Vodafone has an Idea

Intro / Deal Summary On March 20th, 2017 Idea Cellular and Vodafone India announced their merger, whereby Idea cellular agreed to purchase Vodafone India for USD 12.6 billion. The deal has been the largest in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector in H1 2017 and will create the largest Indian telecommunications company with a valuation … Continue reading Vodafone has an Idea

Total acquires Maersk Oil & gas to reduce Middle-east country exposure

On August 8th, Total announced the acquisition of the Exploration and Production company Maersk Oil & Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Danish transport and logistics company A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, in a share and debt transaction. Companies overview Total SA was founded on March 28, 1924 and is headquartered in Courbevoie, France. … Continue reading Total acquires Maersk Oil & gas to reduce Middle-east country exposure

Simplifying LVMH

The transaction "will allow the simplification of the structures, long requested by the market, and the strengthening of LVMH's Fashion and Leather Goods division". The French king of the luxury goods realm has announced he will combine the Christian Dior fashion brand with LVMH to simplify the business structure and boost LVMH’s earnings.   DEAL … Continue reading Simplifying LVMH

American Beauty: The Healthcare Puzzle

“The Constitution imposes no obligation on the States ... to pay any of the medical expenses of indigents” US Supreme Court, 1977 The US is the only industrialized nation with selective healthcare coverage, meaning that basic healthcare services are not provided to everybody and paid for by the government (or government-managed entities), and this has … Continue reading American Beauty: The Healthcare Puzzle

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

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 capitalization of £7.15bn and employs 6,300 people around the world (5,500 in the UK). On the other hand, Aberdeen has a market … Continue reading Consolidation in the asset management industry, Standard Life and Aberdeen merger

The beginning of a new race: PSA and Opel

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 between PSA and Opel reduces industry capital requirements by eliminating competition and combining two manufacturing and design footprints into one. This acquisition … Continue reading The beginning of a new race: PSA and Opel

Here we go, shale oil is back to life

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 overview of conventional and shale oil extraction techniques Conventional oil Conventional oil production is usually accomplished through a vertical well and a … Continue reading Here we go, shale oil is back to life

Foxes May Lose Their Hair, But Not Their Goals

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 by the committee in the previous days, and it represents the latest attempt of the Murdoch Brothers to acquire full ownership of … Continue reading Foxes May Lose Their Hair, But Not Their Goals

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

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 Not only have the financial markets been exceptionally turbulent since the last quarter of 2015 but also the exchange operators that are … Continue reading LSE – DB merger: a crucial step towards Capital Markets Union