Spotify goes public, not through an IPO

Spotify will go public before the end of the first half of 2018 and has already filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co to advise on the listing, acting as commission brokers that will only help selling the shares. Spotify, the privately held SwedishContinue reading “Spotify goes public, not through an IPO”

Are We on the Verge of a Trade War?

Many of us have been asking ourselves this question after President Trump announced his intention to impose 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, respectively. Trump’s announcement might be challenging the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) which despite evolving throughout time, have remained the WTO’s foundation since its establishment after WorldContinue reading “Are We on the Verge of a Trade War?”

Mifid II: what about the markets?

3rd of January 2018, while the markets started well their year and were keeping a bullish direction before the recent increase in volatility, something else started. Yes, it’s the new European Union Markets in Financial Instruments Directive known also as MiFID II. Most people talked a lot about it during the last quarter of 2017Continue reading “Mifid II: what about the markets?”

Private Equity – Snapshot & Outlook

– In 2017, Private Equity markets continued to reach new record highs with regard to capital commitment, deal valuations and number of active investors. Competition for private investments increased dramatically, largely caused by traditional asset managers shifting significant proportions of their capital into private markets. With easy access to capital and increased competition for deals,Continue reading “Private Equity – Snapshot & Outlook”

Breakfast with: Federico Tenga, Bitcoin Entrepreneur and Co-Founder at Chainside

Breakfast with: Federico Tenga (alumnus MiM ESCP), Bitcoin Entrepreneur and Co-Founder at Chainside. Federico is an early bitcoin adopter, co-founder at Chainside and consultant for blockchain implementations. In December 2014, he founded the Italian branch of the BEN (Blockchain Education Network) with the aim of spreading the network in the Italian Universities. Q: First of all, I would likeContinue reading “Breakfast with: Federico Tenga, Bitcoin Entrepreneur and Co-Founder at Chainside”

Private Equity – The best asset-class of the last 25 years

Private Equity – What is it? Private equity (PE) has gained a great amount of influence in today’s financial marketplace, but only few people actually understand the ins and outs of the industry. This quick article (less than “360” seconds long!) breaks down the topic, discussing in brief (i) the different types of PE strategies;Continue reading “Private Equity – The best asset-class of the last 25 years”

Bidding War fires up the largest European deal of 2017

On May 15th, 2017 Atlantia has announced its intention to acquire its Spanish competitor, Abertis. Atlantia, Italian toll operator whose main asset is Autostrade per l’Italia, the largest concessionaire on the Italian highway network, is a holding company belonging to the Benetton family. Under the management of its CEO, Giovanni Castellucci, former partner at theContinue reading “Bidding War fires up the largest European deal of 2017”

ICO is the new IPO?

The beginning of 2018 saw another example of the psychological impact of the Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, ICO’s and Blockchain on human beings in this period. In fact, Kodak company, the pioneer in the photography sector announced the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of KODAKCOIN, to enable photographer to get more protection for the image rights. As aContinue reading “ICO is the new IPO?”

Bitcoin: Is this time different?

Bitcoin: Is this time different? Spoiler: NO. Bitcoin is the buzzword of our decade, even grandmas talk about it in their tea sessions with friends. Is Bitcoin the future? Will it substitute fiat money? Has it really a value? The aim of this article is to address these questions with tested frameworks and examples fromContinue reading “Bitcoin: Is this time different?”

China 2017: Snapshot

China is facing some structural problems in 2017, Said Medley Global Advisor (MGA), a research institute of Financial Times. The first one is whether China’s economy can achieve its re-balance of reducing reliance on investment and increasing consumption in 2017. As the average increasing rate of 6.7% in 2016 is exactly the same as itsContinue reading “China 2017: Snapshot”