“M&A boom times keep coming”

Quarter 3 of 2018 has just ended and in the first three quarters of 2018 we have seen just over USD 3.5bn worth of announced deals globally.

A “glittering” deal creating the world’s largest gold miner

Today’s announcement that Canada’s Barrick Gold will enter into a share for share merger with Randgold Resources will “create an industry-leading gold company with the greatest concentration of Tier One Gold Assets in the industry, the lowest total cash cost position among senior gold peers,” the companies said in a joint statement.

A car to suit everyone’s tastes

Speculation has emerged that Geely is to invest in Lotus, with a view to turning it into a luxury brand which can compete with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.

When M&A and global politics collide...

Qualcomm’s announcement that it will not be moving any further with its attempted takeover of chipmaker NXP is just another example of the growing influence that the current global geo-political environment is having on M&A deals.

Global M&A activity is hot as the British summer!

When it comes to global announced M&A activity, the first six months of 2018 are certainly going to be remembered as a vintage period for our M&A deal makers.