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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.

May 2, 2013

A circuit court judge has ruled that truck stop chain Pilot Flying J, which was raided by Federal investigators last month in relation to alleged fraud on fuel rebates to US trucking companies, can continue to talk to customers in an effort to resolve any disputes.

A circuit court judge has ruled that truck stop chain Pilot Flying J, which was raided by Federal investigators last month in relation to alleged fraud on fuel rebates to US trucking companies, can continue to talk to customers in an effort to resolve any disputes.

Attorneys for Georgia trucking firm Atlantic Coast Carriers had asked the court to forbid Pilot Flying J from contacting trucking companies to determine if there was an underpayment in their rebate for diesel fuel purchases.

May 1, 2013

Primark, the British-based discount clothing chain, is offering compensation and emergency aid after a supplier’s factory in Bangladesh collapsed, claiming more than 400 lives.
 

Primark, the British-based discount clothing chain, is offering compensation and emergency aid after a supplier’s factory in Bangladesh collapsed, claiming more than 400 lives.

The Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, collapsed last week. The building's owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, has been arrested amid allegations of negligence and illegal construction.

April 25, 2013

News Corporation's board of directors, including Rupert Murdoch, has agreed a $139 million (€106.8 million) settlement of a lawsuit brought by investors.
 

News Corporation's board of directors, including chief executive and chairman Rupert Murdoch, has agreed a $139 million (€106.8 million) settlement of a lawsuit brought by investors, which claimed directors had turned a blind eye to illegal practices and mismanagement at News Corp that damaged share prices.

The shareholders sued the directors on behalf of News Corp; the money – which will be covered by the board's insurance – will be paid to News Corp itself rather than to shareholders directly.

April 18, 2013

Pilot Flying J, one of the biggest privately controlled businesses in America, is under investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service for concerns over rebates it offered its clients.

Pilot Flying J, one of the biggest privately controlled businesses in America, is under investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service for concerns over rebates it offered its clients.

Federal investigators raided the headquarters of the Tennessee-based truck stop company on April 15 with staff ordered to leave the building.

The next day second-gen chief executive Jimmy Haslam, who is also owner of the Cleveland Browns football team, held a press conference to confirm that the company is subject to a criminal investigation.

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