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September 22, 2010

In the 1980s Japanese companies, buoyed by huge piles of cash and the strongest domestic economy in the world, bought a host of assets in the US and Europe.

In the 1980s Japanese companies, buoyed by huge piles of cash and the strongest domestic economy in the world, bought a host of assets in the US and Europe.
 
One of the most memorable acquisitions was the purchase of the Rockefeller Centre in New York City in 1989 by a Japanese real estate company. At the time, the purchase was seen at just how much the centre of economic power had shifted away from the US towards Japan and Asia.
 

September 7, 2010

Chen Guangbiao, a renowned Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has pledged to donate all of his wealth to charity upon his death in a letter to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, the billionaires behind the giving pledge initiative.

Chen Guangbiao, a renowned Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has pledged to donate all of his wealth to charity upon his death in a letter to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (pictured), the billionaires behind the giving pledge initiative.

August 27, 2010

Family-controlled luxury group LVMH has continued its push into Asia by taking a stake in China-based Emperor Watch and Jewellery Ltd through its private equity fund L Capital Asia Advisors.

Family-controlled luxury group LVMH has continued its push into Asia by taking a stake in China-based Emperor Watch and Jewellery Ltd through its private equity fund L Capital Asia Advisors.

The fund, which is registered in the Cayman Islands but is a 100% subsidiary of LVMH, has purchased 6.92% of Emperor as a result of the transaction.

L Capital plans to inject money and expertise into luxury watch and jewellery retailer, which had revenues of HK$ 2.69 billion in 2009.

June 18, 2010

Despite the fact that it is expected to grow three times as fast as the US and twice as fast as Brazil over the next two years, few firms are engaged in investing directly into mainland China, writes Richard Hemming.

Despite the fact that it is expected to grow three times as fast as the US and twice as fast as Brazil over the next two years, few firms are engaged in investing directly into mainland China, writes Richard Hemming.

This is principally because of the restrictions that apply on entry and exit into a market that is effectively State controlled and owned – a fact that qualifies it to be a frontier market.

June 11, 2010

Exor, the investment arm of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, has announced that it plans to invest up to $100 million in partnership with Jardine Matheson Holdings and Rothschild private bank to access private equity opportunities in China and India.

Exor, the investment arm of Italy's Agnelli dynasty, has announced that it plans to invest up to $100 million in partnership with Jardine Matheson Holdings and Rothschild private bank to access private equity opportunities in China and India.
 
According to a statement released on Thursday, the agreement means Exor will be strongly placed to capture both medium and long-term investment opportunities in regions with high growth potential across a wide range of sectors.
 

March 15, 2010

Bridas Energy Holdings, the oil and gas company owned by the Bulgheroni family, on Sunday confirmed that China National Offshore Oil Corporation Limited (CNOOC) will take a 50% stake in a its subsidiary company Bridas Corporation.

Bridas Energy Holdings, the oil and gas company owned by the Bulgheroni family, on Sunday confirmed that China National Offshore Oil Corporation Limited (CNOOC) will take a 50% stake in a its subsidiary company Bridas Corporation.
 
The deal sees CNOOC and BEH form a 50-50 joint venture that will control Bridas Corporation on completion. Although Bridas did not put a value on the deal, CNOOC said it will pay approximately $3.1 billion for its share of the Argentinean company.
 

January 8, 2010

The new year provides the perfect occasion for family businesses around the world to assess their 2009 performance, attempt to learn the lessons of the recession and work out how best to seize the opportunities 2010 presents. It is also the time for www.campdenFB.com to review the outgoing year and look forward to the possibilities of 2010, writes Katie Barker

The new year provides the perfect occasion for family businesses around the world to assess their 2009 performance, attempt to learn the lessons of the recession and work out how best to seize the opportunities 2010 presents. It is also the time for www.campdenFB.com to review the outgoing year and look forward to the possibilities of 2010, writes Katie Barker

January 7, 2009

If last year’s economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year’s commentaries seem universally depressing.

If last year's economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year's commentaries seem universally depressing. However, we cannot get away from the fact that the financial news and the background economic environment is bad and likely to get worse before it gets better.

The good news though is that a lot of this bad news has already been factored in, with some investment houses thinking that the fall in certain valuations may have already gone too far.

September 18, 2008

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has given up a stake in his family’s LCF Rothschild Group to the Bank of China, the fifth largest bank in the world in terms of market capitalisation in 2007.

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has given up a stake in his family’s LCF Rothschild Group to the Bank of China, the fifth largest bank in the world in terms of market capitalisation in 2007.
 
The two companies have signed a long-term strategic investment and business cooperation agreement covering private banking and asset management businesses in their respective domestic markets and other strategic geographies.
 

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