M&A Week in Review

Zephyr Week in Review 12th December 2011

The week’s largest announced deal was Johnson & Johnson’s takeover of Synthes, a Swiss medical technology developer, which is valued at around USD 21,300 million. Meanwhile, the highest value rumour – Russian steel giant Severstal’s potential purchase of Luxembourg-registered Evraz – is priced at USD 7,790 million.

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Zephyr Week in Review 5th December 2011

The week’s largest announced transaction saw Polish miner KGHM agree to purchase Canada’s Quadra FNX Mining for USD 3,466 million, while the highest value rumour was Lehman Brothers Holdings’ USD 6,000 million potential sale of Archstone-Smith Trust. Other targets included Commercial Metals and RWE.

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Zephyr Week in Review 28th November 2011

The largest transaction by value was Ecolab closing its USD 8,100 million purchase of US-based water treatment holding company Nalco. US utilities were important deal targets as the number two spot was held by AES buying electricity group DPL for USD 4,700 million.

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Zephyr Week in Review 14th November

It was an important week in deals for Asia and Oceania, with targets including Australia’s Macarthur Coal, Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines and Japan Display. Outside of these regions, Warren Buffet has been investing in IBM and Italian lender Unicredit is planning a major rights issue.

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Zephyr Week in Review 7th November

Polish telecommunications company Polkomtel was the target of the week’s largest M&A deal, while the number two transaction involved the sale of a stake in Chilean copper miner Anglo American Sur. Other significant targets included Hungarian automotive parts manufacturer Raba Jarmuipari Holding and Petrogal Brasil.

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Zephyr Week in Review 31st October

In the week’s top deal, Anglo American agreed to increase its stake in diamond miner De Beers by 40 per cent for USD 5,100 million. Other targets included insurer Transatlantic, Canadian Pacific Railway and wound care therapy developer Kinetic Concepts.

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Zephyr Week in Review 24th October

The board of Foster’s has approved a USD 11,220 million takeover proposal from SABMiller in the week’s largest deal, while the highest value rumour was Reliance Industries’ potential purchase of Valero Energy. Medicare plan insurer HealthSpring and MOSAID Technologies, a semiconductor intellectual property licensing company, were among other targets.

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Zephyr Week in Review 17th October

The week’s largest deal was G4S’ USD 8,229 million acquisition of Danish facilities group ISS. Other targets include Texan oil and gas concern Brigham Exploration Company, Rio Tinto’s aluminium units and Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, a Californian developer of customer communications management software.

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Zephyr Week in Review 10th October

Microsoft completed its USD 8,500 million acquisition of Luxembourg-based voice and video call software specialist Skype in the week’s top deal by value. Mexican telecommunications group Telmex and US oil and gas business Samson were among other high-value targets.

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Zephyr Week in Review 3rd October

The largest M&A deal by value was Sealed Air’s completed purchase of US-based cleaning contractor Diversey Holdings, worth USD 4,300 million. Other targets included Pharmaceutical Product Development and Bermuda-registered data centre operator Global Crossing.

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