Acquired 5% of engineering company Babcock Borsig on Jan. 4, 2002. Wants to shift its focus from civilian to defense work.Belgium
Took a 3% stake in retailer GIB Group in November, 2000, and later upped that to 5%. Is pushing for a sell-off of noncore units to concentrate on home-improvement stores.France
Holds 9% of shoe and apparel retailer Vivarte since 1999. Helped oust former management in 2000 as a first step toward restructuring.