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November 25, 2010

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

The directors have to take into account that their decisions will affect the business, the family and the owners at the same time. Some consequences will have to be dealt with shortly after a decision has been made, other decisions will have a long-term impact.

November 4, 2010

Ferrovial, the family-controlled infrastructure firm, announced 2 November that it has sold one of its airport holdings, Swissport International AG, to private equity firm PAI Partners for €654 million.

Ferrovial, the family-controlled infrastructure firm, announced 2 November that it has sold one of its airport holdings, Swissport International AG, to private equity firm PAI Partners for €654 million.

Swissport is the world's leading passenger and cargo handling company, and has an enterprise value of approximately €888 million, according to Ferrovial.

August 12, 2010

Barilla Holdings, the Italian pasta maker owned by the founding Barilla family, announced yesterday it plans to sell all of its shares in its subsidiary baking group Kamps GmbH to private equity company Equity Capital Management.

Barilla Holdings, the Italian pasta maker owned by the founding Barilla family, announced yesterday it plans to sell all of its shares in its subsidiary baking group Kamps GmbH to private equity company Equity Capital Management.

Kamps is the bakery chain of Lieken AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barilla Iniziative. The sale includes around 900 bakery shops, five plants that supply those shops and 1000 employees from the German part of the business.

May 10, 2010

Qatar Holding, the investment arm of the Qatari royal family, has purchased London department store Harrods from its billionaire owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Qatar Holding, the investment arm of the Qatari royal family, has purchased London department store Harrods from its billionaire owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
 
Al Fayed's advisors Lazard International made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday. "The Al Fayed family trust, owners of Harrods, announce that they have today sold the Harrods Group to Qatar Holding," it said.
 

May 6, 2010

The Washington Post Company, the family-controlled publisher, announced yesterday it is exploring the possible sale of its flagship magazine Newsweek.

The Washington Post Company, the family-controlled publisher, announced yesterday it is exploring the possible sale of its flagship magazine Newsweek.

March 29, 2010

Ford’s sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Ford's sale of Volvo yesterday to China-based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd for $1.8 billion represents a loss of $4.7 billion and finally draws a line under the excesses of the past.

Bill Ford Jr, great-grandson of founder Henry Ford and current executive chairman, was just getting his feet under the table as chairman of the board of directors when Ford paid $6.5 billion for Volvo in 1999.

March 26, 2010

Independent News and Media, the family-controlled publishing company, has finalised the sale of its two flagship titles, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, to Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev.

Independent News and Media, the family-controlled publishing company, has finalised the sale of its two flagship titles, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, to Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev. 

March 4, 2010

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the daughter of L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, has denied the family is looking to sell its 31% stake in the company to Switzerland-based food giant Nestle.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the daughter of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt (pictured), has denied the family is looking to sell its 31% stake in the company to Switzerland-based food giant Nestle.
 

March 1, 2010

Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, had more than half of his assets seized by the supreme court on Friday after nine justices agreed he had deliberately hidden his wealth and concealed his shareholdings in the family business.

Thailand's former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra (pictured), had more than half of his assets seized by the supreme court on Friday after nine justices agreed he had deliberately hidden his wealth and concealed his shareholdings in the family business.
 

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