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  • Billionaire Anchored in Cement Pours Heart Into Vineyards

    Thomas Schmidheiny inherited a cement company from his father that’s poised to become the world’s biggest. Yet what really excites the Swiss billionaire is a wine sideline with sales of about 0.1 percent of the cement revenue.

  • Lafarge-Holcim Success Hinges on Bridging Culture Gap

    Merging cement makers Holcim and Lafarge will create an industry giant with $44 billion in annual sales. Just as important to the venture’s future, it will also bring two of Europe’s most ambitious executives under one roof.

  • Cement Fortunes Gain $1.6 Billion on Holcim-Lafarge Deal

    The union between cement companies Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA brings together five billionaire fortunes that have swelled a combined $1.6 billion since talks of the merger were reported on Friday.

  • Holcim to Merge With Lafarge to Form Biggest Cement Maker

    Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA agreed to form the world’s largest cement maker as they prepare to sell assets with 5 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in revenue to win regulatory approval for the biggest European deal this year.

  • Holcim-Lafarge Cemented by Billionaires in Five-City Trek

    The executives and advisers who brought together Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. to build the world’s largest cement company spent six months criss-crossing Europe to win the approval of three billionaires crucial to the deal, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • Holcim, Lafarge Said to Approve Merger With Lafont as CEO

    Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA, whose boards approved a merger to create the world’s biggest cement maker, will be led by the French company’s chief executive officer, Bruno Lafont, said people familiar with the matter.

  • Holcim With Lafarge Said to Keep Dual Listings in Merger

    Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA, in talks to create the world’s biggest cement maker to cut production overcapacity and energy costs, plan to retain dual Swiss and French stock-market listings and headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Holcim With Lafarge Said to Keep Dual Listings in Merger

    Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA, in talks to create the world’s biggest cement maker to cut production overcapacity and energy costs, plan to retain dual Swiss and French stock-market listings and headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Frere Makes Offer for Nationale as Leverage Eclipses Strategy

    Belgian billionaire Albert Frere ’s 1.5 billion-euro ($2.1 billion) offer to buy out minority investors in Cie. Nationale a Portefeuille SA may signal the end of the investment firm’s unleveraged buyout strategy.

  • Holcim Talks About $40 Billion Cement Merger With Lafarge

    Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge SA, the world’s two biggest cement makers, are in advanced merger talks to create a company with $40 billion in sales and better able to deal with production overcapacities and higher energy costs.

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