AB InBev – Asahi deal M&A activity rebounds for the Alcohol Industry

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Anheuser-Busch InBev NV has accepted Asahi Group Holdings Ltd.’s offer to buy the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55bn euros ($2.9bn). The AB InBev-SABMiller merger would create the world’s biggest beer… 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

Anti-Netflix plan: Vivendi – Mediaset Premium

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On the 8th of April, Mediaset agreed to sell its pay-tv business to the European media conglomerate Vivendi, creating a partnership that is set to trigger the long-awaited consolidation in the industry. In… Continue reading

From Bratislava with Love: Slovak nuclear on sale

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On December 18th Enel announced an agreement with EPH for the sale of its 66% stake in the Slovak subsidiary Slovenské Elektrárne. Discussions are still ongoing about the possible purchase of a 17%… Continue reading

Activision Blizzard takeover of King Digital Entertainment

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Activision Blizzard – King Digital Activision Blizzard Inc. will buy the British developer King Digital Entertainment for a nice $5.9bn settled entirely by cash. The rationale of the deal seems to be twofold: operating… Continue reading