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Sir James Dyson unknowingly held his promise: Brexit sucks!

First liar’s advantage In a nation whose citizens are very seldom asked to voice their opinion in a referendum, the UK “Brexit” campaign will be remembered as unprecedented in many ways: firstly, the reported reactions since the verdict of the referendum was officially declared show that many voters did not fully understand the implications of […]

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A hangover after the new year celebrations?

Scepticism at Lenovo’s Appetite One month ago, on the subject of the Motorola acquisition of Motorola Mobility, I wrote “The payback on Lenovo’s investment to shoehorn itself into the Americas’ large and lucrative mobile market assumes that the magic that occurred with the ThinkPad® can be repeated with the Motorola brand.  Let’s watch this pace […]

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Best M&A deal of the year, but for whom ?

And the winner is … On 12th December, the Financial Times & Mergermarket European M&A Awards were held at London’s Savoy Hotel; this year the panel of experts granted to “M&A Deal of the Year” award to the acquisition of Virgin Media Inc. by Liberty Global Plc. A report published by Mergermarket and The Storytellers […]

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U.S. Regulators : Random Roulette or Applied Logic?

Two ways of looking at the same thing On 24th September, the world’s largest chip manufacturing equipment maker U.S. based Applied Materials (AMAT) announced its intention to merge with world number three Tokyo Electron, resulting in a company which will be twice the size of its next rival. AMAT’s executive chairman Mike Splinter commented on […]

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Does $ 1.1 bn buy you “coolness”

Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer’s move to acquire the blogging website Tumblr for an astonishing $ 1.1 bn is indeed a bold one.  As a former Google executive Ms Mayer hopefully knows things about what makes a website “cool” and fashionable which we other mortals ignore : how else could one explain the rationale behind […]

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Baroness Thatcher and the challenge of embracing change

The heated debate and street demonstrations that erupted as soon as the former Prime Minister’s death was announced illustrate rather brilliantly two key elements which I see as indispensable to obtain an endorsement  – or at least acceptance –  of profound change, be it within a company or on the broader scale of a whole […]

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M&A Integration : A Learning Curve

It is widespread knowledge that 50% to 80% of all mergers and acquisitions fail to deliver the benefits described in their business case, and a sign of blissful ignorance that so many companies continue to embark on major acquisitions or mergers whilst ill-prepared, confident that they will reach a successful outcome when in fact the […]

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Transferring “Excellence”: who will win or lose from the alliance of Quality and Mediocrity at BA and Iberia?

Chalk and Cheese High Above the Clouds As a very frequent user of airline services, I have followed with interest the developments relating to the merger efforts of British Airways and Iberia under the umbrella of their common owner IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A.).  The alliance between one airline which has dragged itself up […]

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