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July 2, 2019

Lego buys back entertainment parks, Dassault Aviation signs French AI manifesto, Genoa bridge demolished.

Lego repurchase of Legoland Parks continues trend of de-listing
Lego’s parent company has bought back the entertainments company it sold to Merlin Entertainment in 2005 for £4.8bn with a consortium of private equity and institutional investors.

Lego’s parent company, Kirkbi, which is controlled by the third-generation of the Kirk Kristiansen family, already owned a 30% stake in Legoland Parks after selling 70% of the business for about £250 million in July 2005 to repay mounting debts.

March 26, 2019

The Swedish family controlled appliance giant Electrolux is setting the benchmark on sustainability with its launch of green bonds this week and ambitious renewable targets on track for 2020.

The Swedish family controlled appliance giant Electrolux is setting the benchmark on sustainability with its launch of green bonds this week and ambitious renewable targets on track for 2020.

The world’s fifth largest consumer goods manufacturer issued the first bond loan within its green bond framework, raising SEK 1 billion ($108.4 million) to fund investments and other projects with environmental benefits.

March 1, 2019

The Danish family-owned toy giant Lego Group will build on its return to growth after a two-year slump by accelerating expansion in China, India and the Middle East.

The Danish family-owned toy giant Lego Group will build on its return to growth after a two-year slump by accelerating expansion in China, India and the Middle East.

February 13, 2019

Business families of significant wealth are reviewing the implications of Brexit as the scheduled date for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union looms.

Business families of significant wealth are reviewing the implications of Brexit as the scheduled date for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union looms.

PwC has been urging clients to start activating contingency plans in areas where Brexit may affect supply chains and cross-border change. For the sector as whole, many organisations were still waiting to see what the final outcome of negotiations will be before taking significant investment decisions, Peter Englisch (pictured above), global and EMEA family business leader at PwC Germany, said.

August 14, 2018

Family businesses account for more than two-thirds of UK businesses and many of these families have strong links with the European Union. The UK's exit from the EU could present them with significant risks, especially given that the regulatory framework that will govern the UK's future relationship with the EU is still unknown.

Family businesses account for more than two-thirds of UK businesses and many of these families have strong links with the European Union. The UK's exit from the EU could present them with significant risks, especially given that the regulatory framework that will govern the UK's future relationship with the EU is still unknown.

While nobody can foresee the economic outcome of Brexit, there are practical steps that family businesses can take to prepare for a future outside the EU.

June 28, 2018

Food and hospitality is “the next business frontier” for Europe’s luxury fashion families, with Bulgari descendant and investor Francesco Trapani the latest to help himself to a side of Italy’s food industry.

Food and hospitality is “the next business frontier” for Europe’s luxury fashion families, with Bulgari descendant and investor Francesco Trapani the latest to help himself to a side of Italy’s food industry.

Trapani, who sold his family’s stake in jeweller Bulgari to LVMH in 2011 for €4.8 billion ($5.5 billion), has added Italian pizza chain Briscola and gelato maker Geloso to his portfolio, alongside the 5% stake he owns in Tiffany.

June 20, 2018

Missoni eyes international expansion, Heineken invests in the Great British Pub, and Alexa checks into Marriott.

Missoni eyes international expansion

The Missoni family have sold a 41.2% stake in their eponymous fashion house to Italian private equity firm FSI, a move the family say will make them more competitive internationally.

The stake was valued at €70 million ($93 million), and the companies said in a statement it would involve a capital increase and no leverage against Italy’s Missoni. The family retains majority control.

June 6, 2018

Campden Wealth is delighted to welcome back Jean Mane as chair of the eagerly-anticipated European Families in Business Conference in Madrid on 12-13 June.

Campden Wealth is delighted to welcome back Jean Mane as chair of the eagerly-anticipated European Families in Business Conference in Madrid on 12-13 June.

March 6, 2018

Flat global sales and corporate streamlining are behind an 8% drop in revenue for 2017, the Danish family owned Lego Group announced today.

Flat global sales and corporate streamlining are behind an 8% drop in revenue for 2017, the Danish family owned Lego Group announced today.

Revenue for the full year fell after more than a decade of strong growth to DKK 35 billion ($5.8 billion) from DKK 37.9 billion ($6.3 billion) in 2016. The decline came despite a Lego movie and Star Wars merchandise tie-ins and the royal opening of the Lego House family attraction last year.

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