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, […]

Michael Kors makes high-end fashion statement with €1.83bn acquisition of Italian fashion house Versace

Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE:KORS) – market cap as of 02/10/2018: USD9.954bn Gianni Versace SpA   Introduction On September 25, 2018 the handbag maker Michael Kors Holdings Limited signed an official agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace SpA for a total EV of €1.83bn. The deal […]

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 […]

“The train to IPO is cancelled, we apologize for the inconvenience”: Infrastructure Fund GIP bids €1.98bn for Italian Railway Group Italo-NTV

Introduction On the 8th of February 2018, the shareholders of the Italian high-speed train operator Italo-NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) (“The Company”) have accepted the offer of Global Infrastructure Partners (“GIP”) for the disposal of 100% of their stake, for an equity value of around €1.94bn. As a result, the plan to list 40% of the […]

Another Alternative to Grow in the US Energy Market: Sempra Energy to Acquire Oncor for $18.8bn

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) – market cap as of 16/09/2017: $29.39bn Introduction On August 20, 2017, Sempra Energy announced an agreement to acquire the 80% stake that Energy Future Holdings Corporation holds in Oncor Electric Delivery Company. The deal agreement ends a series of bids from relevant players, with Sempra being the fourth public suitor for […]

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold! Cinven and Bain Capital to Acquire STADA for €5.3bn after Intense Bidding War

Stada Arzneimittel AG (FWB: SAZ) – market cap as of 21/04/2017: €4.02bn Intel Cinven Partners LLP – private company – AUM as of FY 2015: €10.60bn Bain Capital Private Equity, LP – private company – AUM as of 04/04/2017: $32.40bn Introduction On April 10, 2017, Bain Capital Private Equity, LP (“Bain Capital PE”) and Cinven […]

A Railway over the Wall: Grupo Mexico Acquires Florida East Coast Railway for $2.1bn

Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: GMEXICOB) — market cap as of 07/04/2017: MXN438.12bn ($23.47bn) Introduction On March 28, 2017, Mexican mining and railroad conglomerate Grupo Mexico SAB has agreed to buy Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. (FEC) in a $2.1bn deal. By means of this purchase, Grupo México Transportes (Grupo Mexico’s transport subsidiary) […]

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 […]

The Semiconductor Industry Goes Big: Qualcomm to Acquire NXP for $47bn

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) – market cap as of 04/11/2016: $96.54bn NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) – market cap as of 04/11/2016: $34.15bn Introduction On October 27, 2016, Qualcomm Incorporated and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced a $47bn agreement in which Qualcomm is to acquire all of the outstanding shares of NXP. This is the largest […]

New Oxygen for Air Liquide: Airgas to be acquired for $13.4bn

AirLiquide; Market Cap: $39.84bn (as of 20/11/15) Airgas; Market Cap: $10.00bn (as of 20/11/15)   Introduction On November 17, the French industrial gases specialist Air Liquide announced it had reached an agreement to acquire the U.S. supplier Airgas for a total consideration of $13.4bn, including debt. The deal would create the largest industrial gases supplier. […]

Visa Inc. gets a European visa to buy its orphan sister

Visa Inc.; Market Cap: $190.62bn (as of 06/11/2015) Visa Europe Ltd.; Market Cap: N/A (as of 06/11/2015)   Introduction On November 2nd, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), the payment processing giant which holds an approximate 39% market share of the credit card marketplace, announced the acquisition of Visa Europe Ltd., its former subsidiary and European sister […]

What A Dell!

DELL; Market Cap: N.A. EMC; Market Cap: $53.49bn (as of 16/10/2015) VMware; Market Cap: $28.76bn (as of 16/10/2015)   Introduction On October 12, Dell, one of the largest technological corporations in the world, agreed to acquire EMC Corporation, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems by market share. This $67bn deal is set to […]

Altice’s biggest bet: Altice to buy Cablevision in a 17.7bn deal

Altice; market cap (as of 02/10/2015): € 18.8bn Cablevision; market cap (as of 02/10/2015): $ 9.1bn   Introduction It has been a record year for M&A in the US cable market with several multibillion deals. Indeed, Comcast’s failed attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable was soon followed by Charter’s $55bn offer for TWC. Now the […]

The new behemoth in the semiconductor industry: Avago to buy Broadcom

Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO): market cap (as of 25/09/2015): $34.2bn. Broadcom Corp. (BRCM): market cap (as of 25/09/2015): $31.4bn. Introduction Following a wave of consolidation in the semiconductor industry, which culminated last March with the NPX/Freescale $11.8bn deal, on May 27, Avago Technologies Limited and Broadcom Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under […]

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 […]

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