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FAMILY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

October 14, 2016

Sky investors vote against James Murdoch’s reappointment; América Móvil to invest $600m in Dominican Republic; and BMW and Toyota invest in data gathering company

Sky investors vote against James Murdoch’s reappointment

James Murdoch, the younger son of billionaire Rupert Murdoch, has suffered a shareholder backlash at Sky after more than half of the UK media company's independent shareholders voted against his reappointment as chairman.

September 7, 2016

Prosecutors to question Lotte Group founder; Hanjin chairman pledges $36 million to resolve shipping cargo crisis; and Comcast focus of anti-monopoly investigation after Dreamworks acquisition

Prosecutors to question Lotte Group founder

State prosecutors in South Korea will visit Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk ho to assess his health condition and decide how best to question the 93-year-old on allegations of tax evasion.

The Lotte Group has been accused of running slush funds worth at least 56 billion won ($50 million) at Lotte Engineering and Construction and restricting business opportunities to the group’s affiliates, according to Korea Joongang Daily.

August 26, 2016

Lawyers Say Bosch colluded on Volkswagen emission scandal; Nintendo strengthens supply chain with Jesnet acquisition; and Maersk to cut fleet and crew

Lawyers Say Bosch colluded on Volkswagen emission scandal

German family business Bosch, one of Europe’s largest companies by revenues, has been accused of colluding with Volkswagen over the emissions cheating scandal in amended court filings.

July 22, 2016

Swatch first-half profit declines to lowest level in nearly a decade; Dassault Aviation profit down, deliveries cancelled; and Maersk signs five-year carbon reduction scheme

Swatch first-half profit declines to lowest level in nearly a decade

Swiss watchmaker Swatch, owned by the Hayek family, reported its lowest first-half profit in seven years amid a challenging time for luxury goods.

According to a company statement, first-half operating profit declined 54% to CHF353 million ($359 million) but said it expects “clear growth” in the second half of the year. Swatch said July 15 that revenue fell about 12%.

July 8, 2016

Lotte founder’s daughter arrested; Serge Dassault on trial for tax fraud; and Gretchen Carlson files sexual harassment suit against Fox News 

Lotte founder’s daughter arrested

Shin Young-ja, the chairwoman of the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, has been arrested over allegations she received bribes as prosecutors step up an investigation into the country’s fifth-largest business chaebol.

The 74-year-old daughter of Lotte founder Shin Kyuk-ho is accused of accepting bribes from the former chief of cosmetics brand Nature Republic in exchange for store space in Lotte’s duty-free outlets.

July 1, 2016

Lotte second-gen summoned to prosecutors’ office; Henkel buys Sun Products for €3.2 billion; and Volkswagen to pay $14.7 billion settlement

Lotte second-gen summoned to prosecutors’ office

Shin Young-ja, the chairwoman of the Lotte Scholarship Foundation, appeared at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office today over allegations that she received bribes.

The 74-year-old is accused of accepting bribes from the former chief of cosmetics brand Nature Republic in exchange for store space in Lotte’s duty-free outlets.

June 17, 2016

Cargill gets $10 million in tax breaks to stay in Wichita; Merck shares sore following lung cancer study; and Volkswagen families display unity ahead of annual general meeting

Cargill gets $10 million in tax breaks to stay in Wichita

A deal to keep family-controlled Cargill operating in Wichita includes nearly $10 million in tax breaks from government entities over a 10-year period, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

June 3, 2016

Bechtel names 35-year-old as new chief executive; Family behind Market Basket grocery chain back in court; and South Korean court rules against Samsung merger suit 

Bechtel names 35-year-old as new chief executive

Bechtel Corporation, one of the largest family businesses in the US, has named fifth-generation Brendan Bechtel as its new chief executive.

The 35-year-old will replace Bill Dudley, who became the first non-family CEO to run the business after Brendan’s father, Riley Bechtel, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago.

April 15, 2016

Bollore Group raided over west Africa port concessions; Marriott and Starwood join hands in blockbuster hotel deal; and Sika board limits Burkard family vote

Bollore Group raided over west Africa port concessions

French authorities have searched the headquarters of Bollore Group in Paris as part of an investigation into alleged port concessions it received in West Africa.

The investigation is looking into a possible relationship between Bollore Group, headed by seventh-gen Vincent Bollore, and Francis Perez, the president of casino and hotel group Pefaco.

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