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Ownership and Management

January 26, 2015

Not one but two family business dynasties are in court this week, in generational battles questioning the decision-making ability of aging family members. 

Not one but two family business dynasties are in court this week, in generational battles questioning the decision-making ability of aging family members.

In the US, Tom Benson, the billionaire owner of pro-American football team the New Orleans Saints, will be in court over the future control of his sports and business empire.

And starting today in Southern France, 10 people will be answering to allegations that they capitalised on the mental frailty of L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

January 19, 2015

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

According to a company statement, the decision was made during a shareholders’ meeting last Thursday and puts Shin Dong-bin, the younger son of the group’s founder, in line to succeed control of the conglomerate.

January 15, 2015

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has become the largest shareholder in fourth-generation family business The New York Times Company, increasing his stake to nearly 17%, but the Sulzberger family will retain control of the media giant through its dual-class share structure.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has become the largest shareholder in fourth-generation family business The New York Times Company, increasing his stake to nearly 17%, but the Sulzberger family will retain control of the media giant through its dual-class share structure.

It follows a bumpy year for the 164-year-old company, in which it continued to find its feet in the digital era, and also saw a mishandled staff changes at the senior editorial level.

January 13, 2015

A $1.25 billion share sale at a subsidiary of South Korean family-owned conglomerate Hyundai has flopped, potentially stalling succession between the second and third generations.

A $1.25 billion (€1.06 billion) share sale at a subsidiary of South Korean family-owned conglomerate Hyundai has flopped, potentially stalling succession between the second and third generations.

Despite a discount on the share price of up to 12%, the Chung family failed to reduce its 43% in Hyundai Glovis, the group’s logistics subsidiary.

December 17, 2014

Germany’s highest court has this morning ruled a 2009 law that provides tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for the country’s family business illegal and unconstitutional.

Germany’s highest court has this morning ruled a 2009 law that provides tax breaks and exceptions on inheritance for the country’s family businesses illegal and unconstitutional.

The Federal Constitutional Court said the law violated the principle of fair taxation as it provides special treatment to some companies.

But family business advocates say the new ruling could unfairly disadvantage firms that are family owned, compared to competitors that don't face inheritance tax bills.

December 16, 2014

Women make up only 16% of family business boards in Continental Europe’s four largest economies, and only 10% of boards in Germany, new research has revealed.

Women make up only 16% of family business boards in Continental Europe’s four largest economies, and only 10% of boards in Germany, new research has revealed.

The 2014 Survey of Corporate Governance Practices in European Family Businesses examined board composition, board efficiency, succession planning and chief executive/chairman demographics.

December 15, 2014

A chance discovery in a bookshop led Guy Spier to value investing – and a $650,100 lunch with Warren Buffett. CampdenFB found out how the investment philosophy led him down a different path – both as an investor and a person. 

Forget about bonds, forget real estate, forget venture capital. If Guy Spier were the principal of a €5 billion family office he would invest virtually everything in a handful of substantial – but undervalued – listed companies.

December 9, 2014

Six months after the death of First Allied Corporation founder Malcolm Glazer, his son Edward has put his inherited stake in Manchester United up for sale, worth almost £30 million (€38 million).

Six months after the death of First Allied Corporation founder Malcolm Glazer, his son Edward has put his inherited stake in Manchester United up for sale, worth almost £30 million (€38 million).

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