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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.

Payments technology M&A shows no sign of slowing down yet

The value of mergers and acquisitions targeting the global payments technology industry announced over the last three and a half weeks is already on its way to reaching the USD 37,172 million-worth of deals announced in the whole of 2018, according to Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau can Dijk.

2018 IPO roundup

The stock market saw numerous highly-anticipated and some long-awaited initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2018, not least by the likes of Dropbox and Siemens Healthineers, and of course not forgetting the surprisingly unconventional listing of Spotify. 

Chinese streaming boom spills into M&A and IPO dealmaking

Online streaming platforms appear to be taking up a lot of bandwidth at the moment; be it news of multi-million-dollar investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or announced/completed initial public offerings (IPOs), it feels as though the ongoing stream of reports have been never-ending in 2018.

Banner year as Vietnamese M&A in 2017 topped USD 10bn

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies based in Vietnam reached a record USD 10,397 million last year, just ahead of 2012 (USD 10,150 million) as the year was rounded off with the historic state-run auction of a majority stake in Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage, the country’s largest brewer, to a local unit of Thai Beverage for USD 4,843 million, according to information collected by Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company, and the leading publisher of company information. 

Dutch virtual reality streaming group targeted by angel investors in January

The volume and value of angel investment in Western Europe is off to a reasonable start in 2018. According to Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk, 22 deals worth EUR 112 million have been signed off in January 2018 so far. 

Arby's Restaurant Group to acquire Buffalo Wild Wings

Arby’s Restaurant has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Buffalo Wild Wings for about USD 2,900 million, including the assumption of debt. The bid of USD 157 per share represents a 32.1 per cent premium over the target’s close of USD 118.85 on 10th November 2017, the last trading day prior to the deal being announced.

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