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    1. July 17, 2015

      Anglo American completes sales of Lafarge-Tarmac stake

      Anglo American has completed the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Lafarge-Tarmac for $1.6bn a year after agreeing the...

    2. April 30, 2015

      Cost reductions lift Lafarge’s operating profit nearly a fifth

      French cement group Lafarge, which is in the process of merging with Swiss rival Holcim, said it was on track to meet...

    1. April 29, 2015

      Eurocement backing strengthens Holcim/Lafarge deal

      The second-largest shareholder in Holcim has given its support to the Swiss cement company’s takeover of France’s...

    2. April 28, 2015

      Benefits beat problems in Lafarge-Holcim deal, says cement chief

      Sporting a light tan and wreathed in smiles, Bruno Lafont shows no signs of fatigue as he nears the end of a bruising...

    3. April 17, 2015

      Lafarge plans $450m US asset disposal to smooth Holcim union

      Lafarge, the French cement producer, has detailed $450m worth of US asset disposals in Iowa and along the Mississippi...

    4. April 15, 2015

      Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia: a very un-French deal

      This deal seems very un-French — suspiciously so, if you are a Nokia shareholder. A socialist government in Paris,...

    5. April 10, 2015

      Olsen the cement needed to join Lafarge and Holcim

      The Chicago-born Eric Olsen has lived in France for 11 years, but only became a citizen one year ago and his French...

    6. April 8, 2015

      Eric Olsen appointed chief of Lafarge-Holcim as cement groups mix

      Eric Olsen has been appointed the first chief executive of a combined Holcim and Lafarge, as the two cement groups...

    7. April 3, 2015

      Lafarge-Holcim urged to pick chief with power to unify factions

      Lafarge-Holcim needs a chief executive with international experience to lead the combined cement group and they must...

    8. March 25, 2015

      Trio of deals show danger of power-wielding investors

      Many companies across Europe are effectively run by their largest shareholders. A trio of deals under discussion...

    9. March 23, 2015

      Key voices in the Holcim-Lafarge deal

      Wolfgang Reitzle, chairman, Holcim Bavarian Wolfgang Reitzle has played an influential role at the top of German...

    10. March 23, 2015

      Holcim and Lafarge: A merger of egos

      On a joint roadshow to sell the €42bn merger between Holcim and Lafarge to investors, Bruno Lafont made a strategic...

    11. March 20, 2015

      Holcim/Lafarge: start the mixer

      Management, in many industries, is just not that important. This is hard to accept. Everyone — most of all managers...

    12. FT Alphaville

      March 20, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Bond investors are betting that the Fed is making like Michael Jackson and...

    13. March 20, 2015

      Holcim and Lafarge cement deal to salvage €41bn merger

      Holcim and Lafarge have rescued a stumbling €41bn merger by reconciling differences over financial terms and management...

    14. March 19, 2015

      City Insider: Harding’s civic duty

      Harding and Hohn: Talking taxes Now that the dust has settled on the pre-election Budget, it is worth remembering how...

    15. March 19, 2015

      Heidelberg: cement to be like this?

      There is no such thing as too much. That could well pass as the European cement industry’s motto, beset as it is by...

    16. March 19, 2015

      CRH deal approved as Holcim-Lafarge talks stall

      Shareholders in CRH have given their overwhelming backing to a €6.5bn deal to buy assets from Lafarge and Holcim — even...

    17. March 18, 2015

      Holcim board to meet to decide whether to salvage Lafarge deal

      The board of Holcim, the Swiss cement group, will meet later on Wednesday to decide whether a €40bn merger with French...

    18. March 16, 2015

      Holcim-Lafarge tie-up on shaky ground

      Bruno Lafont’s mission to become the top manager in the cement industry had looked assured until last week, with the...

    19. March 16, 2015

      Lafarge: carpe diem or die

      This had better be about the money. Holcim and Lafarge’s planned €41bn “merger of equals” fell apart on Monday when...

    20. March 16, 2015

      Holcim-Lafarge like other megamergers with huge hidden obstacles

      Last April, cement companies Holcim and Lafarge faithfully promised their investors that the deal they had just...

    21. FT Alphaville

      March 16, 2015

      Markets Live: Monday, 16th March, 2015

      This is the transcript of the Markets Live session ending at 12:02 on 16 Mar 2015. Participants in this session were:...

    22. March 16, 2015

      Holcim rejects €40bn merger with rival Lafarge

      The planned €40bn merger between the world’s two largest cement makers by sales has been thrown into jeopardy after...

    23. March 13, 2015

      Week in Review, March 14

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Apple aims for new hit with launch...

    24. March 12, 2015

      Shifting sands complicate Holcim-Lafarge deal

      Combining two of the world’s largest cement companies had, until now, been a surprisingly smooth process. But serious...

    25. March 11, 2015

      Holcim and Lafarge rethink €41bn deal

      Holcim and Lafarge, Europe’s two biggest cement groups by sales, are in talks to renegotiate the terms of their €41bn...

    26. February 25, 2015

      Regulators must get harder on Holcim and Lafarge deal

      You need look no further than Holcim’s fourth-quarter results this week to understand why it has been so keen to pursue...

    27. February 1, 2015

      CRH to acquire €6.5bn in cement assets from Holcim and Lafarge

      CRH, the Irish cement company, has made its biggest acquisition to date, reaching a deal to acquire €6.5bn in assets...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. May 9, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: not so wholesome

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

    38. 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...

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