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M&A Strategy

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Energy and persistence conquer all things (Benjamin Franklin) After four unsuccessful bids, it is befitting that the deadline set by the U.K.’s Takeover Panel for beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV to submit a fifth and final offer for SABMiller Plc. was extended to 5 p.m. GMT on 11th November : Armistice Day ! Rumours that AB InBev were about to bid […] Read more

Similar origins – different trajectories Ferrero’s bid for Thornton’s marks the end of just over one century of history, as yet another British chocolate household name will be swept up by a foreign group, following in the footsteps of Cadbury in 2009 and Rowntree in 1988.  This will leave the relative newcomer Hotel Chocolat as […] Read more

Baked beans on toast for two of the world’s richest men Brazil’s richest man Jorge Paulo Lemann has teamed up with Warren Buffett to engineer a deal to merge with Heinz which will not generate much enthusiasm amongst the gourmet elite of this world.  But the Kraft Heinz merger has everything it takes to get […] Read more

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And exciting 2015 looms… In recent weeks, early signs of big changes to come in the UK’s telecom landscape have sparked off speculation as to which of the key players might join forces, or possibly even quit the UK scene to re-invest elsewhere.  Why now? UK consumers and businesses enjoy one of Europe’s most competitive […] Read more

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How can two world-renowned business leaders commit first-time-beginner mistakes ? Told you so … Some critics, journalists and experts from all walks of life relish in pointing out how accurately they had predicted a business failure many months before it occurred.  One year exactly after Publicis and Omnicom announced their plan to merge, I don’t […] Read more

Two European giants with global reach For a change, this month’s mega-merger announcement does not involve American or Asian heavyweight players, but rather two giants in “old Europe”.  It is not about social media, high-tech or software, and will instead rock an industry which has none of that glitz and glamour  : cement. Having flirted […] Read more

All the fun without the burden of commitment Reckitt Benckiser, owners since 2010 of the famous Durex® condom brand it acquired from SSL which played a major role in enabling the sexual revolution in the 60’s and 70’s, announced this month it was to acquire the rights to the K-Y® brand of lubricants from Johnson […] Read more