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  •  A proposed $143 billion takeover of consumer giant Unilever by family-backed Kraft Heinz has been withdrawn less than 48 hours after the deal was first tabled.

  • The McKinney Møller family intends to directly own – partly or as a majority shareholder – several Maersk-related entities following key strategic changes at the Danish transport-to-energy behemoth Maersk Group.

  • Third-generation Saputo to succeed founding father; Slim and Servitje subsidiaries to launch ‘made-in-Mexico’ e-cars; Tata removes Mistry, set to install Chandrasekaran 

  • Politically, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump becoming the world’s most powerful (family business) leader. Take a look at the top 10 family business themes of 2016 as selected (in no particular order) by CampdenFB’s editorial team.

  • European media families clash over Mediaset, Redstone family withdraws merger discussions for CBS/Viacom, China’s wealthiest entrepreneur likely to hand over to non-family executives

  • Mars buys out Buffett to take 100% control of Wrigley; LVMH next-gen Alexandre Arnault helps steer RIMOWA acquisition; and Toyota’s personal robot 'Kirobo Mini' signals AI push

  • Samsung next-generation succession continues, BlackRock joins €2 billion suit against Volkswagen, All aboard Maersk after Hanjin hits choppy waters

  • French cognac producer Camus may have been around since 1863, but with geographic expansion in its DNA, a youthful succession model, and partnership with China’s largest distiller, it is showing how to match tradition and innovation. Nicholas Moody reports

  • Members of the one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the world were delighted to win the surprise Lifetime Achievement Award at the fifth annual European Families in Business Awards in Berlin last night.

  • An engaging collaboration between UK and Indian family business experts Peter Leach and Tatwamasi Dixit, it brings together Eastern and Western thinking on family business issues – suffusing practical process with quotes from Indian epics. 

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