Canadian Pacific Kansas City: First Single-Line Rail Network Linking U.S.-Mexico-Canada

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP, NYSE: CP) (“CP”) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) (“KCS”) announced they have entered into a merger agreement, under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD$31 billion, which includes the assumption of $3.8 billion of outstandingContinue reading “Canadian Pacific Kansas City: First Single-Line Rail Network Linking U.S.-Mexico-Canada”

Pharmaceutical, Pfizer acquires California-based Arena

On the 13th of December 2021 Pfizer Inc, a US-based pharmaceutical company, announced a definitive agreement to buy Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc, a clinical stage company. The value of the deal amounts to $6.73bn, with an offer price of $100 per share. The board of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction. Investment ConsiderationsContinue reading “Pharmaceutical, Pfizer acquires California-based Arena”

Microsoft Conquers the Gaming Sector and Beyond

On 18 January 2022, Microsoft Corp announced the friendly acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. The deal was announced as a full cash transaction worth $67.8B. The transaction is expected to be completed by 30 June 2023. Investment Considerations The cash buyout transaction, which has yet to be approved by US antitrust regulators, has a valueContinue reading “Microsoft Conquers the Gaming Sector and Beyond”

The Implications of Ukraine-Russia Conflict on Green Energy Market

For more than three months, everyone wondered if Russia would attack Ukraine, as Putin decided to put troops around the borders. On the 24th of February, the invasion started with Russian missiles hitting Ukraine’s military installations and Russian troops crossing the border. The escalation of the conflict has brought NATO countries to react and inflictContinue reading “The Implications of Ukraine-Russia Conflict on Green Energy Market”

Houlihan Lokey’s Expansion in the Eur-Asian Market with a Focus on the Technology Sector

On October 4th, 2021 Houlihan Lokey acquired 90% of GCA’s common stock through a tender offer. The complete integration of the remaining 10% was finalized on December 6th, 2021. Houlihan Lokey made a c. $12.63 per share bid for GCA, resulting in an overall deal value of $595M. Investment Considerations As stated by Houlihan Lokey’sContinue reading “Houlihan Lokey’s Expansion in the Eur-Asian Market with a Focus on the Technology Sector”

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Private Equity

Introduction 2022 has started with growing concerns about inflation, Covid-19 and the environment. Inflation hit a record high over the past several decades in the US, UK, multiple countries in Europe and around the world. As a result, central banks are taking measures to hike interest rates to avoid hyperinflation scenarios. At the same time,Continue reading “The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Private Equity”

ESG Investments: A panacea for sustainable growth or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

A closer look at ESG Investing Halfway between traditional philanthropy and return-driven financial investment, ESG investing – i.e. directing capital to companies which yield environmental, social and governance benefits in addition to profits – enables investors to “do well by doing good”. Lying within the broad range of responsible investments, ESG can be virtually anyContinue reading “ESG Investments: A panacea for sustainable growth or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?”

Ericsson’s $6.2bn acquisition of Vonage

On 22 November 2021, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson announced the proposed acquisition of the totality of Vonage Holdings Corp. The proposed acquisition is set at $21 per share to be paid as all-cash for a total amount of $6.2bn. The closing is expected in the first half of 2022. Vonage and Ericsson Ericsson is a SwedishContinue reading “Ericsson’s $6.2bn acquisition of Vonage”

Is it the time for beef to take a bow? Why alternative proteins should be in the spotlight

Livestock, COP26 and the lack of investment to date According to several studies, approximately a quarter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from human activity come from food systems. A rise in these emissions alone could generate severe warming and lead the planet towards a temperature above 1,5°C. Livestock is by far the mostContinue reading “Is it the time for beef to take a bow? Why alternative proteins should be in the spotlight”

Warner Bros. Discovery: the new media giant of $96,153m.

On the 17th of May 2021, AT&T Inc. and Discovery, Inc. announced a definitive agreement to combine Warner Media with Discovery to create a standalone global entertainment company. The value of the deal is $96,153m. The transaction would be spun off into a new publicly-traded company known as “Warner Bros. Discovery”. Investment Considerations As stated byContinue reading “Warner Bros. Discovery: the new media giant of $96,153m.”