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January 4, 2008

Family-owned Landmark Communications, the US-based media conglomerate, has confirmed it is putting itself up for sale.

Family-owned Landmark Communications, the US-based media conglomerate, has confirmed it is putting itself up for sale following reports that two investment banks had been called in to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses.

January 3, 2008

Ford Motor Company has announced that fellow family-owned firm Tata Motors, part of the Tata Group, has been chosen as the highest bidder for its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Ford Motor Company has announced that fellow family-owned firm Tata Motors, part of the Tata Group, has been chosen as the highest bidder for its luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands.

Ford bought Jaguar in 1989 after BL Ltd floated it on the London Stock Exchange, and Land Rover was sold by BMW in 2000.

In a statement, Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice-president, said that the company "is committed to focused negotiations at a more detailed level with Tata Motors concerning the potential sale of the combined Jaguar Land Rover business.

January 3, 2008

GenSpring family offices, the US-based wealth management firm for ultra high net worth families, has acquired Inlign Wealth Management for an undisclosed sum.

GenSpring family offices, the US-based wealth management firm for ultra high net worth families, has acquired Inlign Wealth Management for an undisclosed sum.

Inlign is the leading wealth management firm in southwest US with more than $2 billion in assets under advisement. The combined firm will assume the GenSpring Family Offices name, serving over 600 families with nearly $15 billion in assets under advisement.

January 2, 2008

Guler Sabanci (pictured), chairman of Sabanci Holding, has issued an upbeat New Year's address to employees of the family-owned group by claiming revenues will grow by a massive 21% and operating profit will increase by 28%.

Guler Sabanci (pictured), chairman of Sabanci Holding, has issued an upbeat New Year's address to employees of the family-owned group by claiming revenues will grow by a massive 21% and operating profit will increase by 28%.

The Turkey-based group, which owns 70 companies and is predicting revenues to reach $16 billion this year, has invested approximately $900 million in its main lines of business.

January 2, 2008

Marmon Holdings, an international association that is owned by the Pritzker family and made up of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses with combined revenues of $7 billion, is to sell 60% of its shares to Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate owned and managed by billionaire Warren Buffett, for $4.5 billion.

Marmon Holdings, an international association that is owned by the Pritzker family and made up of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses with combined revenues of $7 billion, is to sell 60% of its shares to Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate owned and managed by billionaire Warren Buffett (pictured), for $4.5 billion.

The remaining 40% will be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway through staged acquisitions over a five to six year period. Prior to closing, Marmon will make a substantial distribution of cash and certain assets to the selling shareholders.

January 1, 2008

When a family business goes global, by choice or by circumstance, the family could then face the further decision of whether or not to go public. Will this make the business easier to manage or will the family lose control? John A Davis explores …

John A Davis is faculty chair of Harvard Business School's executive education program, Families in Business.

When a family business goes global, by choice or by circumstance, the family could then face the further decision of whether or not to go public. Will this make the business easier to manage or will the family lose control? John A Davis explores …

January 1, 2008

Reports of corruption and fraud in major businesses have filled the first weeks of the new year with some notable family names being sullied. William Boston examines the implications of corruption allegations at a family business

Reports of corruption and fraud in major businesses have filled the first weeks of the new year with some notable family names being sullied. William Boston examines the implications of corruption allegations at a family business

December 17, 2007

The long-running saga of whether Rupert Murdoch would choose one his siblings to be his successor finally looks to be over with the appointment of James Murdoch as chairman and CEO for News Corporation Europe and Asia.

 
The long-running saga of whether Rupert Murdoch would choose one his siblings to be his successor finally looks to be over with the appointment of James Murdoch as chairman and CEO for News Corporation Europe and Asia. James, who said he was "excited to be rejoining News Corp" has resigned as CEO of News Corp's UK-based BSkyB business.
 

December 11, 2007

A problem for many companies is how to raise liquidity and yet remain private. Michael Fischer discovers that one firm may have found the answer – a little known electronic
market that US businesses are keen to join and competitors are desperate to copy

Michael Fischer is a freelance journalist based in the US.

A problem for many companies is how to raise liquidity and yet remain private. Michael Fischer discovers that one firm may have found the answer – a little known electronic market that US businesses are keen to join and competitors are desperate to copy

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