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Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for the initially agreed price of $44bn, in a move that could put an end to one of the highest-profile corporate legal battles in decades, FT
Musk intends to close the deal at the previously agreed price of $54.20 a share, once debt financing was received, provided the court halted the legal action and adjourned the upcoming trial and related proceedings.
A trial was set to begin on October 17. The parties have issued dozens of subpoenas to investors, bankers and others involved in the deal, and have accused each other of failing to co-operate in the pre-trial process.
Twitter is advised by Allen & Company, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (led by Katherine Krause
, Alan Klein
and Anthony Vernace
), Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (led by Katharine A. Martin
) and Joele Frank (led by Jamie Moser
). Financial advisors are advised by Sullivan & Cromwell (led by Alison S. Ressler
). Elon Musk is advised by Bank of America, Barclays, Morgan Stanley (led by Michael Grimes
), McDermott Will & Emery (led by Heidi Steele
), Quinn Emanuel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (led by Mike Ringler
) and Sard Verbinnen & Co (led by Paul Kranhold
). Debt financing was provided by BNP Paribas (led by David Berger
), Bank of America (led by Scott Tolchin
), Barclays (led by Jeremy Hazan
), Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (led by Timothy Dilworth
), Mizuho Securities (led by Raymond Ventura
), Morgan Stanley (led by Andrew Earls
), Societe Generale (led by Richard Knowlton
). Debt providers are advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Pfizer, an American multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation, completed the acqusition of Global Blood Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of life-changing treatments that provide hope to underserved patient communities, starting with sickle cell disease, for $5.4bn.
"Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder, and it disproportionately affects people of African descent. We are excited to welcome GBT colleagues into Pfizer and to work together to transform the lives of patients, as we have long sought to address the needs of this underserved community. The deep market knowledge and scientific and clinical capabilities we have built over three decades in rare hematology will enable us to accelerate innovation for the sickle cell disease community and bring these treatments to patients as quickly as possible," Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO.
Roper Technologies, a diversified technology company, completed the acquisition of Frontline Education, a developer of cloud-based educational software, from Thoma Bravo and Insight Partners, two private equity firms, for $3.7bn.
"We are deeply appreciative of Thoma Bravo's partnership over the last five years and the countless contributions from our dedicated team members, which have allowed us to deliver an expanded portfolio of mission-critical solutions for our clients. Roper's acquisition of Frontline Education represents the next phase of our journey, as we stay true to our culture and mission of partnering with K-12 schools in their pursuit of excellence," Mark Gruzin, Frontline Education CEO.
Dorman Products, a supplier of original equipment parts for automobiles, completed the acquisition of SuperATV, an independent supplier to the powersports aftermarket, for $590m.
“This combination aligns with our strategy to diversify our customer base and product offering by providing a compelling entry point to the large and rapidly growing powersports industry. Not only is SuperATV a leader in their space with an extensive portfolio of widely recognized brands and proprietary products, but they also have a highly successful approach to new product innovation that aligns closely with Dorman’s business model. As a result, we are conﬁdent we can leverage Dorman’s playbook to further accelerate growth. We are excited to welcome SuperATV to the Dorman family and are excited about the value the combined company will generate for our customers and shareholders," Kevin Olsen, Dorman President and CEO.
SuperATV was advised by Ice Miller (led John R. Thornburgh
). Dorman was advised by Bank of America and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (led by Jakob Rendtorff
). Debt financing was provided by BMO Capital Markets, Bank of America, PNC Financial Services and Wells Fargo Securities.
Apollo-backed EmployBridge, a provider of technology-enabled, light industrial workforce solutions, agreed to acquire Bluecrew, a human recources staffing solution provider, from IAC, an American holding company that owns brands across 100 countries. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“The role of our industry has never been more critical as employers continue to face widespread hiring challenges across sectors. Our clients and talent increasingly expect a seamless digital experience, and with the addition of Bluecrew, we will immediately accelerate our technological transformation to capture this growing demand, while creating a flywheel to drive growth in the other areas of our business. Bluecrew brings a world-class team and a sophisticated, self-service product that will complement our own distinguished offerings, allowing us to provide an unmatched experience,” Billy Milam, EmployBridge CEO.
EmployBridge is advised by Evercore, Houlihan Lokey, RBC Capital Markets, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Joele Frank (led by Jonathan Keehner
). IAC is advised by Morrison Cohen.
Wafra, a global alternative investment manager, completed the acquisition of a minority stake in Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm, from Jefferies Financial, an American multinational independent investment bank. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to partner with Oak Hill, a distinguished group of investors whose current management team has accelerated the evolution of OHCP to a world class private equity firm. We look forward to embarking on this new chapter with them, working together to execute strategic initiatives and positioning the firm for continued growth. Their thematic approach is differentiated in the market and this thoughtful approach is reflected in all aspects of their business.” Gustavo Cardenas, Wafra Managing Director.
Oak Hill is advised by Evercore and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Wafra is advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Edelman.
DT Midstream, an operator of natural gas interstate and intrastate pipelines, agreed to acquire an additional 26.25% stake in Millennium Pipeline, a gas distribution company, for $552m.
“Increasing our ownership in a premium integrated asset like Millennium Pipeline directly aligns with our strategic investment thesis and accelerates our growth plan. This transaction also increases the revenue contribution from our pipeline segment, underpinned by take-or-pay contracts with high credit quality customers,” David Slater, DT Midstream President and CEO.
DT Midstream is advised by Lazard and Shearman & Sterling (led by Omar Samji
Wind Point Partners, an investment company, completed the acquisition of FreshEdge, a fresh foods distributor, from Rotunda Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"The FreshEdge story is a great example of Rotunda partnering with a first-class management team to transform a family-owned company into a data-driven acquisition platform,” Corey Whisner, Rotunda Partner.
Freshedge was advised by Harris Williams & Co and Greenberg Traurig.
IPACKCHEM, a global supplier of innovative and specialized barrier packaging solutions, completed the acquisition of a majority stake in TPG Plastics, a manufacturer of engineered plastic blow molded products. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are extremely excited to partner with TPG Plastics, which has established a high-quality business, and look forward to producing our Advanced IMF barrier packaging in their world-class plant ideally located in Murray. This transaction is an important step for IPACKCHEM to deliver on our promise to serve our international customers from a truly global manufacturing footprint. We plan to supply the North American crop protection market as of the 2023-2024 season, while continuing to expand TPG’s existing customer base. IPACKCHEM’s presence in Murray will also open opportunities to expand our offering to other customers in Life Enhancing Chemical segments, including those we currently serve on other continents,” JP Morvan, IPACKCHEM Founder and CEO.
IPACKCHEM was advised by BackBay Communications and BlackBean.
Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm, JMI Equity-backed Condeco, a provider of workspace scheduling software and iOffice + SpaceIQ, a global workplace and asset management company, agreed to merge to form Eptura, a global worktech company that provides software solutions for people, workplaces and assets to enable everyone to reach their full potential.
"We have been lucky enough to be partners to both iOffice + SpaceIQ and Condeco for over a year now, and combining these two great companies creates the clear category leader for the modern workplace. The level of innovation the company can drive for customers will be very exciting, and we are thrilled for Eptura to begin that journey," A.J. Rohde, Thoma Bravo Senior Partner.
Thoma Bravo is advised by Krikland & Ellis. JMI Equity is advised by Goodwin Procter.
Quest Diagnostics, a provider of diagnostic information services, agreed to acquire LabCare Plus, the outreach laboratory services business of Summa Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system in Ohio. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Diagnostics provide the insights to deliver healthcare that is both high quality and high value. By helping top health systems like Summa Health optimize their lab strategies, Quest empowers better health and affordable care for more patients. We look forward to extending our reach to more communities in Ohio as we strive to build a healthier world," Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics Chairman, CEO and President.
NexPhase Capital-backed Aztec Software, an educational software-focused services provider, completed the acquisition of iGrad, a financial literacy services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"We are excited to work with the talented, passionate team at iGrad, who share in our mission to make generational changes in the lives of adults, and to equip our clients with an understanding of how to keep and maintain wealth. This acquisition elevates our product ecosystem to include financial wellness initiatives, providing our clients the ability to understand debt instruments, assess liabilities and build plans to temper stress levels," Jonathan Blitt, Aztec CEO.
Hg Capital-backed Ideagen, a software solutions provider, agreed to acquire ProcessMAP, a software company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Both organisations share a common purpose, and this provides a compelling opportunity to do more to support the safe hands and quiet voices that protect the world. Adding ProcessMAP into Ideagen's existing suite of solutions builds on our combined strengths and enhances the ways we support organisations to manage their quality, health, safety and environmental needs," Ben Dorks, Ideagen CEO.
Hg Capital is advised by Brunswick Group (led by Azadeh Varzi
Health & Safety Institute, a EHS compliance, and professional development solutions provider, completed the acquisition of SafetySkills, an e-learning provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“This is a great outcome for the SafetySkills’ customer base, who can now take advantage of the larger suite of safety, compliance, and professional development offerings within the expansive catalog of HSI. HSI’s values and standards for content and customer service are in line with how SafetySkills has done business for years. This will be an exciting partnership," Trey Greene, SafetySkills CEO.
TSG, an analytics, intelligence, and solutions-focused firm, completed the acquisition of Global NetWatch, a software provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Global NetWatch’s culture and approach align with our mission of empowering the advancement of the payments ecosystem. The value provided by the platform is significant, and we are excited to offer new solutions to our combined client base,” Mike Strawhecker, TSG President.
TSG was advised by McGill Gotsdiner Workman & Lepp.
BrillDog, a supply chain technology system provider, completed the acquisition of Nexterus, a software developer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Small companies are often left to fend for themselves when it comes to supply chain software. Big companies can afford expensive ERP and transportation management systems, but smaller companies can't. Small businesses often must use spreadsheets and multiple, separate tools to get things done. BrillDog brings real-time, cloud-based supply chain analysis, management, and actionable insights to small and medium-sized businesses, helping them improve efficiencies and bottom-line profits,” Sam Polakoff, BrillDog CEO and Founder.
BrillDog was advised by MediaFirst PR.
Omega Labolatories, a provider of laboratory testing solutions, completed the acquisition of Acumium, a technology and software development firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"The oCCF system is an example of a successful collaboration between Omega and Acumium in recent years. This system is available in multiple languages, can be utilized on a tablet or a desktop, and manages both laboratory-based testing and point of collection testing," Bill Corl, Omega CEO.
Resource Label Group, a full-service provider, completed the acquisition of Deco Flexible Packaging, a company specializing in the production of custom, pressure-sensitive products. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are proud to welcome the Deco team to the Resource Label Group family and are excited about the knowledge, talent and expertise they bring to the organization. We look forward to working with the team to continue to serve our growing customer base,” Mike Apperson, Resource Label President and CEO.
PX, a platform which offers access to millions of leads from hundreds of pre-vetted, compliant sources, completed the acquisition of Edufficient, an education-focused digital marketing agency. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"We are excited to work with the team at PX. "Both companies focus on building long-lasting relationships with customers by maximizing the returns on their investment: PX with its technology and Edufficient through the services and expertise we provide. Becoming a part of PX means more customers can benefit from the combination of our offerings and the network effect they create," Tom Ferrara, Edufficient CEO and Co-Founder.
Blackstone hopes to acquire up to $10bn Emerson's assets. (FS)
Multinational manufacturer Emerson Electric is in talks with US buyout firm Blackstone to sell a part of its commercial and residential solution business assets, Reuters
The deal, which could be valued between $5bn and $10bn, would depend on how much the portfolio changes hands. Final decisions have yet to be made and the discussions could fall through.
Icahn bought a $500m worth of Twitter stake before Musk's announcement. (FS)
Activist investor Carl Icahn amassed a Twitter stake worth more than $500m in the past few months and made a sizable profit after Elon Musk proposed to go ahead with his takeover of the social media platform, Reuters
Amazon invests $150m in VC funds backing underrepresented founders.
Amazon.com is investing in outside venture capital funds for the first time. It planned to hand $150m to firms that are backing underrepresented founders, Reuters
The online retailer aims to put money into more than 10 funds supporting some 200 companies at or before the seed stage of investment, through 2023. It is focused on Black, Latino, female, Indigenous and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) founders.
Philip Morris expects EU nod on $16bn Swedish Match in late October.
reported that, Philip Morris International expects EU antitrust approval for its $16bn bid for tobacco and nicotine products maker Swedish Match in late October.
Marlboro-maker Philip Morris announced its cash offer for the Stockholm-based group at $9.7 per share in May, seeking to expand in the fast-growing market for cigarette alternatives.
Philip Morris has offered concessions to address EU antitrust concerns. The EU competition enforcer did not provide details of the concessions in line with its policy. It will seek feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to accept them or demand more
Equistone Partners-backed Ligentia, a global supply chain technology and solution services provider, completed the merger with VGL Solid Group, a Polish supply chain, freight and logistics solutions provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“This is an exciting day for both Ligentia and VGL Solid customers and colleagues, and a natural extension from our highly successful joint venture, which we have operated together for nearly 10 years. This is an important and significant step in a Growth Strategy that we set out with Equistone at the start of their investment in 2021," Nick Jones, Ligentia CEO.
Hg, a private equity firm, completed an investment in TrustQuay, a technology provider to the global trust, corporate and fund services industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“At Hg we focus on SaaS and technology businesses that are leading their sector towards change and a better way of working. TrustQuay is an exciting business which is applying this vision to the trust, corporate services and fund industry, having developed a quality, modern product and with ambitious future plans. We’re excited to apply this experience as we partner with Keith and a great entrepreneurial team,” Richard Earnshaw, Hg Director.
TrustQuay was advised by Jamieson, K&L Gates, Narrative Strategies (led by Simon Anderson
) and BDO. Hg Capital was advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (led by Richard Youle
and Katja Butler
) and Brunswick Group (led by Azadeh Varzi
). SilverFleet Capital was advised by Eversheds Sutherland, Robert W Baird and Citigate Dewe Rogerson (led by Patrick Evans
NextStage-backed Eurobio Scientific, a French group operating in vitro medical diagnostics and life sciences industry, completed the acquisition of Genome Diagnostics, a provider of molecular diagnostics tools, for €135m ($137m).
"This operation is transformative for Eurobio Scientific and is fully in line with the development strategy that we have been successfully pursuing for several years and which is based on a direct presence in Europe and an increase in the share of proprietary products. The strong complementarity between our two groups should make it possible to increase the advance of our Group both technologically, geographically and commercially," Denis Fortier, Eurobio Scientific Deputy Managing Director and Co-CEO.
Lloyds Development Capital, a private equity firm, completed the acquisition of a minority stake in Acora, an IT services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I have been talking to LDC for more than a decade and believe they’re the partner we need for the next stage in our journey. This new investment from LDC gives us significant firepower to help accelerate our ambitious growth plans. This investment is all about continuing our existing trajectory over the longer term," David Rabson, Acora CEO.
Acora was advised by RSM International, DC Advisory (led by Alexander Luycx
) and Eversheds Sutherland. LDC was advised by BDO. Debt financing was provised by Ares Capital and HSBC.
Hapag-Lloyd, a liner shipping company, agreed to acquire the terminal business of SM SAAM, a terminal operator, logistics company and towage provider, for $1bn.
"Investing in terminal infrastructure is a key element of our strategic agenda, and Latin America is one of our stronghold markets. Acquiring SM SAAM's terminal operations and complementary logistics services will help us to further strengthen our business while building up a robust and attractive terminal portfolio," Rolf Habben Jansen, Hapag-Lloyd CEO.
SM SAAM is advised by JP Morgan.
Athora Belgium, an insurance services provider, completed the acquisition of a life insurance portfolio from NN Insurance Belgium, an insurance brokerage firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Today marks an important milestone for Athora Belgium. The transaction covers more than 200k new policies and we welcome our policyholders and the 24 new employees to our business. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and offering our new customers a stable and long-term performance on their savings and retirement products," Dorsan van Hecke, Athora Belgium CEO.
Infinigate, a cybersecurity firm, completed the acquisition of Starlink, a cybersecurity and cloud firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Merging StarLink enables us to offer a broader geographical platform and wider technical expertise to our vendors and resellers and represents another key milestone on our journey towards becoming a global player. Both Infinigate and StarLink have a long history of market leadership and have significant expertise in the SMB and enterprise sector – and as well as being able to offer increased technical know-how, we will be able to leverage StarLink's experience and relationships across EMEA. The transaction will further accelerate growth both for Infinigate and for those we serve, and offers a wealth of opportunities for our employees, our partners and our customers," Klaus Schlichtherle, Infinigate CEO.
EIT InnoEnergy, an innovation engine for sustainable energy, and Siemens Energy, an energy technology company, agreed to form a joint venture. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Bringing together the disruptive thinking and innovations from cleantech start-ups and the global network and large-scale industrialization capabilities of Siemens Energy will create new value for our customers. To enable a just, fair and fast energy transition, partnerships, such as this one with EIT InnoEnergy, are key and an important part of our innovation strategy," Vinod Philip, Siemens Energy Executive Board Member.
Vodafone-Three merger set to be $16bn test for watchdogs.
Vodafone Group and CK Hutchison Holdings(Three) 's potential UK merger would create a wireless giant worth about €16.5bn($16.3bn), Bloomberg
The two mobile operators confirmed they're in talks about a potential deal giving Vodafone 51% and CK Hutchison 49% of a combined business, which would bring in more mobile revenue than its main rivals BT Group or Virgin Media O2.
Analyst Oddo set the deal's chances of success at just 55%, given tough regulatory scrutiny. The units could divest tower stakes or spectrum as potential remedies.
Spain plans to transfer €2.9bn to the state pension fund.
Spain will transfer €2.9bn($2.88bn) to the state pension reserve fund for the first time in 13 years, Reuters
The reserve fund, which is designed to help the state pay pensions when public finances are in trouble, had €2.2bn($2.5bn) at the end of 2021.
Kenya's smooth political transition seen propelling M&A deals.
The successful completion of Kenya's presidential election can accelerate the pace of merger and acquisition negotiations that had been put on ice and also unlock new deals, Bloomberg
Since being sworn in three weeks ago newly elected President William Ruto has announced steps including the removal of an expensive gasoline subsidy and the lifting of a ban on genetically modified organisms that will allow for imports of enhanced white corn. He also wants to slash about $2.5bn from the budget to lower the need for taking on more debt.
Burjeel sets IPO price at low end, plan to raise $300m.
Abu Dhabi-based hospital operator Burjeel Holdings expects gross proceeds of about $300m from its initial public offering, after it set the share price at the lower end of a price range, Reuters
Burjeel set its final offer price at $0.5 a share after it said last week the range would be between $0.5 and $0.66.
Crossbay hopes to raise €2bn in the second logistics fund. (FS)
Crossbay, the pan-European urban logistics platform of private equity real estate manager MARK, launched a second investment fund which seeks to hold over €2bn($1.98bn) worth of assets.
"The second Crossbay vehicle will build on the success of the first by leveraging our teams on the ground to execute more value-add and leasing initiatives to drive value and capture rental growth, and increasing development activity where appropriate, with all new developments built to meet our strict ESG requirements," Marco Riva, Crossbay CEO.
Main will succeed Marsh as Barclay's new EMEA head. (People)
Barclays has appointed Tim Main as head of investment banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Reuters
Main succeeds Reid Marsh who will become global chairman of investment banking, typically a role focused more on dealing with clients whereas the job he hands over to Main is that of running the bank's business.
Standard Bank might hire ex-KCB head as Stanbic Bank Kenya CEO. (People)
Standard Bank Group's Kenyan unit is in talks to hire Joshua Oigara, former head of KCB, one of East Africa's second-largest lender, as its chief executive, Bloomberg
Stanbic Bank Kenya's board is likely to announce the plan to replace current Chief Executive Officer Charles Mudiwa before his five-year term expires in December.
IT services provider Link Group is in the process of reviewing an $830m fresh offer from Dye & Durham, a provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions.
Dye & Durham made a fresh proposal to acquire the Sydney-based company’s corporate markets business and its offshore banking and credit management business in cash, provisional on further exclusive talks, Bloomberg
Link Group is advised by Macquarie Group, UBS, Herbert Smith Freehills (led by Tony Damian
and Nicole Pedler
) and GRACosway (led by Ben Wilson
). Dye & Durham is advised by Barrenjoey Capital Partners, Canaccord Genuity, Clayton Utz, DLA Piper, Dentons (led by Ora Wexler
and Darren Acres
) and LodeRock Advisors. Debt financing is provided by Ares Capital, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.
Brookfield in talks to acquire Trimco for up to $1bn. (FS)
Brookfield Asset Management is in advanced talks to acquire Hong Kong-based clothing label maker Trimco Group from buyout firm Affinity Equity Partners, Bloomberg
The investment firms are hammering out the details of a transaction that could value Trimco at as much as $1bn. Brookfield has been sounding out potential financing banks for the deal, and an agreement could be reached in the next few weeks.
Axiata's Edotco hopes to raise $700m.
Edotco Group, the wireless tower business of Malaysian telecommunications group Axiata Group, is considering raising as much as $700m in loans, Bloomberg
The Kuala Lumpur-based company is asking banks to submit proposals for the financing. Funds from the loans could be used for capital expenditures and overseas expansion.
Mizuho in talks to acquire a 20% stake in Rakuten.
Mizuho Financial Group is in talks to acquire about a 20% stake in Rakuten Group's securities arm through its brokerage unit, Bloomberg
The purchase price for the stake in Rakuten Securities could total about $554m.
GPIF hires LaSalle for the core global real estate fund-of-fund strategy. (FS)
Japan's €1.35tn($1.34tn) Government Pension Investment Fund has hired LaSalle Investment Management to run a core global real estate fund-of-fund strategy.
"It is an honor to be selected by GPIF for this investment mandate. Our global scale, wide-ranging real estate investment capabilities and long track record will help shape our strategy and we look forward to delivering strong performance on behalf of GPIF for years to come," Mark Gabbay, LaSalle CEO.
Dymon Asia closes fund III at $650m. (FS)
Southeast Asia-focused Dymon Asia Private Equity closed its third fund, Dymon Asia Private Equity Fund III, at a hard cap of $650m, exceeding an original target of $550m, DealStreetAsia
"The fund aims to partner with and invest in leading companies across Southeast Asia in sectors that are freely competitive, growing and strategically important," Dymon Asia Private Equity, adding that the new investment vehicle will focus on privatizations, management-led buyouts and growth capital investments across the region.
MLC introduces first retail private equity fund. (FS)
Australian investment manager MLC Asset Management launches its first retail private equity fund, the MLC Global Private Equity Fund.
"Our new Global Private Equity Fund aims to provide long-term capital growth, by investing in a diverse range of global equity assets, for retail investors. Through close relationships developed with specialist private equity managers, we aim to secure access to global and diversified private equity investment opportunities. The fund is designed for investors with a higher risk-return appetite who want to diversify their portfolio by investing in private equity and are comfortable with limited liquidity," Kristian Zimmermann, MLC Asset Management Co-Head of Australia Private Equity.