M&A Week in Review

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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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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