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May 31, 2018

French industrialist Serge Dassault dies, JAB Holding adds Pret to portfolio, and Jack Daniels maker Brown-Forman appoints second successive non-family CEO

French icon Serge Dassault dies aged 93

The controversial French industrialist and politician Serge Dassault, chairman of the eponymous aviation and software giant Dassault Group, has died aged 93.

The nonagenarian, who took over the business after his father’s death in 1986, is understood to have died at the headquarters of Dassault Aviation, according to French media reports.

January 4, 2018

JAB on coffee spending spree, Rolling Stone founder sells up, and Dolby family make record £85m donation to science.

JAB on coffee spending spree

German giant JAB Holding Company is on a caffeine spending spree, while fellow family coffee business Lavazza diversifies into on-demand video.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE), a subsidiary of JAB, which in turn controls the Reimann family’s assets, has made a cash offer for the issued ordinary shares of OldTown, a Malaysia-based halal coffee chain.

November 9, 2017

Luxury giant LVMH in major reshuffle of top management; Panera Bread founder swaps C-suite for boardroom after JAB takeover; Asia-Pacific expected to lead slowing global wealth by 2021

Luxury giant LVMH in major reshuffle of top management

Sidney Toledano has been appointed chairman and chief executive of the fashion group within the world-leading family-controlled luxury giant LVMH after 20 years in charge of Christian Dior Couture.

The change at the top followed the full integration of Dior into LVMH in April in a reported €13 billion ($15.1 billion) deal.

August 24, 2017

Heineken takeover approved, Michael Hill profits boosted by Canada, and JAB Holdings to cast off Bally

Heineken takeover approved

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Heineken’s takeover of 1,900 pubs, saying it is satisfied the deal will not cause customers to “lose out”.

The Netherlands-based brewer proposed in June a £403 million ($516 million) purchase of the pubs, currently owned by Punch Taverns, a deal Punch shareholders approved in February.

The CMA then raised concerns about reduced competition in 33 UK areas.

July 27, 2017

JAB Holding Company, the investment vehicle of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, has stepped away from luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo and bitten into bakery-café chain Panera.

JAB Holding Company, the investment vehicle of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, has stepped away from luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo and bitten into bakery-café chain Panera.

JAB continued its shift from the moribund luxury market to coffee and food with its call in April for buyers interested in acquiring its 68% stake in Jimmy Choo.

April 27, 2017

Arnault family restructures holdings, sells Hermes stake; Lotte Group to reduce cross-shareholdings by 73% in simplification drive; JAB Holdings luxury arm mulls sale of Jimmy Choo and Bally

Arnault family restructures holdings, sells Hermes stake
France’s Arnault family is to pay €12.1 billion ($13.2 billion) for the minority stake in iconic French fashion house, Christian Dior, it does not yet control and sell its stake in family-controlled rival Hermes.

Arnault Family Group, who controls the world’s largest luxury company LVMH, said the move was part of a two-step simplification of its holding structures in response to market demands.

April 7, 2017

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread; Bertelsmann acquires stake in Indian ed-tech company Eruditus; and Antofagasta earnings leap on copper price recovery

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread

JAB Holdings, the investment vehicle of Germany’s Reimann family, has signed a $7.5 billion deal to acquire bakery chain Panera Bread—the biggest restaurant deal in United States history.

November 4, 2016

James Dyson engineers new university, Dalian Wanda Group buys Dick Clark Productions, and JAB Holdings offers $1 billion for Super Group

James Dyson engineers new university

Sir James Dyson, founder of the eponymous British technology company, is to open his own institute to train engineers as part of a drive to ensure UK companies remain competitive.

The Dyson Institute of Technology, opening this autumn, will offer students free education and a guaranteed job on completion. Dyson said the starting salary was expected to be about £15,000 ($18,700) in the first year.

July 29, 2016

JAB Holdings completes $1.3 billion acquisition of Krispy Kreme; Volkswagen stock price crashes after Q2 results; and Todd Corporation given nod to sell gold mine stake 

JAB Holdings completes $1.3 billion acquisition of Krispy Kreme

JAB Holding, the investment vehicle of the Reimann family, has completed its $1.3 billion acquisition of US-based doughnut and coffee company Krispy Kreme.

In a two-paragraph statement, the two companies confirmed the completion of the sale this week, and added that Krispy Kreme will become a privately held company.

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