The Spillovers of eCommerce: a little bit of clarity

Introduction  The term eCommerce has been around for years, now. Definitions of it have been imprecise and, most of the time, people tend to associate it to companies like Amazon and Alibaba and not without a reason since their business is commerce through the internet. Virtual Commerce, however, is more complex than a simple association […]

Crushing the competition: EQT shares surge 25% in one of the most successful private equity listings of the decade

EQT AB [STO:EQT] – Market Cap as of 04/10/2019 SEK 83.58bn (USD 8.49bn) Introduction On Tuesday, September 24th 2019, the Swedish group EQT— the second largest Private Equity group in Europe — listed on the Stockholm Nasdaq in what was the biggest Private Equity listing of the past decade and one of the most successful […]

The peak of Private Equity?

Introduction The private equity industry has always had a special place in the financial world. Its competitive and dynamic nature has captivated the most talented businessmen, but what really allowed it to grow steadily over the past 40 years was the outstanding performance it granted to the investors willing to navigate the illiquid market. We […]

Dreaming of Yield: Blackstone solidifies its real estate portfolio through $4.7bn Dream Global REIT acquisition

Blackstone Group Inc. (NYSE:BX) – market cap as of 16/09/2019: $63.96bn Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:DRG.UN) – market cap as of 16/09/2019: $3.22bn Intro On September 15, Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust announced acquisition agreements with affiliates of real estate funds manager, Blackstone, in an all-cash $4.7bn deal. Blackstone will pay $16.79 […]

Private Equity surfs the new debt wave

Private Equity Industry Overview Private equity is like home flipping, but with large corporations instead of dilapidated houses from the 1970’s. Only rather than having profits in the tens of thousands, it’s in the tens of millions. The private equity industry, pioneered in the 1970’s by the likes of KKR and Apollo, has grown to […]

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 […]

Investing in the Baltic Region: Blackstone to acquire Luminor Bank

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 24/09/2018: $47.23bn Introduction On September 13, 2018, Nordea and DNB announced that they had entered into an agreement to sell 60% of the Baltic bank Luminor to the private equity giant Blackstone in a transaction that is valued at approximately $1bn. Furthermore, Nordea decided […]

Veni, Vidi, Vici: The Blackstone Way To Trade CDS

The CDS Market Until 2008, credit default swap (CDS) markets have grown exponentially since their emergence in the late 1990s but shrunk considerably to an estimated outstanding notional value of $9.6 trillion in 2017. Despite deliberate efforts by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and market participants on both buy and sell sides, the […]

Touch a stone and turn it into gold – Real Estate in a nutshell

What is real estate Real estate is a physical ‘bricks and mortar’ investment, where income and value are driven by rents that are paid by tenants under contractually-binding leases. Its subsectors include office, retail, multifamily, industrial, self-storage and hospitality. The main sources of real asset cash flows are derived from rents determined by the leases […]

Thomson Reuters making the headlines as Blackstone acquires its Financial and Risk unit

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: USD41.1bn Thomson Reuters Corporation (TSX:TRI) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: CAD35.8bn Introduction On January 30, 2018, Thomson Reuters announced the agreement to sell a 55% stake in its Financial and Risk unit to the US private equity firm Blackstone for more than $17bn. […]

Transaction cleared: consolidation trend in the Payments Processing sector

Introduction The payment processing industry has witnessed sincere interest from strategic and financial investors. Low barriers to entry have enabled newcomers to quickly establish themselves and net high valuation multiples. As a result, the sector is currently highly fragmented and presents good consolidation opportunities. What do we mean by Payment Processing? Payment processing guarantees the […]

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 […]

Buy, Fix, Sell, Repeat – Blackstone’s Acquisition of TeamHealth

The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) – market cap as of 11/11/2016: $28.95bn TeamHealth Holdings (NYSE: TMH) – market cap as of 11/11/2016: $3.07bn Introduction On the 31st of October 2016 Team Health Holdings Inc. announced that the company has reached an agreement to be acquired by a group of investors led by Blackstone Group […]

Blackstone snatches a “cheap” REIT opportunity

Blackstone Group LP; market cap (as of 10/10/15): $39.6bn BioMed Realty Trust Inc; market cap (as of 10/10/15): $4.8bn   The Deal in Brief On Thursday Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy landlord BioMed Realty Trust Inc, a supplier of office space to healthcare and biotech companies. This represents an important addition to the, already […]

“Wanna Play Big: Scale Up!” – Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust to Acquire Colony American Homes

Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust; market cap (as of 26/09/2015): $953.73m Colony American Homes; market cap (as of 26/09/2015): N.A. Introduction On September 21 Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY) and Colony American Homes (CAH), two of the largest U.S. single-family home landlords, agreed on the merger in an all-stock deal that would create a real […]

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