Blackstone Strikes Again: Blackstone to Acquire Aon Unit for $4.8bn

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $35.23bn Aon plc (NYSE: AON) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $30.67bn Introduction On February 10, 2017, Blackstone agreed to acquire Aon’s employee benefits outsourcing unit for $4.8bn. Blackstone will pay $4.3bn in cash to Aon’s shareholders, and an additional $500m based on […]

Kraft Heinz’s Ambitious Bid for Unilever: Why Did They Do It, and Why Did It Fail?

Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC)—market cap as of 24/02/17: $112.79bn Unilever plc (LON:ULVR)—market cap as of 24/02/17: £112.08bn (€133.46bn) Introduction On February 17, 2017, it was reported that Kraft Heinz had made a £112bn ($143bn) takeover offer for the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate, Unilever. A deal would have created the world’s second largest consumer company by revenues. Had […]

Restaurant Brands International’s Recipe: Bring Popeyes in the Kitchen!

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $25.666bn Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI) – market cap as of 24/02/2017: $1.638bn Introduction On February 21, 2017, the multinational fast food company Restaurant Brands International (RBI) – parent company of Burger King – announced that it entered into an agreement to […]

Market Recap 26-02-2017

United States Last week was a particular good one for American equities. Indeed, the Dow Jones Index scored four record high closures in a row, up 0.96% from last week’s close. Smaller gains were scored also by the S&P 500 (+0.69%) and the Nasdaq Composite (+0.12%). It is worth noting how the last S&P 500 […]

Assicurazioni Generali: An Option Pricing Case with NAGARCH

Assicurazioni Generali: Business Snapshot Assicurazioni Generali SpA is an Italy-based insurance company. It is the largest Italian insurance company and the third in the world by revenues (net earned premiums of €68,507m for the most recent available FY 2015). It operates through two segments: Life (FY 2015 net earned premiums of €48,689m and EBT of […]

Back to the 80s? An Analysis of Value and Size Strategies in the STOXX Europe 600

The purpose of this article is to analyse the performance in the European markets – during the last five years – of two strategies that refer to two well-known market anomalies: the value and the size anomalies. Before looking at the results of our research, we will briefly discuss the theory behind them. A Definition […]

China Talks – The Modern Silk Road

Bocconi Chinese Student Association and Bocconi Students Investment Club are happy to present you: China Talks- The Modern Silk Road: Chinese M&A in Europe Bocconi Chinese Student Association and Bocconi Students Investment Club are happy to present you: Guest Speaker Tommaso Lazzari  Seta Capital Candice Yang Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli Partners Moderators Program March 1 […]

Go big or go home – Reckitt Benckiser to acquire Mead Johnson for $17.9bn

Reckitt Benckiser Group (LON: RB) – market cap as of 17/02/2017: $61.7bn (£49.71bn) Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) – market cap as of 17/02/2017: $16.05bn Introduction On 10 February 2017, UK-based consumer goods multinational Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and US-based infant nutrition leader Mead Johnson reached an agreement by means of which RB is to […]

Is the Gun Industry Accurately Priced? A Short Analysis

Introduction The aim of this article is to analyse the current price valuation of the biggest players in the gun manufacturing industry, trying to assess if they are correctly priced. We will begin with a brief overview of the recent past in the guns industry, followed by an extensive analysis of our short-term position, and […]

A Primer on Risk-Parity

The concept of risk parity is not well-known among market participants. However, its resiliency to different market environment makes it a very interesting capital allocation strategy. It was first theorized in the sixties by Ray Dalio – founder of Bridgewater Associates – when he tried to find an answer to the following question: “What kind […]

Market Recap 19-02-2017

United States On the week ended February 17, 2017, US stocks closed at record highs as investor sentiment remains positive given the possibility of changes to US corporate tax structure, as well as the likely loosening of regulations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.4% to 20,624, while the S&P500 increased by 1.2% to […]

Barbarians at the Fortress Gate: SoftBank Shows its Global Ambitions

SoftBank Group Corp (TYO:9984)—market cap as of 17/02/17: ¥88.84tn (€74.19bn) Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG)—market cap as of 17/02/17: $3.08bn Introduction On February 14, 2017, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. announced the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC for $3.3bn in cash. The deal represents a radical departure from SoftBank’s traditional technology and telecommunications […]

Allergan Wants to Get You back in Shape and Make Money Out of It.. : Allergan to Acquire Zeltiq Aesthetics for $2.5bn

Allergan PLC (NYSE: AGN) – market cap as of 16/02/2017: $82.86bn Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLTQ) – market cap as of 16/02/2017: $2.23bn Introduction On February 13, 2017, the biopharmaceutical giant Allergan PLC announced that it entered into an agreement to purchase the medical technology company Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc. in an all-cash transaction that is […]

A Bull Call Spread for Brazil

Brazil is coming from a three-year recessionary period, with an unemployment rate still above 12%. Despite this, the Bovespa index (IBOV), which is the top equity index for the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange and has 59 components, is up almost 10% since January 1st 2017 and up 70% since January 2016 (Chart 1). The current […]

US and Eurozone: expectations upside down

It is widely known that the USA and the EU are in different economic conditions: the American economy has risen from the crisis and the FED is tightening the policy, while Draghi, the president of the ECB, declared that they will keep the quantitative easing going. Unemployment in the US is near its natural rate, […]

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