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September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

July 4, 2017

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America 

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America. Sharon Lim reports 

October 21, 2016

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, and Vivendi lawsuit dialled up to 11

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times

Fifth-generation Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger has been appointed deputy publisher of the New York Times, setting him up to one day succeed his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

The 36-year-old next-generation executive takes on the role amid a difficult time for the publication: readers and advertisers are slowly shifting to online, while publishers are shifting their resources within the newsroom.

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.

May 20, 2016

Heineken set to announce $146m F1 sponsorship deal; Lotte founder refuses mental competence evaluation; and Berkshire Hathaway buys stake in Apple

Heineken set to announce $146m F1 sponsorship deal

Dutch family brewer Heineken, owned by the eponymous family, is rumoured to have agreed to a new $146 million sponsorship deal with Formula One following a sensational win by Dutch racer Max Verstappen last week.

At the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, 18-year-old Verstappen became the youngest winner in F1 history at the Spanish Grand Prix and has been tipped as a future world champion, sparking the interest of the Dutch brewer.

April 1, 2016

Tata Steel considers selling British plants; Lotte founder loses seat on board; and Greybull Capital mulling sale of Monarch Airlines

Tata Steel considers selling British plants

Tata Steel, one of the largest steelmakers in the world, is considering the sale of its entire UK business after heavy losses.

According to a company statement from the family-controlled conglomerate, the increase in Chinese imports, coupled with slow demand, has caused the price of steel in Europe to plunge by half since 2011. 

October 9, 2015

Schaeffler finally lists on stock exchange following delays due to VW scandal; Lotte family feud goes to court; Lundin tries to woo investors on merger.

Schaeffler debuts on stock market following delays

Family-owned car parts company Schaeffler saw its shares rise 8% on its market debut on Friday.

The German family business delayed the IPO one week due to the emissions scandal at Volkswagen, which accounts for more than 10% of group sales.

The company had also scaled back the size of the IPO, raising €938 million in the listing where it had initially planned to raise €2.5 billion.

July 31, 2015

Lotte Group ousts 92-year-old founder; LVMH posts second-quarter revenue rise of 23%; and Sweden’s Ikea buys forest in Romania

Lotte Group ousts 92-year-old founder

The board of directors at South Korean-Japanese conglomerate Lotte Group voted this week to remove general chairman and founder Shin Kyuk-ho from his post, Japanese media reported.

The move is seen as part of a power struggle between the founder’s two sons, Dong-joo and Dong-bin, who own comparable stakes in the company, and are vying for control of the 90 trillion won ($77 billion) business.

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