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April 7, 2014

Brown-Forman, one of the US's largest spirits companies, is rumoured to have its sights set on acquiring third-generation French cognac business Remy Cointreau.

Brown-Forman, one of the US's largest spirits companies, is rumoured to have its sights set on acquiring third-generation French cognac business Remy Cointreau.

The source of the rumour was Betaville, a City of London blog penned by freelance financial journalist Ben Harrington.

April 2, 2014

Italian dairy and food corporation Parmalat has expanded its presence in Australasia with the acquisition of a Western Australian family dairy products and fruit juice business.

Italian dairy and food corporation Parmalat has expanded its presence in Australasia with the acquisition of a Western Australian family dairy products and fruit juice business.

Parmalat, owned by France's Besnier family via their dairy giant Lactalis, bought 28-year-old Harvey Fresh in a €79 million deal this week.

March 24, 2014

French family firm PSA Peugeot Citroen has appointed its first non-family chairman, following the announcement of its recapitalisation last month, but there could be future family-member leaders waiting in the wings, according to a business and corporate governance expert based in France.

French family firm PSA Peugeot Citroen has appointed its first non-family chairman, following the announcement of its recapitalisation last month, but there could be future family-member leaders waiting in the wings, according to a business and corporate governance expert based in France.

Last week, the carmaking firm confirmed French civil servant Louis Gallois would be its new chairman, and the family’s board presence would halve to two voting members, due to the family diluting its share in the family business.

March 19, 2014

A Hong Kong property tycoon has been forced to prematurely hand over the reins of the family businesses after being convicted of bribing a senior official and money laundering by a Macau court.

A Hong Kong property tycoon has been forced to prematurely hand over the reins of the family businesses after being convicted of bribing a senior official and money laundering by a Macau court.

Billionaire chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings Joseph Lau, 62, was found guilty of bribing a former Macau public works chief to the tune of HK$20 million (€1.9 million) to secure the sale of a parcel of land on the peninsula, which has a booming gambling and tourist industry.

March 18, 2014

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages. 

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages.

The hedge funds claimed Porsche mislead the markets back in 2008 over its takeover plans for rival German car brand Volkswagen.

The Piech and Porsche families, who are descendants of Ferdinand Porsche, the carmaker's founder, control Porsche SE.

March 13, 2014

Majid and Badr Jafar are busy guiding Crescent Group through expansion in Iraq, embracing global diversification, and tackling family governance. They are also sounding the alarm over the bulge in Arab youth unemployment, and the $700 billion family business governance time bomb. CampdenFB reports 

Badr Jafar has had a long day. Dressed in immaculate business attire, his tie is askew and, although it is mid-afternoon, he’s still got a packed schedule for the rest of his day. In the evening, he flies to New York for a meeting at the United Nations about the Pearl Initiative, the private-sector partnership he set up to enrich Gulf corporate accountability and transparency.

March 12, 2014

Family business leaders who think they “know best” and adopt a paternalistic leadership style can lead to unsuccessful succession transitions, according to new research, by leading to feelings of dissatisfaction and inertia in the next generation.

Family business leaders who think they “know best” and adopt a paternalistic leadership style can lead to unsuccessful succession transitions, according to new research, by leading to feelings of dissatisfaction and inertia in the next generation.

March 3, 2014

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Arthur T had argued that a board member, who had voted in favour of a large dividend pay out, was not independent and his votes should be nullified.

Market Basket, founded initially as a small grocery store in 1917, has annual revenues of more than $4 billion and employs 18,000.

February 28, 2014

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.  

Lego's annual results for 2013 have seen it become the world's most profitable toymaker – just a decade after the Danish family firm was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

Its revenue increased by 10% to DKK 25.4 billion (€3.4 billion), while net profit grew 9% to DKK 6.1 billion – beating nearest rival Mattel, maker of Barbie, by 25%. Mattel's net profit was $904 million (€654.8). 

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