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June 14, 2012

The story of French investment group Wendel is as good as any case study of a family business converting to an investment group. CampdenFB speaks to Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, the group’s charismatic chairman.

Ernest-Antoine Seilliere doesn’t like rogue family shareholders. In fact, the chairman of Wendel, one of France’s pre-eminent investment groups, was so incensed about the issue that he wrote a book about it.

May 14, 2012

If you want a view of what a socialist president means for family businesses in France, given Francois Hollande’s recent elevation to the post, then speak to two barons. Baron David de Rothschild, chairman of the Rothschild Group, and Baron Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, chairman of Wendel, have had first hand experience of socialist presidents.

If you want a view of what a socialist president means for family businesses in France, given Francois Hollande’s recent elevation to the post, then speak to two barons.

March 22, 2012

It’s been a mixed week for family businesses across the world, with some, including Wendel, Inditex and Carlson, reporting strong financial results, while Independent News & Media saw profits hit by tough trading conditions. 

It’s been a mixed week for family businesses across the world, with some, including Wendel, Inditex and Carlson, reporting strong financial results, while Independent News & Media saw profits hit by tough trading conditions.

Wendel, the French investment company controlled by the eponymous family, said on 22 March that revenues jumped 17.5% in 2011 to €5.95 billion, from €5.07 billion in 2010.

February 14, 2012

French investment company Wendel, controlled by the eponymous family, is targeting other family businesses in Europe for acquisitions, thanks to a similarity in “DNA”.

French investment company Wendel, controlled by the eponymous family, is targeting other family businesses in Europe for acquisitions, thanks to a similarity in “DNA”.

December 1, 2011

French investment company Wendel, controlled by the founding family, is to sell its stake in electrical connections business Deutsch, as it attempts to reduce its €5 billion debt faster.

French investment company Wendel, controlled by the founding family, is to sell its stake in electrical connections business Deutsch, as it attempts to reduce its €5 billion debt faster.

The sale will see the family business divest its 89% holding in US-based Deutsch, which it first acquired in June 2006, for €1.5 billion, Wendel said in a statement. The net proceeds will amount to €954 million.

March 24, 2011

Family-controlled investment company Wendel announced on 24 March that its revenues for 2010 saw an increase of 17.5%, despite a run of bad luck with French regulators earlier this year.

Family-controlled investment company Wendel announced on 24 March that its revenues for 2010 saw an increase of 17.5%, despite a run of bad luck with French regulators earlier this year.

January 18, 2011

Family-controlled investment company Wendel said that it would appeal a €1.5 million fine imposed by the French market regulator AMF, as it attempts to bolster its reputation.

Family-controlled investment company Wendel said that it would appeal a €1.5 million fine imposed by the French market regulator AMF, as it attempts to bolster its reputation.

In a statement on 17 January, the Paris-based company said: "Wendel will appeal this ruling at the Paris Court of Appeal, which will hear in fact and law the evidence and key arguments presented by the group in order to demonstrate that Wendel has complied with the law and the regulations in force at the time."

December 8, 2008

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.
 
Wendel Investissement, which is controlled by the family’s SLPS holding company, owns stakes in several businesses including industrial giants St Gobain and Legrand.
 

March 1, 2006

Ernest-Antoine Seillière wants all things good and great for the EU and, ultimately, the French economy: rapid economic convergence, deep reforms to its labour markets and a big push to innovation. Will it happen, asks Scott McCulloch

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business.

Ernest-Antoine Seillière wants all things good and great for the EU and, ultimately, the French economy: rapid  economic convergence, deep reforms to its labour markets and a big push to innovation. Will it happen, asks Scott McCulloch

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