On the 5th of August 2020, one of the largest healthcare deals in 2020 was announced: multinational healthcare giant Teladoc’s 18.5 billion USD acquisition of digital health-management company Livongo, with American Investment Bank Piper Sandler valuing the joint firm at a reported 37 billion USD. Throughout the deal process, Teladoc and Livongo’s financial advisers were…

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‘A match made in heaven’: these were the words of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff following the completion of his company’s acquisition of the enterprise communication platform, Slack. The deal, announced on the 15th December 2020, is set to cost Salesforce approximately 27.7 billion USD. Relating to Slack, a company that is currently valued at around…

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The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) initially agreed to purchase Refinitiv back in August 2019 when it was cheered by shareholders who believed it would allow the LSEG to compete with larger rivals such as Bloomberg, Intercontinental Exchange and S&P Global in providing a range of services. Despite this, LSEG faced significant hurdles as a…

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Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is set to acquire the US-based rare diseases firm Alexion for $39 billion in the 3rd quarter of 2021, making it the largest pharmaceutical transaction worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexion shareholders are estimated to receive $175 per share: a value which represents a 45% premium over Alexion’s…

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Despite the decline in M&A activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent scrutiny over possible infringement of antitrust laws, Facebook’s pursuit to cement itself at the forefront of social media companies has not ceased. On the 30th of November 2020, Facebook announced its acquisition of Kustomer, a top-rated Customer Relations…

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