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February 28, 2012

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

German carmaker Volkswagen said revenues jumped 25.6% to €159.34 billion in 2011, from €126.88 billion in 2010.

November 24, 2011

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

The arbitration, which will take place in London, follows Volkswagen’s “lack of response to Suzuki’s requests for the disposition of its shares” either back to the company or a third party, according to a statement issued by Japan’s Suzuki.

September 12, 2011

An alliance between family-controlled carmakers Suzuki and Volkswagen may come to an end over a dispute involving Fiat, the Italian car manufacturer controlled by the Agnelli family. 

An alliance between family-controlled carmakers Suzuki and Volkswagen may come to an end over a dispute involving Fiat, the Italian car manufacturer controlled by the Agnelli family.

Suzuki Motor offered to buy Volkswagen’s stake in the company on 12 September after the German firm accused its Japanese partner of breaking the terms of their contract by agreeing to buy diesel engines from Fiat, instead of first considering VW.

However, in a statement, Suzuki denied the allegation: “We can affirm that we have not breached the contract.”

September 9, 2011

The management team at Volkswagen are “urgently” examining “potential courses of action” to ensure that the planned merger of the German carmaker with Porsche can go ahead, according to a spokesman for VW.   

The management team at Volkswagen are “urgently” examining “potential courses of action” to ensure that the planned merger of the German carmaker with Porsche can go ahead, according to a spokesman for VW.

VW said this week that efforts to merge the two family-controlled companies are being hampered by legal issues relating to Porsche's failed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008, which saw Porsche accumulate a debt of €10 billion.

February 24, 2011

Family-controlled German carmakers, Porsche and Volkswagen, announced on 23 February that their planned merger may not happen this year due to pending legal issues.

Family-controlled German carmakers, Porsche and Volkswagen, announced on 23 February that their planned merger may not happen this year due to pending legal issues.

The two carmakers had previously revealed plans to merge by the second half of this year, but unresolved legal issues relating to a failed takeover of VW by Porsche in 2008 are likely to delay the merger.

April 19, 2010

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

January 26, 2010

Four American hedge funds are suing Porsche, the family-controlled sports carmaker, for more than $1 billion in a lawsuit filed in New York yesterday.

Four American hedge funds are suing Porsche, the family-controlled sports carmaker, for more than $1 billion in a lawsuit filed in New York yesterday. 

November 23, 2009

The Supervisory Boards of Porsche SE and Volkswagen AG announced on Friday they have taken a further step towards integration when both boards approved the contracts of a merger deal that would see the two companies combined by 2011.

The Supervisory Boards of Porsche SE and Volkswagen AG announced on Friday they have taken a further step towards integration when both boards approved the contracts of a merger deal that would see the two companies combined by 2011.

VW was the first to announce that its board had agreed to the terms of the merger and its statement was soon followed by a similar one from Porsche. The next step in the process will see VW take a 49.9% stake in Porsche before the end of 2009 in a deal worth €3.9 billion.

November 12, 2009

Porsche SE, the family-controlled sports-car manufacturer, announced it has made a loss of €4.4 billion for the 2008/09 financial year.

Porsche SE, the family-controlled sports-car manufacturer, announced it has made a loss of €4.4 billion for the 2008/09 financial year.
 

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