Summer Deals Recap

As summer comes to an end, BSIC presents its top picks of the season’s most interesting deals. We saw several key themes throughout the summer, notably, a wave of megadeals, with 13 deals over €5bn announced this summer compared with only 2 in the same season last year. Worldwide deal activity was bolstered by an […]

Hot enough? Soft drink makers trying to get sexy again and The Coca-Cola Company’s $5.1 bn acquisition of Costa Coffee.

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) – market cap as of 18/09/18: 196.23 bn Whitbread Plc (LON: WTB) – market cap as of 18/09/18; £ 8.61 bn   Introduction On the 31st of August 2018, The Coca-Cola Company announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Costa Limited, one of the major coffee brands […]

2017 M&A Review and 2018 Breakthrough: the cases of the Pharma and TMT sectors

Introduction In January 2018, M&A activity surpassed investors’ expectations. According to a report by law firm Baker McKenzie, global mergers and acquisitions are expected to hit an 18-year record, reaching $3.2 trillion in 2018. To the same extent, cross-border M&A is expected to reach new time highs. In the December 2017, President Trump signed the […]

Amazon completes acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7bn

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) — market cap as of 15/09/2017: $476.64bn Introduction On June 16, 2017, it was announced that Amazon.com Inc. (“Amazon”) had reached a definitive agreement to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. (“Whole Foods”), for a total cash consideration of approximately $13.7bn, including net debt. This is the latest deal in a sector that has been consolidating […]

Amazon of Arabia: Jeff Bezos’ Giant Buys Souq in a Move to Enter the Middle East Market

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) — market cap as of 31/03/2017: $423.03bn Introduction On March 28, 2017, American electronic e-commerce and cloud computing company Amazon.com announced its acquisition of Dubai-based Souq.com, in a move that is expected to bring a significant impact on the Middle East’s small but fast-growing e-commerce sector. According to people familiar with the […]

Allergan M&A Wave

Allergan (AGN) – Market cap as of 07/10/2016: $94.6bn About Allergan Allergan plc is a diversified global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. It is considered to be a leader in “growth pharma”, after its newfound focus on branded pharmaceuticals. Since 2007 Allergan has made a number of acquisitions to enrich its portfolio and improve […]

You Shall Not Merge!

Introduction M&A activity in 2015 has surpassed the peak from 2007 driven by deals in pharmaceuticals, energy, and consumer sector. Many of the factors that helped the dealmakers in 2015 are still in place, but the bond market turmoil and geopolitical instability might play a role in 2016 together with other factors that are yet […]

Will the U.S. Government Lift Terex Out of Zoomlion’s Hands?

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd.; Market Cap HK$17.24 bn (as of 19/02/2016) Terex Corporation; Market Cap: US$2.4 bn (as of 19/02/2016)   Introduction Zoomlion has made a US$3.3bn non-binding offer to buy US-based company Terex in hopes of foiling the proposed merger between Terex and Konecranes. Zoomlion’s unsolicited offer is currently under […]

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 […]

How High Can A Premium Get? The Mylan – Meda Case

Mylan N.V.; market cap as of 12/02/2016: $20.54bn Meda AB; market cap as of 12/02/2016: kr52.44bn ($6.24bn) Introduction On February 10, Mylan NV (NASDAQ: MYL.O) announced its acquisition of Meda AB (STO: MEDAa.ST) in a deal worth $7.2bn made of cash and stock, while the latter reported an unexpected slowdown in growth in the fourth […]

Japanese Brewery Thirsty for European Beers: Asahi buying three of Ab InBev’s prominent brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev; market cap as of 13/02/2016: $187.70bn Asahi Group Holdings Ltd; market cap as of 13/02/2016: $20bn Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said it has received a binding offer valued at about $2.9 billion in cash from Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. for the Peroni and Grolsch brands. The sale is contingent on the successful completion […]

Pfizer/Allergan: An escape from the US IRS “monster”

Pfizer Inc.; market cap as of 27/11/2015: $202.7bn Allergan plc; market cap as of 27/11/2015: $126bn   Introduction On November 23, 2015, Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan in a stock transaction […]

Starwood – Marriott: Star Marriage or a Walkaway?

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.; Market Cap: $12.18bn (as of 19/11/2015) Marriott International Inc.; Market Cap: $ 18.64bn (as of 19/11/2015)   Introduction On November 16, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced that the boards of directors of both companies unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, […]

Alstom saga ends with a “ménage à trois”

General Electric; Market Cap: $299.6bn (as of 06/11/2015) Alstom; Market Cap: $9.06bn (as of 06/11/2015)   Introduction General Electric finally concluded its €9.7bn (about $10.6bn) acquisition of Alstom’s power business after getting the final regulatory approvals. The deal represents GE’s biggest ever industrial acquisition. GE’s offer was accepted by Alstom at €12.35bn in April 2014, […]

The Finnish phoenix arises from its ashes: Nokia to merge with Alcatel-Lucent

NOKIA Corporation; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €26.3bn Alcatel-Lucent; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €10.5bn  Introduction On April 15, the Finnish multinational company Nokia agreed to buy the French company Alcatel-Lucent in an all-shares transaction valued at €15.6bn. The deal aims at creating a future innovation leader in the technology and services industry, merging together […]

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