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 […]

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 […]

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Private Equity 101: From Venture Capital to LBOs

Below you can find the presentation that Bocconi Students Investment Club delivered to Bocconi community on the 23rd of April 2018.   Download as PDF   […]

Throwback to the 80s: the Melrose £8.1bn hostile takeover of GKN

Melrose Industries plc [LON:MRO] – market cap as of 13/04/2018: £4.36bn GKN plc [LON:GKN] – market cap as of 13/04/2018 £7.76bn Introduction  On March 29, 2018, “Project Golf” (as the bid was called internally) got pushed to the last hole, when the turnaround specialist Melrose received acceptance from the British engineering company GKN’s shareholders regarding […]

How Fast is Fast Enough? Advent International to acquire tech components manufacturer Laird for £1.2bn.

Laird plc (LON: LRD) – market cap as of 09/03/18: £979.8 m Introduction On March 1, 2018, Advent International announced it will acquire the UK electronic components producer Laird plc for £1.2bn, or £2/share. The deal marks yet another conquest for private equity firms in search for viable targets to employ their record amounts of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lexmark’s pursuit for “hard” opportunities – A deal with the Chinese

Lexmark International Inc.; market cap as of 23/04/2016:$2.3bn Apex Technology Co., Ltd.; market cap as of 18/02/2016: ¥25.20bn ($3.87bn) Introduction On April 19, US printer maker Lexmark agreed to a $3.6bn takeover by a Chinese investment consortium led by ink cartridges manufacturer Apex Technology Co., Ltd. and Asian private equity firm PAG Asia Capital. The […]

Private equity firm Apollo braving the merger markets with its hunt on a burglar-alarm vendor ADT

Apollo Global Management; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $2.70bn ADT Corporation; market cap as of 19/02/2016: $6.59bn   Introduction US private equity firm Apollo Global Management has agreed to buy ADT, an American home-security company, paying c.$11bn for a total enterprise value in the so far biggest leverage buyout of this year. Apollo aims to […]

General Electric: Diversity turns into Complexity

General Electric; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €276,45bn   Introduction On April 10, General Electric Company made an enormous restructuring announcement to spin out the majority of financial services division, GE Capital, in a strategic effort to shift the company’s overall direction. The decision was made on the premise of GE looking to focus on […]

Oi to consider the sale of Portuguese assets to focus on Brazilian telecoms market consolidation

Oi S.A.; market cap (as of 14/11/2014): $4.16bn PT Portugal SGPS S.A.; market cap (as of 14/11/2014): $1.46bn Bain Capital LLC; AUM: $75bn Apax Partners; AUM: $20bn On November 12, 2014 two major private equity funds, Apax Partners and Bain Capial LLC, have submitted a €7.075bn offer for the Portuguese assets of Oi, the Brazilian […]

Tyres will drift again

Pirelli has been under the spotlight since the beginning of the past week. The company, which is among the main players in the global tyre industry and leader in the high-end segment of the sector, has been characterised by a reorganisation of the shareholders structure. Rosneft, the biggest oil producer of Russia, has become the […]

We’re all watching the rally: is S&P500 overvalued?

On May 3, 2013, more than thirteen years since its first close above 1500, the S&P 500 closed above 1600 for the first time, at 1,614.42. Last week it closed at 1,667,47, some say by the end of the summer it may reach 1700 points. There has been a lot of talking lately about the […]