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 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.

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 such as acquisitions, sales, reorganisations for mergers and 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.


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory
  • Corporate structures and funds
  • Funds and financial services
  • Private equity
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment - including domestic staff
  • Family
  • Families in dispute
  • Financing      
  • Fraud 
  • Immigration
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Intellectual property
  • Investments
  • Public advocacy
  • Reputation management
  • Real estate
  • Residential conveyancing

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