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    1. 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 its...

    2. 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 Lafarge,...

    1. 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 and...

    2. 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 river...

    3. 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, fresh...

    4. 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 accent...

    5. 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 attempt...

    6. 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 not...

    7. 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 business...

    8. 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 error....

    9. 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...

    10. 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 that...

    11. 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...

    12. 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 as...

    13. 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 rival...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 Holcim...

    16. 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 announced...

    17. 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: BEHi....

    18. 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 Holcim...

    19. 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 cracks...

    20. 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 merger...

    21. 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 its...

    22. February 6, 2015

      City Insider: Yanis Varoufakis and Lord Lamont make an odd couple

      Varoufakis/Lamont: The odd couple Lord Lamont welcomed his old friend Yanis Varoufakis in London this week. The former...

    23. February 2, 2015

      Albert Frère to step down from GBL

      Albert Frère, Belgium’s richest man and the longstanding chief executive of conglomerate Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, is to...

    24. 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 being...

    25. December 24, 2014

      Heidelberg offloads brick business to Lone Star for $1.4bn

      HeidelbergCement, the world’s third-biggest cement maker, has sold its brickmaking business for a purchase price of $1.4bn...

    26. 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...

    27. September 9, 2014

      Kenya’s ARM Cement comes through a mix of fortunes

      When HJ Paunrana applied for a job at a cement factory in Kenya at the age of 30, he was turned away. He had left school at...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. June 4, 2014

      African cement: Dangote’s day?

      Touring a cement plant is, actually, quite interesting. It might also help to explain how Dangote Cement – a jewel in the...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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