M&A Features

Dealmaking amid the debt crisis

The sovereign debt crisis in Europe slowed global dealmaking activity in the second half of 2011 to levels not seen since 2004 but while uncertainty prevails, there are still opportunities for those with the cash.

Groupon and co: A year in deals

Daily deal websites have made a real impact on the dealmaking and capital markets scenes in 2011, from industry leader Groupon’s flotation on Nasdaq to M&A interest in its smaller rivals.

Let’s call the whole thing off

This week Abbott Laboratories was the latest in a line of multinationals announcing break-up plans in an attempt to win favour with Wall Street investors.

A hostile few quarters

Recent months have seen a number of companies announce hostile or unsolicited takeovers. Indeed, the third quarter of 2011 may not have ended, but with 14 such transactions already reported it is the busiest quarter in two years.

German M&A heats up

Germany’s largest steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp may have announced the highest value deal in July, unveiling plans to launch a share sale worth an estimated EUR 1,730 million in the equity markets in order to pay down debt, but the largest M&A deal targeting a Germany-based company involved RWE dumping a majority stake in its local power network subsidiary Amprion.

Middle East outlook

The Middle East is losing out to heightened dealmaking activity in South America. However, deal values in the region have not taken the dip that could have been expected given the level of political uncertainly emerging in 2011.

Companies pursue growth, hit the acquisition trail

At first blush it appears that a new month may have kick started a new M&A drive by a number of companies looking to accelerate growth, boost annual sales and roll out expansion in high growth markets.

Mid-market US restaurants on investor menu

The largest global deal of April 2011 so far came from France where Vodafone announced it has agreed to sell a 44 per cent stake in domestic mobile service provider Société Française de Radiotéléphone to Vivendi for around USD 11,316 million, according to Zephyr, the M&A database.

US discount stores: three to watch

Private equity houses are circling discount chain operators Big Lots, Family Dollar and 99 Cents Only Stores in the hope of snapping up a sector bargain after the worst US recession in recent memory drove cash-strapped consumers to shop for lower-priced goods.

Mid-February deal snapshot

The long-awaited acquisition of US biotechnology group Genzyme by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis finally arrived in February, with the European Commission and the US Federal Trade Commission giving the takeover – one of the largest global M&A deals in recent years – a green light on 16th February.

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