The EU setting the pace for sustainable finance across the world

During 2019, issues related to sustainable finance have gained momentum throughout the world (Goldman Sachs pledging to invest more than $750 billon in ESGs by 2030 in December 2019) but especially in Europe and more precisely in the EU. This issue has indeed become the cornerstone of EU policy. The EU Green Deal demonstrates theContinue reading “The EU setting the pace for sustainable finance across the world”

Analysing the DAX in Germany’s economy

The link between a country’s economic health and the behaviour of its stock index, specifically the performance of the index during periods of decreasing economic growth has always been an intriguing topic. Accordingly, the aim of this article is to illustrate the role of the DAX in the German economy and how the index movedContinue reading “Analysing the DAX in Germany’s economy”

LVMH’s breakfast at Tiffany’s with the bill of $16.2 billion

LVMH Group will acquire Tiffany & Co, an American jeweler known for engagement rings and white diamond necklaces, for $ 16.2 billion with $135 per share, the biggest deal in luxury industry.  About the Buyer: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton The buyer of this deal is LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading high-qualityContinue reading “LVMH’s breakfast at Tiffany’s with the bill of $16.2 billion”

Silicon Valley Meets Sports: Silver Lake takes a Stake in Champions League Football Club Manchester City

Silver Lake Partners just bought a $500 million stake (10% of the equity shares) in the owner of Manchester City, at a valuation that makes the English football team one of the most expensive sports franchises on the planet. Silver Lake is one of the world’s largest tech investors with over $43 billion in assetsContinue reading “Silicon Valley Meets Sports: Silver Lake takes a Stake in Champions League Football Club Manchester City”

Green or Green – Growing ESG Importance in the Private Equity Industry

I. ESG in the PE industry In 2004, the then-UN general secretary Kofi Annan wrote a letter to 50 CEOs in the financial industry, urging them to further integrate sustainability into capital markets. This was the beginning of the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment). Today, over 2,000 funds have signed the United Nations-supported PRI, upContinue reading “Green or Green – Growing ESG Importance in the Private Equity Industry”

The US economy through the eyes of this earning season

The earnings season started again, as for every quarter, with corporates announcing results and updating their business guidance. Investors were very nervous worldwide due to geopolitics tensions such as Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans, US-China trade talks and Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government. Some bears are looking at signs for the longest-ever bull market’sContinue reading “The US economy through the eyes of this earning season”

Coca-Cola takes plunge into coffee with 3.9 billion-pound Costa deal

On the 31st of August 2018, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) announced that it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire the U.K. Coffee-shop leader Costa for 3.9 billion pounds ($5.1 billion). This brave acquisition is a turning point for both companies.             The Coca-Cola Company  The buyer is The Coca-Cola Company, one of the biggest beverage companyContinue reading “Coca-Cola takes plunge into coffee with 3.9 billion-pound Costa deal”

The Rise and Rise of Private Equity

The past five years were fuelled with success for the private equity industry. During these years, more money has been raised, invested and distributed back to investors than ever before in the industry’s history. Let us give some figures: between 2000 and 2019 the number of Private Equity-backed companies in the US rose from lessContinue reading “The Rise and Rise of Private Equity”

Giant deal in the pharmaceutical sector: Bristol-Myers Squibb buys Celgene

Last 6th January, US drug manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BMY would have acquired Celgene for an equity value of approximately USD 74bn. The board of the two firms welcome the acquisition which will imply that Bristol-Myers Squibb’s shareholders willContinue reading “Giant deal in the pharmaceutical sector: Bristol-Myers Squibb buys Celgene”