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Look sideways for green shoots, and observe crisis veterans

A side effect of the global downturn has been that companies, which once enjoyed strong revenues from robust industries, are being forced look elsewhere for growth.

One to watch: food industry M&A

The food industry has been an important target of M&A activity so far in 2010, both among financial buyers looking for consistent revenues and producers trying to secure raw material supplies ahead of expected shortages.

Hong Kong IPO market heats up

There are a number of stocks to watch over the coming months as the initial public offering (IPO) market in Hong Kong heats up with several companies waiting in the wings to tap Asian investors for cash.

International eyes on Brazil

Brazil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016 has sparked a wide range of M&A interest in the country – from advertising to airport security. No doubt this will accelerate over the coming months and years.

Australian wheat market in Agrium crosshairs

Australian wheat draws international interest amid worries over global supplies.

New Thai budget carrier to set the cat among the pigeons

In a hurried press conference this morning, Thai Airways and Singapore’s Tiger Airways announced a major development for the world’s largest aviation market. The pair are to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Bangkok, allowing Thai Airways to effectively compete in the budget segment at south-east Asia’s busiest airport – and in so-doing they could change the shape of air travel in the region.

Oil and gas players to watch

The oil and gas sector has made headline news in recent weeks, barring BP and the expensive and environmentally disastrous Gulf of Mexico incident. Shares in Dana Petroleum soared by as much as 23 per cent on 2nd July on news Korea National Oil Corporation is in talks to take over the British FTSE 250 oil and gas explorer which owns fields in the North Sea, Egypt and Morocco.

Strong and steady may win the race

The first half of 2010 was another difficult six months for M&A and private equity, and Zephyr data suggested total global M&A value reached its lowest point since 2004. However, some sectors witnessed sharp gains in deal value against the lows. Certain investment darlings are emerging and these are not the distressed assets that have been suggested.

Will emerging markets provide a PE upsurge?

When Bridgepoint Capital agreed to sell UK pet store chain Pets at Home to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for USD 1,542 million in January, many heralded the return of private equity. There have since been 11 leveraged deals worth over USD 1,000 million announced or completed but the question of how private equity will adapt to the post-Lehman M&A arena still remains.

Is now the time to turn to renewable energy?

The disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis, which threatens to become an unparalleled environmental disaster, highlights the need for the world to turn to the cleantech sector. As engineers battle to plug an out-of-control BP oil well, president Barack Obama calls for an overhaul of the US energy policy.

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