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 […]

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 […]

Cobham acquires Aeroflex

Cobham plc, Market Cap (as of 23/05/14): £3.3bn Aeroflex Holding Corp, Market Cap (as of 23/05/14): £532m On May 20th, 2014 the British aerospace and military contractor Cobham announced a USD920m acquisition of its New York-based rival, Aeroflex, with the goal of getting more exposure to growing commercial markets and reducing the company’s reliance on […]

Yet another multi-billion dollar acquisition in Telecom: AT&T acquires DirecTV for $48.5bn

AT&T Inc. Market Cap. (23/05/2014): $183.4bn DirecTV Market Cap. (23/05/2014): $42.3bn The US telecommunication conglomerate, AT&T, has reached an agreement to acquire one of world leading providers of digital television entertainment services, DirecTV, for a price of $48.5bn. AT&T is the US’s second largest provider of mobile telephone, leading provider of landline services and broadband […]

M&A Viagra: Pfizer-AstraZeneca and the healthcare industry

Pfizer Inc, Market Cap (as of 23/05/2014): $188.37bn AstraZeneca PLC, Market Cap (as of 23/05/2014): $91.78bn In its bid for AstraZeneca, Pfizer, the famous Viagra producer, failed to make a satisfactory offer and turned the potential biggest foreign takeover in UK corporate history into failure. It all happened on May 19 when AstraZeneca PLC Board […] IPO signals investors’ appetite for Chinese online retailers (NASDAQ:JD), China’s second largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, floated for the first time on the Nasdaq last Wednesday, raising $1.8bn. The company headquartered in Beijing, but registered in the Cayman Islands, placed 93.7m shares at $19 instead of the initial range $16-$18 per share, valuing the company at about $26bn and making founder Richard […]

Speculators’ Eyes Are Back On The Mediterranean: Will Greece Provide An Investment Opportunity to PE Funds and Hedge Fund Managers?

1. What’s Going On In Greece 1.1 Global Financial Crisis, Sovereign Debt Crisis and the Troika Greece is a country that witnessed big changes in the last years. 2008 was the year when the Global Financial Crisis exploded, changing the world for all of us. 2009 saw the burst of the sovereign debt crisis, and […]

M&A (Epic) Fail: Omnicom-Publicis $35bn Deal Collapses

Omnicom Group Inc. Market Cap (as of 16/05/14) $17.35bn Publicis Groupe SA Market Cap (as of 16/05/14): $17.28bn On 9 May, 2014 the $35bn merger of equals between the New York-based Omnicom Group Inc. and the Paris-based Publicis Groupe, the world’s second and third biggest advertising companies respectively, was called off as the challenges in […]

Deutsche Bank sells Cosmopolitan casino to Blackstone for $1.7 bn

Deutsche Bank AG Market Cap (as of 16/05/2014): $42.9bn Blackstone Group LP Market Cap (as of 16/05/2014): $32.8bn On 15th May 2014, Deutsche Bank (DB) announced that it would be selling its 100% stake in Nevada Property 1 LLC, the owner of The Cosmopolitan, a popular Las Vegas resort and casino. The sale will be […]

AerCap Holdings acquires International Lease Finance Corp. from AIG for $7.6bn

AerCap Holdings N.V. Market Cap (as of 16/05/2014): $9.61bn American International Group Market Cap (as of 16/05/2014): $75.44bn International Lease Finance Corp. Market Cap.: N/A AerCap Holdings N.V., a Netherlands-based aircraft lessor, listed on the NYSE, completed a $7.6bn deal to acquire International Lease Finance Corp., the largest aircraft leasing company by value from American […]

Alibaba files for what is set to be the biggest IPO ever

Chinese tech giant Alibaba is on track to complete the single largest IPO in history. According to the S-1 filing submitted on the 6th of May, the fast-growing online retail conglomerate is expecting to fetch from $15bn to $20bn in exchange for a 12% stake, making it potentially larger then Visa’s $18bn IPO back in […]

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