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Consolidation in the asset management industry, Standard Life and Aberdeen merger

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On Monday 6 March 2017, Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management announced an agreement aimed at creating the U.K.’s largest fund manager, through an £11bn ($13.5bn) all-share transaction. Standard Life has a market… Continue reading

The beginning of a new race: PSA and Opel

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Companies Overview Consolidation is likely to remain the main answer to a series of concerns in the auto industry, from increasing production costs to high competition and more stringent environmental regulations. The merger… Continue reading

Here we go, shale oil is back to life

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On January 17th, ExxonMobil announced the acquisition of companies owned by the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas, for un upfront cost of $ 5.6 billion to be paid in ExxonMobil shares. An… Continue reading

Foxes May Lose Their Hair, But Not Their Goals

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On the 15th of December the independent committee of Sky has approved to sell to 21st Century Fox 60.4% of its equity ownership at £10.75 per share. The agreement comes after two rejections… Continue reading

LSE – DB merger: a crucial step towards Capital Markets Union

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London Stock Exchange Group (LSE:LSE) and Deutsche Börse (DB1X.N:GER) have agreed to merge and give birth to the largest European stock exchange group with a combined market capitalization of over $6tn. Industry Overview… Continue reading

The Marriott – Starwood Deal The Golden Age for M&A in the Hospitality Sector

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On November 16 2015, Marriott and Starwood agreed to an acquisition transaction valued at $12.2bn that will create the world’s largest hotel company so far. Drivers of the deal Marriott International (MAR) lining… Continue reading

ChemChina still in the run for its global primacy, this time is the agrochemical giant Syngenta to fall in its arms

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On February 3rd, 2016 ChemChina announced its acquisition of Syngenta’s 100% outstanding share capital at $465 per ordinary share and a special dividend of CHF 5 to be paid only conditionally on the… Continue reading

Abbott’s acquisition of Alere: reshaping the market for rapid medical tests

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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) announced on February 1st, 2016 the acquisition of Alere (NYSE:ALR). The deal comes just few days after Abbott reported a drop of 15% in its profits for the final quarter… Continue reading

Top of the Pops: Banco Popolare and BPM merge to create Italy’s third largest bank

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After months of intense talks, on March 23, Banca Popolare di Milano (PMI:IM) and Banco Popolare (BP:IM) agreed to merge and to form the third largest bank in Italy by assets (€170bn). The… Continue reading