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January 30, 2020

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

January 10, 2020

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics, Heinrich Deichmann on family-funded growth and philanthropy, and family succeeds Georges Duboeuf, France’s “pope of Beaujolais”.

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics

British family business Pentland Group has acquired Speedo North America for $170 million, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the competition of many Speedo athletes.

The second-generation $3 billion group announced this week it had entered into a definitive agreement for the business with apparel company PVH Corp. Speedo International licensed the Speedo trademark to a PVH subsidiary for use in North America and the Caribbean.

December 19, 2019

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

October 31, 2019

European family business titans Fiat Chrysler and LVMH look to consolidate their dominance in their automaking and luxury goods markets in an uncertain world by eyeing multi-billion dollar mergers.

European family business titans Fiat Chrysler and LVMH look to consolidate their dominance in their automaking and luxury goods markets in an uncertain world by eyeing multi-billion dollar mergers.

The Italian Agnelli family, which controls Fiat Chrysler through its holding company Exor, was expected to approve the proposed $48 billion union with Peugeot-owner PSA, itself 12.2% owned by the French Peugeot family.

July 2, 2019

Lego buys back entertainment parks, Dassault Aviation signs French AI manifesto, Genoa bridge demolished.

Lego repurchase of Legoland Parks continues trend of de-listing
Lego’s parent company has bought back the entertainments company it sold to Merlin Entertainment in 2005 for £4.8bn with a consortium of private equity and institutional investors.

Lego’s parent company, Kirkbi, which is controlled by the third-generation of the Kirk Kristiansen family, already owned a 30% stake in Legoland Parks after selling 70% of the business for about £250 million in July 2005 to repay mounting debts.

March 26, 2019

The Swedish family controlled appliance giant Electrolux is setting the benchmark on sustainability with its launch of green bonds this week and ambitious renewable targets on track for 2020.

The Swedish family controlled appliance giant Electrolux is setting the benchmark on sustainability with its launch of green bonds this week and ambitious renewable targets on track for 2020.

The world’s fifth largest consumer goods manufacturer issued the first bond loan within its green bond framework, raising SEK 1 billion ($108.4 million) to fund investments and other projects with environmental benefits.

March 1, 2019

The Danish family-owned toy giant Lego Group will build on its return to growth after a two-year slump by accelerating expansion in China, India and the Middle East.

The Danish family-owned toy giant Lego Group will build on its return to growth after a two-year slump by accelerating expansion in China, India and the Middle East.

February 13, 2019

Business families of significant wealth are reviewing the implications of Brexit as the scheduled date for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union looms.

Business families of significant wealth are reviewing the implications of Brexit as the scheduled date for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union looms.

PwC has been urging clients to start activating contingency plans in areas where Brexit may affect supply chains and cross-border change. For the sector as whole, many organisations were still waiting to see what the final outcome of negotiations will be before taking significant investment decisions, Peter Englisch (pictured above), global and EMEA family business leader at PwC Germany, said.

August 14, 2018

Family businesses account for more than two-thirds of UK businesses and many of these families have strong links with the European Union. The UK's exit from the EU could present them with significant risks, especially given that the regulatory framework that will govern the UK's future relationship with the EU is still unknown.

Family businesses account for more than two-thirds of UK businesses and many of these families have strong links with the European Union. The UK's exit from the EU could present them with significant risks, especially given that the regulatory framework that will govern the UK's future relationship with the EU is still unknown.

While nobody can foresee the economic outcome of Brexit, there are practical steps that family businesses can take to prepare for a future outside the EU.

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