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April 14, 2011

Italian luxury goods maker Ferragamo, majority-controlled by members of the founding family, plans to list its shares in Milan, said reports.

Italian luxury goods maker Ferragamo, majority-controlled by members of the founding family, plans to list its shares in Milan, said reports.

The Florence, Italy-based Ferragamo has filed its initial public offering with the Italian stock exchange, according to Italy’s business newspaper Milano Finanza. Reports say it will list 30% of its shares in Milan by July. When contacted, the group was unavailable for comment. Reports also said that the listing, intended to fund expansion, could value the company at around $2 billion.

March 29, 2011

Family-controlled fashion group Prada announced on 29 March that its sales for 2010 rose by over 30%, buoyed by strong demand in the Asia-Pacific region, but made no comment about speculation it is planning an IPO.

Family-controlled fashion group Prada announced on 29 March that its sales for 2010 rose by over 30%, buoyed by strong demand in the Asia-Pacific region, but made no comment about speculation it is planning an IPO.

The Milan-based company said in a statement that its revenues increased to €2.05 billion, up from €1.56 billion the previous year. With brands including Miu Miu and Church under its umbrella, the Italian group’s net profits doubled in 2010 to €250.8 million.

October 6, 2010

Pandora, a Danish jewellery maker, has carried out an initial public offering in Copenhagen worth more than €1.3 billion, making it one of the biggest listings in Europe this year.

Pandora, a Danish jewellery maker, has carried out an initial public offering in Copenhagen worth more than €1.3 billion, making it one of the biggest listings in Europe this year.

The jeweller, which is best known for its charm bracelets, was 40% owned by the Enevoldsen family before the IPO. Per and Winnie Enevoldsen founded the company in 1982.

The IPO will dilute their holdings, but family members, who includes son Christian, will continue to play a role in the running of the company.

August 26, 2010

Sweden’s most famous family dynasty, the Wallenburgs, could be big beneficiaries from its investment in ISS, one of the world’s largest facility service providers, after the privately-owned company announced it was considering an initial public offering.

Sweden's most famous family dynasty, the Wallenburgs, could be big beneficiaries from its investment in ISS, one of the world's largest facility service providers, after the privately-owned company announced it was considering an initial public offering.

The Wallenburg family owns 55% of ISS, a stake it acquired in May 2005, through its private equity vehicle EQT.

August 25, 2010

Facebook, the social networking site, is expected to make a host of investors billions when it goes public, which some speculate could happen within a year.

Facebook, the social networking site, is expected to make a host of investors billions when it goes public, which some speculate could happen within a year.
 
According to media reports, Facebook is worth at least $33 billion based on secondary market transactions. This would make it one of the most valuable tech companies of all time, with a market capitalisation greater than Ebay and Yahoo.

August 20, 2010

India-based Essar Energy, a subsidiary of family-owned Essar Group, released half-year results showing a profit before tax of $154.4million, a decrease from $233.6million in the same period a year ago.

India-based Essar Energy, a subsidiary of family-owned Essar Group, released half-year results showing a profit before tax of $154.4million, a decrease from $233.6million in the same period a year ago.
 
However, second-generation Prashant Ruia, vice chairman of Essar Energy, said: "In terms of the actual results of the company we have been more or less in line with our projections. On the refining side, production has totalled 7.2 billion tonnes which has been a record."
 

August 18, 2010

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.

Ströer Out-of-Home Media AG, the family-controlled provider of outdoor advertising, has returned to the capital markets following the announcement of its IPO last month.
 
The Germany-based business said on Monday that it expects to raise €12.8 million from the issue of 640,000 new shares.
 

May 12, 2010

Peter Thornton gave Campden FB a searingly honest interview about being ousted from his family’s business, UK-based confectionery giant Thorntons, in 1987. Peter now gives an exclusive account of the fortunes of the company since the IPO and explains what he would have done differently

Peter Thornton gave Campden FB a searingly honest interview about being ousted from his family's business, UK-based confectionery giant Thorntons, in 1987 (continue reading here). An IPO in 1988 was a vehicle through which the family ultimately tried to solve the mounting conflict between four third-generation brothers.

May 4, 2010

India-based Essar Energy, a subsidiary of the family-owned Essar Group, raised £1.2 billion on Friday in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

India-based Essar Energy, a subsidiary of the family-owned Essar Group, raised £1.2 billion on Friday in an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

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