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February 26, 2013

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia.

Family businesses across the world have been in the process of making some mouthwatering acquisitions over the past two weeks, with Henkel and Berkshire Hathaway making bold expansions. Meanwhile, PPR made some savvy divestments in Scandinavia, the New York Times Company put its Boston Globe newspaper up for sale, and UK company Cosalt went into administration.

Berkshire Hathaway/World Publishing

February 15, 2013

Some large family-controlled businesses have spotted new opportunities recently – in both new markets and through acquisitions. Berkshire Hathaway and Bell Group have both made purchases, while AB InBev has announced plans to restructure as it looks to complete its takeover of brewer Modelo. 

Some large family-controlled businesses have spotted new opportunities recently – in both new markets and through acquisitions. Berkshire Hathaway and Bell Group have both made purchases, while AB InBev has announced plans to restructure as it looks to complete its takeover of brewer Modelo. Meanwhile, News Corporation has sold one of its digital brands.

AB InBev
Family-controlled Anheuser-Busch InBev – the world's largest brewer – announced on 14 February that it is divesting some of its rights to certain beer brands.

February 13, 2013

Two European family empires are making alterations to their share conditions this week. The Agnelli family’s Exor plans to switch preference and saving shares to ordinary ones, and L'Oreal is to spend €500 million buying back shares following a rise in net sales. 

Two European family business empires are making alterations to their share conditions this week. The Agnelli family’s Exor plans to switch preference and saving shares to ordinary ones, and L'Oreal is to spend €500 million buying back shares following a rise in net sales.

Exor
Exor, the Italian holding company that controls Fiat, said on 11 February that it had decided to convert its preference and saving shares into ordinary shares.

February 1, 2013

European family businesses have been alternatively flourishing and nearing extinction this week. Sabanci is pouring capital into its electricity empire, while Inditex took control of the Zara franchise in Finland. Meanwhile, Rieber & Son await ratification on the sale of the family business.

European family businesses have been variously flourishing and nearing extinction this week. Sabanci is pouring capital into its electricity empire, while Inditex took control of the Zara franchise in Finland. Meanwhile, Rieber & Son await ratification on the sale of the family business.

Sabanci

One of Turkey’s biggest conglomerates, Sabanci, is upping investment in its electricity generation branch, Enerjisa.

January 24, 2013

There were big family investments and divestments worldwide this week, with Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim adding to his advertising empire, the Shaw family increasing its stake in the eponymous Canadian media business and the Maloofs relinquishing their US basketball team. 

There were big family investments and divestments worldwide this week, with Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim adding to his advertising empire, the Shaw family increasing its stake in the eponymous Canadian media business and the Maloofs relinquishing their US basketball team.

America Movil
America Movil, the Mexico City-based telecoms operator controlled by Carlos Slim and his family, is to acquire the media and advertising division of Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento for nearly 1.7 billion Mexican pesos (€99.2 million).

January 22, 2013

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

Some big family businesses have been divesting or restructuring their shareholdings this week; easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou sold a “symbolic” stake in the airline, while Orascom Construction Industries secured the biggest investment into Egypt since the start of the Arab spring and is now preparing to float on the Dutch stock exchange.

December 19, 2012

From tortilla and coffee producers to luxury goods and retail groups, it’s been a week of acquisitions for family businesses in North America and Europe, with companies including Jon A Benckiser and PPR buying new assets.

From tortilla and coffee producers to luxury goods and retail groups, it’s been a week of acquisitions for family businesses in North America and Europe, with companies including Jon A Benckiser and PPR buying new assets.

Joh A Benckiser

Joh A Benckiser, the holding company of the German Reimann family, is to acquire the US’s second largest coffee operator – Caribou Coffee – for about $340 million (€258 million).

December 7, 2012

It has been a week of new partnerships for family businesses, with Sabanci starting afresh with Eon and Arcadia Group taking on an outside investor. 

It has been a week of new partnerships for family businesses, with Sabanci starting afresh with Eon and Arcadia Group taking on an outside investor. Meanwhile, Saputo has spied opportunity for growth in the US, while PPR has divested its plus-sized clothing chain.

December 4, 2012

Family businesses continue to look to divestments, mergers or acquisitions in a bid to maximise opportunities, with French firms Auchan and Lactalis buying new assets while Italy's Agnelli family is merging two if its companies.

Family businesses continue to look to divestments, mergers or acquisitions in a bid to maximise opportunities, with French firms Auchan and Lactalis buying new assets while Italy's Agnelli family is merging two if its companies.

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