Feet to the Fire: Mapping the current state of shareholder activism

Introduction  Historically, large institutional investors pursued purely financial strategies and kept a low profile in governance. This may no longer be the case. In a manner vaguely reminiscent of the corporate raiders of the 1980s, a new generation of activist shareholders is on the rise. The number of companies targeted by shareholder activists hit an […]

Vivendi: A ‘TELE-novela’ of strategic transactions

Vivendi SA; Market Cap: €30.0bn as of 16/10/2015 In June 2015, Vivendi appointed Vincent Bolloré as the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Since then Vivendi has been under the spotlight as it set a different strategy focused on repositioning the group’s activity in Europe and re-entering the telecom and gaming industries. Specifically, Vivendi has […]

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 […]

Oi and Portugal Telecom to merge amidst shifting telecoms landscape

Oi Market Cap (as of 04/10/13): $2.78bn Portugal Telecom Market Cap (as of 04/10/13): $4.02bn On Wednesday, October 2nd, Oi of Brazil and Portugal Telecom (PT henceforth) agreed to merge after three years of alliance, forming a telecommunication heavyweight which will bring together 100mln customers across the Portuguese-speaking world. The deal takes place in an […]

Italian politics complicate the latest stage of a Telecom M&A Revival

Telefonica (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €52.5bn) Telecom Italia (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €10.6bn)   Recent news regarding Telefonica’s interest in Telecom Italia (“TI”) came to no surprise. The deal fits into the recent revival of dealmaking within the TMT sector and culminates months of speculation surrounding Telecom Italia. M&A Revamp in Telecommunications If […]