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June 17, 2011

The family behind Spain’s banking group Banco Santander has denied wrongdoing after being accused of alleged tax fraud by the country’s national court. 

The family behind Spain’s banking group Banco Santander has denied wrongdoing after being accused of alleged tax fraud by the country’s national court. 

According to reports, Santander chairman Emilio Botin and his daughter Ana Patricia Botin are under investigation, along with 11 other family members, for potential unpaid taxes. The Spanish court said that the alleged tax fraud, to the tune of around €120,000, occurred at the Botin family’s deposits at HSBC’s Swiss private bank.

March 8, 2011

Banking group Banco Santander, managed by the Botin family for 115 years, is to launch an initial public offering of its UK unit sometime in the second half of 2011, said the bank.

Banking group Banco Santander, managed by the Botin family for 115 years, is to launch an initial public offering of its UK unit sometime in the second half of 2011, said the bank.

Ana Patricia Botin, daughter of chairman Emilio Botin, is to oversee the IPO. She took over as chief executive of Santander UK in December last year, following the exit of former head Antonio Horta-Osorio.

March 10, 2010

Serious conflict between the founder of one of Spain’s largest private, family-owned companies and his children has caused such instability that it stands on the brink of a listing, writes Rodrigo Amaral

Serious conflict between the founder of one of Spain's largest private, family-owned companies and his children has caused such instability that it stands on the brink of a listing, writes Rodrigo Amaral.

December 4, 2009

Rodrigo Amaral meets the sixth-generation CEO behind one of Spain’s most successful family companies and examines the role an iconic symbol has played in its growth

One of the most recognisable symbols of Spain is the black bull. Whether it towers over stretches of roads, shouts out from the pages of national newspapers or is found with increasing regularity on a vast range of tourist souvenirs, it communicates a clear message about the values of Spain and its people. However, what is less well known is that the famous bull was created in 1956 by the family-owned Osborne group to publicise a brandy marque.

November 12, 2009

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families, writes Rodrigo Amaral

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families. Indeed, the main conclusions of Empresa Familiar: Ni Tan Pequeña, Ni Tan Joven (The Family Company: Neither Too Small Nor Too Young) are that there are more large, family-owned companies than not and, on average, they tend to last longer than companies with different kinds of ownership.

October 23, 2008

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was joined by King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain yesterday to toast the opening of Heineken’s newest brewery – the most modern and technologically advanced in Europe.

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken was joined by King Don Juan Carlos I of Spain yesterday to toast the opening of Heineken’s newest brewery – the most modern and technologically advanced in Europe.
 
The Heineken heiress and her husband, Michel de Carvalho, who also attended, are both members of the supervisory board and have an estimated wealth of €4.6 billion.
 
The King was said to be very impressed with the new brewery, nicknamed “Jumbo”, because of its scale and size, as he greeted the workers and uncovered a plaque commemorating his visit.
 

September 1, 2005

Travel can be an intellectual and spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Joaquin Uriach describes how membership of the Spanish chapter of the FBN has enriched his life and enabled him to develop training opportunities for young people from business families

Joaquin Uriach is personnel manager of Laboratorios Uriach

Travel can be an intellectual and spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Joaquin Uriach describes how membership of the Spanish chapter of the FBN has enriched his life and enabled him to develop training opportunities for young people from business families

January 1, 2003

The IEF in Spain

José Manuel Lara is President of the IEF, Spain.

The IEF in Spain

November 1, 2002

Certain family values can become the driving force behind a family business’s success and in Spain it has been proved that they are essential to the survival of a business

Kristin Cappuyns is Research Associate of the Family Business Chair at IESE, International Business School, Barcelona, Spain. She is also an Executive Board Member of IFERA, the International Family Enterprise Research Academy.

Certain family values can become the driving force behind a family business's success and in Spain it has been proved that they are essential to the survival of a business

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