Zephyr Week in Review 11th June 2012

Johnson & Johnson has completed its acquisition of Synthes for CHF 17.24 billion in the week’s largest deal. The highest value rumour saw Credit Suisse considering a capital increase worth between CHF 4.00 billion and CHF 5.00 billion. Other targets included Canadian magnetic industrial product manufacturer Neo Material Technologies and German utility measurement and control solutions firm Elster.

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Zephyr Week in Review 14th May 2012

ABB completed its takeover of Memphis-based electrical equipment manufacturer Thomas & Betts for USD 3,748 million, in the week’s largest M&A deal. The week’s biggest rumour was Tepco in talks with three other Japanese companies to buy a stake in Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project in Australia, worth USD 4,350 million. Other targets included Facebook, which finally made its Nasdaq debut, French mining firm Eramet and E.ON’s natural gas transportation business Open Grid Europe.


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Zephyr Week in Review 30th April 2012

The largest M&A deal of the week was Capital One’s acquisition of HSBC’s US credit card and retail services for USD 31,300 million. Chesapeake Energy’s largest shareholder urged the company to consider a sale that could be worth USD 11,521 million based on its current market capitalisation, making it the week’s biggest rumour. Other targets included Colorado-based oil and gas company Cordillera Energy, Italian telecommunications group Telco and footwear retailer Collective Brands.

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Zephyr Week in Review 16th April 2012

The Argentinean government has expropriated a 51 per cent stake, worth USD 10,500 million, in YPF from Repsol, in the week’s biggest announced deal. Telstra is preparing to sell its fixed line assets to the Australian government in a deal valued at USD 11,444 million in the highest-value rumour of the week. Other targets included UK-based electricity producer International Power and German luxury carmaker Daimler.

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Zephyr Week In Review 12th March 2012

Exelon has completed its acquisition of Constellation Energy Group in the week’s largest deal. The highest value rumour was the potential purchase of NDS Group by Cisco Systems, with a price tag of USD 5,000 million. Other targets included Chinese banking group Bank of Communications and US leisure group Great Wolf Resorts.

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Zephyr Week in Review 27th February 2012

Shanghai Baosteel has agreed to buy the stainless steel assets of Baoshan Iron & Steel for USD 4,068 million in the week’s largest deal. The highest value rumour saw Telefonica deny reports that it might sell its stake in China Unicom, which has a potential price tag of USD 4,018 million. Other targets included German banking group Deutsche Postbank and Indian resources company Hindustan Zinc.

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Zephyr Week in Review 13th February 2012

Capital One completed its USD 9,000 million public takeover of US-based ING Bank FSB in the week’s largest deal. The highest value rumour was a potential stake sale or share repurchase by Sweden’s Svenska Handelsbanken, valued at USD 1,273 million. Other targets included corrugated packaging firm Temple-Inland and Brazilian food manufacturer Yoki.

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Zephyr Week in Review 30th January 2012

The largest deal of the week was Cigna’s takeover of Tennessee-based insurance company HealthSpring for USD 3,800 million, while the highest value rumour involved the potential sale of a stake in a liquefied natural gas project by Australia’s Woodside Petroleum. Other targets included electrical component manufacturer Thomas & Betts and Brazilian builder Gafisa.

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Zephyr Week in Review 16th January 2012

Gilead closed its acquisition of US anti-viral and anti-cancer drug developer Pharmasset for USD 11,178 million in the week’s highest value deal. Other targets included RBS Aviation Capital, the Royal Bank of Scotland’s aircraft leasing business, which is to be sold for USD 7,300 million, and ING Groep’s Asian insurance activities.

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Zephyr Week in Review 9th January 2012

The highest value deal of the week overall was the rumour that satellite TV company DISH Network – valued at USD 5,999 million – could be acquired. The largest announced transaction was the USD 2,851 million purchase of four US retail propane dealers by AmeriGas.

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