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    1. December 22, 2014

      Healthcare at heart of robust year in M&A

      Market wisdom has it that most takeovers destroy value in the long-run. But the world’s largest companies seem to have had...

    2. December 15, 2014

      Bain to acquire CRH UK and US brickmaking units in £414m deal

      CRH, Ireland’s largest construction company by market value, has agreed to sell some brickmaking businesses to Bain Capital...

    1. beyondbrics

      August 21, 2014

      Legal hodge-podge frustrates Asean harmonisation

      Of all the colonial legacies left by Britain, France and the Netherlands in Asia, one of the least talked-about – yet...

    2. July 7, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: nothing to see here

      The omissions are the only interesting part. On Monday, Holcim and Lafarge released a list of planned asset disposals,...

    3. FT Alphaville

      July 7, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan wonders where all the examples of short seller wrongdoing are? NEWS Banks face...

    4. July 7, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge outline disposal plans to secure €40bn merger

      Holcim and Lafarge have spelt out the divestments they plan to make as they attempt to win over antitrust regulators with...

    5. July 1, 2014

      Buyout trio weighs bid for Lafarge and Holcim’s $5bn asset sale

      Blackstone, Cinven and a Canadian pension fund are exploring a joint bid for €5bn worth of assets earmarked for sale by...

    6. June 13, 2014

      HeidelbergCement preparing to sell building products business

      HeidelbergCement is preparing to sell its bricks and construction materials business as it looks to cash in on revitalised...

    7. May 21, 2014

      Russian shareholder Galchev eyes Holcim and Lafarge disposals

      The second largest shareholder in cement group Holcim agreed to support the $40bn merger with France’s Lafarge on the...

    8. May 9, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: not so wholesome

      The Omnicom/Publicis deal died before completion, killed by internal contradictions. This early demise, embarrassing as it...

    9. May 8, 2014

      India subsidiaries prove to be a snag for big global deals

      With $13.5bn on the table, $389m seems little more than a rounding error. Nonetheless this was what General Electric bid...

    10. April 21, 2014

      Cement makers: footprints

      Any regulator who lets through a merger simply because the parties promise a “European champion” needs a cold shower. If the...

    11. April 11, 2014

      Letter from Lex: unconventional wisdom

      Readers, A series of efforts to overturn accepted thinking were under way this week. Top of the list was the Greek...

    12. April 11, 2014

      Regulators should come down hard on Holcim-Lafarge

      There are never any takeovers in Europe, just “mergers of equals”. Switzerland’s Holcim and Lafarge of France announced...

    13. April 7, 2014

      Holcim/Lafarge: Cement mixer

      Concrete can take some time to set. So might this deal. Up to 15 antitrust regulators are in the mix to assess the mooted...

    14. April 7, 2014

      French government ‘vigilant’ over sale of national champions

      The flurry of spectacular deals involving French companies – which peaked on Monday with the takeover of Lafarge, the cement...

    15. April 7, 2014

      Holcim-Lafarge: Hard facts of a concrete merger

      The rather drab world of the cement industry, which dates back to the ancient Egyptians, has been thrust into the spotlight...

    16. FT Alphaville

      April 7, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Both a lender and a borrower be, China property edition: David looks at the wider...

    17. April 7, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge outline cement merger deal

      Holcim and Lafarge, the world’s largest cement makers, set out their proposed €39bn merger on Monday, raising the prospect...

    18. April 6, 2014

      Lafarge-Holcim $40bn union set to spark antitrust worries

      Two of the world’s largest cement groups, Lafarge and Holcim, are expected to announce plans for a $40bn merger on Monday,...

    19. April 6, 2014

      Cement merger tries to head off regulators

      Holcim and Lafarge will announce plans to sell some $5bn worth of production facilities on Monday as they try to offset a...

    20. April 4, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: cement shoes

      Do not call the combination under discussion between Lafarge and Holcim a “merger of equals”, as the companies say. Rather,...

    21. April 4, 2014

      Holcim and Lafarge in $40bn merger talks

      The world’s two largest cement companies are in talks about a merger to create a $40bn group at the top of the global cement...

    22. January 30, 2014

      Maruti Suzuki factory handover irks shareholders

      In India, Maruti Suzuki’s cars are known for their reliability. The company’s latest initiative, however, appeared to break...

    23. beyondbrics

      November 14, 2013

      Guest post: Indian investors waking up to shareholder power

      By Amit Tandon The role of institutional investors in Indian corporate governance is evolving as shareholders realize that...

    24. November 6, 2013

      Cement companies: building a foundation

      Cement is solid. Not so cement companies’ earnings. Holcim shares wobbled after the Swiss company released...

    25. November 5, 2013

      Holcim expects higher profits in spite of lower sales

      Holcim expects to sell less cement, aggregates and concrete this year than it did in 2012, as a result of sluggish demand in...

    26. August 28, 2013

      Cemex seals Europe push with Holcim assets swap

      Cemex, the largest cement maker in the Americas, is swapping assets in Germany and the Czech Republic with Holcim of...

    27. August 23, 2013

      Ahold rises on buoyant profits

      Earnings newsflow slowed this week, but Ahold was among the best performers on a weaker Eurofirst index after the Dutch...

    28. August 19, 2013

      Cement makers hit by emerging markets pain

      Bid activity helped mitigate some of the pain felt in European equity markets after an emerging market-led sell-off was felt...

    29. August 15, 2013

      Cautious Zurich leads retreat of financials

      Zurich Insurance led the European financial services sector lower after sounding caution on its guidance following a worse...

    30. August 15, 2013

      Construction industry woes trigger Holcim profit warning

      Holcim says its profits and sales will miss expectations this year, as the Swiss cement maker blamed the sluggish global...

    31. July 25, 2013

      Ambuja defends buyout amid shareholder outcry

      India’s Ambuja Cement has defended the decision of Swiss parent Holcim to reorganise its Indian operations, in a move that...

    32. beyondbrics

      July 25, 2013

      Ambuja Cements battered by parent's merger plan

      Shares in Ambuja Cements, a Mumbai-listed company controlled by Holcim, a Swiss cement maker, dropped a whopping 15 per cent...

    33. June 18, 2013

      Votorantim suspends $4.9bn Brazil IPO

      Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil’s largest cement producer, has suspended a R$10.3bn ($4.9bn) initial public offering that would...

    34. beyondbrics

      June 18, 2013

      [snap]: Votorantim Cimentos suspends $4.9bn IPO

      If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The idea that Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil’s largest cement producer, would...

    35. June 16, 2013

      Votorantim aims to build on Brazil’s building boom

      When Pedro Lima Salomão told his classmates that Corinthians, one of the most popular football teams in Brazil, had started...

    36. June 4, 2013

      Brazilian cement: Votorantim Cimentos

      Votorantim Cimentos would make a great investment – three years ago. Alas, Brazil’s leading cement maker is listing its...

    37. May 8, 2013

      Building materials: beyond bricks

      Filthy weather blurred many a motorist’s vision in Europe and America last winter, and the chill seemed endless. It did not...

    38. May 8, 2013

      Holcim expects to forge ahead after harsh winter

      Holcim reiterated that it expected a “significant” increase in operating profits this year, even as the Swiss cement maker...

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