Executive Insight

The plan to merge Switzerland’s Holcim with France’s Lafarge to create the world’s largest cement producer – an operation with a turnover of €32bn (US$44bn) – looks an uncertain prospect given the raft of regulatory hurdles that the deal will need to overcome. While the two...

Accounting for 33% of total M&A activity this year, cross border M&A totalled US$235.2bn during the first quarter of this year, 78% higher than a year ago (US$132bn) and bolstered by the US$23.3bn offer from the Ireland-based drugmaker Actavis for Forest Laboratories of the US...

There has been a 54% year-on-year increase in the value of M&A activity targeted on the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China in 2014 with announced deals valued at US$79.5bn so far this year – the highest YTD volume since 2011’s US$91.3bn –...

The suggestion that China is about to start privatising large chunks of its giant state-owned enterprises is certain to pique the interest of international investors, although the devil – as always – will be in the detail. It was the decision of the Government of Beijing...