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3 + 2 + 6 = 2    The logic behind the New Charter deal

Charter’s victory follows Comcast’s defeat The patience of Charter Communications Inc., the USA’s third largest cable operator, will have been well rewarded. Almost one year after announcing its intention to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks, the regulators have given their conditional blessing to the mega-merger which will create New Charter, the […]

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DowDuPont : the world’s biggest chemical reaction ever

From two to one, then one to three As an apotheosis to close a year that has seen a number of mega-mergers, America’s two largest chemical companies Dow and DuPont announced on 11th December a $130bn deal of extraordinary ambition, but also of unprecedented complexity. To achieve their promised $3bn annual cost synergies, which would […]

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A drop of Heinz Ketchup in your Maxwell House coffee Sir ?

Baked beans on toast for two of the world’s richest men Brazil’s richest man Jorge Paulo Lemann has teamed up with Warren Buffett to engineer a deal to merge with Heinz which will not generate much enthusiasm amongst the gourmet elite of this world.  But the Kraft Heinz merger has everything it takes to get […]

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Holcim and Lafarge : the great sale is on!

On course for becoming the world’s number one Last April when Holcim and Lafarge announced their intention to merge, I was not the only one to predict that this mega-merger project would be a feast for the anti-trust regulators across the world, and indeed it has been.  However, given the complexity and magnitude of the […]

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Big, huge, gigantic: how large must Telco companies become in the UK?

And exciting 2015 looms… In recent weeks, early signs of big changes to come in the UK’s telecom landscape have sparked off speculation as to which of the key players might join forces, or possibly even quit the UK scene to re-invest elsewhere.  Why now? UK consumers and businesses enjoy one of Europe’s most competitive […]

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