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September 11, 2009

Myer, Australia's largest department store group founded by the Myer family, has announced it is to commence an IPO pre-registration process.

Myer, Australia's largest department store group founded by the Myer family, has announced it is to commence an IPO pre-registration process. The group, which has revenues of AUS$3 billion, said legal restrictions prevented it from making any further announcements about the IPO until a prospectus is lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 28 September.

April 30, 2009

For many years Walid S Chiniara has been advocating the need to institutionalise and introduce family governance systems for the benefit of the family business community in the Middle East and the GCC region in particular. However, he has a new nemesis - the Initial Public Offering (IPO) advocate.

For many years I have been peacefully, yet passionately, advocating the need to institutionalise and introduce family governance systems for the benefit of the family business community in the Middle East and the GCC region in particular, writes Walid S Chiniara.

September 9, 2008

Family-owned businesses in the Middle East are renowned for being private but, according to a new study, a majority want to list on the region’s stock exchanges.

Family-owned businesses in the Middle East are renowned for being private but, according to a new study, a majority want to list on the region's stock exchanges.

As reported in Emirate Business, over 20% are already planning to go down the IPO route, while a further 30% intend to do so in the future.

Rami Nizzar, of Saudi Arabia based Arnest Wing who conducted the study, said those who have yet to start formal planning are holding back in order to keep hold of their fortunes.

July 1, 2008

Since regaining full control of family-owned Pentland Group, CEO Stephen Rubin has overseen a growing but socially responsible business that is looking forward to the Olympics more than most. Marc Smith reports…

Since regaining full control of family-owned Pentland Group, CEO Stephen Rubin has overseen a growing but socially responsible business that is looking forward to the Olympics more than most. Marc Smith reports…

February 25, 2008

Shareholders in a family-owned Indian power company have been given bonus shares to counteract the drop in value of their shares following an IPO.

Shareholders in a family-owned Indian power company have been given bonus shares to counteract the drop in value of their shares following an IPO. Reliance Power, which was founded by Anil Ambani (pictured) after a feud with his brother resulted in their father's company being split in two, raised a record-breaking $190 billion by the time the IPO closed on 18 January.

November 2, 2007

A new law could see a wave of family business IPOs in the UAE, but analysts and legal experts say the change is also an incremental step toward a much needed modernisation of the region’s business climate. Andrea Chipman reports …

Andrea Chipman is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

A new law could see a wave of family business IPOs in the UAE, but analysts and legal experts say the change is also an incremental step toward a much needed modernisation of the region's business climate. Andrea Chipman reports …

A recent change in the law on IPOs in the UAE could provide a much-needed catalyst to open up local family businesses to foreign shareholders and more broadly increase liquidity in Gulf equity markets.

July 1, 2006

Starting with virtually nothing in the 1940s, the Jacobson family built an industrial distribution empire now worth over $3 billion. Suzy Bibko discusses the challenges of the business and the creation of its family investment firms

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

Starting with virtually nothing in the 1940s, the Jacobson family built an industrial distribution empire now worth over $3 billion. Suzy Bibko discusses the challenges of the business and the creation of its family investment firms

July 1, 2006

Going public was not an option for Bertelsmann’s Mohn family. In the nick of time the family managed to hold onto control of their media powerhouse. Melanie Stern reports on Bertelsmann’s buyback and what could have been Germany’s biggest IPO

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Going public was not an option for Bertelsmann's Mohn family. In the nick of time the family managed to hold onto control of their media powerhouse. Melanie Stern reports on Bertelsmann's buyback and what could have been Germany's biggest IPO

May 1, 2004

The prospect of an infusion of cash can be tantalising for family firms considering a share float. But are families willing to shoulder the regulatory scrutiny that follows an IPO? Adam Knight reports

Adam Knight is a freelance financial journalist specialising in family business.

The prospect of an infusion of cash can be tantalising for family firms considering a share float. But are families willing to shoulder the regulatory scrutiny that follows an IPO? Adam Knight reports

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