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Vinos García Carrión Claims €75 Million From Goldman Sachs

According to a report by Javier Romera in the newspaper El Economista, the Murcian wine company is going to request the appearance of John Waldron, President and Chief Operating Officer of the group worldwide, David Salomon, CEO worldwide, Alvaro del Castaño, General Manager in Spain, and Jaime Suarez, Executive Director of Corporate Derivatives, before the Court of Instruction number 2 of Jumilla (Murcia). They are to testify about the execution…

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Spain’s Final Q2’21 GDP Marks A Year-On-Year Increase Of 17.5%, Still Below Estimates Of 19.8%

According to National Institute of Statistics, Spanish GDP registered a rise of 1.1% in the second quarter of 2021 with respect to the previous quarter in volume terms. This rate is 1.7 points higher than that recorded in the first quarter and 1.7 points lower than that reported on 30 July. The year-on-year change in GDP stands at 17.5%, compared with -4.2% in the previous quarter. This rate is 2.3 points lower than that recorded on 30 July.

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Out of Spanish Listed Companies 29.6% Have A Single Controlling Shareholder

Fernando Rodríguez | Of the 125 Spanish listed companies which submitted the Annual Corporate Governance Report (IAGC) for the 2020 financial year, 29.6% have in their shareholding an individual, natural or legal person, who holds the majority of voting rights. This person “exercised or could exercise control,” according to the ad hoc report published by the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). The report flags that amongst 64% of the…

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Inflation Might Derail PM Sánchez’s Plans

J.P. Marín-Arrese | The Opposition accuses the Spanish PM of clinging to power regardless of the ways and means for achieving that goal. He indeed broke his electoral promise of never coming to terms with extreme-left Podemos. Before the polls, he told voters he wouldn’t sleep in peace sharing his bed with that party’s leader. After Election Day, he rushed to set up a coalition government with him, making his…


Renfe Denounces Obstacles In France And Calls For The Same Treatment SNCF Enjoys In Spain

José Alves (Capital Madrid) | France is experiencing a historic moment in its rail industry: the beginning of the end of the national public service monopoly for passenger transport. Since the nationalisation of the network (1937) this has been in the hands of the state-owned SNCF. The government had announced this, as required by the EU, but it will be another three and a half years before the decision taken…

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Turkey Leads House Price Rises During The Pandemic With +29%, While Spain And India Are The Only Markets To Record Declines

According to the consultancy firm Knight Frank, which in its Global House Price Index has analysed the evolution of prices in 55 countries from 1Q20 to last spring 2021, in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Luxembourg and Sweden housing has risen by more than +15%, above the average (+9.2%). Turkey leads the ranking with an increase of +29%. Spain is the market with the biggest fall in the global ranking, with a decrease of 0.9%. India is the other lagging country in the list, with a 0.5% decline.

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Grifols To Launch A Takeover Bid For Germany’s Biotest At €1.6 Bn

Grifols and Tiancheng Pharma, the main shareholder of Germany’s Biotest, have agreed that Grifols will buy Biotest with the aim of increasing its plasma collection capacity. Tiancheng Pharma owns 89.9% of Biotest’s ordinary shares and 1.1% of the preferred shares. The consideration of €1.6 Bn for the 100% of Biotest will be paid in cash and represents a premium of 23%.


Spain: The Bankruptcy Reform Bill Is Not To Anyone’s Liking

J.C. González Vázquez * | On August 3rd, the Council of Ministers finally approved the long-awaited Bill for the adaptation of our insolvency legislation to EU Directive 2019/1023 regarding preventive restructuring frameworks, discharge of debt and disqualifications. In addition, measures to increase the efficiency of procedures concerning restructuring, insolvency and discharge of debt. Great hopes had been placed on it because it was thought that it would help to save…

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The Summer Campaign Generated Over 900,000 Hospitality Contracts; 400,000 More Than Last Year, But 29% Less Than Pre-Pandemic

Randstad | Comparing the figures provided by the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) from ten years ago, we can see that the hospitality sector generated 912,401 contracts during the summer campaign, i.e. during the months of June, July and August. A figure 76% higher than last year, when 518,263 contracts were recorded, but still 28.8% below the 1,281,964 signed in 2019, before the outbreak of the pandemic. Whatsmore, this volume is on a par with that obtained in the summer of 2014, when 908,436 contracts were signed.

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Shutting Down Nuclear Power? It Is Not Possible

Fernando González Urbaneja | The conflict over the escalating price of electricity goes from bad to worse, from threat to threat and from one brag to another. The latest is the Nuclear Forum warning (perhaps threatening) to shut down the nuclear power plants that today provide almost a third of the electricity fed into the grid. A boastful threat, highly improbable, if not impossible. Nuclear management is too important for…