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July 24, 2015

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million; Fiat Chrysler announces Ferrari IPO; and Shin Dong-bin appointed CEO at Lotte Holdings

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million

Lavazza, the family-run Italian coffee maker, has put in a formal bid to acquire French brand Carte Noire for €800 million ($879 million).

According to a company statement, the deal will treble the company’s turnover in France and will help it grow organically in the surrounding regions.

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

December 29, 2014

Large, glossy photographs of yachting in the Mediterranean, sumptuous New York apartments, converted Corsican convents and verdant, elegant Italian gardens, sound like your cup of tea? 

The Last Swan

Marella Agnelli and Marella Carraciolo Chia

December 5, 2014

Volkswagen Group, the world's second biggest carmaker and Germany’s largest family business, is mulling an entry into Formula One, sources say.

Volkswagen Group, the world's second biggest carmaker and Germany’s largest family business, is mulling an entry into Formula One, sources say.

Last month its rival, fellow German carmaker Mercedes, took out the championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg taking out first and second place respectively for the season, which runs from March until November.

October 9, 2014

A family member will not take the helm of Fiat when existing professional chief executive Sergio Marchionne steps down in four years’ time, fifth-gen chairman John Elkann has told media.

A family member will not take the helm of Fiat when existing professional chief executive Sergio Marchionne steps down in four years’ time, fifth-gen chairman John Elkann has told media.

The Italian family business head says the company will stick to its current arrangement of having a family member as chair, and a non-family member as chief executive.

Bloomberg reported this week that Marchionne would retire in 2018, having been at the helm of the automaker since 2004.

July 18, 2014

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner; Family-owned Fiat denies Volkswagen takeover bid and Bestway buy Co-op pharmacy in multi-million pound deal

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has had an $80 billion (€59.1 billion) merger deal rejected by US rival Time Warner.

July 17, 2014

A fresh-faced CEO straight out of business school isn't always the person to inspire public and investor confidence, but circumstances sometimes force a young candidate into the top spot at a family firm.

Picking a chief executive for any family business is a tough task. It is especially problematic if the company is bent on keeping a family member in the top job. This was the conundrum Gianni Agnelli faced when trying to prepare an heir to take the wheel of his family’s iconic Italian car brand Fiat. Drug addiction in his only son and then stomach cancer in his nephew saw his pool of potential successors whittled down to his 21-year-old grandson John Elkann.

February 24, 2014

Fifth-generation family business Fiat is losing its image as an Italian company, according to an Italian business expert, as it expands globally and moves its tax affairs and company registration to other European countries.

Fifth-generation family business Fiat is losing its image as an Italian company, according to an Italian business expert, as it expands globally and moves its tax affairs and company registration to other European countries.

Founded by Giovanni Agnelli in 1899, the company is now headed by fifth-gen John Elkann, who confirmed this month that the carmaker was moving its tax domicile to the UK and registering its business in the Netherlands.

January 2, 2014

Italian family business Fiat has welcomed in the New Year by signing an agreement to purchase the remaining stake it does not already own in US carmaker Chrysler.

Italian family business Fiat has welcomed in the New Year by signing an agreement to purchase the remaining stake it does not already own in US carmaker Chrysler.

The $3.65 billion (€2.67 billion) agreement ends a stand off between Fiat, which is owned by family-controlled holding company Exor, and a retiree healthcare trust over the value of the company.

Veba, associated with the United Auto Workers union, argued its 41.5% stake was worth $5 billion, while Fiat said it was worth half that amount.

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