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September 27, 2012

Some of the world’s best-known family businesses, from Heineken in the Netherlands to American Greetings, are in the limelight for expansion plans and for keeping ownership of companies within the family.

Some of the world’s best-known family businesses, from Heineken in the Netherlands to American Greetings, are in the limelight for expansion plans and for keeping ownership of companies within the family.
 
The family behind cards-maker American Greetings said on 26 September that it wants to buy the shares in the company it doesn’t already own.
 

September 5, 2012

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America.

Family businesses are showing a strong appetite this week for deal-making, with the Bauers and Lachlan Murdoch taking full control of media companies and Henkel investing in Central America. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s March family has sold a controlling stake in its construction business to a large French company.

September 3, 2012

It is turning out to be a busy period for acquisitions in the family business world, with Campari buying a controlling stake in a Jamaican rum-maker and Australian confectionery company Darrell Lea selling to a fellow family business.

It is turning out to be a busy period for acquisitions in the family business world, with Campari buying a controlling stake in a Jamaican rum-maker and Australian confectionery company Darrell Lea selling to a fellow family business.

August 28, 2012

They may be based in different continents, but three family businesses – Crane Group, Bharti and Bertelsmann – have hit the headlines for either selling off part of their firms or for looking to acquire other companies.

They may be based in different continents, but three family businesses – Crane Group, Bharti and Bertelsmann – have hit the headlines for either selling off part of their firms or for looking to acquire other companies.

August 24, 2012

Carlos Slim’s America Movil hit the news again this week with an announcement of consolidation efforts and revelations of a new acquisition target.

Carlos Slim’s America Movil hit the news again this week with an announcement of consolidation efforts and revelations of a new acquisition target.

Mexico City-based America Movil said it will delist Telmex – also a company owned by Slim – from the Mexican and New York stock exchanges. The communications giant is to buy the remaining 2.79% of Telmex it doesn’t already own.

America Movil is also reportedly looking to acquire a stake in Warsaw-based Hawe, a holding company focusing on telecommunication.

August 21, 2012

The family behind food company Rieber & Son has sold its business to a larger group, while the Getty and Gokongwei families have bought into their own operations.

The family behind food company Rieber & Son has sold its business to a larger group, while the Getty and Gokongwei families have bought into their own operations.

The Rieber family is selling 90.11% – its entire shareholding – in Norway’s Rieber & Son to consumer goods conglomerate Orkla, the company announced on 20 August. The sale will bring an end to 173 years of family ownership – the firm was founded by Paul Gottlieb Rieber as a trading company in 1839.

August 17, 2012

The Oppenheimer family’s 80-plus years of involvement in diamond mining giant De Beers has now come to an end, following the completion of its share sale to Anglo American.

The Oppenheimer family’s 80-plus years of involvement in diamond mining giant De Beers has now come to an end, following the completion of its share sale to Anglo American.

A statement by Anglo said the South African family has sold its 40% stake in De Beers to the UK-based miner in a deal valued at $5.2 billion (€4.22 billion).

First announced in November last year, the move takes Anglo’s stake in De Beers to 85%, while the remaining shares are held by the government of Botswana.

August 8, 2012

Family-controlled drinks company Heineken is facing a possible bidding war as it attempts to buy out Asia Pacific Breweries, the maker of Tiger Beer.

Family-controlled drinks company Heineken is facing a possible bidding war as it attempts to buy out Asia Pacific Breweries, the maker of Tiger Beer.

The Dutch company had offered conglomerate Fraser and Neave S$50 (€33.50) for its stake in APB.

But on 7 August, a group linked to one of Thailand’s richest men, Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, made a surprise counterbid, driving APB’s share price to S$52.20, well over the price offered by Heineken.

July 24, 2012

The drinks are on Remy Cointreau and Joh A Benckiser, after the family businesses respectively snapped up a whisky-maker and a coffee shop chain this week. 

The drinks are on Remy Cointreau and Joh A Benckiser, after the family businesses respectively snapped up a whisky-maker and a coffee shop chain this week.

Joh A Benckiser, the holding company of the German Reimann family, said it would acquire US chain Peet’s Coffee & Tea for nearly $1 billion (€827,000) on 23 July.

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