Families in Business

A major focus of Mishcon de Reya's business involves acting for ultra-high net worth families, family offices and entrepreneurs. Increasingly the firm is called upon to sit alongside owners or principals of a family enterprise to guide and assist them in addressing all the issues which they face. Family-owned businesses experience unique challenges such as a successful transition of ownership and management from generation to generation and their success depends upon the ability to manage these challenges and optimise opportunities.

The close and often sensitive ties between the personal and business lives of clients require bespoke solutions when dealing with the family directly, or the family office. Personal and business concerns overlap and individuals operate across multiple jurisdictions. Our clients are responsible for managing the fortunes and reputations of their business, their families and themselves. These are not tasks that can be tackled alone.

Why we are different

At Mishcon de Reya we appreciate these sensitivities whilst fiercely guarding our clients' interests. Our strong links with family office networks enable us to better understand the needs of families in business and to tailor our services to manage the nexus between personal wealth, family relationships and businesses.

We understand that families can be the most complicated organisations in the world and that sometimes the small, seemingly unimportant things can actually be most critical. We work with families and individuals to bring their objectives into focus, adding value at each stage, offering practical, commercial and real-world advice. 

We engender close personal relationships with our clients, placing a premium on trust and mutual respect. At Mishcon de Reya our clients know that whatever the issue, however dramatic the implications and high the stakes, they can leave it with us.

We offer all the legal services an individual or a family business may need. We are experts in preserving, growing and transferring wealth between generations and business disputes, but also advise on sensitive matters such as reputation, confidentiality and family fallouts; including high risk situations involving kidnap, ransom and blackmail. We are highly experienced in advising businesses on all their corporate needs – whether that be acquisitions, sales, reorganisations for mergers including tax planning at each stage of the business and family life cycle. Our international links and language expertise enable us to advise businesses and high net worth individuals based in many jurisdictions.


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