Deals

Asia Pacific

Lyreco Group announces the acquisition of DeskRight

Lyreco Group today announced the acquisition of DeskRight, a leading office supplies business on the Singapore market. The move puts Lyreco, European leader and number three worldwide in the distribution of workplace supplies solutions to businesses, in a leadership position on the Singapore market and represents the first step in its new development...

HSA Advocates advised a consortium of four ports in relation to strategic sale of Dredging Corporation of India by Government of India

HSA Advocates represented a consortium of four ports Vishakapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Deendayal Port Trust in relation to strategic sale of Dredging Corporation of India concluded by Government of India (GoI). The four ports have acquired 100% of GoI's shares in Dredging Corporation of India (i.e. 73.47%...

Duff & Phelps enhances restructuring and dispute offering with acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia

Expands Footprint in Greater China Region Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced the acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia, a leading independent provider of restructuring, insolvency, litigation support and forensic accounting services. The combination of Duff & Phelps and Zolfo...

Investcorp launches in India with acquisition of IDFC Alternative’s Private Equity and Realty Businesses

Entry in to India expands footprint of direct investments into Asia Investcorp a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced the launch of its operations in India with the imminent completion of its first deal, the acquisition of the Private Equity and Real Estate investment management businesses of IDFC...

China, Japan overseas M&A push to extend in 2019

China’s economic growth slowdown to drive dealmaking abroadJapanese companies may continue to seek large foreign dealsCompanies in China and Japan will continue their pursuit of overseas acquisitions this year amid the economic growth slowdown and geopolitical uncertainty, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ready availability of capital will...

Europe

Equistone-backed CH&CO acquires Gather & Gather from Mitie

CH&CO, a portfolio company of Equistone Partners Europe, has today announced the acquisition of Mitie Catering, comprising Gather & Gather and Creativevents, the workplace catering and events businesses of Mitie. This is the first bolt- on CH&CO has made since Equistone’s initial investment in May 2019 and marks a continuation of the company’s...

Crime-chasing chatbot start-up raises £2.4m

The ‘Futr.’ is bright for AI start-up after raising £2.4m in seed funding Futr. deploys conversational AI capabilities across central & local government, the police and the private sector. Partnering with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon, Futr. is disrupting the way organisations engage and support their staff, consumers and citizens. Machine...

Keensight Capital has entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Smile, European digital champion, alongside the management and Eurazeo PME

Keensight Capital, one of the leading European Growth Buyout1 firms, has entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Smile, the European leader in digital and open source. Subject to the completion of the information and consultation process of the employees representative bodies of the Smile group and the approval of the transaction...

Keensight Capital acquires 3P Biopharmaceuticals to accelerate its global growth strategy

Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout[1] investments, announces the acquisition of Infarco’s majority stake in 3P Biopharmaceuticals, a leading Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) specialized in the process development and GMP manufacturing of biologics. Founded...

GCA Altium advises Cawood Scientific on its tertiary buy-out supported by Waterland

Global investment bank GCA Altium has advised Cawood Scientific, the UK’s largest independent provider of accredited analytical testing and sampling services into the agriculture and environmental renewables sectors, on its partnership with Waterland Private Equity. This is the second time that GCA Altium has advised Cawood, having supported...

Mena

Israel’s Magenta Venture Partners announces first closing of a new $100M fund focused on early stage Israeli startups

Israeli VC firm Magenta Venture Partners announced today a new venture capital fund targeting $100 million. The new fund had its initial closing in October 2018 and is planning its final closing in 2019. Magenta Venture Partners is an equal partnership between Mitsui & Co. Ltd., one of the largest trading and investment companies in Japan,...

Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company Equinom

The companies signed an agreement to develop high-protein pea varieties for food markets Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development...

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office

Cross-border specialist wealth service likely to appeal to those needing offshore estate planning Maitland, the global advisory and administration firm, has announced the formation of Maitland Family Office, a multi-family office to service high net worth families, individuals and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The new entity will be one of the...

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...

International

Seequent continues investment in innovative geoscience technology for world’s major resource challenges Minalytix partnership and minority shareholding demonstrates Seequent’s commitment to advancing solutions to help customers solve challenges within mining and applied geosciences

Minalytix partnership and minority shareholding demonstrates Seequent’s commitment to advancing solutions to help customers solve challenges within mining and applied geosciences Seequent, a world leader in the development of geoscience analysis, modelling and collaborative technologies, continues its investment in geoscience technology and innovation...

Qualitest announces investment from Bridgepoint for Majority Stake

World’s largest independent software testing and quality assurance company will use investment to accelerate global acquisition strategy and product development Qualitest, the world’s largest pure-play outsourced software testing and quality assurance specialist, announced today that Bridgepoint, an international private equity group, has...

Accountants reveal how AI will change deal-making - forever

The ability to predict and shape the long term success of global takeovers is often seen as the “holy grail” for CEOs, investors and their advisors. A new report from chartered accountancy body ICAEW and Drooms, a leading data solutions company, reveals that some key decision making may soon be taken away from humans and guided instead by the application...

US dominates global M&A securing nine out of ten of the largest 1H19 deals

Mergermarket publishes its Q2 2019 global report London, United Kingdom 2nd July 2019: Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has published its Q2 2019 report in which all but one of the ten largest deals targeted US-based companies, six of which were the result of domestic consolidation. Amid heightened geopolitical...

Uber to acquire Careem to expand the greater Middle East regional opportunity together

Careem to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, operating as an independent company under the Careem brand and led by Careem foundersOpportunity for both companies to rapidly expand and capitalise on the region’s underpenetrated mobility opportunity and growing digital economy Transaction would be largest-ever technology industry transaction...