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 […]

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 […]

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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   […]

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 […]

The Effects of E-Commerce on Shopping Malls and on the Consumer Retail Sector – a US Case Study

  Introduction This article will focus on the disruptive effects that e-commerce has on both the real estate and consumer retail sector. Subsequently, the paper will address Amazon and Walmart, as the former represents the incumbent driving this transition and the latter represents one of the main players being affected by the advent of online […]

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 […]

Barbarians at the Fortress Gate: SoftBank Shows its Global Ambitions

SoftBank Group Corp (TYO:9984)—market cap as of 17/02/17: ¥88.84tn (€74.19bn) Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG)—market cap as of 17/02/17: $3.08bn Introduction On February 14, 2017, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. announced the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group LLC for $3.3bn in cash. The deal represents a radical departure from SoftBank’s traditional technology and telecommunications […]

WHU Private Equity Conference Partnership

The Bocconi Students Investments Club is excited to announce our new partnership with the WHU Private Equity Conference. Are you intrigued by Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Consulting? Don’t miss your chance to apply for the 12th Campus for Finance – WHU Private Equity Conference, which will take place the 30th and 31st of March in […]

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 […]

Looking for Yield: The Flight to Alternative and Distressed Investments

Today we are living in a period of ultra-low and in many cases negative interest rates. This has been caused by strong expansionary policies by most central banks, especially in developed countries. In fact, in Japan and Eurozone central bank deposit rates are negative, in the UK and other European countries they are practically zero […]

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 […]

Time for a change: What’s going on with Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. market cap as of 22/04/2016: $35.15bn Introduction Yahoo! Inc. is an American multinational technology company founded in 1994 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It is well known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! Search and related services. Its global network counts over 3bn views per day, making it the 3rd most visited […]

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