Krispy Kreme owner, JAB, to acquire Pret A Manger

Personally, I find a strange irony in the recent announcement that JAB Holdings, the owner of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, is buying Pret A Manger from its private equity owners, Bridgepoint, for just under $2bn.

P&G wins the race for Merck’s consumer health business

When it became public in September 2017 that Merck was carrying out a strategic review of its consumer health business with a view to potentially selling it all, or certain parts of it, a number of companies were quickly linked as potential suitors.

Dell pondering a return to the stock market?

If reports of a relisting by Dell are to be believed, a deal could provide a significant return on investment for current owner Silver Lake, as well as a substantial war chest for Dell.

Mixed results for 2017 deal activity

While on face value, results for 2017 look disappointing, it is important to note that the value of announced deal activity seen since 2014 has surpassed all other years on record.

Four-legged family members to be pampered in Asia

In the UK we have long been seen as a nation of animal lovers and now it would appear that three Asian companies are confident this trend will spread throughout the Asia Pacific region, with a USD 1bn acquisition announced today.