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February 28, 2020

Slim investment pickings but succession “urgent” for Warren Buffett, Maersk braces for coronavirus hit on 2020 business, Mack family makes a splash with biggest ever $197 million Europa-Park extension.

Slim investment pickings but succession “urgent” for Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the influential US investor and family office principal, is having trouble finding the next big acquisition to spend $128 billion on, but his successors may have better luck.

February 18, 2020

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

January 31, 2020

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M, Louis Dreyfus Company heiress open to selling stake and Hong Kong headwinds hit LVMH.

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M

The billionaire Persson family principal of Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz has called for his son to succeed him as chairman as the $1.7 billion fast fashion family business welcomes its first female chief executive in its 73-year history.

October 4, 2019

Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the fifth generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming sixth generation learns the business.

Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the fifth generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming sixth generation learns the business.

Coopers Brewery said the organisational restructure was designed to provide additional support for Dr Tim Cooper (pictured), fifth-generation managing director, and to provide a more effective and efficient engagement with customers. The changes included the appointment of a general manager and the recruitment of a national marketing manager.

February 22, 2019

Trussardi is the latest Italian family-owned heritage brand to accept a buy-out following a €50 million deal with an asset management firm that targets struggling businesses.

Trussardi is the latest Italian family-owned heritage brand to accept a buy-out following a €50 million deal with an asset management firm that targets struggling businesses.

The 108-year-old fashion house said the injection from QuattroR would underwrite its five-year international development plan. The plan was agreed with Tomaso Trussardi, the third-generation chief executive who will act as chairman of the new entity.

July 6, 2018

The hot streak of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions among major family businesses this year shows no signs of cooling with separate integrations involving Japan’s oil family Idemitsu and India’s steel family Tata.

The hot streak of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions among major family businesses this year shows no signs of cooling with separate integrations involving Japan’s oil family Idemitsu and India’s steel family Tata.

Idemitsu Kosan, Japan’s second-largest oil wholesaler, is controlled by the founding Idemitsu family. Discussions have resumed with the country’s fourth-ranked rival refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu for a “business integration to enhance the corporate value of both companies,” Idemitsu Kosan said.

January 9, 2014

Twenty-First Century Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family, has announced it plans to delist from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), only six months after it was first listed as a standalone company, to simplify its capital structure.

Twenty-First Century Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family, has announced it plans to delist from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), only six months after it was first listed as a standalone company, to simplify its capital structure.

According to chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, the film and entertainment company no longer had sufficient operations in Australia to justify the listing.

May 22, 2013

Bernard Arnault's luxury goods powerhouse LVMH could face a big fine if it is found to be in breach of financial regulations over its stake in rival family business Hermes. 

Bernard Arnault's luxury goods powerhouse LVMH could face a big fine if it is found to be in breach of financial regulations over its stake in rival family business Hermes.

A spokesman for the French financial regulator Autorite des Marches Financiers said it was unable to comment on the detail of the case so close to the committee hearing on 31 May, but said LVMH would face a fine if in breach of AMF regulations.

January 22, 2013

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

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