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  • The world is changing incredibly quickly, business is speeding up, new competitors emerge from other markets. Life is more complex and inter-connected than ever. Leaders have to partner with their peers in order to make these new challenges a success.
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Wiserlinks Knowledge

  • The world is changing incredibly quickly, business is speeding up, new competitors emerge from other markets. Life is more complex and inter-connected than ever. Leaders have to partner with their peers in order to make these new challenges a success.
  • This blog presents ideas for action.
 

Jean-Bernard Girault

French VC fundraising shows startup money is pouring into Paris

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Independent | 18/10/2017

Independent Two of France’s bigger venture capitalists, Partech Ventures and Idinvest Partners, are closing funds this month, adding to recent examples of investors pouring money into European startup investments. Partech Ventures said on Monday it increased its latest venture fund to €400m (£354m) from the likes of Cisco, Nokia, Renault and others – more than it had initially anticipated when it closed […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Peugeot bets on utility cars, premium SUVs to boost Brazil sales

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Reuters | 18/10/2017

Reuters French car maker Peugeot SA on Wednesday said it was focusing on utility vehicles to lift its market share in Brazil and would offer a similar set of models as it sells in Europe. The plan is part of the company’s strategy to improve consumer perception of its products and, as a result, its […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

AccorHotels clinches $1 billion deal to buy Mantra

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Business Recorder | 18/10/2017

Business Recorder France’s AccorHotels said Thursday it has reached a deal to buy Australian hotel operator Mantra for 900 million euros ($1 billion), in a move that will strengthen its “long-term grown in the Asia Pacific region”. The agreement, yet to be approved by Mantra shareholders, will see the Australian operator’s shares sold at AUD$3.96 […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

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TechCrunch | 18/10/2017

TechCrunch Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently with its own brand. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in the past nine weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted multiple-choice questions about friends who then […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Lufthansa to sign deal to buy half of Air Berlin

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Financial Times | 18/10/2017

Financial Times Lufthansa will buy more than half of Air Berlin, the lossmaking airline that filed for insolvency in August after losing the support of its biggest shareholder Etihad Airways. Air Berlin confirmed on Thursday that Germany’s largest carrier would buy Niki, its Austrian holiday airline, regional carrier LGW, as well as 20 other aircraft. […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

BMW eyes possible electric vehicle joint venture in China-sources

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Reuters | 18/10/2017

Reuters German luxury automaker BMW is looking to form a joint venture with Great Wall Motor in China, which could focus on electric vehicles, according to two sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday. A venture with Great Wall, whose Hong-Kong listed shares leapt 20 percent on the news, would be BMW’s second in the […]

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BASF Starts Pricey Journey Into Seeds With $7 Billion Bayer Deal

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Bloomberg | 18/10/2017

Bloomberg BASF SE’s $7 billion acquisition of part of Bayer AG’s agricultural products business promises to be the start of a long and expensive journey into genetically-modified seeds. In its biggest-ever deal, BASF is purchasing Bayer seeds for mainstay crops including cotton and soybean, plus the herbicide brand Liberty, the Ludwigshafen, Germany-based company said on Friday. Other seed deals may […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Suez finalizes GE Water deal, confirms synergy targets

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| 05/10/2017

Reuters French waste and water group Suez said on Monday it had finalized its 3.2 billion euros ($3.4 billion) acquisition of GE Water, and confirmed its synergy outlook for the deal. He added that in the next three to five years, synergies should add another $200 million of revenue, although he did not reiterate his […]

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Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Puts Spotlight on France’s Carrefour

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| 05/10/2017

Bloomberg Carrefour SA, which pioneered the big-box supermarket combining food and general merchandise in the 1960s, has been stepping up efforts to fuse e-commerce and in-store shopping. Amazon.com Inc.’s $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods Market Inc. raises the ante for the French retailer. Click here to read full article

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Alstom, Siemens to merge rail businesses to counter China’s CRRC

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| 05/10/2017

CNBC German industrial group Siemens and French rival Alstom agreed to merge their rail operations, creating a European champion to better withstand the international advance of China’s state-owned CRRC. Siemens will own 50 percent plus a few shares of the joint venture, to be called Siemens Alstom, while Alstom will supply Henri Poupart-Lafarge as chief […]

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