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- 07/03/20: UK buys £400m stake in bankrupt satellite rival to EU Galileo system
Investment with India made in US firm OneWeb after Brexit locks UK out of Europe’s satellite navigation system
The UK government has pledged to invest $500m (£400m) in bankrupt satellite company OneWeb, giving it a stake in a business that provides broadband from space.
The government, which has proven so far unwilling to take stakes in major British companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will receive a “significant equity share” in the loss-making company as it seeks to make “high-risk, high-payoff” investments of the kind advocated by 10 Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 07/02/20: M&A wrap: Motive, Mainsail, Rallyday, Grain, Platinum, Bridge Bancorp, Gryphon, Constellation Brands, Angelo Gordon, Summit
Motive's Miguel Tejeda is among nine dealmakers named the 2020 Rising Stars of Private Equity. Platinum makes two deals. Constellation Brands buys wine company. Angelo Gordon and Summit raise funds. - Source: The Latest
- 07/02/20: Private equity on edge with U.S. plan to name relief recipients
many firms pushed ahead, benefiting from the $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program run by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, - Source: The Latest
- 07/02/20: The Neoliberal Looting of America
The private equity industry, which has led to more than 1.3 million job losses in the last decade, reveals the truth about free markets. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 07/02/20: How Berkshire Hathaway May Have Been Snookered in Germany
A unit of Warren Buffett’s empire paid an inflated price for a pipe maker that used fake sales to look profitable, an arbitration panel concluded. The firm was close to bankruptcy. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 07/01/20: Dime, Bridge Bancorp combining in $489 million merger
The deal will create an $11 billion-asset banking company with operations in a number of markets around New York City. - Source: The Latest
- 07/01/20: Prosus in talks to buy Just Eat's stake in Brazil’s IFood
Food delivery deals have been heating up, with takeover battles emerging in recent months for Britain’s Just Eat and Grubhub. - Source: The Latest
- 07/01/20: NPC, the largest Pizza Hut franchisee, files for bankruptcy, amid coronavirus-related pressure
Other recent restaurant bankruptcies include the parent of Chuck E. Cheese and the U.S arm of Le Pain Quotidien. - Source: The Latest
- 07/01/20: An Epic Reversal of Fortune
The stock market recorded its best quarter in decades, and the biggest quarter-to-quarter swing since 1932. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/30/20: Clearlake, Insight, Vista and other private equity firms create 50 new board roles for diverse candidates
“This is the right way to empower corporations to make strides towards equality of opportunity,” says Vista founder Robert F. Smith. - Source: The Latest
- 06/30/20: Netflix shifts $100 million of cash into Black-owned banks
The online TV giant will start by shifting $25 million into the Black Economic Development Initiative, a new fund that will invest in Black-owned financial institutions serving low-income communities, and $10 million to Hope Credit Union. - Source: The Latest
- 06/30/20: Uber in talks to acquire delivery rival Postmates
A reportedly potential deal would value Postmates at $2.6 billion, as the coronavirus has boosted demands for food delivery. - Source: The Latest
- 06/30/20: Lululemon buys fitness company Mirror for $500 million
Home-fitness products such as Peloton bikes and Mirror’s wall-mounted device have gained in popularity as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered gyms. - Source: The Latest
- 06/30/20: American Companies Are Sick. Here’s How to Cure Them.
Mergers and buyouts work, but they can exacerbate economic inequality. Here are some different strategies. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/30/20: Uber Makes Offer to Buy Postmates Delivery Service
The ride-hailing company has been trying to expand its food-delivery business to compensate for the collapse of its main business. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/29/20: Lululemon to Buy Mirror, a Fitness Start-Up, for $500 Million
The athleisure company’s first acquisition is a bet on the future of fitness and a way to further tie into the lives of its customers. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/29/20: M&A wrap: Rising Stars, Palladium, Bregal Sagemount, Motive, GTCR, American Express, TA, Coty, Kim Kardashian West, Amazon, Carlyle, Kohlberg
Palladium's Andrea McGuirt is among nine dealmakers named the 2020 Rising Stars of Private Equity. Coty buys stake in Kardashian's beauty business. Amazon buys self-driving startup Zoox. PE news from Carlyle and Kohlberg. - Source: The Latest
- 06/26/20: Amazon to Buy Zoox, in a Move Toward Self-Driving Cars
The online retailer is taking steps to move people, as well as packages. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/24/20: SEC Amendments to Financial Disclosure Requirements Provide a Welcome Reprieve for Carve-Out Transactions
As previously reported in this Cooley PubCo post, on May 21, the SEC adopted final amendments to the financial disclosure requirements for the acquisition and disposition of businesses. One change relating to the use of abbreviated financial statements stands out as a welcome reform for public or pre-public biopharma and life sciences companies. Historically, if […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 06/23/20: Recorded Roundtable: Assessing Strategic Dealmaking in a Volatile Covid-19 Market
In partnership with The Deal, we hosted a recent discussion with Uber Head of Corporate Development Jennifer Jarret, Goldman Sachs Head of Technology, Media and Telecom M&A Sam Britton, and Cooley M&A Co-Chair Jamie Leigh on navigating unchartered waters when it comes to assessing the current market for dealmaking. Amid the onset of the Covid-19 […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 06/23/20: The Visas and the Fury
As President Trump moves to restrict work-based immigration, the business world — particularly Silicon Valley — is speaking out. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/22/20: UK firms critical to public health protected from foreign takeovers
Legislation protects those needed in future pandemics who may be struggling now
The UK government has introduced legislation to protect businesses that are key to public health from foreign takeovers.
The changes give the government the power to protect companies that could be critical in helping the country in future health emergencies but which may be struggling to weather the coronavirus pandemic.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 06/17/20: Europe Takes Steps to Block Chinese Bargain Hunters
Amid fear that companies backed by Beijing will use the pandemic to acquire assets on the cheap, political leaders are putting up legal hurdles. - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/17/20: Boohoo sales surge as it pays £5.25m for Oasis and Warehouse brands
Consumers turn to online retailer’s loungewear and athleisure during lockdown
Boohoo’s sales surged by 45% in the quarter to the end of May as consumers turned to online shopping during the coronavirus lockdown.
The online fashion retailer, which owns brands including Nasty Gal, Pretty Little Thing, Coast and Karen Millen, said customers were opting for loungewear and athleisure as a result of the shift to a more home-centred lifestyle.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 06/16/20: An L.G.B.T. Landmark
In an unexpected ruling, the Supreme Court said that the Civil Rights Act protects workers if they’re fired “merely for being gay or transgender.” - Source: Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- 06/11/20: Just Eat beats Uber to snap up Grubhub for £5.8bn
Planned takeover will create world’s largest food delivery service outside China
European food delivery service Just Eat Takeaway has agreed to buy the US-based app Grubhub for $7.3bn (£5.8bn) in a deal that would create the world’s largest food delivery service outside China.
Confirmation of the all-stock takeover deals a blow to Uber, which has its own food delivery business and was reportedly in discussions with Grubhub.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 06/11/20: Key Themes From Cooley’s M&A Dealmakers Roundtable: Insights on the Life Sciences M&A Market
On May 27th, Andy Pasternak, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer at Horizon Therapeutics and Eric Tokat, a partner in the healthcare practice at Centerview Partners joined Cooley M&A co-chair, Barbara Borden for a discussion of the life sciences M&A market, with a focus on business development. As part of Cooley’s M&A Dealmakers Roundtable series, […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 06/08/20: Anti-buyout law would hit UK recovery, say business groups
Plan for tough rules on foreign takeovers comes as UK clashes with China on Hong Kong
Business groups have warned that introducing a law to prevent foreign takeovers that threaten national security could have a “chilling” effect on investment in the UK.
The government is said to be considering new rules that would mean directors could be jailed or companies could be fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for failing to report attempted takeovers by foreign firms that could put national security at risk.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 06/04/20: Spanish Puig snaps up Charlotte Tilbury makeup empire
Barcelona-based firm is thought to have fought off bids from Unilever, L’Oréal and Shiseido
The celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has handed a control of her namesake makeup and skincare empire to a Spanish fashion and fragrances business in a deal that could have valued the company at up to £1bn just seven years after she started it.
Tilbury, 47, personally owned between half and 75% of the company until signing a deal with the Barcelona-based Puig will likely have handed her a cash payout worth tens of millions of pounds. The Spanish firm also owns brands including Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier and Nina Ricci.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 05/22/20: SEC Adopts Final Amendments for M&A Financial Statement Disclosure
Yesterday, once again without an open meeting, the SEC voted (with a dissent from Commissioner Allison Lee) to adopt amendments to the requirements for financial statements relating to acquisitions and dispositions of businesses. According to the press release, the amendments are intended to improve disclosure of financial information, facilitate more timely access to capital and […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 05/22/20: Brewers Carlsberg UK and Marston's announce merger
Smaller breweries warn deal could harm independent beer firms
Danish brewer Carlsberg and British pubs and cask ale firm Marston’s have announced a joint venture, prompting concern among small brewers who fear being squeezed out of the market.
Shares in Marston’s surged by 36%, recovering some of the value lost since the Covid-19 lockdown shut pubs across the country, as investors applauded the tie-up.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 05/14/20: Chinese threat prompts calls for UK to toughen company takeover laws
Minsters want national security measure after failed boardroom coup at technology firm
An aborted Chinese-led boardroom coup at a British technology firm is set to force the UK government to adopt stronger intervention powers to prevent hostile countries taking major stakes in strategic UK businesses.
The coup, involving putting four Chinese government-backed members on to the board of Imagination Technologies, has led Tory backbenchers to demand ministers toughen pre-existing plans to add a stronger national security element to UK takeover laws. It was abandoned after MPs called on ministers to intervene.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 05/11/20: Social Distancing From a (Supposed) Life Partner: Early Lessons From Deals Terminated and On the Rocks in the COVID-19 Era
In “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s Oscar winning film, the audience thinks it has a formulaic Hollywood love story on its hands: boy and girl meet; boy and girl fall in love; boy and girl break up; and boy and girl get back together. But in a twist on the classic love story, boy and […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 05/07/20: JD Sports says blocking Footasylum merger is 'absurd' amid Covid-19 crisis
Competition and Markets Authority’s decision fails to take account of fallout from pandemic, sports retail chain says
JD Sports Fashion has criticised the competition watchdog for paving the way for potential job losses after the retailer was blocked from merging with a struggling rival, Footasylum.
Peter Cowgill, the executive chairman of the UK’s largest sports retailer, said the company “fundamentally disagreed” with the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision, which was “absurd” in the light of the high street’s struggles.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 05/07/20: Virgin Media and O2 owners confirm £31bn mega-merger in UK
Tie-up between parent groups Liberty Global and Telefonica aims to take on BT and Sky
The owners of Virgin Media and O2 have confirmed a £31bn merger deal to create a new “national champion” to challenge BT and Sky in the UK.
Liberty Global, which owns the UK’s largest cable company Virgin, and Telefónica, which owns Britain’s biggest mobile operator O2, are to merge their UK operations in a new 50-50 joint venture.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 05/05/20: Whataday for Special Committees: Salladay v. Lev Clarifies Committee Formation Requirements in Non-MFW Scenarios
In late February as the COVID-19 pandemic was accelerating, the Delaware Chancery Court issued an important decision that is likely to impact transactions during the expected recession. In Salladay v. Lev, C.A. No. 2019-0048-SG (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2020) (“Salladay”), the court held that a conflicted transaction – not involving a controlling shareholder – could […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 05/01/20: Virgin and O2 plan merger to challenge Sky and BT
Owners of telecoms giants set to team up and challenge major sector players
The owners of Virgin Media and O2 are in talks to create a new TV and mobile power player to challenge BT and Sky in the UK.
Billionaire John Malone’s Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media and a 10% stake in ITV, is understood to be in talks with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to combine their UK assets in a joint venture.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 04/28/20: Charlotte Tilbury eyes £500m payout as makeup firm goes up for sale
Unilever and L’Oréal reportedly in running to buy beauty and skincare firm
Charlotte Tilbury could be in line for a payout of at least £500m as the beauty company she founded goes up for sale with a price tag of more than £1bn.
Unilever, the consumer goods company whose brands include Dove and Ben & Jerry’s, and large beauty corporations including France’s L’Oréal, Japan’s Shiseido Corporation and Spain’s Puig, are all reportedly vying to buy Tilbury’s makeup and skincare firm.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 04/17/20: Deliveroo warning of collapse paves way for Amazon investment
UK competition watchdog provisionally backs tech giant’s stake after courier firm warned it could go bust
UK competition authorities have provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo after the takeaway delivery firm warned it could collapse because of the coronavirus crisis.
The takeaway firm told the Competition and Markets Authority it had suffered a “significant decline in revenues” since the government lockdown to limit the spread of the virus closed many of the restaurants it dealt with nearly a month ago.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 04/07/20: The global stock market rally feels fragile | Nils Pratley
Shares have bounced back but it’s too soon to call the bottom for prices in the Covid-19 pandemic
Have we seen the bottom for stock markets? It is tempting to believe so after two days of fast action as investors have responded to the welcome sight of flatter coronavirus curves in Italy, Spain and Germany.
Some of the gains in individual stocks – those that had fallen the furthest – have been stunning. Speedy boarders could have made a 27% return in 48 hours by buying shares in easyJet first thing on Monday morning. In the same short period, Rolls-Royce, the engine-maker, gained 24%. Like easyJet, it was able to unveil a self-help strategy involving more borrowing.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 04/02/20: WeWork founder threatens to sue after Softbank scraps rescue deal
Adam Neumann had been lined up to sell $970m of his own shares to Japanese investor
WeWork’s founder and former chief executive, Adam Neumann, has threatened to sue SoftBank, the office space company’s biggest investor, after it pulled out of a deal to buy $3bn (£2.4bn) of WeWork shares – including almost $1bn from Neumann himself.
SoftBank, which is run by the Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, announced on Thursday it was terminating a $3bn share tender rescue deal hammered out last October to save WeWork from collapse.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 03/23/20: Long-Term Focus: Preparing for Activism + Takeovers Amid COVID-19 Risks
Last week we cautioned that market volatility resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to increasing levels of shareholder activism and unsolicited takeover offers. Although the pandemic has raised countless new risks, companies remain vulnerable to activism attacks that focus on short-term objectives and opportunistic takeover bids stemming from the current dislocation in the markets. […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 03/23/20: Webcast Recording: Berkeley Boosts Shorts presents Financial Crises + M&A Markets
Berkeley Boosts Shorts are daily conversations with leaders from law and business. On Tuesday, March 24, Cooley M&A co-chair Jamie Leigh spoke on the topic of financial crises + M&A markets. View recording - Source: Cooley M&A
- 03/17/20: Navigating Today: Public Company Hot Spots and M&A Negotiations with the Impact of COVID-19
With last Wednesday’s categorization by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a pandemic, schools, places of business and other venues throughout the United States quickly closed in-person locations and moved to remote connectivity as efficiently as possible. On Sunday, the governor of California called for all bars and nightclubs within the state to shut […] - Source: Cooley M&A
- 03/16/20: LSL withdraws from Countrywide merger talks
Tie-up would have created company with 14,000 staff and 1,000 estate agency outlets
LSL Property Services has abandoned a proposed merger with its rival Countrywide that would have brought together well-known brands such as Hamptons International and Your Move.
In a brief statement to the stock exchange, LSL said it “does not intend to make an offer for Countrywide”, less than a month after the companies confirmed they were in talks about a deal, which at the time would have been a £470m all-share merger.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 03/03/20: Sirius Minerals to be sold after shareholder rebellion fails
Following the £405m sale the UK’s first major deep mine in 40 years now likely to go ahead
Sirius Minerals, the company building a £4bn mine under the North York Moors, is to be sold for £405m after a rebellion by irate small investors against the cut-price deal failed.
Following a fractious shareholder meeting, at which security guards were drafted in to monitor “credible threats” against directors, investors ultimately voted narrowly in favour of a sale to global mining firm Anglo American.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 03/03/20: British Steel takeover: Jingye promises 'new chapter' for industry
Chinese firm says it is happy to go ahead with sale despite delay in decision on Hayange
The Chinese firm buying British Steel promised “a new chapter in British steelmaking” as it edged towards the rescue of a company that has been funded by the government since it plunged into insolvency 10 months ago.
Jingye, run by a former Communist party official, expects to complete the takeover next week, despite lingering uncertainty over whether France will permit the sale of one of British Steel’s most profitable assets, the Hayange plant in north-east France.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 03/02/20: Sale of British Steel to Chinese firm to be finalised next week
Jingye sends contract offers to 3,200 staff, with 400 told they would be made redundant
The sale of British Steel to Jingye is to be finalised next week, after the Chinese industrial firm sent contract offers to 3,200 staff and told 400 they were no longer needed.
Nearly 10 months after British Steel collapsed into insolvency, a rescue deal is on the verge of completion. Staff who are to be made redundant have been told this will take effect when the transaction completes on Monday.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 02/26/20: Blackstone pays record £4.7bn for student housing firm iQ
UK’s largest private property deal agreed as Goldman Sachs and Wellcome move out
Blackstone has struck the largest-ever private property deal in the UK by agreeing to acquire the UK student accommodation firm iQ in a £4.7bn deal.
The New York-based private equity firm is buying iQ from the US investment bank Goldman Sachs and the health research charity Wellcome Trust.Continue reading... - Source: Mergers and acquisitions | The Guardian
- 02/14/20: CFIUS Update: Final Regulations Implement FIRRMA
The US Department of the Treasury has issued two final regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018. The final regulations broadly expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to review foreign investment transactions that implicate US national security concerns and to mitigate such concerns. This […] - Source: Cooley M&A
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