Family Business and Governance | The European House - Ambrosetti


Our professional services:

  • Agreement/Statute among members of the family: a system of shared rules, criteria and mechanisms through which family members establish the “rules of the game” and their behavior towards the company in order to safeguard common interests and the greater good
  • Working alongside younger family members during their professional development in order to maximize their potential for self-realization
  • Developing within family members knowledge and skills to effectively carry out the role of partner and member of the board of directors
  • Creating and implementing bodies and mechanisms to promote dialogue and positive coexistence (family councils, etc.)
  • Patrimonial strategy: The European House-Ambrosetti provides support to clients in defining and applying a strategy appropriate to the quality of life of family members, their economic needs, control of the company and its governance and the risk level of investments and related balancing requirements

Basic points of reference and Governance

In 2004, The European House - Ambrosetti created a top-level permanent Observatory whose goal is to provide concrete suggestions and proposals to promote the attainment of excellence in the governance systems of Italian companies. The Observatory is aided in this by an Advisory Board and is supported by companies which are partners in the initiative.

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The European House - Ambrosetti has developed a unique methodological approach (the Index of Governance Excellence – EG Index) that provides an objective evaluation of the quality of a company’s governance system through the mapping of a portfolio of qualitative and quantitative indicators. This tool, together with the analysis of corporate documents and one-to-one interviews with members of the board of directors and committees, and corporate heads and management, provide a rigorous and detailed picture of the state-of-health of the governance of each company.

Executive Compensation

  • Remuneration Policy Check-Up
    Identification of the strong points and areas for improvement of client remuneration systems as compared to a panel of benchmark companies or in terms of market desires (institutional investors)
  • How much to pay
    Support in establishing total remuneration and the retributive mix of top management, as well as development of custom benchmarks to establish congruity of remuneration for members of the Board
  • How to pay
    Design of short- and medium/long-term incentive systems