APAC most robust for energy M&As in 2015: Eversheds, Mergermarket


Asia-Pacific remains one of the world’s busiest markets for energy mergers and acquisitions. Of the total energy M&A deals done, 85, or 43 per cent – involved Chinese companies, at a total value exceeding $56 billion, with the country’s demand for oil due largely to ongoing urbanisation and rising household incomes.

Carlyle Group acquires Japan’s software firm WingArc1st

Carlyle is acquiring WingArc1st from its president and CEO Hiroyuki Uchino and OPI2002 Investment Fund.

Guidance Investments buys 4 properties in Asean markets under its logistics fund

The four properties acquired are warehouses and distribution centers in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Australia’s CBH rejects buyout offer, listing plan but to review structure

While rejecting the GrainCorp-backed offer, CBH said it had received “several expressions of interest from other parties”. It would talk to shareholders about its future structure.

Noble seeks major financing breakthrough without asset sales

The renewal of Noble’s loans is seen by analysts as the most significant development this year for the trader of commodities ranging from iron ore to oil, after suffering a slide in investor confidence over the past year.

PE major Apollo Global nears deal to buy out US grocery retailer Fresh Market for $1.3b

The New York-based buyout firm’s past investments include Sprouts Farmers Market and Smart & Final Stores Inc.

News Digest: Intel to sell part of VC portfolio; BofA to fire 15 top bankers in Asia; Stemcentrx IPO

Chip-maker Intel Corp has said it was looking at selling a part of its VC portfolio while Bank of America has reportedly axed 15 senior jobs in Asia.

Carlyle Group invests in Japanese bean sprout producer Kyushu GGC

The Carlyle Group has led an investment in the GCC Group, a major bean sport producer in Japan.

Skype co-founder launches ultra-private messaging platform with video

The messaging service promises end-to-end encryption for all conversations, including by video.

United Tech open to large deal after rejecting Honeywell bid

United Technologies Corp, maker of jet engines, aircraft components and building systems, said it is open to doing a large acquisition despite rejecting a merger proposed by Honeywell International Inc . “I wouldn’t be afraid to do a big deal,” Chief Executive Gregory Hayes said at an investor meeting on… Read more »