Last year Maerklin, German manufacturer of high quality toy trains slipped into bankruptcy. As the Financial Times Germany reports, former US rival and market leader in the United States, Lionel has shown keen interest in acquiring the ailing German company. While there seemed to be tangible urgency to find a new owner originally, 2009 has […]
Transnational Takeover Alert
As has been reported, the Kraft-Cadbury takeover battle is almost over. After Kraft has upped its offer, the board of British chocolatier Cadbury has approved the takeover. Only very few voices remain opposed to the deal now, including its founder’s, George Cadbury’s great-granddaughter, Felicity Loudon. In an interview she said that Kraft had no idea what […]
Amsterdam-based brewer Heineken announced that it will acquire the beer operations of Mexican Femsa through an all-share transaction. The hope is not only to strengthen some of Femsa’s brands in Central and Latin American markets, but also to build out the premium market for Heineken’s own brand. And yes, as usual, there’s talk of cost-saving synergies.
Volkswagen just announced that it will acquire a 20 % stake in Suzuki of Japan. The move is expected mainly driven by VW’s intent to increase its presence in the Asian market for small trucks.