Italian politics complicate the latest stage of a Telecom M&A Revival

Telefonica (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €52.5bn) Telecom Italia (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €10.6bn)   Recent news regarding Telefonica’s interest in Telecom Italia (“TI”) came to no surprise. The deal fits into the recent revival of dealmaking within the TMT sector and culminates months of speculation surrounding Telecom Italia. M&A Revamp in Telecommunications If […]

Follow up: Vodafone pockets $130bn from sale of Verizon Wireless Stake

  Verizon Communications (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $134.5bn) Vodafone (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $169.2bn)   In this follow up on our May 25th article(http://bsic.it/2013/05/25/vodafone-to-do-or-not-to-do-that-is-not-the-only-problem/) we analyze this year’s biggest M&A deal yet, the sale of Vodafone of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless (henceforth VW) to Verizon Communications for $130bn. The blockbuster deal […]

$4.7bn bid for the fading mobile giant Blackberry

BlackBerry Limited (Market capitalization as of 27/09/2013: $4.20bn) Fairfax Financial Holding Limited (Assets under Management as of 30/06: $2.5bn)   On September 23rd, Fairfax Financial Holding Limited, a Canadian insurance and investment company, announced it was leading a group of investors to take over BlackBerry Limited, the Canadian smartphone company formerly known as Research In […]

In the Mind of the Federal Reserve

When first appointed in 2006 by President Bush, Ben Bernanke probably didn’t expect his two terms as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve to be the most decisive ones of the past century. First denying an housing bubble, he had to face its real burst and the most threatening crisis since 1929. In 2008, he […]

Blackberry buyout (risk arbitrage)

After the huge operating loss and the consequent job-cutting of the second quarter, Blackberry received an offer to go private by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited for $9 per share. Fairfax holds the 9.9% of Blackberry and is doing the due diligence; on November 4th the company will give more details. There are a lot of […]