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July 11, 2013

Many North American clothing brands that refused to sign a union-backed safety agreement following April’s factory disaster in Bangladesh, have now formed their own alliance to improve worker safety in the country.

Many North American clothing brands that refused to sign a union-backed safety agreement following April’s factory disaster in Bangladesh, have now formed their own alliance to improve worker safety in the country.

July 2, 2013

LVMH has been fined €8 million by the French financial regulator for the clandestine stake it built up in rival luxury family business Hermes – the largest fine ever issued by the Autorite des Marches Financiers.

LVMH has been fined €8 million by the French financial regulator for the clandestine stake it built up in rival luxury family business Hermes – the largest fine ever issued by the Autorite des Marches Financiers.

The AMF enforcement committee said it made the ruling after considering the "seriousness of the successive breaches of public disclosure requirements, which consisted [of] concealing each stage of LVMH's stake-building in Hermes".

June 21, 2013

Lakshmi Mittal – head of family steel firm ArcelorMittal – has fought back against a businessman who bought website domain names in his name and offered them back to the UK-based billionaire at a hefty £6 million price tag.

Lakshmi Mittal – head of family steel firm ArcelorMittal – has fought back against a businessman who bought website domain names in his name and offered them back to the UK-based billionaire at a hefty £6 million price tag.

June 5, 2013

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company.

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company. He has also said that, if reelected, the board will consider strategic alternatives for the company, including its sale.

Michael Gross said Michael Olshan, Andrea Olshan and Jason Taubman Kalisman do not have the relevant business, industry or public company experience to qualify them to serve as directors.

June 3, 2013

Malta’s minister for the economy, investment and small business has announced the government has started work on a family business act that would be the first of its kind in Europe.

Malta’s minister for the economy, investment and small business has announced the government has started work on a family business act that would be the first of its kind in Europe.

Speaking at the Bank of Valletta-PwC Family Business Forum, Chris Cardona said family-run businesses made up around 75% of the private sector in Malta.

However, he said there had never been legislation designed purely for family businesses.

May 30, 2013

Swiss banks are coming to terms with a world with less banking secrecy. But are they adapting fast enough to a public that wants more transparency?

It’s hard to know what makes a bank safe from collapse these days. The financial crisis a few years back turned everything on its head. But there are things a bank can do – you would hope – that can help stave off collapse.

May 28, 2013

News Corporation's board of directors has approved plans to separate out its publishing and entertainment activities in to two distinct companies, with a poisoned pill strategy in place to protect the new companies from a hostile takeover.

News Corporation's board of directors has approved plans to separate out its publishing and entertainment activities in to two distinct companies, with a poisoned pill strategy in place to protect the new companies from a hostile takeover.

The publishing division will retain the name News Corporation, while the broadcasting and entertainment business will be named 21st Century Fox – an updated name for Twentieth Century Fox, the film company Murdoch bought in 1985. The split, which will be completed by 28 June, was first tabled a year ago.

May 22, 2013

Bernard Arnault's luxury goods powerhouse LVMH could face a big fine if it is found to be in breach of financial regulations over its stake in rival family business Hermes. 

Bernard Arnault's luxury goods powerhouse LVMH could face a big fine if it is found to be in breach of financial regulations over its stake in rival family business Hermes.

A spokesman for the French financial regulator Autorite des Marches Financiers said it was unable to comment on the detail of the case so close to the committee hearing on 31 May, but said LVMH would face a fine if in breach of AMF regulations.

May 13, 2013

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them.

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them. When family members are in business together or are connected financially, those secrets often interfere not only with family relationships, but with the family business, foundation and even the family office as well.

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