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September 21, 2010

Sahara India Pariwar, the Indian conglomerate controlled by billionaire Subrata Roy, is in discussions to purchase Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the debt-ridden Hollywood studio.

Sahara India Pariwar, the Indian conglomerate controlled by billionaire Subrata Roy, is in discussions to purchase Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the debt-ridden Hollywood studio.
 
Media reports say Sahara has made a $2 billion bid for the studio, which has debts of around $3.7 billion, amassed when it was taken over in 2005 by private equity groups and Sony.
 

August 6, 2010

Hugh Hefner’s efforts to take full control of Playboy Enterprises Inc were buoyed by the latest results of the Chicago-based publishing company.

Hugh Hefner's efforts to take full control of Playboy Enterprises Inc were buoyed by the latest results of the Chicago-based publishing company.

Although revenues at Playboy dropped from $62 million for Q2 2009 to $56 million for the same period this year, net losses shrunk to $5.4 million from $8.7 million in 2009. The company's improved financial position was helped by the closing of the New York office and job cuts.

August 4, 2010

Banco Santander, one of Europe’s largest banks which still has strong links to the founding family, announced today that it will acquire 318 branches from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in a deal worth £1.65 billion.

Banco Santander, one of Europe's largest banks which still has strong links to the founding family, announced today that it will acquire 318 branches from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in a deal worth £1.65 billion.

The deal will give Santander an additional 1.8 million customers in the UK and is expected to be concluded by the end of 2011. 

July 19, 2010

Friend Finder Networks has made a $210 million bid for family-controlled Playboy Enterprises Inc, which allows the company’s founder, octogenarian High Hefner, to retain a level of control.

Friend Finder Networks has made a $210 million bid for family-controlled Playboy Enterprises Inc, which allows the company's founder, octogenarian High Hefner, to retain a level of control. 

In an acknowledgement of the importance of the founding family to the Playboy brand, the offer includes a clause that allows Hugh Hefner to retain editorial control at the magazine and remain in the famous Playboy Mansion. 

July 13, 2010

Hugh M Hefner, the founder of the iconic Playboy brand, yesterday made a bid for the remaining shares in Playboy Enterprises Inc he does not already own in a bid to take the company private.

Hugh M Hefner, the founder of the iconic Playboy brand, yesterday made a bid for the remaining shares in Playboy Enterprises Inc he does not already own in a bid to take the company private.

In a proposal letter to the Playboy board, Hefner offered $5.50 per share in cash to acquire all outstanding Class A and Class B common stock, valuing the company at $185 million. He plans to partner with Traverse Management LLC to finance the deal.

July 12, 2010

Banco Santander, the family-controlled banking group, announced today that it will acquire the German retail banking business of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB Group) for €555 million.

Banco Santander, the family-controlled banking group, announced today that it will acquire the German retail banking business of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB Group) for €555 million.
 
The acquisition adds 173 branches and around a million customers in Germany for Spain-based Santander. Family chairman Emilio Botin (pictured) said: "Germany is a core market for Santander. This acquisition is a significant step towards achieving our goal of being a full-service retail bank in Europe's largest market."

June 9, 2010

Banco Santander, the family-controlled banking group, announced today that it will purchase the remaining 24.9% of Santander Mexico for $2.5 billion.

Banco Santander, the family-controlled banking group, announced today that it will purchase the remaining 24.9% of Santander Mexico for $2.5 billion.
 
Spain-based Santander will buy the stake from Bank of America, who purchased the share in 2003 for $1.6 billion. This sale gives Santander 99.9% ownership of the Mexican unit, which is valued at $10 billion.
 

November 16, 2009

Suntory Holdings Ltd, the family-owned Japanese brewing company, announced on Friday the completion of its 100% acquisition of Orangina Schweppes Group as it bids to expand overseas.

Suntory Holdings Ltd, the family-owned Japanese brewing company, announced on Friday the completion of its 100% acquisition of Orangina Schweppes Group as it bids to expand overseas.
 
Suntory purchased the soft-drinks manufacturer from Lion Capital LLP and the Blackstone Group, although the actual transaction price has not been made public.  
 

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