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February 26, 2013

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia.

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia, the New York Times Company put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale, and UK company Cosalt went into administration.

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February 21, 2013

CampdenFB unveils its annual Top 50 Family Business Leaders list – the names inspiring their businesses and beyond.

September 5, 2012

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America.

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s March family has sold a controlling stake in its construction business to a large French company.

August 1, 2012

Second-quarter and half-year 2012 results this week yielded highs and lows for family businesses as Porsche SE and BMW reported major gains while Loews and Saputo saw profits fall. 

Second-quarter and half-year 2012 results this week yielded highs and lows for family businesses as Porsche SE and BMW reported major gains while Loews and Saputo saw profits fall. A number of family businesses, meanwhile, had mixed results, with Fiat posting healthy profits amidst declining sales in Europe and Anheuser-Busch InBev reporting increased revenues for the half year despite a decrease in sales volume.

May 9, 2012

Three family businesses in Europe and Brazil have reported strong quarterly results this week, while Italian media conglomerate Mediaset and Japanese carmaker Toyota have seen their profits plummet.

Three family businesses in Europe and Brazil have reported strong quarterly results this week, while Italian media conglomerate Mediaset and Japanese carmaker Toyota have seen their profits plummet.

In Germany, Henkel, the consumer goods company controlled by the eponymous family, said on 9 May that net profit increased by 30.3% to €378 million during the first quarter of the year, from €290 million during the same period last year.

March 13, 2012

Asian countries have been growing faster than their European counterparts recently. Yet the reverse was seen in the family business sector this week, when five family firms in Europe posted strong results, while one Asian shipping company saw its profits drop by more than 80%.

Asian countries have been growing faster than their European counterparts recently. Yet the reverse was seen in the family business sector this week, when five family firms in Europe posted strong results, while one Asian shipping company saw its profits drop by more than 80%.

December 3, 2011

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally. 

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally.

For eight years in a row, Henkel, controlled by descendants of founder Fritz Henkel, has sponsored the Dakar Rally – which will next take place in January 2012 in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

May 6, 2011

Law firm Withers has added three new members to its Milan office as part of its strategy to increase its services for family businesses in Italy.

Law firm Withers has added three new members to its Milan office as part of its strategy to increase its services for family businesses in Italy.

Roberta Crivellaro, managing partner at Withers’ Milan branch told CampdenFB: “Running a family firm, especially in Italy, is no easy business, but we are committed to making sure that our clients have the smoothest ride possible by building each and every one of our practices that together cater for the complicated world of the family business.”

March 23, 2010

The 2010 list of the world’s most ethical companies includes many family-owned or –controlled businesses, confirming the sector’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The 2010 list of the world's most ethical companies includes many family-owned or –controlled businesses, confirming the sector's commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The list, compiled by the Ethisphere Institute, includes 100 companies from a wide range of countries and industries.

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