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November 24, 2011

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

Family-controlled carmaker Suzuki has started arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen, as it aims to end its alliance with the German group by buying back its shares.

The arbitration, which will take place in London, follows Volkswagen’s “lack of response to Suzuki’s requests for the disposition of its shares” either back to the company or a third party, according to a statement issued by Japan’s Suzuki.

November 11, 2011

Sean Quinn, who was once Ireland’s richest man, has applied for bankruptcy seven months after he lost control of his family business Quinn Group.

Sean Quinn, who was once Ireland’s richest man, has applied for bankruptcy seven months after he lost control of his family business Quinn Group.

Quinn, who developed a business empire from a gravel pit and expanded it to include cement, hotels, pubs and insurance, reportedly lost more than €1 billion after investing in Anglo Irish Bank.

September 30, 2011

Prosecutors in France have launched an investigation to find out whether anyone exploited L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, following the release of the octogenarian’s medical results.

Prosecutors in France have launched an investigation to find out whether anyone exploited L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, following the release of the octogenarian’s medical results.

Eighty-eight-year-old Bettencourt, who along with her daughter collectively owns 31% of cosmetics giant L’Oreal, recently underwent a medical examination to determine her mental status.

September 16, 2011

And so it’s happened again. This time it’s Swiss bank UBS that is having to swallow its pride and explain just how a rogue trader was able to lose $2 billion, and even worse, how it only found out when the trader himself confessed.

And so it’s happened again. This time it’s Swiss bank UBS that is having to swallow its pride and explain just how a rogue trader was able to lose $2 billion, and even worse, how it only found out when the trader himself confessed. Kweku Adoboli joins the rogues’ gallery that includes Nick Leeson, Jerome Kerviel and Yasuo Hamanaka.

September 16, 2011

A way of keeping feuds at family businesses away from the public gaze might be by signing a secret pact. At least that’s what Gina Rinehart, the richest person in Australia, seems to think.

A way of keeping feuds at family businesses away from the public gaze might be by signing a secret pact. At least that’s what Gina Rinehart, the richest person in Australia, seems to think.

After battling through the courts her late father’s wife for 11 years for possession of the family business and estate, Rinehart is once again in court, but this time few will know what’s going on.

September 14, 2011

Israel’s Ofer family has expressed relief after US authorities removed family business Ofer Holdings Group from a list of targeted companies.

Israel’s Ofer family has expressed relief after US authorities removed family business Ofer Holdings Group from a list of targeted companies.

A statement issued by the US state department on 14 September said it will withdraw sanctions against the family-owned industrial conglomerate, which had been accused of alleged trading with Iran.

September 6, 2011

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

When somebody as eccentric as Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress, says she believes something, you might consider that a reductio ad absurdum of the position. Last week she, along with some other wealthy French people, said that the rich ought to pay more tax.

August 8, 2011

The US government’s widening investigation into six more Swiss private banks could cause the country’s banks to cut all ties with American clients, according to a top London lawyer.

The US government’s widening investigation into six more Swiss private banks could cause the country’s banks to cut all ties with American clients, according to a top London lawyer.

Edward Reed, a partner at London-based Macfarlanes, told Campden: “Swiss private banks will begin to pull out from US exposed deals – they will stop handling not just US nationals, but also green card holders and anyone even remotely affected by tax regulations.”

August 3, 2011

A feud has broken out between family shareholders of the Brazilian brewing company Schincariol, after one side of the family sold half of the business to an outside shareholder apparently not notifying the other family members.

A feud has broken out between family shareholders of the Brazilian brewing company Schincariol, after one side of the family sold half of the business to an outside shareholder apparently not notifying the other family members.

Brothers Alexandre and Adriono Schincariol, who own 50.45% of the brewing group through a holding company called Aleadri-Schinni Participacoes e Representacoes, sold their entire stake to Tokyo-based Kirin Holdings, according to a statement issued on 2 August.

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