by John D. Dadakis, Esq.
the firm of Rogers & Wells
Family business issues are permeating the business headlines, frequently because of costly and destructive litigation that had its origins in flawed legal advice rendered to a family business.The fight over the one share control issue in the battle for American Maize Products exemplifies how a distribution from an estate can have lasting effects.The Haft family’s public battle over the Dart Group can only conclude a nightmare for its public shareholders.
The problems that arise are the same, whether the family business is defined as a closely-held, owner-managed, or family-owned business, and in fact pertain to publicly-traded companies with an important presence of family in stock ownership, as well as to strictly private family enterprises. More…