Twitter investment of KHC and Prince Alwaleed rises to $1.2bn

Updated 29 December 2013
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Twitter investment of KHC and Prince Alwaleed rises to $1.2bn

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), held a board meeting at the company’s headquarters in Riyadh.
The meeting was held to oversee KHC’s performance in 2013, approve 2014 budget and operation strategy.
The meeting also outlined and fortified KHC’s diversified investment strategy, long-term vision for growth and development, and for future prospective investment opportunities.
During the meeting, the board referred to KHC and Prince Alwaleed’s combined investment in Twitter that has increased from $300 million to around $1.2 billion since Twitter’s IPO in November 2013 as per market closing on Friday Dec. 27.
The meeting was attended by the KHC board
It comprised Talal Al-Maiman, executive director for development and domestic investments and member of the investment committee, Shadi Sanbar, KHC’s chief financial officer (CFO) and member of the investment committee, Sarmad Zok, executive director of Hotel Investments and member of the investment committee, and the independent board members that comprises Saleh Al-Sagri, Taher Agueel and Rasha El-Hoshan.
Prince Alwaleed represented Khaled Al-Saheem during the meeting in his absence.
Mohammed Fahmy, deputy CFO, also attended the meeting.
KHC also announced the retirement of Shadi Sanbar from his position as CFO effective December 31, 2013 during the board meeting.
In addition, Sanbar will serve as senior financial adviser to Prince Alwaleed, chairman of KHC and will remain as a non-executive member of the board of directors of KHC and board member to other KHC associates namely Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Inc. Holding Limited.
In addition, KHC announced the appointment of Mohammed Fahmy as the CFO effective January 1, 2014 and member of the investment committee. Also, KHC announced the appointment of Adel Alsayed, executive director for International and Private Equity as a KHC board member effective January 15, 2014.


EU gives Nestle a thumbs down in Kit Kat finger row

Updated 19 April 2018
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EU gives Nestle a thumbs down in Kit Kat finger row

  • Nestle has been locked in a decade-long battle with US rival Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolate, over the four-fingered wafer biscuit, which was first sold in 1935.
  • The EU’s intellectual property office allowed Nestle in 2006 to trademark what the court calls the “three-dimensional shape of the ‘Kit Kat 4 fingers’ product.”

Luxembourg: The European Union’s top court should cancel Swiss food giant Nestle’s trademark for the shape of the Kit Kat chocolate bar, the court’s top adviser said Thursday.
Nestle has been locked in a decade-long battle with US rival Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolate, over the four-fingered wafer biscuit, which was first sold in 1935.
The EU’s intellectual property office allowed Nestle in 2006 to trademark what the court calls the “three-dimensional shape of the ‘Kit Kat 4 fingers’ product.”
Advocate General Melchior Wathelet said the European Court of Justice (ECJ) should dismiss an appeal by Nestle against a lower court’s 2016 decision to annul the trademark.
“Nestle did not adduce sufficient evidence to show that its trademark had acquired distinctive character,” Wathelet said.
He said the intellectual property office should now “re-examine” its decision.
The Luxembourg-based ECJ often, but not always, follows the advice of the advocate general, its senior legal adviser, when making its final judgment.
The food giant specifically failed to show that the Kit Kat shape was well enough known in Belgium, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal, relying instead on market data from other countries, he said.
The official also said the EU court should reject an appeal by Mondelez against part of the judgment, saying it was “manifestly inadmissible.”
Nestle has already lost a legal bid in Britain — currently an EU member state but set to leave next year — to trademark the Kit Kat shape.