BSIC meets Sequoia Capital: Exclusive talk with Sir Michael Moritz

This week we had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and talk with Sir Michael Moritz, Chairman of Sequoia Capital, who was at Bocconi to talk at the Lectio Inauguralis Rodolfo De Benedetti Chair in Entrepreneurship. Sir Moritz gave us a speech for about an hour, here we summarize the contents of our meeting. BSIC: For […]

A spoonful of premium makes the medicine go down: Merck & the latest mega-merger in the healthcare sector

Merck KGaA, Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): €31.4bn Sigma-Aldrich Corp., Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): $16.2bn On September 22, 2014, the German drug and chemicals company Merck KGaA announced a definitive agreement under which it will acquire the US-based leading life science consumables supplier Sigma-Aldrich for $17bn, creating one of the leading players in the […]

Siemens “DresseS” up for US shale gas boom

Siemens AG, Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): €83.16bn Dresser-Rand Group Inc., Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): $6.3bn Siemens AG (NYSE:SI), the Munich-based global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, has agreed to acquire Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC), the Houston-based leading supplier of equipment for the oil and gas sector. According to the agreement for the […]

Alibaba: behind the scenes of the IPO

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Market Cap (as of 26/09/2014): $222.98bn In September 2014, the Chinese e-commerce Alibaba secured its place as a major global company by completing the world’s largest IPO with a price of $68 per share. Due to a very strong demand, the bankers running the deal decided to sell to the investors […]

MARKET RECAP 27/09/2014

US Equity markets in the US lost ground this week, ending short of the fresh highs touched in the previous one. Macroeconomic data came in mixed, as a solid manufacturing PMI and positive data on new home sales on Tuesday and Wednesday were confounded by disappointing durable goods orders and continuing jobless claims on Thursday; […]

Beyond the AQR: Unicredit vs. Intesa San Paolo

Lately, there has been increasing speculation regarding the results of the AQR (Asset Quality Review), which will be published by the ECB in about a month time. The AQR is a central part of the “comprehensive assessment” investigation that the ECB is leading on European banks balance sheets. Working in conjunction with the national competent […]

BSIC Market Recap 20|09|2014

US US equities enjoyed significant gains in the week just past us after trading sideways for most of the summer. The S&P 500 was 1.25% above its closing value last Friday, closing now firmly above the 2,000 level at 2,010. The index clocked in its largest gains mid-week, on the back of soft inflation data […]

Apple: Bigger Screen, Longer lines, Higher stock price?

IPhone 6 officially hit Apple Stores this weekend in 9 key markets; it was very welcomed with 4 million preorders (double those of iPhone 5) and tremendously long lines of fans: outside Apple flagship store of 5th Avenue people flocked in a line 12 blocks long. The new model of the iPhone does not come […]

ICE still hot in the market: SuperDerivatives to be acquired for $350m

Intercontinental Exchange Inc, Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): $23.45bn Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), announced on September 5, 2014 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SuperDerivatives, a leading provider of risk management analytics, financial market data and valuation services. The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of ICE’s comprehensive multi-asset class clearing strategy. […]

Heineken says NO to the next beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): Market Cap €143bn SABMiller PLC, Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): Market Cap €73bn Heineken NV, Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): Market €34bn Beer brewing was historically a local business, with only few brands having a global presence in the estimated $600bn market. Since 1998, when the top […]

Is there more than tax-inversion to AbbVie-Shire $54bn deal?

AbbVie Inc., Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): $94.63bn Shire plc., Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): £31.12bn In its attempt to become one of the global leaders in the rare diseases market, AbbVie successfully got the approval from Shire’s board of directors for its $54bn acquisition. This approval came after two months and four previous offers […]

Burger King-Tim Hortons: Tax Dodging Whoppers?

Burger King Worldwide Inc., Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): $10.96bn Tim Hortons Inc., Market Cap (as of 19/09/2014): $11.75bn Burger King, the US-based fast food restaurant chain, joined the list of the controversial tax-avoiding companies when on August 26 it formally reached an agreement for acquiring the Canadian coffee maker Tim Hortons Inc., which allows […]