11 April 2001
Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, is pleased to announce that it has acquired a further 20 per cent interest in Van Cleef & Arpels, one of the world's most renowned jewellery houses, from minority shareholders. The acquisition increases Richemont's interest in Van Cleef & Arpels to 80 per cent, the initial 60 per cent holding having been acquired in May 1999.
In addition to its interest in Van Cleef & Arpels, Richemont owns a portfolio of leading luxury goods houses, including Cartier, Montblanc, Lancel and Alfred Dunhill together with the prestigious watch manufacturers Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, IWC, Vacheron Constantin, A Lange & Söhne and Officine Panerai.
Mr J du Plessis
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