On June 23 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (E.U.). Many were shocked at the outcome of “Brexit” and the markets reacted badly. The day following the vote, the pound dropped down to the lowest level against the dollar since 1985, stocks in the U.K. and U.S. fell, and on June 27 […]

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David Braun presented on mergers and acquisitions at Oleofuels 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. As overall energy demand increases, biofuels continue to play an important role in environmental sustainability. Global biofuel production reached 115 billion liters in 2013 and is expected to grow to 139 billion by 2020. Despite this increase, the dynamics of the industry […]

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Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy a German maker of motorcycle apparel and accessories, Detlev Louis Motorrad-Vertriebs, for approximately 400 million euros ($456 million). Despite the current market conditions, Warren Buffett, once again demonstrates that opportunities can be found in any market. He sees Europe as an opportunity for growth, calling the purchase a “door opener” […]

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We’ve seen a number of large German acquisitions announced this year such as Siemens’ $7.6 billion purchase of Dresser-Rand and Merck of Germany’s $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Expect to see more of this trend from growth-starved, cash-rich German companies. By acquiring Dresser-Rand, Siemens can expand in the US and strengthen their presence in oil […]

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Capstone CEO David Braun will present “Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures and M&A – the Route to Success?” at the 2014 European Base Oil & Lubricants Summit in Alicante, Spain on September 18. The two-day conference brings together leading executives and experts in the lubricant and base oil industry from established Western Europe and U.S. markets […]

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As expected, a wave of M&A activity among European telecoms has begun. Last week, UK’s Vodafone bought Spain’s Ono for $10 billion. Vodafone most recently sold a 45% stake to Verizon Wireless valued at $130 billion. When Vodafone purchased Kabel Deutschland for $7.7 billion euros last July, Capstone predicted an increase in M&A activity in […]

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Vodafone’s cash buyout of Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion Euros has the European telecom M&A scene heating up. AT&T, for one, is rumored to be eyeing Europe for suitable acquisitions ─ perhaps even Telefonica, Spain’s leading multinational. In the past, such deals would have been considered one-off acquisitions reserved for large corporations with the power […]

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