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January 11, 2016

A next gen is appointed at resort and spa group Banyan Tree; International Hospital Group announces a partnership in China; and Volkswagen's Martin Winterkorn continues to take home a large pay packet.

Banyan Holdings
After taking a break from the family business to set up her own company, Ho Ren Yung, daughter of Banyan Tree Holding’s founder and executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping, has been appointed director of the company’s group retail operations.

Listed in Singapore, the luxury resort group began as a boutique hotel in Thailand and has grown into an international hospitality brand with over 150 resorts, spas and retail galleries worldwide.

December 4, 2015

BlueCrest to close Hedge Fund and return outsider money; Louis Dreyfus family ask to be bought out; and Volkswagen sales drop 25% in US

BlueCrest to close Hedge Fund and return outsider money

BlueCrest Capital Management, the hedge fund founded by billionaire Michael Platt, has decided to jettison its clients and rebrand itself as a private investment partnership.

The 15-year-old hedge fund, which managed around $36 billion at its peak in 2012 but now manages $8 billion, said it has become increasingly difficulty to generate returns and that it will now manage the money of Platt, employees and partners. 

October 30, 2015

Volkswagen posts its first quarterly loss in more than 15 years; Vincent Bolloré plans to IPO West African train project; and Samsung compensates workers in hazardous conditions claim

Emissions scandal forces Volkswagen’s first loss in 15 years
Family-controlled carmaker Volkswagen has posted its first quarterly loss in more than 15 years due to €6.7 billion ($7.38 billion) of charges it has set aside to cover costs after it admitted rigging diesel emission tests.
Controlled by the third generation of the Piech family, Volkswagen admitted last month it deliberately tampered with thousands of its cars’ emission testing software to deceive US environmental authorities.

September 25, 2015

Martin Winterkorn may have survived an attempted leadership coup in April, which pitted third-generation chairman against non-family executive, but the Volkswagen CEO did not prove so resilient in the face of the corporate scandal currently rocking the carmaker.

Martin Winterkorn may have survived an attempted leadership coup in April, which pitted third-generation chairman against non-family executive, but the Volkswagen CEO did not prove so resilient in the face of the corporate scandal currently rocking the carmaker.

Today the family business is reportedly set to announce that Matthias Mueller, who current heads the company’s luxury Porsche brand, will take over the entire group.

Winterkorn had worked at Volkswagen since 1993, serving as CEO for the last eight years.

September 22, 2015

Family-controlled carmaker Volkswagen has admitted it deliberately tampered with thousands of its cars’ emission testing software to deceive US environmental authorities.

Family-controlled carmaker Volkswagen has admitted it deliberately tampered with thousands of its cars’ emission testing software to deceive US environmental authorities.

It faces an initial fine of $18 billion for the 11 million cars affected, equivalent to its net annual profits, but if further investigations find the rigging is more widespread this could rise.

The German carmaker posted revenues of €197 billion in 2013.

September 4, 2015

Lego posts double-digit growth across all territories; Novartis launches copycat cancer drug at 15% discount; and VW and Suzuki settle four-year legal dispute

VW and Suzuki settle four-year legal dispute

An international court has ordered German carmaker Volkswagen to sell its 19.9% stake in Japan’s Suzuki Motor, bringing to a close a four-year dispute between the companies.

The two automakers had accused each other of breaching their 2009 partnership agreement, which was intended to provide Volkswagen with greater access to India and Suzuki with new technology.

August 1, 2014

German family businesses are feeling the pinch from Russia’s confrontation with the West, particularly carmaker Volkswagen, who has reported an 8% year-on-year decrease in Russian sales. 

German family businesses are feeling the pinch from Russia’s confrontation with the West, particularly carmaker Volkswagen, who has reported an 8% year-on-year decrease in Russian sales.

With further sanctions on the horizon, Volkswagen, controlled by the Piech family, is just one of approximately 6,000 German family businesses operating in Russia that are expected to suffer from the incoming “level three” sanctions.

July 18, 2014

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner; Family-owned Fiat denies Volkswagen takeover bid and Bestway buy Co-op pharmacy in multi-million pound deal

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has had an $80 billion (€59.1 billion) merger deal rejected by US rival Time Warner.

March 18, 2014

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages. 

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages.

The hedge funds claimed Porsche mislead the markets back in 2008 over its takeover plans for rival German car brand Volkswagen.

The Piech and Porsche families, who are descendants of Ferdinand Porsche, the carmaker's founder, control Porsche SE.

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