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

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

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 of 2015, mainly linked to the stronger dollar effects on its results in the Emerging Markets where it sells its products. The … Continue reading Abbott’s acquisition of Alere: reshaping the market for rapid medical tests

Pfizer – Allergan

A new Pharma Mega-Deal making Botox and Viagra join forces. On November 23, 2015, Pfizer announced its $160bn tie-up with Allergan to form the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company by sales. Industry Overview Even though recent M&A activity has started to slow down in the healthcare sector, the announced merger shows that the M&A frenzy is … Continue reading Pfizer – Allergan