Companies

Lex: CSN / Cimpor

Portugal's largest former colony has come knocking on its door. With business booming at home, Brazilian companies are now shopping abroad. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Brazil's third-largest steel company, has taken aim at Cimpor, Portugal's largest cement maker, with an almost E4bn bid. But CSN is going about its work with the elegance and charm of a cement mixer. Richard Stovin-Bradford analyses the move.