Scream for ice cream – Unilever and the case for a near-EUR 20bn asset sale

In this week's episode we are talking about we’re talking about ice cream M&A. Mergermarket analysed the potential for Unilever to divest its ice creams business in August last year (2023) and Unilever has now confirmed it will do so. This is the largest transaction the year announced in Europe so far at a potential value of up to EUR 20bn and showcases the power of Mergermarket’s journalism and analytical capabilities. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is William Cain who is Head of Analytics EMEA for Mergermarket and Christel Thunell who is a Senior Reporter for Mergermarket.

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Explore how Brazil's sports betting law brings legal certainty to investors and is expected to foster M&A

In this week’s episode we’re heading to San Paolo in Brazil to find out about the country new law to regulate the booming online betting industry and what opportunities there are for M&A. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Camila Pavanelli who is a reporter for Mergermarket.

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M&A Activity in the UK Supermarket space

In this week's episode we’re talking about Britian’s supermarkets. There’s been a lot of M&A activity in the sector recently and one company keeps propping up on the potential target list and that is Sainsburys. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Saritha Dantu who is a analyst on the Morning Flash for Mergermarket.

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Highlights from the Global M&A Dealmakers Sentiment Report 2024

In this special episode we are discussing the key findings from SS&C Intralinks’ Global M&A Dealmakers report 2024. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Nick Cheek, Managing Editor for Mergermarket, and Ken Bisconti, Co-Head of SS&C Intralinks.

Link to full report here:

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US M&A & PE - What were the major themes last year and how will they affect 2024?

In this episode we're heading to the US to continue our M&A round up across the regions and outlook for 2024 activity. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Josh Armstrong who is the Deputy Managing Editor for North America.

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LATAM M&A Round-Up and what to expect in 2024

In 2023 there was a big drop in M&A activity globally, so what was the picture in LATAM America? Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Thiago Barrozo who is the Editor for LATAM America.

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APAC M&A Round-up 2023 and what to expect in 2024

This week we’re heading to China and Hong Kong to review M&A trends in the APAC region during 2023 and we’re also going to find out what’s going to happen in 2024.

Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Lisha Zhou China Managing Editor and Ed Vinales who is the Public Markets Editor for Asia.

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Mergermarket’s Executive Editor’s round-up of M&A activity in 2023 and predications for 2024

There was a huge drop off in M&A activity globally in 2023. The combination of high interest and inflation saw M&A sink to the lowest level in ten years in 2023 to USD 2.9trn. In this episode we will be examining what was behind the challenges of last year and were there any bright spots? Plus how is 2024 shaping up?

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US Turnaround boutiques in vogue as investment banks prep for more distressed deals

In this week's episode we’re finding analysing how and why investment banks are preparing for an increase in distressed deals by buying up smaller advisory firms with expertise in restructurings. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Marlene Star who is the US Editor for sector courage for Mergermarket.

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Chinese companies listing in the US – a challenging situation

In this week's episode we’ll be talking about recent developments in IPO listings and the ongoing situation with a the major Chinese company, SHEIN who are looking to list in the US which historically hasn’t always been easy. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Troy Hopper, head of pre-event Equity Capital Markets in the US.

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Mining M&A - A new wave of M&A in taking over North American

Now whilst their European counterparts are rebranding and shifting focus to become cleaner, greener energy companies, the oil majors in the US are doubling down on fossil fuels with two huge deals announced in October. To talk more about this and joining Julie-Anna Needham is Carlos Martinez the Canada Editor for Mergermarket.

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Big developments in UK security screening – the Telegraph sale and the conclusion of the Newport Wafer/Nexperia saga

It has been two years since the national security in investment act came into law, that’s the legislation for takeovers that could harm national security and its influence is being felt in the UK newspaper industry currently with the attempted purchase of the Daily Telegraph’s parent company. In the episode we’re looking at what’s changed with the new law and how things can evolve further with an ongoing review plus a general election expected during 2024. Joining Julie-Anna Neeham is Wahida Ahmed who is reporter for Mergermarket and PaRR and Jacob Parry who is the chief regulatory correspondent for Mergermarket and PaRR.

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Dealcast: M&A Tales – Large-cap vs. SME deal making - What are the main differences between the two markets?

New episode of the Dealcast – M&A Tales, Rupert speaks to Oriol Pinya who is Co-Founder of Abac Capital, they talk about the move from large -cap to SME’s, the impact of personalities and some of the challenges of doing SME deals. Our M&A Tales host is Mergermarket's Rupert Cocke Senior Editor & Head of Iberian

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M&A Annual Leaks Report - Analysis of global significant pre announcement trading (SPAT) and its effect on M&A bids

In this week's special episode, we’re looking at the M&A annual leaks report. It’s a study by the M&A Research centre at Bayes Business School for SS&C Intralinks. Joining Julie-Anna Needham is Dr Valeriya Vitkova who’s a senior lecturer in corporate finance at Bayes and a director of client research at the M&A research centre who wrote the report.

Here is the full report here

Epsiode recorded - 16 November 2023

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