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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

Atos Bids $5.1 Billion for Gemalto to Form French Tech Giant

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Bloomberg | 13/12/2017

Bloomberg Atos SE made a 4.3-billion-euro ($5.06 billion) unsolicited bid for Gemalto NV with the backing of the French state’s investment bank, seeking to create a European leader in cybersecurity, digital technologies and payment services. Atos is proposing to pay 46 euros a share in cash, 36 percent above Monday’s closing price. It called the offer friendly and said it wants to […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Ardian sells €1bn infrastructure portfolio to Dutch pensions giant

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Financial News | 13/12/2017

Financial News French private equity giant Ardian has sold a €1bn portfolio of infrastructure assets to Dutch pension fund, FN’s sister publication Private Equity News reports. APG, which has €467bn in assets under management, will buy up other investors’ interests in a portfolio of eight infrastructure investments including Italian gas distribution company 2i Rete Gas, French renewable […]

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Europe’s biggest mall owner buys Westfield for $25bn

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The Guardian | 13/12/2017

The Guardian Europe’s biggest commercial property company is to buy Westfield, the Australian company behind the UK’s two highest-earning shopping centres, in a $25bn (£19bn) deal that will create the world’s largest mall operator. Unibail-Rodamco of France, which owns Forum des Halles in Paris, plans to roll out Westfield centres in Europe and the US. The […]

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Jean-Bernard Girault

Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover

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BBC | 13/12/2017

BBC Walt Disney is close to confirming a deal to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for about $60bn, reports say. The sale would include the 20th Century Fox film studio and the Sky and Star satellite broadcasters in the UK, Europe and Asia. Disney was left as the front runner after Comcast, the NBC […]

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Nestle to Buy Supplements Maker Atrium for $2.3 Billion

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Bloomberg | 13/12/2017

Bloomberg Nestle SA Chief Executive Officer Mark Schneider made his biggest acquisition yet, agreeing to buy Canadian dietary supplements maker Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion in a bid for growth beyond stagnating mainstream food brands. The world’s biggest food company is acquiring Westmount, Quebec-based Atrium from an investor group led by Permira Funds, Nestle said in […]

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Home Depot announces $15 billion buyback program

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CNBC | 13/12/2017

CNBC Home Depot, the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a $15 billion share repurchase plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion by the year ending January 2021. The company said the new buyback program, for which it did not set a time period, […]

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How Apple’s Shazam Acquisition Fits Its Broader Strategy

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Forbes | 13/12/2017

Forbes Apple recently confirmed that it is acquiring Shazam, the app that allows users to identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials using short audio clippings. While the deal – which is reportedly worth $400 million according to Recode – may appear to be a steep price for a relative niche service, it is well below […]

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LVMH buys control of Napa winery Colgin Cellars

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Decanter | 29/11/2017

Decanter LVMH, the French luxury goods group that includes Krug and Dom Pérignon Champagne, has signed a deal to buy control of cult Napa winery Colgin Cellars, in the latest in a string of wine estate deals this year. LVMH said on Tuesday 21th November that it had agreed to buy 60% of Colgin Cellars, which has […]

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Shares in Ocado surge after company announces deal with French supermarket Groupe Casino

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Independent | 29/11/2017

Independent Shares in Ocado surged by more than 20 per cent on Tuesday after the online supermarket announced that it had struck a deal to cooperate with French retailer Groupe Casino. Ocado said that it had sealed a deal with Casino for the latter to use its e-commerce platform to help bolster its online business. As part […]

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Statoil Acquires Stakes in Two Fields From Total for $1.45B

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Nasdaq | 29/11/2017

Nasdaq Statoil ASA has entered into an agreement with Total SA to acquire equity interests in two fields – Martin Linge and the Garantiana- from the latter for a total consideration of $1.45 billion. The fields are located in the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Statoil will acquire a 51% stake in the Martin Linge field and 40% […]

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