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Amazon.com to acquire Whole Foods Market Inc

June 27, 2017

Amazon has announced it will acquire upmarket grocer, Whole Foods Market Inc, for $13.7 billion in a deal that includes the company’s debt. Expected to close late 2017, the deal will not only be the largest in the online retailer’s history, but also a major step in expanding into bricks-and-mortar retail.   Founded in 1978 […]

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Linde and Praxair Merger to go Ahead

June 07, 2017

Last week it was announced that German chemicals giant Linde have signed a formal agreement for a €70bn deal with US industrial gases company Praxair, despite worker representatives opposing the merger. While industry analysts believe too much time has been invested for the deal not to be finalised, anxiety over job losses caused Linde to […]

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Microsoft Continues to Look to Israel for Cyber Safety

June 06, 2017

American computing giant Microsoft continues to expand its acquisitions of Israeli-based software companies, with a reported $100 million deal for cybersecurity start-up Hexadite. Founded in Tel Aviv and now based out of Boston MA, Hexadite deals in cyberattacks and mitigating damage to systems through machine learning, which helps its clients increase productivity and reduce costs. […]

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Apple Continues Acquisition Trail with Lattice.io

May 26, 2017

Following news last week that Apple had completed a deal to acquire sleep-tracking device company Beddit, the tech behemoth has completed yet another acquisition in the form of Lattice.io. In a higher profile deal than Beddit, Apple revealed it had acquired the artificial intelligence and machine learning start-up, which takes dark data and turns it […]

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Chemicals Sector Continues to Remain Buoyant

May 25, 2017

Following our report last month on the $130bn mega-merger between US chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont, a new deal has announced the creation of a chemicals giant with a market value of approx $14 billion.  This latest high-profile transaction across the diversified chemicals sector sees companies are striking ever more aggressive deals to find […]

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Lavazza Weighs M&A Options in a Strengthening Coffee Market

May 22, 2017

Italy’s largest coffee group by sales, Lavazza now have the capacity to spend up to €2bn on acquisitions to further its global ambitions within a strong industry dominated by Nestlé and JAB of Switzerland. Lavazza Chief executive, Antonio Baravalle said: “If we want to be independent in this big consolidation process, there is only one […]

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Apple Gets Into Beddit With Latest Acquisition

May 16, 2017

Last week it was revealed that Apple had completed a low-key deal to acquire Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices compatible with apps for both iOS and the Apple Watch. News of the acquisition was broken by CNBC which reported that the privacy section of the Beddit website had been updated to note […]

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Coach Bags Kate Spade

May 15, 2017

New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, Coach Inc has acquired its rival Kate Spade & Company for $2.4 billion, a figure “not justified strictly by the numbers” according to the New York Times. The deal figure represents a 27.5 per cent premium on the share price of Kate Space before […]

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An Apple/Disney Merger on the Cards?

May 12, 2017

Apple has hit the headlines this week with the media speculating whether or not they are set for a mammoth acquisition due to its significant and ever-growing stash of cash. It’s estimated that the tech giant holds somewhere in the region of a quarter-trillion dollars that it could use to snap up another business or […]

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SiriusXM Gets Connected With Automatic in $100 Million Deal

May 11, 2017

This week it was announced SiriusXM would acquire San Francisco-based connected car company Automatic Labs Inc. in a deal worth $100 million, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition brings together two giants in the connected car industry with Automatic’s data driven platform providing drivers with vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parting […]

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UK Companies Set For A Rampant 12 Months Of M&A Activity

May 09, 2017

According to a recent report, UK companies are braced for a surge in deal-making this year, as executives prepare their businesses for life away from the European Union. Accountancy juggernaut Ernst & Young found that 51% of UK firms expect to actively pursue mergers and acquisitions within the next 12 months, a rise of three […]

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Exova to be bought by Element Materials in £620m deal

May 05, 2017

After several weeks of speculation, it has been announced that global lab testing specialist Exova has accepted an all-cash takeover from its industry rival Element Materials Technology Group. The deal, worth a reported £620 million, will see Element pay £2.40 per share to all investors in Exova. This represents a 10.7 per cent premium to […]

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Becton Dickinson acquires C.R. Bard in $24 billion deal

May 04, 2017

In the biggest deal of the company’s 120-year history, medical device giant Becton, Dickinson & Company has announced its acquisition of C.R. Bard for $24 billion. The cash and stock deal will see Bard shareholders receive $222.93 in cash and 0.5077 shares of Becton Dickinson stock per Bard share, or $317 per Bard share based […]

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Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts

April 28, 2017

It appears many buyers are once again attempting to bag bargain acquisitions by exploiting business owners blinded by multi-million pound cheques and disadvantaged by a lack of advice from a seasoned M&A professional. Such behaviour is becoming increasingly common as corporate and financial buyers seek to avoid the increasingly competitive atmosphere surrounding deals, which typically […]

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Best in Show: PetSmart to Acquire Chewy in Record Breaking Deal

April 26, 2017

This week, PetSmart announced its intention to acquire fast-growing pet food and product site Chewy.com in a deal alleged to fetch $3.35 billion, surpassing Walmart’s $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com to become the biggest e-commerce deal ever. What makes the deal even more interesting is that traditional bricks-and-mortar retailer PetSmart was itself valued at just […]

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Most Important Deal of the Day: Post Holdings Acquires Weetabix

April 25, 2017

Following months of speculation, it was confirmed last week that US cereal giant Post Holdings is to acquire British cereal company Weetabix in a deal worth £1.4 billion. Rumours of acquisition started after Weetabix owners Bright Food and Baring Private Equity Asia put the business up for sale earlier this year. It follows what has […]

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M&A Fuels Growth in Gasoline and Industrial Mining Sectors

April 25, 2017

7-Eleven Inc, the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, recently announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states. The acquisition of Sunoco’s gasoline convenience stores sees an increased investment from the […]

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Chemicals Sector Forges Ahead in M&A Activity

April 24, 2017

In a move announced on 5th April 2017 and comes hot on the heels of last month’s high profile DowDuPont mega-merger, valued at $130bn, ChemChina has won conditional EU antitrust approval for its $43 billion bid for Syngenta, a Swiss pesticides and seeds group. The deal, expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity

April 20, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity, a world-renowned manager of private equity funds based in Canada with a diversified portfolio of companies throughout North America. For the past decade Lynx Equity has focused on 100% acquisitions of old-economy, North American businesses, before entering into the European […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC

April 19, 2017

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC. As a privately owned company, Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited pride themselves on delivering an exemplary service to all of their clients. Their business policies embrace the concepts of […]

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