In this issue

In part 12 of Deals & Dealmakers we look at M&A in the technology, media and telecommunications sector

Keeping ahead of the game

Whether companies need to get bigger or smaller, standing still is not an option in technology, media and telecoms


See technology, media and telecommunicatons sector deals and hear leading dealmakers discuss M&A
A look behind the headlines at developments in mergers and acquisitions

After the storm

A probe by US regulators has damped TMT dealmaking in China – but what will happen next?

A heavyweight contest

Telecoms chiefs and European regulators clash over the need for tie-ups

Profile: Neelie Kroes

How the EU’s ‘Steely Neelie’ got her nickname

Dealing with digital Darwinism

Media companies need to strengthen their positions so they can negotiate with powerful distributors

Tim Andree, Dentsu's first non-Japanese executive

Profile: Tim Andree

How a former basketball player scored a winner for advertising giant Dentsu

Making convergence work

Real synergies are essential when bringing together media and telecoms

Opinion: BT’s chief executive on convergence in TMT

Ian Livingston says government must ensure regulation keeps up with change

World views

Industry experts on the state of the sector

Part eleven

Two-way street

Despite turbulent economic times there is still M&A to be done in emerging markets – and deals are flowing in both directions

Treading carefully

Investigating emerging market targets in forensic detail can prevent unpleasant surprises after a deal is done

Sporting chances in Brazil

The 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics are only part of the story behind increasing investment in infrastructure

Tapping into the Chinese market

Beneath the surface of a water treatment investment lie clues to what makes deals work

An African shopping expedition

A growing middle class and demand for consumer goods are making companies begin to look to a future beyond resources

The new rules of the emerging world

It is time to rethink what we mean by emerging markets, writes Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma

World views

How the dealmaking year is shaping up

Part ten

Restructuring could lift M&A market

Banks selling assets to meet new regulatory pressures may provide a boost after a slow start to 2012. By Anousha Sakoui

Insurance: Blasts from the past

Many bankers believe that closed life assurance funds are once again ripe for consolidation

Banking: A small slice of the action

We have so far had only a foretaste of the potential mergers and acquisitions from bank restructuring

Case study: Inside a bank restructuring

John Owen of RBS on a dramatic revamp

Private equity: Prepared for takeoff

Buyout groups are focusing on financial sector targets

Profile: J. Christopher Flowers

The remarkable career of the private equity investor

Asset management: A difficult match

As Deutsche Bank discovered, buyers and sellers can struggle to find a solution to their differences

Opinion: Crisis – and regulation – can breed opportunity

By Barbara Ridpath, chief executive of the International Centre for Financial Regulation

World views

Bankers, investors and lawyers on how the dealmaking year is shaping up

Part nine

Will the slow start have a happy ending?

Companies have big reserves, but uncertainty about the global economic recovery is curbing dealmaking

Sign of the times

The regulatory climate is becoming tougher as companies focus on consolidation

The great leap abroad

Beijing’s dealmaking overseas is getting bigger and more sophisticated – and a new leadership will not change that

Profile: Lou Jiwei opens doors for CIC

After a slow start, the diplomacy and adaptability of the chairman of the China Investment Corporation has proved to be of great benefit

Emerging prospects

Western companies facing faltering local economies are looking to buy growth in developing markets, but there are risks

Case study: Developing Diageo

The drinks company’s Africa finance director Philip Jenkins on pursuing growth in emerging markets

Investment banking: David versus Goliath

Boutique banks are closing the gap on their bulge-bracket rivals in a difficult market – and squeezing those in the middle

Comment: Dealmaking is recovering slowly – but it never really failed

Professor Scott Moeller calls for some perspective on the fortunes of the M&A market

World views

Bankers, investors and lawyers on how the dealmaking year is shaping up

The year ahead in M&A

Happy new year! Or perhaps not so happy for the world’s dealmakers, who are experiencing the most subdued start to January for some eight years

Part eight

Hunt for raw power fuels dealmaking

Resources deals have accounted for nearly a third of M&A so far this year – but the right ones can still be hard to find. By Anousha Sakoui

Mining: To buy or to build?

Cash-rich miners are expanding through small, cautious acquisitions, writes William MacNamara

Oil & gas: Eastern premise

Africa’s Indian Ocean seaboard may hold even greater potential than the west coast for oil, gas – and dealmaking. By Anousha Sakoui

Demergers: Split decisions

A stand-out trend in M&A this year has been the number of ­businesses looking to split the overall company, writes Anousha Sakoui

Private equity: Winds of change

Government subsidies have made Europe a favourite hunting ground for buy-out groups targeting renewable energy. By Daniel Schäfer