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September 1, 2014

Family-controlled banks Pictet and Lombard Odier have left behind a dated corporate structure by transitioning from an unlimited to a limited liability partnership, a family wealth lawyer says.

Family-controlled banks Pictet and Lombard Odier have left behind a dated corporate structure by transitioning from an unlimited to a limited liability partnership, a family wealth lawyer says.

Last week both banks released their financial data for the first time in their more than 200-year-old histories – a requirement of their new partnership structures, which both changed from unlimited to limited liability in January this year.

May 29, 2013

French family business Bouygues is on a mission to protect the environment, and has joined forces with carmaker Renault to do so.

French family business Bouygues is on a mission to protect the environment, and has joined forces with carmaker Renault to do so.

On 27 May, Martin Bouygues, second-gen chairman and chief executive of Bouygues received the keys of a ZOE – Renault's first entirely electric mass-market car – from Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault.

January 12, 2011

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

Family-owned brewing company Heineken announced on 12 January that it has acquired controlling interests in five breweries in Nigeria as it continues its expansion in emerging markets.

The breweries acquired include two holding companies of the Nigerian-based Sona Group, giving Heineken access to Sona, IBBI, Benue, Life and Champion breweries. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Heineken also said that it would consider the possibility of consolidating the acquired breweries into its existing business in Nigeria, but gave no timetable.  

January 7, 2011

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Known to his close associates as "Don", Tyson became the second-generation chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods in 1967 after the death of his father, founder John W Tyson. He remained chairman until 1995 when he retired, but continued to serve as a consultant for the company.

March 1, 2007

Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox By Charles D Ellis. Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2006

Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox By Charles D Ellis. Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Christine Harland is a director of Camden Writers.

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