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A bitter saga Whatever the outcome of the challenged take-over of Sika by Saint-Gobain, which was first announced in December 2014, there will be bitter lessons to be remembered in the future, and other companies whose capital structure includes shares with preferential voting rights might see their value plunge unless they can provide the clarity […] Read more

Second time lucky?   But the world has changed in the meantime, and in 2013 the same US antitrust regulator allowed Office Depot to acquire Officemax without divesting a single of the acquired business’s outlets.  It did not take much time for Starboard Value, one of Staples very vocal shareholders, to notice the change of […] Read more

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

Consumers’ interests acknowledged For almost a year, ever since announcing their intention to merge and become the world’s largest airline (admittedly they never promised to become the best), United Airlines and US Airways have behaved as though this was a fait accompli.  But the Justice Department saw things another way, forcing the two airlines to […] Read more

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