FWD ensures growth with Thailand’s biggest-ever insurance acquisition

FWD has snagged two different companies within the space of a weekend as the insurance arm of Richard Li’s Pacific Century Group (PCG) has talked Metlife into handing over its Hong Kong arm and the following Monday announced plans to acquire Siam Commercial Bank’s entire stake in SCB Life Assurance.

Rugby to score an M&A try or kicked into touch?

Sports teams and clubs have certainly attracted their fair share of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the years, having been targeted in 2,428 deals since records began, according to Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk. While 2014 scored the most in terms of volume (243 deals), value touched down at an all-time-high of USD 11,769 million in 2016.

On This Day...

Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk, shows that on this day in 2018, some 357 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worth an aggregate USD 10,444 million were announced globally. Notable deals of the day included CYBG winning over the board of Virgin Money with an all-scrip proposal worth USD 2,226 million to become the sixth-largest bank in the UK and a stronger contender to the country’s large incumbent lenders.

Petrobras still pursuing Liquigás divestment

Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) is due to receive non-binding proposals for Liquigás Distribuidora today after pushing back the deadline for expressions of interest from 6th June, according to a recent Reuters report. 

Chevron, Occidental battle for Permian acreage

Nothing showcases the increasing prominence of the Permian Basin more than the tussle for Anadarko, which has seen Occidental Petroleum square up against and go toe-to-toe with Chevron, the oil major and one of the world’s ten largest oil and gas producers by volume.

Nine companies line up to become the first to list on China’s new board

China has started counting down to the launch of a Nasdaq-style technology board after the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) started accepting listing documents from nine initial public offering hopefuls operating in sectors ranging from chip making and robotics to new energy technology.

What a difference a day makes: USD 24bn insurance deal sank in less than 24 hours

Investors barely had time to get excited about Aon’s announcement that it was in early stage consideration of an all-scrip, game-changing acquisition of industry rival Willis Towers Watson, which was worth USD 23,500 million at the time - a statement prompted by an earlier Bloomberg report incidentally - before the insurance broking juggernaut did a swift U-turn on its deliberations.

Airline M&A is up in the air

The airline industry has hit some turbulence so far in 2019, what with the European carriers Flybmi and Germania collapsing this month, Flybe coming close to folding before several suitors jetted in with different proposals, Norwegian Air Shuttle launching a discounted emergency cash call, and, over in Asia Pacific, lenders taking over Jet Airways of India for a nominal 1 rupee (less than one US cent) as banks attempt to turn around the operator on the verge of collapse.

Germany is keeping a watchful eye on Chinese investors

Germany is seeking to tighten regulations on foreign investment targeting the country’s industries - think 2016 when China’s Midea took over listed robotics manufacturer Kuka and the concerns it raised.

Asia Pacific 2018 IPO roundup

When considering initial public offerings (IPOs) by targets based in Asia Pacific that were announced in 2018, you would be forgiven for focusing on multi-billion-dollar listings by the likes of China Tower, Foxconn, Softbank and Xiomi.

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