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May 21, 2010

The Hinduja Group, the diversified conglomerate run by the Hinduja family, announced this morning it will buy the private banking subsidiary of the KBC Group, KBL European private bankers, for €1.35 billion.

The Hinduja Group, the diversified conglomerate run by the Hinduja family, announced this morning it will buy the private banking subsidiary of the KBC Group, KBL European private bankers, for €1.35 billion.

May 18, 2010

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc, the luxury cosmetics group controlled by the Lauder family, announced yesterday is plans to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics Inc, a privately-held cosmetics company owned by descendents of make-up legend Max Factor.

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc, the luxury cosmetics group controlled by the Lauder family, announced yesterday is plans to acquire Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics Inc, a privately-held cosmetics company owned by descendents of make-up legend Max Factor.

March 9, 2010

Family-owned Lactalis Group has reached an agreement to acquire the dairy business of Spanish rival Ebro Puleva for €630 million.

Family-owned Lactalis Group has reached an agreement to acquire the dairy business of Spanish rival Ebro Puleva for €630 million.

The France-based group, best known for the Président brand it established in 1968, will now await the audited financial statements from Ebro Puleva before drawing up final contracts of sale. The process is expected to take four weeks.

March 8, 2010

Essar Minerals, a subsidiary of the family-owned Essar Group, announced on Saturday it is to buy US-based Trinity Coal Partners LLC for $600 million.

Essar Minerals, a subsidiary of the family-owned Essar Group, announced on Saturday it is to buy US-based Trinity Coal Partners LLC for $600 million.
 
The acquisition is part of the Indian conglomerate's plan to secure raw materials for its steel and power operations worldwide and will give it access to a further 200 million tonnes of coal in the US.
 

March 1, 2010

Merck KGaA, the family-owned pharmaceutical and chemical company, announced yesterday it is to buy US-based Millipore Corporation in a deal worth €5.3 billion.

Merck KGaA, the family-owned pharmaceutical and chemical company, announced yesterday it is to buy US-based Millipore Corporation in a deal worth €5.3 billion.
 
Merck, in its 12th-generation of family ownership, said the deal to acquire the life sciences company will create a business with €2.1 billion in revenues and access to "an attractive growth market".
 

January 11, 2010

Heineken NV announced today it is to acquire beer company Femsa in an all share transaction that values the Mexico-based company at €3.8 billion.

Heineken NV announced today it is to acquire beer company Femsa in an all share transaction that values the Mexico-based company at €3.8 billion. The deal gives family-owned Heineken access to Latin America and consolidates the company's position as the world's second-largest brewer by revenue.
 

December 3, 2009

The year started badly if you are a fan of M&A activity. According to financial research company Capital IQ, global deal volumes dived 26% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.

David Craik is a London-based freelance journalist who writes on a range of business issues. 

The year started badly if you are a fan of M&A activity. According to financial research company Capital IQ, global deal volumes dived 26% in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.

May 12, 2008

Cablevision Systems Corporation, owned by New York's Dolan family, has teamed up with Tribune Company to purchase Newsday Media Group, owners of one of the America's largest daily newspapers.

Cablevision Systems Corporation, owned by New York's Dolan family, has teamed up with Tribune Company to purchase Newsday Media Group, owners of one of the America's largest daily newspapers.

"Newsday is one of the great names in the history of American journalism," said Cablevision chairman Charles F Dolan. "It is both an honour and privilege to return Newsday back to Long Island-based ownership after nearly 40 years."

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