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April 1, 2016

Tata Steel considers selling British plants; Lotte founder loses seat on board; and Greybull Capital mulling sale of Monarch Airlines

Tata Steel considers selling British plants

Tata Steel, one of the largest steelmakers in the world, is considering the sale of its entire UK business after heavy losses.

According to a company statement from the family-controlled conglomerate, the increase in Chinese imports, coupled with slow demand, has caused the price of steel in Europe to plunge by half since 2011. 

March 31, 2016

The switch to a ‘risk-off’ investment philosophy by ultra-high net worth families and investors is continuing a preservation trend that began last year in Asia and the emerging markets.

The switch to a ‘risk-off’ investment philosophy by ultra-high net worth families and investors is continuing a preservation trend that began last year in Asia and the emerging markets.

Preservation of capital has emerged as a key issue, even for Asian clients, according to Christophe Donay, chief strategist at Pictet Wealth Management, and supports earlier findings by Campden Research.

March 18, 2016

Heineken eyes control of indebted Indian tycoon’s brewery; Todd Corporation renews acquisition attempt of Flinders Mines; and Maersk claims first drone delivery at sea

Heineken eyes control of indebted Indian tycoon’s brewery

Netherlands-based brewery Heineken is likely to ask Vijay Mallya, known as ‘India’s Richard Branson’, to step down from the board of United Breweries, according to Reuters.

Heineken currently holds a 42.4% stake in United Breweries, the largest brewer in India, and has reportedly lost faith in the entrepreneur, who owes creditor banks more than $1 billion.

March 11, 2016

Cargill plans to reduce antibiotic resistance in cattle; CEMEX to sell assets in Bangladesh, Thailand; and Volkswagen's US chief resigns amid on-going crisis

Cargill plans to reduce antibiotic resistance in cattle

Family-controlled Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, is reducing the use of antibiotics in its cattle following concerns about risks to humans from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Minnesota-based company said it would eliminate 20% of antibiotics known to be important to humans from its four feed yards in Texas, Colorado and Kansas.

March 9, 2016

Doosan Group, the oldest business in Korea, has broken new ground as the first chaebol to be led by a fourth-generation heir.

Doosan Group, the oldest business in Korea, has broken new ground as the first chaebol to be led by a fourth-generation heir.

According to a company statement, Doosan chairman Park Yong-maan announced his retirement at a board meeting last week and recommended that his nephew, Park Jeong-won, take on the role.

March 4, 2016

Winterkorn aware of Volkswagen emission cheating software back in 2014; Heineken announces $2bn spending spree in Mexico; and Brown-Forman shifts focus to US

Winterkorn aware of Volkswagen emission cheating software back in 2014

Volkswagen shares suffered a slight dip, before recovering lost ground, after the carmaker admitted that former CEO Martin Winterkorn was aware of emission cheating software as early as May 2014.

February 26, 2016

Tata Steel announces leadership changes in Europe and Maersk sees rise in Asia trade volume

Tata Steel announces leadership changes in Europe

Karl Koehler, chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Steel Europe, has decided to step down as a director in order to take up a senior position in a large privately-owned industrial company in Germany. 

Koushik Chatterjee, group executive director and member of the boards of Tata Steel and Tata Steel Europe, will take on the role of executive director for Europe in addition to his current responsibilities.

February 26, 2016

Family-controlled Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, plans to stop selling fertiliser in Central and Eastern Europe, as it looks to cut back in the wake of falling crop prices and faltering growth in commodity markets.

Family-controlled Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, plans to stop selling fertiliser in central and eastern Europe, as it looks to cut back in the wake of falling crop prices and faltering growth in commodity markets.

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company said on Wednesday that it would stop selling fertiliser, crop chemicals and seeds to farmers in central and eastern Europe by the end of May.

February 19, 2016

Bombardier to cut 10% of global workforce; Cemex posts strong full-year results; and Walmart forecasts sluggish sales growth

Bombardier to cut 10% of global workforce

Canadian transporter Bombardier is to cut 7,000 jobs over the next two years – close to 10% of its global workforce – after revenues slumped by 10% in 2015.

Bombardier, the world’s third largest maker of jet aircraft, posted revenues of $18.2 billion in the year to 31 December 2015, down from $20.1 billion in 2014.

The company said it plans to reduce the number of shares it has outstanding with a reverse stock split to boost its attractiveness to investors.

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