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Ownership and Management

June 17, 2014

One of Asia’s richest families has failed to take property company New World China Land private, with minority shareholders voting against the deal and exercising their power under privatisation laws of the Cayman Islands, where the company is domiciled.

One of Asia’s richest families has failed to take property company New World China Land private, with minority shareholders voting against the deal and exercising their power under privatisation laws of the Cayman Islands, where the company is domiciled.

New World Development, one of the leading large-scale developers in mainland China, offered HK$18.6 billion (€1.8 billion) to buy back the 31% of New World China Land that it did not already own.

June 2, 2014

São Paulo-based MCassab Group is the face of today’s prosperous, entrepreneurial Brazil. An 86-year-old Brazilian family-run conglomerate with interests spanning Lego distribution to fish farming, its revenues are expected to double to $1 billion by 2018. Peter Shaw-Smith meets its chief executive and patriarch Fábio Cutait

Two miles north-west of the famous Interlagos Formula One racing circuit stands a group of offices, laboratories and warehouses that is the centre for one of the most successful family-run, and yet relatively unknown, conglomerates in Latin America’s biggest economy – MCassab Group. 

 

May 27, 2014

Nassef Sawiris is considering relisting part of OCI, the Netherlands-listed construction and fertiliser company, on the Cairo stock exchange.

Nassef Sawiris is considering relisting part of OCI, the Netherlands-listed construction and fertiliser company, on the Cairo stock exchange.

Sawiris, who is chief executive of OCI, allegedly sent out a number of proposals to local and international banks to test the water for a potential sale, which according to unnamed individuals close to the entrepreneur, could be worth €220 million.

May 23, 2014

A top European business school has announced a new MBA programme aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders. 

A top European business school has announced a new MBA programme aimed at improving the core skills of future family business leaders.

The Edhec Business School in France will launch its first family business global executive MBA in February 2015, having seen an unfilled niche for such programmes on the continent.

May 23, 2014

A swift change of leadership at Mexican company Cemex following the sudden death of its fourth-generation chief executive and chairman last week highlights the importance of a solid corporate governance structure, says a family business expert.

A swift change of leadership at Mexican company Cemex following the sudden death of its fourth-generation chief executive and chairman last week highlights the importance of a solid corporate governance structure, says a family business expert.

Lorenzo Zambrano’s death from a heart attack in Madrid last Monday left directors with the task of replacing the man responsible for transforming Cemex’s regional operation into a global business.

May 20, 2014

A Canadian heir to Dare Foods has announced she is selling her 27% stake in the company due to an on-going feud with her two brothers.

A Canadian heir to Dare Foods has announced she is selling her 27% stake in the company due to an on-going feud with her two brothers.

Carolyn Dare-Wilfred said she would be selling her entire Dare family shareholdings, which include her stake in Dare Foods as well as “significant” other family assets, to third parties, diluting family ownership in the Ontario-based cookie and cracker manufacturer.

May 6, 2014

When establishing succession arrangements business owners should always consider how such arrangements correspond with personal estate planning. One recent case, involving a family farm in Cambridgeshire, illustrates the importance of such considerations. 

When establishing succession arrangements business owners should always consider how such arrangements correspond with personal estate planning. One recent case, involving a family farm in Cambridgeshire, illustrates the importance of such considerations.

May 6, 2014

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943. 

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943.

Kamprad, 88, left his roles on the boards of the two foundations that control Ikea's assets in late December last year, but the announcement was only made recently.

April 28, 2014

French family-controlled conglomerate Louis Dreyfus Commodities is on the hunt for a new chief executive after its current head announced he was stepping aside after just one year.

French family-controlled conglomerate Louis Dreyfus Commodities is on the hunt for a new chief executive after its current head announced he was stepping aside after just one year.

Ciro Echesortu's appointment to the chief executive role was only ever intended to be a short-term arrangement, but Louis Dreyfus never announced just how short his tenure would be. Echesortu will leave his role on 1 June.

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