The rise of the “MAMIL” helps Rapha in the next phase of its sportive

Surely no one can have failed to notice the increasing presence of cyclists on our roads over the last few years, a trend which is mirrored by M&A activity in the cycling sector.

Private Equity to bring yacht chartering to a broader clientele

One of the more interesting capital funding deals in the last few days was the announcement that French equity firm NextStage, along with boat builder Fountaine Pajot, was planning to invest more than €14m in Dream Yacht Charter. 

Deals that I now completely understand and can relate to!

My move into the world of mobile payments this week appears to mirror an increasing level of M&A interest in this area.

Serial acquiror Mike Ashley of Sports Direct is in the buying Game again

Sports Direct's purchase of a 25 per cent stake in electronic game retailer Game Digital may seem to be outside the company's area of interest on the face of it, but Mike Ashley has made a habit of buying into businesses without any obvious synergies.

A good first half of the year, despite everything

The fact that global M&A activity has remained remarkably robust in H1 2017 shows that despite ongoing geopolitical turbulence the M&A juggernaut continues to roll on.

Amazon & Whole Foods Market deliver a big surprise

Friday’s announcement that Amazon is to acquire Whole Foods Market will have traditional grocery retail chains watching with interest and some trepidation.

Struggling fashion chains to be offered in a summer half-price sale?

Everyone knows that if you are prepared to wait towards the end of a season you get the latest fashions at a discounted price, and in the case of struggling fashion chains Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, business seems to be imitating life with the reported reduction in price that potential buyer, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is considering offering.

China Investment Corp, China’s Sovereign Wealth Fund buys big, really big!

Today’s formal announcement that China Investment Corporation is to acquire Logicor is further proof that Chinese buyers are willing to pay top drawer prices for companies they consider to be a good strategic fit.

Another tech company joins the Unicorn club

The announcement that Symphony Communications has raised another USD 63 million of capital may not seem like a big deal, but the injection grants the business Unicorn status.

Arrivederci Alitalia!

It would appear that the inevitable has finally happened, with the announcement by Alitalia’s board, after a shareholder meeting held today, that they have formally requested that the company be placed into administration and either sold or liquidated. 

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