirements extend well beyond the mere exchange of information with government officials. Confidential data from companies and shareholders will no longer be adequately protected if this data is posted on the Internet. The results of several studies conducted by the Foundation for Family Businesses are summarised in the video "Data Protection for Family Businesses".


Munich, 2019-02-06

The consequences of public country-by-country reporting for family businesses

Family businesses and their shareholders are subject to increasingly stronger social control through the continuously growing number of disclosure requirements. At the same time, many of these regulations infringe unjustifiably upon the data protection rights of family business owners. This is one key result of the first extensive study on the topic commissioned by the Foundation for Family Businesses.


Munich, 2019-01-08

Germany’s attractiveness as a location has fallen behind

The main reasons for Germany’s slide from twelfth to sixteenth place is a significant loss of tax competitiveness. This is one of the results of the the Country Index for Family Businesses, which evaluates Germany’s attractiveness as a location. The current rankings are led by Switzerland, followed by the United Kingdom and the United States. France, Spain and Italy are at the bottom of the rankings – all of them unchanged from the comparative calculation for the Country Index 2016.


Munich, 2019-01-08

The economic significance of family businesses

For more than a decade now, the Foundation for Family Businesses has regularly commissioned the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Institute for SME research and entrepreneurship in Mannheim (ifm) to conduct studies on the economic importance of German family businesses. Our short explanation video summarises the key statistics.


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