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January 22, 2013

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

December 9, 2011

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

Walton Entreprise, controlled by Rob Walton, Alice Walton, Jim Walton and the John Walton Estate Trust, will register for sale 70,615,608 of the company’s shares, Walmart said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

January 19, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.  

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company is still controlled by around 80 members of the Cargill and MacMillan families. The company said in a statement that the Mosaic transaction would help it accomplish the objective of "maintaining its status as a private company".

August 26, 2010

Ken McCracken and Hakan Hillerstrom discuss new guidelines that are designed to encourage corporate governance best practice in family-owned companies

In March 2010, the European Confederation of Director's Association (ecoDa) published a set of corporate governance guidelines intended to be implemented by unlisted companies. Based on similar guidelines already available in Spain, Belgium and Finland, other countries across Europe are currently discussing how to adapt the ecoDa guidelines for their own use.

July 23, 2010

The Stronach family, founders and controlling shareholders of Cananda-based Magna International, could relinquish more than 40 years of control today when shareholders vote on whether to eliminate the company’s dual share structure.

The Stronach family, founders and controlling shareholders of Cananda-based Magna International, could relinquish more than 40 years of control today when shareholders vote on whether to eliminate the company's dual share structure.

The Stronachs control two-thirds of the automotive supplier's voting shares but own less than 1% of its equity.

October 29, 2009

When a family starts to work together to organise a family council and create family policies, the questions inevitably comes up: "what will we do if someone doesn't follow the rules?", writes Christian Stewart

When a family starts to work together to organise a family council, to define different roles and responsibilities in the family business and to create family policies and agreements, the question inevitably comes up: "what will we do if someone doesn't follow the rules?"

July 10, 2008

In response to a move by acquisitive InBev to remove Anheuser’s board of directors, Anheuser-Busch has struck back, urging its shareholders to block the move.

In response to a move by acquisitive InBev to remove Anheuser’s board of directors, Anheuser-Busch has struck back, urging its shareholders to block the move.

The maker of Budweiser and Michelob beers has filed a consent revocation statement against InBev, saying its board “unanimously opposes” InBev’s consent solicitation.

May 6, 2008

The shareholders of family-controlled Aflac Inc have overwhelmingly approved the company's pay-for-performance compensation policies.

The shareholders of family-controlled Aflac Inc have overwhelmingly approved the company's pay-for-performance compensation policies – a strategy put forward by second-generation chairman and CEO Daniel P Amos (pictured).

Ninety three percent of votes were cast in favour of "Say-on-Pay" with only 2.5% against. The historic vote marks the first time shareholders were empowered to vote on executive compensation at a public company in the US.

January 1, 2008

Tom Davidow and Clemens Trauttenberg go head to head on the topic of managing conflict in family businesses. Will the firm prosper if the dissidents are bought out or should the family try to overcome the conflict together? Over to you to decide…

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates, based in Brookline, MA.
Clemens Trauttenberg is Member of the Private Client Department at WOLF THEISS.

Tom Davidow and Clemens Trauttenberg go head to head on the topic of managing conflict in family businesses. Will the firm prosper if the dissidents are bought out or should the family try to overcome the conflict together? Over to you to decide…

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