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November 27, 2014

Samsung announced $2 billion share buyback scheme; African family business secures stake in new Coca-Cola operation; and Dalian Wanda seek approval for $6 billion IPO. 

Samsung announced $2 billion share buyback scheme

Family-owned chaebol Samsung has announced a $2 billion share buyback plan following calls from investors to improve returns.

The largest smartphone maker in the world said it would buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares – the second-largest buyback in the firm’s history, according to Reuters.

November 20, 2014

Samsung retires $2.5 billion proposed merger; Ikea doubles down on wind deal; and BMW and Daimler commit to Mexico supply deal

Samsung retires $2.5 billion proposed merger

South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate Samsung Heavy Industries has scrapped a proposed $2.5 billion (€1.99 billion) takeover of Samsung Engineering due to shareholder opposition.

June 9, 2014

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Analysts have been speculating about the future of the company following the hospitalisation of second-generation chairman Lee Kun-hee last month after a heart attack.

May 9, 2014

The third generation of the Lee family, which controls South Korea’s Samsung, is reportedly restructuring family ownership in the conglomerate’s complicated web of subsidiaries.

The third generation of the Lee family, which controls South Korea’s Samsung, is reportedly restructuring family ownership in the conglomerate’s complicated web of subsidiaries.

The group’s IT solutions business, Samsung SDS, said on Thursday it was planning a listing on the Korea Exchange this year, explaining it will help it secure funds for its global expansion and patents in lucrative business areas such as cloud computing and big data.

September 25, 2013

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

The apparel business – headed by Lee Seo-hyun, second daughter of Samsung Group chair Lee Kun-hee – will be transferred to Samsung Everland, led by her elder sister, Lee Boo-jin, in a KRW1.5 trillion deal (€1 billion). The deal is due to be completed by December.

August 29, 2013

South Korea’s president has met with the country’s top privately-owned conglomerates, including the likes of Samsung and LG, whose economic dominance she has publicly promised to curb in the past.

South Korea’s president has met with the country’s top privately-owned conglomerates, including the likes of Samsung and LG, whose economic dominance she has publicly promised to curb in the past.

At a lunch held in Seoul on Wednesday, Park Geun-hye promised attendees that her campaign to improve the country’s economy through “economic democratization” would not turn into the repression of conglomerates or excessive regulation.

February 25, 2013

South Korea’s chaebols are the foundation of the country’s economic success story. But have these businesses turned into monsters?  

Imagine you are the fantastically wealthy owner of a vast South Korean conglomerate with a young daughter who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She needs a hobby. What do you do? Give her a bakery, of course. Sounds harmless? Not so.

Early in 2012 there was a vast public blowback against the swanky bakeries owned by the daughters of South Korean moguls, which were accused of putting traditional small Korean bun-sellers out of business. The outcry was so great that even politicians leapt on to the bandwagon.

January 7, 2013

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Headed by chief executive Bon-Joon Koo, grandson of founder In-hwoi Koo, LG plans to increase its share in the fiercely competitive electronics market – continuing its battle with the likes of Samsung and Apple for growth.

October 29, 2012

Family businesses around the world have reported mixed quarterly figures, with Samsung and America Movil seeing rises in sales and profits, while Paccar has witnessed a fall in revenues.

Family businesses around the world have reported mixed quarterly figures, with Samsung and America Movil seeing rises in sales and profits, while Paccar has witnessed a fall in revenues.

Samsung Electronics, which is the world’s biggest technology company by sales, had a record-breaking third quarter with operating profit reaching an all-time high of 8.12 trillion won (€5.74 billion) – up 91% on the same period last year – while revenues hit 52.18 trillion won, a 26% increase.

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