The PE energy game: Carlyle Group purchases a stake in Spanish oil giant Cepsa

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) – market cap as of 08/04/2019: USD 6.34bn Introduction On April 8, 2019, the US PE giant Carlyle announced its decision to acquire up to 40% of the capital of the Spanish multinational Cepsa from the sovereign fund of the United Arab Emirates Mubadala for up to $4.8 bn. The transaction […]

Boston Scientific takes another bite at M&A: the $4.2bn acquisition of BTG

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BTX) – market cap as of 27/11/2018: USD 48.57bn Introduction On November 20, 2018, Boston Scientific, a company operating as a provider of innovative medical solutions, successfully reached an agreement to acquire BTG plc, the UK developer and distributor of tools employed in the treatment of cancer and other vascular diseases, […]

Waiting paid off: Elliott and Veritas to jointly acquire Athenahealth for $5.7bn

Athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN) – market cap as of 11/22/2018: $5.36bn Introduction On the 12th of November 2018, private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliot Management announced their plan to buy Athenahealth Inc. for $5.7bn in an all-cash deal. The deal values Athenahealth at $135 per share, thus offering a 12.2% premium compared to […]

Brookfield Business and CDPQ made the day of Johnson Controls’ Shareholders by acquiring Power Solution Business for $13.2bn

Johnson Control International PLC [JCI: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $30.754bn Brookfield Business Partners LP [BBU: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $4.613bn Introduction On November 13th, 2018 Johnson Control International announced its intentions to sell Power Solutions Business, one of its most profitable divisions. Generating $8bn of revenues so far this […]

Canada grows its shale’s footprint: Encana to acquire the North American Newfield in a strategic $5.5bn deal

Encana Corporation [ECA: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $7.74bn Newfield Exploration Company [NFX: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $4.04bn Introduction On the first of November, 2018, Encana Corporation announced a definitive agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Newfield Exploration Company, an all-stock transaction valued at $5.5bn. Following […]

Rush for OTT dominance heats up: Deltatre acquires Massive Interactive

Introduction On November 7, Massive Interactive, a London-based OTT software provider, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Deltatre, a global provider of sports media services and technology in a transaction worth up to $127m. This transaction is an attempt by Deltratre to enter the entertainment sector, as well as to […]

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust kills two birds with one stone with the CBA asset management units’ acquisition and creates a ¥90 trillion colossus

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (TOKYO: 8306:JP) – market cap as of 09/11/2018: ¥9.477tn Introduction  On October 31, 2018, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (“MUTB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the cross-listed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”), and one of Japan’s leading asset managers, came to an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia […]

Pit stop for external growth: KKR owned Calsonic Kansei acquires FCA owned Magneti Marelli

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) – market cap as of 31/10/2018: USD 23.978bn KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) – market cap as of: 31/10/2018: USD 19.176bn Introduction On October 22, 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced the sale of its automotive components unit Magneti Marelli for a price of €6.2bn to leading Japanese […]

Comcast moves next in the global media chess game: the acquisition of Sky

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) – market cap as of 03/10/18: USD 163.67bn Framework In order to further understand the dynamics behind the acquisition of Sky by Comcast, it’s useful to provide some context and shed some light on the series of events that started in the winter of 2016 and culminated with this deal. The […]

Time to enter the game: UK’s Playtech acquires Italy’s Snaitech

Playtech PLC (LSE:PTEC) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: £2.50bn Snaitech SpA (BIT:SNA) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: €409.8m Introduction On April 12, the world’s largest online gaming software supplier announced it had agreed to acquire a 70.6% stake in Snaitech, the Italian gaming and betting market leader. Subject to completion of this €846m […]

Electrification: Total S.A acquires Direct Energie

Total S.A. (EPA:FP) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: €138.0bn Direct Energie S.A. (EPA:DIREN) – market cap as of 27/04/2018: €1.90bn Introduction On April 18, 2018, French oil major Total S.A. announced the acquisition of 74.33% of Direct Energie’s share capital in a transaction valued at approximately €1.4bn. At a price of €42 per share, […]

Novartis-AveXis: an $8.7bn gene repair

Novartis AG (SIX: NOVN) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: CHF204.12bn AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: $7.62bn Introduction On April 9, Novartis submitted an offer to acquire all the shares of the American gene therapy group AveXis. The Swiss drugmaker offered an 88% premium adding up to an $8.7bn deal. […]

When theft leads to a deal: Monex to buy crypto-exchange Coincheck after a massive security breach

Monex Group Inc (TYO: 8698) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: ¥149.15bn Introduction On April 16, the online brokerage giant Monex officially acquired the cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck for ¥3.6bn (~$33.55m). The move is questioned by the general public due to the recent security breach in Coincheck and the theft of $534m worth of the NEM […]

The Battle of Dragons – Recent Acquisitions and Investments in China amid the Rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE:BABA) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: $462.0bn Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKG:0700) – market cap as of 20/04/2018: HK$3,780bn Introduction The first two weeks of April 2018 have seen a string of aggressive acquisitions and the announcement of financing rounds by companies backed by the Chinese technology giants Alibaba and Tencent. […]

When “subject to regulatory approval” means troubles: forms of government intervention in M&A transactions

Introduction A persistent financial crisis, the rising of regional tensions, the concerns of a trade war and many other facts have recently been catching up with the M&A-friendly international environment. Protectionism seems now to pervade the new world order. Rising economic nationalism is threatening to impact M&A activity across all over the world, as governments […]

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