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Posts Tagged ‘M&A’

Pepsico with turnover of $63bn acquires £11m brand Pipers – What on earth is all that about?

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

What does the acquisition by Pepsico of Pipers mean for food entrepreneurs? And if multinationals acquire brands as small as Pipers, is there any role for private equity to nurture early stage brands?

Sainsbury’s to merge with Asda – 7 reflections on the biggest deal ever in UK grocery

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

This morning Asda and Sainsbury’s confirmed the weekend rumours of a merger with Sainsbury’s capturing 58% of the combined entity subject no doubt to regulator and shareholder approval.  Here are our initial thoughts on the deal: 1. This merger can only happen because Aldi and Lidl have performed so strongly that it can now clear […]

The Challenges of Selling a Family Business

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Robert Lawson

Selling Businesses is tricky. But the prize of doing it well is so large you would think more firms would focus on getting their sale processes just right. And for family owned businesses the challenges of preparing a business for sale are particularly tough.

3G merges Heinz and Kraft

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Robert Lawson

The announcement today of the merger of Heinz and Kraft is another shift in the tectonic plates of the food industry.  But the direction of travel has returned to consolidation and internationalisation When Kraft announced its split into two companies a few years ago the separation of its international assets into Mondelez created huge shareholder […]

Refresco’s planned IPO. Is this a failed sale process?

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by Robert Lawson

Apparently Refresco, the European contract bottling company is now considering an IPO. According to Reuters, “Hans Roelofs, CEO of Refresco Gerber, said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision to list in Amsterdam comes after months of internal deliberation in which the company explored alternatives in order to determine the path that would enable […]