Disruptive Trends in Tech M&A: The Cases of Microsoft and Snapchat

Introduction Over the past years, the technology industry experienced an overwhelming volume of M&A activity. The following article aims at outlining the motivations behind this phenomenon and at identifying numerous disrupting factors. Microsoft’s acquisition of the professional social network LinkedIn, as well as Snapchat’s rebranding strategy and potential IPO in 2017 will serve as examples […]

The Automotive Industry Revolution

Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) – Market cap as of 6/10/16: $542.35bn Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) – Market cap as of 6/10/16: €7.55bn Apple Inc. (AAPL) – Market cap as of 6/10/16: $613.96bn Introduction The automotive industry is one of the businesses which is going to be affected the most by the technological innovations of recent […]

Piazza Affari gets fit! The Technogym IPO

Technogym S.p.A.; market cap as of 07/05/2016: €759.600m   About Technogym Technogym is a manufacturer of equipment for sports and training based in Cesena. In 1983, the Italian entrepreneur Nerio Alessandri, founded Technogym at age of 22. Mr. Alessandri began building exercise equipment in the garage of his home. Today, Technogym is the leader in […]

Time for a change: What’s going on with Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. market cap as of 22/04/2016: $35.15bn Introduction Yahoo! Inc. is an American multinational technology company founded in 1994 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is well known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search and related services. Its global network counts over 3bn views per day, making it the 3rd most visited […]

Ride-Hailing Wars – The Anti-UBER Alliance Awakens

About Uber Headquartered in San-Francisco Uber Inc., known as everyone’s private driver, is the largest mobile app-based transportation company in the world in terms of both network and valuation. It was founded in 2009 and underwent a period of aggressive growth unlike any other tech company. In less than six years Uber has landed its […]

Biggest Chinese Acquisition of a U.S Technology Target Yet

Ingram Micro Inc.; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $5.44bn Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., Ltd.; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $2.58bn    Introduction On February 17, 2016, Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co., Ltd. (Tianjin) (SSE A Share: 600751 and SSE B Share: 900938), a container shipping and freight agency company, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire […]

Wanna have a flawless Ferrari for $52? – Now it’s feasible

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Market Cap: $18.90bn (as of 29/10/2015) Ferrari; Market Cap: $9.53bn (as of 29/10/2015)   Introduction On October 21, Ferrari, a Super Luxury carmaker rated the world’s most powerful brand by Brand Finance, got to start a new life as a public company trading on NYSE, the world’s leading stock exchange. Fiat Chrysler […]

Square IPO – Can it help sell itself?

About Square Square is a startup based out of San Francisco that provides Point-of-sale (POS) services across the world. The central premise of Square is to enable small and medium sized businesses to process card based payments at a low and transparent cost. This is achieved through utilizing mobile devices and an app based system. […]

Rollercoaster Ride After the IPO – A Year in Review for Alibaba‘s Stock

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA); Market cap (as of 09/10/2015):$170.1bn After a year of the biggest IPO in history, Chinese giant Alibaba is yet again in the spotlight, this time for its poor stock performance. After the initial IPO price of $68, it soon jumped to its highest, $119.15. However, later on, Alibaba’s share price […]

A highly levered money-mover First Data to go public – “Will the offer be sexy enough for investors?”

KKR & Co. LP; Market Cap (as of 03/10/2015): $7.85bn First Data Corporation; Market Cap (as of 03/10/2015): N.A.   Introduction On October 1st, 2015 the KKR-owned payment-processing company, First Data, announced the launch of its initial public offering, aiming to raise about $3.7bn. Apart from being the biggest US listing so far this year, […]

The Volkswagen Scandal: A New Beginning for the Automotive Industry?

Volkswagen AG; market cap (as of 25/09/15): €55.0bn   Small Software, Big Turmoil Volkswagen, the second largest carmaker in the world, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, is in the middle of one of the largest automotive scandals to date. The company was discovered cheating on the emission tests by installing software that limits the harmful fumes […]

Special Report: The New Banking Business in US and Europe

Together with flowers and good weather, spring brings about also first quarter results of a year where European QE plays the lion role. With surging volatility, stocks at their highest, and regulatory fines fading out, banks can eventually present to shareholders decent results. Indeed, the last years, which have been characterised by a sluggish economic […]

Is time up for Universal Banks? Deutsche Bank – Postbank case

Introduction As the financial system stabilises after the recent crisis, three distinct business models are emerging. First, focused retail institutions with a specific offering of products and services, such as American regional banks and Europe’s savings banks. Second, investment banks which also operate asset management businesses and private equity investments. And finally, global universal banks […]

General Electric: Diversity turns into Complexity

General Electric; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €276,45bn   Introduction On April 10, General Electric Company made an enormous restructuring announcement to spin out the majority of financial services division, GE Capital, in a strategic effort to shift the company’s overall direction. The decision was made on the premise of GE looking to focus on […]

Virtu Financial IPO: paving the way for high-frequency trading?

Virtu Financial Inc.; market cap (as of 17/04/2015): $3.2bn Introduction On April 16, Virtu Financial, one of the world’s largest high-frequency trading companies, commenced trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “VIRT”. The initial public offering, first ever in the HFT sector, proved successful as the company raised close to $314.1m, selling 16.5m shares […]

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