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November 14, 2012

Scottish drinks-maker AG Barr, controlled by the founding family, has merged with rival Britvic to create one of the largest soft drinks groups in Europe by revenues, while a number of other family businesses are also expanding or selling.

Scottish drinks-maker AG Barr, controlled by the founding family, has merged with rival Britvic to create one of the largest soft drinks groups in Europe by revenues, while a number of other family businesses are also expanding or selling.

AG Barr, famous for the Irn-Bru drink, said on 14 November that its merger with fellow British firm Britvic will create a new company to be named Barr Britvic Soft Drinks.

November 8, 2012

It’s a busy time for sales and acquisitions in the family business world, with companies in France, Vietnam and the US buying controlling stakes, while the Lacoste family has sold off its shares in the eponymous clothing brand.

It’s a busy time for sales and acquisitions in the family business world, with companies in France, Vietnam and the US buying controlling stakes, while the Lacoste family has sold off its shares in the eponymous clothing brand.

On 7 November, family member and chairwoman Sophie Lacoste Dournel said she and family members had decided to sell their remaining 28% shareholding to Maus Freres “with great sadness”.

October 29, 2012

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

Leading the way is media group Bertelsmann, controlled by the Mohn family, which is linking up with UK rival Pearson.

The agreement will see the merger of Random House and Penguin, respectively the publishing arms of Germany’s Bertelsmann and Pearson.

October 23, 2012

Sales and acquisitions have been proving popular with family businesses recently, with French outdoor advertiser JCDecaux and Brazilian food processor JBS in a buying mood, while L Capital and ArcelorMittal are considering selling some of their subsidiaries. 

Sales and acquisitions have been proving popular with family businesses recently, with French outdoor advertiser JCDecaux and Brazilian food processor JBS in a buying mood, while L Capital and ArcelorMittal are considering selling some of their subsidiaries.

Family-controlled JCDecaux has acquired a 25% stake in Russia’s largest billboard operator, Russ Outdoor, which until 2011 was a subsidiary of fellow family-controlled group News Corporation.

October 16, 2012

The long-running sales saga at German retailer Douglas finally appears to be coming to an end, with Advent International teaming with the Kreke family to buy out shareholders. Meanwhile two other family-controlled businesses are weighing up their shareholdings in subsidiaries. 

The long-running sales saga at German retailer Douglas finally appears to be coming to an end, with Advent International teaming with the Kreke family to buy out shareholders. Meanwhile two other family-controlled businesses are weighing up their shareholdings in subsidiaries.

American buyout firm Advent offered €1.5 billion to buy Douglas Holding after almost a year of talks and months of speculation. The bid was worth about €38 a share.

October 12, 2012

Greek bottling company Coca-Cola Hellenic, controlled by the David-Leventis family, plans to leave Greece, move its headquarters to Switzerland and list in London.

Greek bottling company Coca-Cola Hellenic, controlled by the David-Leventis family, plans to leave Greece, move its headquarters to Switzerland and list in London.

The family business, known for bottling Coke in 28 countries from Russia to Nigeria, said in a statement on 11 October that the move will benefit both the company and shareholders.

October 10, 2012

Tough times have taken its toll on Zacky Farms, the poultry producer owned by the eponymous family, which has filed for bankruptcy, while Greece’s Folli Follie is selling a majority stake in its travel retail operations.

Tough times have taken its toll on Zacky Farms, the poultry producer owned by the eponymous family, which has filed for bankruptcy, while Greece’s Folli Follie is selling a majority stake in its travel retail operations.

Folli Follie, controlled by the Koutsolioutsos family, is selling 51% of its duty-free shopping division to Switzerland’s Dufry – a travel retailer operating in 44 countries.

October 9, 2012

Leon Black, who reportedly paid $120 million (€93 million) for a pastel of Edvard Munch’s The Scream, has bought a publishing house, while a number of family-controlled companies are eyeing up sales and acquisitions.  

Leon Black, who reportedly paid $120 million (€93 million) for a pastel of Edvard Munch’s The Scream in May, has bought a publishing house, while a number of family-controlled companies are eyeing up sales and acquisitions.

Black and his family bought Phaidon Press, an 89-year-old art publishing house, from Richard Schlagman. The price of the deal was not disclosed.

October 5, 2012

Family-controlled commodities giant Louis Dreyfus has sold its energy trading unit, while Indonesia’s Bumi Resources and Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Group are also considering selling some of their assets to repay debts. 

Family-controlled commodities giant Louis Dreyfus has sold its energy trading unit, while Indonesia’s Bumi Resources and Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Group are also considering selling some of their assets to repay debts. 

Amsterdam-based Louis Dreyfus, one of Europe’s largest family businesses, has sold LDH Energy, the gas and oil trading company it owned jointly with Highbridge Capital – the hedge fund arm of JPMorgan.

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