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DealCloserBlog Roundup December 8
Welcome to your guide on M&A, corporate development and alternative investments news. This week features regional M&A forecasts for 2015 and FIN4 news.
8 December 2014
Welcome to your guide on the most interesting M&A, corporate development, alternative investments and debt capital markets news and events.
Because you can’t follow all of the dealmaking updates, we do it for you. Each week we will share the top stories featured on our blog to catch you up to speed. Check these out …
- North America may be the current leader in the M&A resurgence — but Europe is a close number two, as expert Philip Whitchelo points out in a blog. There are many reasons for the deal explosion, but possibly the biggest cause is Germany’s relative economic health, not to mention the ongoing rebound of France, Spain and Italy.
- And while we’re on the subject of global deal activity, heading into 2015, Asia Pacific is showing some life for Q3 2014, with a 17.8 percent rise quarter-on-quarter, and 6.5 percent rise year-on-year. And, notes this blog, early stage M&A activities in Singapore, India, South Korea, and Japan are also on the upswing.
- Speaking of big deals: We’ve been watching the U.S.-based Burger King’s high-profile $11 billion acquisition of Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons with interest. The deal generated a lot of controversy, probably more than it merited, because it involved a tax inversion. Well, despite obstacles, following Canada’s official approval, Burger King claims the deal should wrap on Dec. 12, says the WSJ.
- And to be a successful dealmaker, it doesn’t hurt to have a good recipe for the special sauce, as M&A expert Allan Cunningham points out in a blog. The ingredients of the sauce tend to include having a compelling investment thesis; sponsoring a culture of M&A; and realizing there isn’t any one “prescriptive way” to run the M&A process.
- On the other hand, in what is a definite threat to dealmaking, a cyber-criminal ring dubbed “FIN4” made the news this week. FIN4 used phishing to hit 100 companies and investment advisory and law firms in the past year, notes this blog. It appears the criminal group wanted insider M&A info — and not just credit card numbers from retailers.
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