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October 28, 2013

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the controlling shareholder and chair of the eponymous Dutch family firm founded in 1851, has said she plans to increase her family trust’s stake in the company, buying out family members not part of the trust.

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the controlling shareholder and chair of the eponymous Dutch family firm founded in 1851, has said she plans to increase her family trust’s stake in the company, buying out family members not part of the trust.

In an interview with Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung am Sonntag, Louis-Dreyfus said she was prepared to buy as many shares in Louis Dreyfus Commodities as possible, beginning immediately.

October 23, 2013

With many companies nearing the first-to-second generation transfer phase, Asian family businesses have been forced to learn the art of succession planning quickly. CampdenFB looks at what the region is doing to meet the challenge.  

With many companies nearing the first-to-second generation transfer phase, Asian family businesses have been forced to learn the art of succession planning quickly. 

October 21, 2013

Rupert Murdoch has been reelected as chairman of the board for entertainment company 21st Century Fox, despite opposition from several shareholder groups and a top proxy advisory firm.

Rupert Murdoch has been reelected as chairman of the board for entertainment company 21st Century Fox, despite opposition from several shareholder groups and a top proxy advisory firm.

His sons, Lachlan and James, were also reelected to the 12-person board.

The vote was made last Friday at the first shareholder meeting of the company, which was separated from the publishing arm of Murdoch's News Corp in June this year.

October 18, 2013

The third-gen chief executive of Italian confectioner Ferrero has rejected speculation the company is to be sold to Nestle, as questions about succession loom over the family firm.

The third-gen chief executive of Italian confectioner Ferrero has rejected speculation the company is to be sold to Nestle, as questions about succession loom over the family firm.

Giovanni Ferrero released a statement on Thursday saying the company had been approached by rival foods conglomerate Nestle, but that it was not for sale.

Commentators, however, think the company's future is far from decided, especially since the death of Ferrero's co-chief executive, Giovanni's elder brother Pietro, in 2011 from a heart attack at the age of 47.

October 15, 2013

A 130-year-old US chemicals and industries company has taken the top honour at an international awards ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A 130-year-old US chemicals and industries company has taken the top honour at an international awards ceremony held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

J M Huber Corporation (Huber) was presented with the IMD-Lombard Odier Global Family Business Award, at the culmination of the FBN-I annual summit, held this week.

According to the award judges, the firm was recognised for family inclusiveness, business governance, communications excellence, and successful management of the transition from family to non-family leadership.

October 9, 2013

Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's newly-formed entertainment company 21st Century Fox have been advised to vote against his re-election as chairman – and against the return of his two sons Lachlan and James to the board of directors – by a top proxy advisory firm, ahead of the company's first shareholder meeting next week.

Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's newly-formed entertainment company 21st Century Fox have been advised to vote against his re-election as chairman – and against the return of his two sons Lachlan and James to the board of directors – by a top proxy advisory firm, ahead of the company's first shareholder meeting next week.

September 25, 2013

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

The apparel business – headed by Lee Seo-hyun, second daughter of Samsung Group chair Lee Kun-hee – will be transferred to Samsung Everland, led by her elder sister, Lee Boo-jin, in a KRW1.5 trillion deal (€1 billion). The deal is due to be completed by December.

September 23, 2013

Two thirds of Australian family businesses do not have a succession plan in place despite the majority of family chief executives being over the age of 50 and nearly 20% being over the age of 65, according to a KPMG and Family Business Australia survey.

Two thirds of Australian family businesses do not have a succession plan in place despite the majority of family chief executives being over the age of 50 and nearly 20% being over the age of 65, according to a KPMG and Family Business Australia survey.

Seventy-two per cent of family businesses listed balancing family and business issues as the primary challenge for their family firm, and 67% said maintaining family ownership was a primary concern.

September 20, 2013

New York’s family-controlled Empire State Building – the skyscraper immortalised in films such as King Kong and Sleepless and Seattle – is set to be publicly listed as part of a real estate investment trust priced upwards of $1 billion (€740 million).

New York’s family-controlled Empire State Building – the skyscraper immortalised in films such as King Kong and Sleepless and Seattle – is set to be publicly listed as part of a real estate investment trust priced upwards of $1 billion (€740 million).

According to a regulatory filing made on Thursday, the Empire State Realty Trust, controlled by Malkin Properties, plans to launch an initial public offering of 71.5 million shares at $13 to $15 apiece.

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