“M&A boom times keep coming”

Quarter 3 of 2018 has just ended and in the first three quarters of 2018 we have seen just over USD 3.5bn worth of announced deals globally.

Private equity firm CVC to take up a new sport?

Everyone, whether they be a football fan or not, is used to the fact that football clubs change hands as regularly as they change their players, and typically for vast sums of money. On the other hand, this has not typically been the case in the sport of rugby, the game often referred to as a “hooligans game played by gentlemen”.  

Krispy Kreme owner, JAB, to acquire Pret A Manger

Personally, I find a strange irony in the recent announcement that JAB Holdings, the owner of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, is buying Pret A Manger from its private equity owners, Bridgepoint, for just under $2bn.

P&G wins the race for Merck’s consumer health business

When it became public in September 2017 that Merck was carrying out a strategic review of its consumer health business with a view to potentially selling it all, or certain parts of it, a number of companies were quickly linked as potential suitors.

Dell pondering a return to the stock market?

If reports of a relisting by Dell are to be believed, a deal could provide a significant return on investment for current owner Silver Lake, as well as a substantial war chest for Dell.