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Press release | 23 May 2024

Sharp increase in ownership transfers among family businesses

Published: 9.00 CEST

· Over 85,000 family businesses in the Netherlands are in the process of transferring ownership
· No blueprint for ownership transfer within the family
· Sale to a strategic partner or private equity is a realistic option for family businesses


For some time now, there has been uncertainty among family businesses about the Bedrijfsopvolgingsregeling, (BOR, 'Business succession scheme). Undoubtedly, this has led to almost half of the family businesses experiencing an ownership transfer in the last five years. At present, over 85,000 family businesses (29%) are in the process of transferring ownership. Although 50% of the owners wish for the family business to remain in family hands, it is not a given that ownership will be transferred to the new generation. External transfer to a strategic buyer (16%) or private equity (5%) are realistic options. This is evident from research by Nyenrode Business University, in collaboration with RSM and Van Lanschot Kempen, among 232 family businesses.


For the full press release, please refer to the Dutch page 'Forse toename eigendomsoverdrachten bij familiebedrijven'.

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