It’s business as usual for M&A while the world waits for the terms of Brexit to be negotiated. At least that’s what Stewart Sutcliffe, a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott LLP and head of the firm’s M&A and private equity group, is seeing when it comes to investment into Canada and the U.S. from the EU and U.K.
“People are taking a wait-and-see approach, but they are also getting on with business and where there is a transaction to be done, it gets done,” Sutcliffe said. “We have not seen a drop off in investment.”
Shortly after last night's news that Deutsche Bank had settled with the DOJ for $7.2 billion, of which it would pay $3.1 billion in a civil penalty, far lower than the $14 billion number initially speculated (the stock popped as much as 4% before settling just over 2% higher currently), Credit Suisse likewise closed the books on its pre-crisis RMBS fraud when the largest Swiss bank agreed to pay $5.28 billion to resolve a U.S. investigation into its business in mortgage-backed securities.
Aly Song/ReutersHONG KONG (Reuters) - More wealthy Chinese are ploughing money into technology start-ups which are increasingly seen as a safe haven as the slowing economy eases hopes of extracting returns from traditional investment such as stocks, property or gold.
TORONTO — Canada’s biggest pension funds say they are walking away from more and more global infrastructure deals, citing concerns that intense competition for assets has driven valuations too far.
The shift could help cool global prices for tunnels, airports, toll roads, energy networks and other infrastructure as Canadian pension plans are among the world’s biggest and most active buyers.
NEW DELHI: Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL), India's largest auto parts maker, is doing a due diligence on three auto component makers in Europe for possible acquisitions, its chairman Vivek Chand Sehgal said. Move, according to Shegal, is aimed at achieving a threefold increase in revenues in five years. The company has set a revenue target of $18 billion by 2020. It's revenue currentlyis $5.5 billion .
Top Chinese banks are involved in Ponzi financing of investment deals, offering interest rates over 7% to depositors, to finance real estate projects gone bust and other projects whose assets are not even disclosed.
Banks label these schemes "Wealth Management Products" (WMPs) but any individuls foolish enough to invest in them are going to lose money, perhaps all of it.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will buy Leap Wireless International Inc for $1.19 billion, paying almost double the current value of the prepaid mobile service provider as major U.S. carriers scramble to acquire valuable wireless spectrum.
Late last month we outlined an IBTimes report which showed that Goldman Sachs paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Bill Clinton for a speech before lobbying the State Department (then run by Hillary Clinton) on legislation tied to the Export-Import Bank which would eventually approved a loan to a Chinese company that subsequently placed a $75 million purchase order with a Goldman-owned aircraft manufacturer.