Asahi Kasei Medical acquires Austrian ViruSure Forschung und Entwicklung GmbH

by Gerhard Fasol (31 October 2019) Asahi Kasei Medical announced the acquisition of Austrian contract research firm ViruSure Forschung und Entwicklung GmbH based in Vienna (Austria). ViruSure Forschung und Entwicklung GmbH Operations Director: Dr Andrew C Bailey, Finance and Administration Director: Dr Alexander Vodopivec Team members: approx 45 (as of Sept 2018) Investors: PP Capital… Continue reading Asahi Kasei Medical acquires Austrian ViruSure Forschung und Entwicklung GmbH

NEC to acquire Denmark’s largest IT company KMD Holding ApS for about 8 billion Danish Kroner (approx. US$ 1.2 billion)

NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation announced on December 27, 2018 the acquisition of Denmark’s largest IT company, KMD Holding ApS, the holding company of KMD A/S for about 8 billion Danish Kroner (approx. US$ 1.2 billion) from the private equity group Advent International. This acquisition is in line with NEC‘s “Mid-term Management Plan 2020” to shift NEC towards… Continue reading NEC to acquire Denmark’s largest IT company KMD Holding ApS for about 8 billion Danish Kroner (approx. US$ 1.2 billion)

Daikin acquires AHT for €881m (approx. 114.5 billion YEN)

Daikin Industries Ltd acquires Austria’s AHT Cooling Systems for €881m (approx. 114.5 billion YEN) by Gerhard Fasol World’s largest air-conditioning equipment maker expands to Europe On Monday 26 November 2018 Daikin Industries Ltd announced the planned acquisition of AHT Cooling Systems for €881m (approx. 100 billion YEN). Daikin Industries Ltd [TYO:6367], slogan: “The Future in… Continue reading Daikin acquires AHT for €881m (approx. 114.5 billion YEN)

Irish wind energy €300m investment by Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Irish wind power investment €300m

Japanese consortium of trading company Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric invest in five Irish wind farms by Gerhard Fasol Irish wind energy €300m investment Irish wind energy investments were announced by trading company Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power Corporation. Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and… Continue reading Irish wind energy €300m investment by Sojitz, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures via Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge

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Dentsu uses London based Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge to acquire representation of about 40 YouTube stars Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures: invests to acquire 90% ownership Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures, who “develop, monetize & protect” digital-first talent, ie mainly YouTube focused stars. Japanese companies have a dramatically different culture than Western, European or… Continue reading Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures via Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge

ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical from private equity fund HQ Equita and others

Private equity fund HQ Equita had acquired ISOLITE in 2010, now sells to Hitachi Chemical by Gerhard Fasol ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical to build global speciality insulation materials group ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical from private equity fund HQ Equita, as announced on 27 and 28 April 2017. Isolite – High Temperature Solutions Isolite… Continue reading ISOLITE acquired by Hitachi Chemical from private equity fund HQ Equita and others

Nippon Electric Glass acquires PPG’s European fibre glass operations

Nippon Electric Glass acquires PPG glass fibre manufacturing and R&D in Hoogezand (Netherlands) and Wigan (UK) Reinforcement materials for transportation, energy, infrastructure and consumer markets On June 20, 2016 PPG and Nippon Electric Glass (NEG, TYO:5214) announced that Nippon Electric Glass will acquire PPG’s European fibre glass operations, subject to employee consultations, regulatory and other… Continue reading Nippon Electric Glass acquires PPG’s European fibre glass operations

SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings plc driven by paradigm shift to Internet of Things (IoT)

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On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced to acquire ARM Holdings plc for £17 per share, corresponding to £24.0 billion (US$ 31.4 billion) by Gerhard Fasol SoftBank acquires ARM: acquisition completed on 5 September 2016, following 10 years of “unreciprocated love” for ARM On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced a “Strategic Agreement”, that SoftBank plans to… Continue reading SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings plc driven by paradigm shift to Internet of Things (IoT)

Toray acquires Delta-Tech SpA to expand carbon fiber business in Europe

Toray acquires Delta-Tech: 55% of Italian fiber manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including Delta-Preg SpA Toray management program Project AP-G 2016: “thorough implementation of growth strategy through innovation and aggressive management” Toray acquires Delta-Tech: acquires 55% of outstanding shares of the Italian prepreg manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including the fully owned subsidiary Delta-Preg SpA. Delta-Tech SpA and Delta-Preg… Continue reading Toray acquires Delta-Tech SpA to expand carbon fiber business in Europe

Suzuki Volkswagen “Wagen-san” divorce: a teachable moment

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“Mr. Suzuki didn’t want to be a VW employee, and that’s understandable” (Prof. Dudenhoeffer via Bloomberg) Suzuki Volkswagen divorce: Volkswagen makes approx US$ 1.3 billion profit, Suzuki comes out more or less even by Gerhard Fasol, All Rights Reserved. 18 September 2015, updated: 27 September 2015 A smiling Martin Winterkorn and Osamu Suzuki (79 years… Continue reading Suzuki Volkswagen “Wagen-san” divorce: a teachable moment

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd opens £82 million train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK

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Hitachi received orders for 866 Intercity Express Program (IEP) carriages and for 234 carriages for Abellio’s ScotRail program, following 174 “Javelin” carriages Hitachi Rail putting competitive pressure on Europe’s rail established rail manufacturers: Hitachi Rail has “on time delivery” at the top of the list of commitments to customers by Gerhard Fasol Winning a series… Continue reading Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd opens £82 million train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company to acquire UK insurance company Amlin

Amlin is an insurer operating the second largest syndicate in London’s Lloyd’s insurance market by Gerhard Fasol Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company acquires Amlin for 2.5 billion pounds (approx. US$ 3.85 billion or ¥642 billion) On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company announced the planned acquisition of London based insurer Amlin plc for 2.5… Continue reading Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company to acquire UK insurance company Amlin

Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

Nikkei won the race. Axel Springer withdrew. £ 94 million made the difference. by Gerhard Fasol On July 23, 2015 at 15:13 (3:13 pm) British Summer Time, Pearson and Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation announced the sale of the Financial Times Newspaper to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation for £ 844 million (approx. US$ 1.3 billion) –… Continue reading Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

TOSHIBA sells KONE holding for approx. US$ 0.95 billion

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Toshiba sells its 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE by Gerhard Fasol TOSHIBA sells KONE holding – fall-out from Toshiba’s accounting issues TOSHIBA sells KONE holding: In the wake of Toshiba’s accounting issues, Toshiba announced the sale of its 24,186,720 shares, corresponding to a 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE for EURO 864.7… Continue reading TOSHIBA sells KONE holding for approx. US$ 0.95 billion

Fits.me acquired by Rakuten

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Rakuten continues worldwide acquisitions to globalize by Gerhard Fasol acquired London based virtual fitting room mannequin venture Fits.me Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce + e-finance group, is acquiring many companies around the world both to acquire technology, and to acquire e-commerce capabilities outside Japan in order to globalize. Find some of Rakuten’s recent acquisitions in Europe… Continue reading Fits.me acquired by Rakuten

Quipper acquired by Japanese media giant Recruit for US$ 39 million

Quipper acquired by Japanese media giant Recruit for US$ 39 million. Atomico, Benesse and Globis Capital Partners had invested US$ 10.1 million

EdTech venture Quipper was founded 2010 by DeNA veteran Masayuki Watanabe (渡辺雅之) in London by Gerhard Fasol Recruit expands from classified-type magazine sites into education On April 1, 2015, Japanese media giant Recruit acquired London based but largely Japanese managed EdTech venture Quipper for US$ 39 million, providing good returns for three investors, Atomico, Benesse… Continue reading Quipper acquired by Japanese media giant Recruit for US$ 39 million

Nidec acquires automotive pump company Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt

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Electrical water pumps (EWP), electrical oil pumps (EOP) “for everything that spins and moves” by Gerhard Fasol Nidec acquires German pump manufacturer Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt via the subsidiary Nidec Motors & Actuators (Germany) GmbH (“NMA(G)”) on February 2, 2015. Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt and subsidiaries have been renamed:… Continue reading Nidec acquires automotive pump company Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt

Nidec acquires power generators manufacturer Motortecnica s.r.l.

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Nidec continues acquisitions in Europe in the motor and electrical equipment sector Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquired the Italian electrical machinery construction and repair company Motortecnica s.r.l. on May 15, 2015 via its Italian subsidiary Nidec ASI S.p.A. (formerly, Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A), which Nidec had acquired in May 2012. Motortecnica… Continue reading Nidec acquires power generators manufacturer Motortecnica s.r.l.

LIXIL announces losses of YEN 33.2 billion (US$ 265 million) due to Joyou AG’s insolvency filing

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LIXIL (“Link to good living”) acquired approx. 70% of German listed Chinese subsidiary Joyou AG via the GROHE acquisition Joyou AG files for bankruptcy On January 21, 2014, LIXIL had acquired 87.5% of the German bath fixtures company GROHE Group (“Pure Freude am Wasser”). The GROHE Group owns 72.3% of Joyou AG, thus Joyou AG… Continue reading LIXIL announces losses of YEN 33.2 billion (US$ 265 million) due to Joyou AG’s insolvency filing

Supercell: Softbank increases ownership to 73.2%

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Supercell valued at US$ 5.3 billion Softbank and GungHo jointly acquired 51% in October 2013 for US$ 1.5 billion by Gerhard Fasol On June 1, 2015, SoftBank announced an investment to increase the ownership of Supercell stock from 50.5% to 73.2% on a fully diluted basis. This transaction had closed on May 29, 2015. While… Continue reading Supercell: Softbank increases ownership to 73.2%

Domino Printing Sciences plc to be acquired by Brother Industries

Transition from analog printing to digital printing drove coding and marking printer Domino to partner with a stronger company Domino valued at 1.03 billion pounds (US$ 1.5 billion) 97% of today’s printing is analog, however there is a transition now to digital printing. Domino Printing Sciences is specialized on analog printing and now transitioning to… Continue reading Domino Printing Sciences plc to be acquired by Brother Industries

abaGada, Israeli digital performance agency, acquired by Dentsu and to be rebranded as iProspect

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Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe and Israel To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network by Gerhard Fasol On April 20, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile… Continue reading abaGada, Israeli digital performance agency, acquired by Dentsu and to be rebranded as iProspect

Nippon Life Insurance partners with AXA Life Insurance

Nippon Life Insurance (日本生命保険相互会社) acquires 1% of stock of AXA Life Insurance Nippon Life Insurance and AXA to jointly offer health insurance product Medi-AxN Nippon Life Insurance (日本生命保険相互会社) and AXA Life Insurance announced a partnership, and Nippon Life intends to acquire 1% of outstanding shares of AXA Life Insurance to develop a long-term partnership. Currently… Continue reading Nippon Life Insurance partners with AXA Life Insurance

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc to acquire 15% of French reinsurer Scor SE

Sompo continues globalization Sompo to acquire 15% of Scor SE for approx. US$ 915 million On March 6, 2015, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc (損保ジャパン日本興亜ホールディングス株式会社) announced the investment in the French reinsurer Scor SE, as follows: 7.8% (8.1% of voting rights) from largest shareholder, Patinex AG. Patient is a Swiss holding company, owned by Martin… Continue reading Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings Inc to acquire 15% of French reinsurer Scor SE

MixRadio: from Nokia to Microsoft to LINE

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Messaging giant LINE continuous globalization MixRadio will complement LINE’s local Japanese LINE Music service by Gerhard Fasol In December 2014, LINE and Microsoft announced that LINE will acquire the streaming music service MixRadio from Microsoft. LINE already operates a Japan-only streaming music service “LINE Music”. Since music licensing is largely country or region specific, with… Continue reading MixRadio: from Nokia to Microsoft to LINE

Mindworks – “the fastest growing digital agency in Greece” – to be acquired by Dentsu

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Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network by Gerhard Fasol On March 11, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile and digital:… Continue reading Mindworks – “the fastest growing digital agency in Greece” – to be acquired by Dentsu

Nikon enters medical sector with offer for acquisition of Optos plc – “The retina company”

Nikon diversifies from digital cameras to medical imaging Retinal imaging market estimated to grow to US$ 530 million in 2019 Currently 70% of Nikon’s business are digital camera, a rapidly shrinking market due to the popularity of smartphone cameras. Inspired by SONY‘s investment in medical imaging company Olympus, Nikon diversifies from digital cameras into medical… Continue reading Nikon enters medical sector with offer for acquisition of Optos plc – “The retina company”

NTT Communications reportedly in talks to acquire German data center operator e-shelter facility services GmbH

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NTT Communications to continue global expansion e-shelter offers about 90,000 square meters of data center space in 9 locations NTT Communications is reported by Nikkei to be in negotiations to acquire Frankfurt based e-shelter facility services GmbH for approximately YEN 100 billion (US$ 840 million). NTT Communications acquisition is driven by the need to grow… Continue reading NTT Communications reportedly in talks to acquire German data center operator e-shelter facility services GmbH

Hitachi agrees with Finmeccanica S.p.A. to acquire rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and 40% of rail signaling company Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

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AnsaldoBreda rail business to help Hitachi to compete globally with Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom by Gerhard Fasol Finmeccanica accelerates restructuring, reduces debt and focuses on aerospace, defense and security Hitachi Ltd (株式会社 日立製作所) and Finmeccanica S.p.A. announced on February 24, 2015, that their Boards of Directors have agreed for Hitachi to: acquire the rail business… Continue reading Hitachi agrees with Finmeccanica S.p.A. to acquire rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and 40% of rail signaling company Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

Sosei Group acquires Cambridge/UK based Heptares Therapeutics Ltd for up to US$ 400 million

Sosei Group acquires candidate drugs to compensate for expected loss of patent protection for the Seebri inhaler in 2026 Heptares Therapeutics Ltd emerged from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge Sosei Group Corporation (そーせいグループ株式会社) is a Japanese pharmaceutical group which mainly in-licenses pharmaceutica in Europe and North America, then brings… Continue reading Sosei Group acquires Cambridge/UK based Heptares Therapeutics Ltd for up to US$ 400 million

Wuaki.tv acquired by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten

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Wuaki.tv: Your online video service Rakuten’s first entry into Spain’s markets On June 13, 2012, Rakuten acquired Spanish online streaming video-on-demand (VOD) provider Wuaki.tv. Wuaki.tv – slogan: Your online video service Wuaki.tv was founded 2009 in Barcelona by current CEO Jacinto Roca. Wuaki.tv is funded by Bonsai Capital, Axon Capital, and Marc Ingla, former Vice-President… Continue reading Wuaki.tv acquired by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten

itelligence AG acquired by NTT Data

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NTT DATA Business Solutions Largest global SAP reseller and one of the largest SAP solution providers On 23 October 2007, NTT DATA, NTT DATA Europe and itelligence AG announced a partnership, and NTT DATA announced to intention of an offer to acquire the shares at € 6.20 per share, about 37.2% higher than the closing… Continue reading itelligence AG acquired by NTT Data

Integralis acquired by NTT Communications creating NTT Com Security AG

Integralis AG acquired by NTT Communications and renamed NTT Com Security AG to offer managed security services

NTT Communications acquired 78.4% of Integralis AG which is renamed NTT Com Security AG by Gerhard Fasol Managed Security Services (MSS): Greschitz IT Security and Secode AB join NTT Com Security AG On June 30, 2009, NTT Communications announced a public tender offer for the shares of Integralis AG offering € 6.75 in cash per… Continue reading Integralis acquired by NTT Communications creating NTT Com Security AG

net mobile AG majority stake acquired by NTT Docomo

NTT Docomo

globalizing Docomo’s mobile payment and content services bringing German mobile know-how to Japan On September 11, 2009, NTT Docomo announced a voluntary public tender offer for shares of net mobile AG. The tender offer was closed on November 27, 2009, and Docomo Deutschland GmbH acquired 6,126,567 shares at € 6.35 per share corresponding to 79.59%… Continue reading net mobile AG majority stake acquired by NTT Docomo

Toray acquires Saati SpA’s European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business

Toray acquires Saati’s European fabric business: Toray builds integrated supply chain in Europe Toray management program Project AP-G 2016: “thorough implementation of growth strategy through innovation and aggressive management” Toray acquires Saati’s European fabric business: Toray announced on 10 December 2014 the agreement to acquire the European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business of Saati… Continue reading Toray acquires Saati SpA’s European carbon fiber fabric and prepreg business

Hitachi Zosen Inova AG acquires Energy-from-Waste (EfW) EPC Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng)

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Waste is our Energy! – Energy-from-Waste (EfW) by Gerhard Fasol Hitachi Zosen Inova AG acquires Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG AXPO agreed on October 24, 2014 to sell its subsidiary Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG to Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (ZHI AG). Closing is in mid December 2014. Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng) Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG… Continue reading Hitachi Zosen Inova AG acquires Energy-from-Waste (EfW) EPC Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng)

JFE Engineering acquires boiler maker Standardkessel Power Systems Holding GmbH

JFE Engineering globalizes and strengthens biomass and waste electricity generation systems business Standardkessel-Baumgarte: from a classic boiler maker to biomass and waste-to-energy power plants JFE Engineering acquires all outstanding shares of Standardkessel Power Systems Holding GmbH, for approximately YEN 10 billion (US$ 87 million), from current shareholders. Standardkessel (founded 1925) and Baumgarte (founded 1935) started… Continue reading JFE Engineering acquires boiler maker Standardkessel Power Systems Holding GmbH

Heraeus Kulzer acquires EGS Srl (Enhanced Geometry Solutions)

Japanese companies’ strategy to overcome cultural post-merger problems: European subsidiaries acquire Heraeus Kulzer acquires EGS, expanding both Mitsui Chemicals’ foot print in Europe and global market penetration for Mitsui Chemicals’ dental supplies business Japanese companies are well known to have substantial difficulties with post merger integration as a consequence of massive cultural differences which need… Continue reading Heraeus Kulzer acquires EGS Srl (Enhanced Geometry Solutions)

Panasonic self-driving car technology: Ficosa investment

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Panasonic restructures away from TVs and other commodities to automotive parts by Gerhard Fasol Panasonic self-driving car technology As part of the restructuring efforts, Panasonic invests in Spanish car parts maker Ficosa in order to jointly develop Panasonic self-driving car technology. We have documented in our blogs and reports on Japan’s electronics industry how Japan’s… Continue reading Panasonic self-driving car technology: Ficosa investment

Yaskawa acquires The Switch Engineering Oy, manufacturer of generators for wind power

The Switch Engineering Oy was valued US$ 265 million in 2011 Trend: Japanese companies acquire European renewable energy technology companies On July 2, 2014 Yaskawa Electric Corporation acquired all shares of The Switch Engineering Oy, which are not owned by the Switch. The acquisition price was not announced, however, AMSC in 2011 had agreed and… Continue reading Yaskawa acquires The Switch Engineering Oy, manufacturer of generators for wind power

Toshiba acquires 60% of NuGeneration Ltd

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Toshiba acquiring an additional 10% of NuGeneration by Gerhard Fasol NuGeneration becomes a joint-venture between Toshiba (60%) and GDF Suez (40%) In December 2013, Toshiba purchased 50% of NuGeneration Ltd from Iberdrola (of Spain) for UKL 85 million (US$ 146 million). On June 30, 2014, Toshiba announced to purchase an additional 10% of NuGeneration Ltd… Continue reading Toshiba acquires 60% of NuGeneration Ltd

Video surveillance specialist Milestone Systems A/S acquired by Canon

Canon acquires video surveillance specialist Milestone Systems A/S in June 2014 Milestone Systems A/S is a leading IP based video management software (VMS) and network video recorder (NVR) provider for video surveillance Milestone System was founded in 1998 to apply IP technology from the financial sector to the surveillance video sector, which had previously been… Continue reading Video surveillance specialist Milestone Systems A/S acquired by Canon

DC Storm acquired by Rakuten Marketing to strengthen marketing analytics and attribution

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Rakuten acquires marketing attribution specialist Following acquisition of Adometry by Google and of Convertro by AOL On May 28, 2014, Rakuten Marketing announced the acquisition of the Brighton (UK) based marketing attribution specialist DC Storm. Although terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Google on May 6, 2014 acquired Adometry for about US$ 150 million,… Continue reading DC Storm acquired by Rakuten Marketing to strengthen marketing analytics and attribution

Hitachi Engineering Europe formed by acquisition of Valcom S.r.l.

Hitachi

Hitachi acquires Valcom, electrical and instrumentation engineering for oil and gas plant systems by Gerhard Fasol Hitachi Engineering Europe: the new name for Valcom Hitachi acquired all outstanding shares of Valcom S.r.l. and will rename the company “Hitachi Engineering Europe S.r.l.” Valcom S.r.l. is an Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) company, headquartered in Milano (Italy), in… Continue reading Hitachi Engineering Europe formed by acquisition of Valcom S.r.l.

Lesmobilizers SAS acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Isobar

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Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers Lesmobilizers SAS to be integrated into Dentsu’s Isobar by Gerhard Fasol On March 4, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers SAS. Lesmobilizers SAS – Mobile Applications Creators Lesmobilizers SAS are a dedicated agency… Continue reading Lesmobilizers SAS acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Isobar

LIXIL and Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) together acquire 87.5% of GROHE Group

LIXIL

LIXIL (“Link to Good Living”) pursues strategy to become global leader in building materials and housing equipment industry LIXIL acquires 87.5% of German GROHE Group (“Pure Freude an Wasser”), valuing GROHE at € 3.06 billion Lixil Corporation follows the strategy to become the global leader in building materials and housing equipment, and on January 21,… Continue reading LIXIL and Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) together acquire 87.5% of GROHE Group

Socializer acquired in Poland by Dentsu, joins Isobar

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Dentsu acquires Socializer acquired in Poland by Gerhard Fasol Socializer joins Isobar On January 20, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires Poland’s social media agency Socializer Socializer SA Socializer SA was founded in Warsaw, Poland, in March 2011, earned gross profits of UKL 1.7 million… Continue reading Socializer acquired in Poland by Dentsu, joins Isobar

Japanese insurance SOMPO acquires UK reinsurer Canopius Group Ltd

Japanese insurance SOMPO part of NKSJ Holdings acquires UK reinsurer Canopius Group from Bregal Capital In order to globalize, Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan (株式会社損害保険ジャパン), part of the insurance group NKSJ Holdings (NKSJホールディングス株式会社, TSE / JPX: No. 8630) announced yesterday the acquisition of 100% of the UK re-insurer Canopius Group Limited, operating on Lloyd’s for… Continue reading Japanese insurance SOMPO acquires UK reinsurer Canopius Group Ltd

Japan’s direct investments in EU flourish, while EU investments in Japan stagnate

Japan to Europe direct investment: Japanese companies acquire EU companies for EURO 10 billion/year, total Japanese investments in EU are EURO 160 billion

Investment flow between EU and Japan shows strong impact from the Lehmann shock economic downturn. Investment flow from EU to Japan remains at relatively low levels around EURO 1 billion annually, while investments by Japanese companies in the EU are on the order of EURO 10 billion per year currently. M&A and direct investment (FDI)… Continue reading Japan’s direct investments in EU flourish, while EU investments in Japan stagnate

Supercell: SoftBank and GungHo acquire 51% for US$ 1.5 billion

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Supercell valued at approx. US$ 3 billion Supercell investment leverages paradigm shift, time shift and market disconnects Smartphones and the “freemium” business models are bringing a dual paradigm shift to games and create a new truly global market. To take advantage of this global paradigm shift, its necessary to overcome the cultural disconnects between markets.… Continue reading Supercell: SoftBank and GungHo acquire 51% for US$ 1.5 billion

Otsuka buys Astex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ASTX) for US$ 886 million

Astex Pharmaceuticals is an oncology drug discovery company based on the Pyramid drug discovery platform in Cambridge (UK) Otsuka buys Astex in a tender offer for US$ 886 million Otsuka buys Astex Pharmaceuticals (formally Astex Therapeutics, UK). Astex Therapeutics is a oncology drug discovery company based in Cambridge, England, and at the time of acquisition… Continue reading Otsuka buys Astex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ASTX) for US$ 886 million

Ymedia SL and Wink TTD SL investments by Dentsu in Spain

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by Gerhard Fasol Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Spain On September 20, 2013 Dentsu announced further European investments this year in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: acquisition of 51% of Ymedia SL via Aegis Media Iberia, full 100% acquisition expected by 2019 acquisition of 31.8% of Wink TTD SL via Aegis… Continue reading Ymedia SL and Wink TTD SL investments by Dentsu in Spain

Arkadin’s [enjoy sharing] 91.2% AXA stake to be sold to NTT Communications

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Arkadin International SAS valued at approx. US$ 463 million Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS) On August 5, 2013, NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced that it will acquire 91.2% of the shares of the French conference and collaboration specialist Arkadin International SAS from current investors AXA Private Equity (now: Ardian Investment) and other investors. The valuation is estimated at… Continue reading Arkadin’s [enjoy sharing] 91.2% AXA stake to be sold to NTT Communications

Simple Agency srl investment by Japan’s advertising giant Dentsu

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by Gerhard Fasol Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Social, content and digital marketing empowerment based in Italy On July 30, 2013 Dentsu announced another European investment this year in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of a 70% majority share in the Italian Simple Agency via Aegis Media Italia,… Continue reading Simple Agency srl investment by Japan’s advertising giant Dentsu

Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

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Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Content & community management, brand engagement, social media, SNS advertising based in The Netherlands by Gerhard Fasol On May 23, 2013 Dentsu announced another European acquisition within the single month of May 2013 in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of the leading Dutch… Continue reading Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

Kinecto, Romania’s leading digital advertising agency acquired by Dentsu

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by Gerhard Fasol Renamed Kinecto Isobar On May 14, 2013 Dentsu announced the acquisition of the Romanian digital advertising agency Kinecto via its subsidiary Dentsu-Aegis, based in London. Following the acquisition, the company was renamed Kinecto Isobar. Kinecto Kinecto International SRL is one of the most important digital advertising agencies in Romania, and was founded… Continue reading Kinecto, Romania’s leading digital advertising agency acquired by Dentsu

Panasonic Automotive acquires AUPEO! – streaming music into internet connected cars

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Panasonic continues to restructure away from commodities Panasonic Automotive acquires AUPEO! to stream music into internet connected cars Japan’s electronics giants are under immense pressure to refocus away from commodities. Panasonic Automotive now acquires the German company AUPEO!, specialized on streaming music into internet connected cars. Aupeo was founded in Berlin’s startup scene in 2008… Continue reading Panasonic Automotive acquires AUPEO! – streaming music into internet connected cars

Mitsui Chemicals acquires Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, dental materials for € 450 million

Heraeus divests Heraeus Kulzer GmbH because the use of precious materials for dental restoration is declining Mitsui Chemicals [4183] acquires Heraeus Kulzer GmbH to combine with Sun Medical Co Ltd to form a global dental materials business At the Board Meeting of April 4, 2013 Mitsui Chemicals Inc decided to acquire the dental business of… Continue reading Mitsui Chemicals acquires Heraeus Kulzer GmbH, dental materials for € 450 million

Hitachi Consulting acquires operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting at a value of about US$ 145 million

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Hitachi Consulting growth is in line with Hitachi’s Smart Transformation Hitachi Consulting aims to grow to US$ 1.5 billion annual revenues by FY2015 by Gerhard Fasol Hitachi Consulting announced on January 2, 2013 the acquisition of the UK based operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting. Caledonia Investments announced the sale of its 47.3% ownership in… Continue reading Hitachi Consulting acquires operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting at a value of about US$ 145 million

Hitachi Europe acquires The Railway Engineering Company (TRE)

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TRE supplies simulators and automatic routing systems by Gerhard Fasol Hitachi Europe expands European Traffic Managment Railways (TMS) sector Hitachi Europe, on December 20, 2012 announced the acquisition of The Railway Engineering Company (TRE) from James Fisher and Sons plc for UKL 25.5 million. The Railway Engineering Company (TRE) products include: Automatic Routing Systems Signalling… Continue reading Hitachi Europe acquires The Railway Engineering Company (TRE)

Alpha Direct Services (ADS) acquired by Rakuten to build European logistics

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Rakuten builds European logistics infrastructure Rakuten’s 6th acquisition in Europe Rakuten is aggressively globalizing in the face of intense competition by Amazon.com, and more recently Alibaba. As part of global growth, Rakuten is acquiring a string of e-commerce, e-book, online media, and software and service companies in Europe. Now Rakuten has started to build fulfillment… Continue reading Alpha Direct Services (ADS) acquired by Rakuten to build European logistics

Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

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Hitachi to build 6 GigaWatt of nuclear power in UK by Gerhard Fasol E.ON and RWE to withdraw, Chinese consortium lost bid In tune with Germany’s “Energiewende”, E.ON and RWE npower decided to sell Horizon Nuclear Power. On October 29, 2012 Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所) announced the agreement to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power for £696 million… Continue reading Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

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Kobo acquires French digital publishing tool company Aquafadas Rakuten acquired e-reader manufacturer Kobo Rakuten acquired 100% of e-reader manufacturer Kobo for US$ 315 million in cash in January 2012. Kobo announced the acquisition of French digital publishing company Aquafadas on October 10, 2012. Aquafadas http://www.aquafadas.com was founded in Montpeller in 2004 by Matthieu Kopp (CTO)… Continue reading Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

Hitachi “inspire the next” Europe opens Rail Research Centre (ERRC)

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European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) to focus on rolling stock design, manufacturing, maintenance and traffic management systems by Gerhard Fasol ERCC will be part of Hitachi Europe’s Transportation Energy & Environment Research Laboratory Hitachi “inspire the next” announced on October 10, 2012 the opening of the new European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) in London, to… Continue reading Hitachi “inspire the next” Europe opens Rail Research Centre (ERRC)

Buongiorno SpA acquired by NTT Docomo for € 209 million (US$ 260 million)

NTT Docomo

NTT Docomo acquired Italian mobile content, apps and service provider in a public tender offer Buongiorno SpA becomes fully owned subsidiary of NTT Docomo NTT Docomo acquired mobile content provider Buongiorno SpA in August 2012 following a public tender offer via Docomo’s German subsidiary DOCOMO Deutschland GmbH. The shares were delisted from the Italian Stock… Continue reading Buongiorno SpA acquired by NTT Docomo for € 209 million (US$ 260 million)

Dentsu acquires Aegis

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Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots by Gerhard Fasol Dentsu’s challenge to grow global footprint while managing cultural differences On Thursday, July 5th, 2012, Dentsu announced the acquisition of Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots, centered on media advertising media buying. Dentsu’s need to globalize Driving this acquisition was… Continue reading Dentsu acquires Aegis

Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A

nidec 日本電産株式会社

Reorganized as Nidec ASI Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A. from HVEASI Holding BV, affiliated with Patriarch Partners LLC. The acquisition was completed in May 2012. Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A (ASI) renamed: “Nidec ASI S.p.A.” and set up a Japan subsidiary Nidec ASI Japan Corporation to develop Nidec… Continue reading Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A

Murata “innovator in electronics” acquires world’s largest independent MEMS manufacturer VTI Technologies Oy

Murata acquires world's largest independent MEMS manufacturer VTI Technologies for € 195 million. Renamed to Murata Electronics Oy.

VTI Technologies Oy acquired by Murata for € 195 million from EQT III by Gerhard Fasol Capacitive MEMS sensor maker VTI Technologies Oy is a perfect fit for miniature ceramic capacitor specialist Murata Electronics Oy Murata and private equity group EQT on October 11, 2011, announced the sale of VTI Technologies Oy to Murata for… Continue reading Murata “innovator in electronics” acquires world’s largest independent MEMS manufacturer VTI Technologies Oy

Rakuten acquires UK e-commerce portal Play.com

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Play.com: third European company acquired by Rakuten.com Rakuten continues global battle with Amazon.com On September 21, 2011, Rakuten announced acquisition of 100% of the UK e-commerce portal site Play.com for UKL 25 million (approx. US$ 40 million). Rakuten’s acquisition of Play.com (UK) follows the acquisitions of PriceMinister (France) and Tradoria (Germany). Play.com Play.com sells music,… Continue reading Rakuten acquires UK e-commerce portal Play.com

Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

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Landis+Gyr to become “independent growth platform” within the Toshiba Group for smart meters and smart grid by Gerhard Fasol Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba (60%) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (40%) for US$ 2.3 billion Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan: this acquisition was finalized with a shareholder’s and share… Continue reading Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

Rakuten acquires 80% of German e-commerce platform Tradoria

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Rakuten continues global expansion Competing with Amazon.com…. On July 28, 2011, Rakuten announced the acquisition of 80% of Germany’s e-commerce site Tradoria for a “double-digit million” amount. Tradoria has been rebranded as Rakuten.de and has become part of Rakuten Deutschland GmbH. Tradoria Tradoria was founded in 2007, and today has more than 4400 online stores… Continue reading Rakuten acquires 80% of German e-commerce platform Tradoria

Value Team SpA acquired by NTT Data

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NTT Data’s a bridgehead to Brazil and South America Value Team SpA serves about 300 clients with about 3000 professionals On April 25, 2011, NTT Data announced the acquisition of 100% of shares of Value Team SpA via the subsidiary NTT Data Europe GmbH & Co KG for about € 250 million. Value Team SpA… Continue reading Value Team SpA acquired by NTT Data

Hitachi Zosen acquires Energy-from-Waste (EfW) engineering firm AE&E Inova AG in Zürich, to become Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI AG)

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by Gerhard Fasol Waste is our energy! Energy-from-Waste (EfW) Hitachi Zosen acquires former Von Roll Inova to form Hitachi Zosen Inova AG AE&E Inova Holding AG filed for bankruptcy on December 3, 2010, and Hitachi Zosen Corporation (日立造船株式会社) acquired 100% of the shares of AE&E Inova Holding AG in Zurich with approval of the bankruptcy… Continue reading Hitachi Zosen acquires Energy-from-Waste (EfW) engineering firm AE&E Inova AG in Zürich, to become Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI AG)

Sony Barcelona Tec factory sold to Ficosa International SA and Comsa Emte SL

CSC Media Group acquired by SONY for 107 mill pounds, bringing 16 cable and satellite channels to SONY

Sony Barcelona Tec technology center manufacturing LCD TV sets for Europe sold Sony Barcelona Tec acquired by Joint Venture between Spanish Companies Ficosa International SA and Comsa Emte SL Sony Barcelona Tec, the SONY Barcelona Technology Center was established in January 1973, and in August 2010 had about 1100 employees and was manufacturing LCD TVs… Continue reading Sony Barcelona Tec factory sold to Ficosa International SA and Comsa Emte SL

Rakuten acquires French ecommerce portal PriceMinister.com

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Rakuten continues to globalize via acquisitions Rakuten seeks to compete globally with Amazon.com Rakuten acquires 100% of shares of PriceMinister S.A. for €200 million (= approx. US$ 250 million). The transaction is expected to close at the end of July 2010. PriceMinister S.A. PriceMinister was founded in 2000 by current CEO Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, and Pierre… Continue reading Rakuten acquires French ecommerce portal PriceMinister.com

Square Enix acquires Eidos Interactive for £84.3 million

Square Enix acquires Eidos Interactive for £84.3 million to form Square Enix Europe

Eidos Interactive converted into Square Enix Europe Square Enix on the path to globalization Square Enix acquires the publicly listed British games company Eidos Interactive for £84.3 million (approx. US$ 130 million), Eidos shares were suspended from trading on April 21, 2009, and the shares will be cancelled on May 6, 2009. Edits became formally… Continue reading Square Enix acquires Eidos Interactive for £84.3 million

Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd acquires valve spring wire maker Haldex Garphyttan Wire

Suzuki Metal with Garphyttan to become global player of Nippon Steel Group’s wire rod business Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd to issue news shares to be acquired by Nippon Steel Group to finance the acquisition of Garphyttan AB from Haldex Group On December 25, 2008, Nippon Steel Group and Suzuki Metal Co Ltd announced the… Continue reading Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd acquires valve spring wire maker Haldex Garphyttan Wire

Cirquent becomes subsidiary of NTT DATA

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NTT Data and BMW agreed today, that NTT Data will acquire 72.9% of outstanding shares of Cirquent GmbH NTT Data thus gains BMW as largest customer in Europe Today, August 1, 2008, NTT Data and BMW agreed, that NTT Data will acquire 72.9% of the outstanding shares of Cirquent GmbH in order to globalize. Cirquent… Continue reading Cirquent becomes subsidiary of NTT DATA

TDK acquires passive electronic component maker EPCOS

Acquisition value of YEN 200 Billion (approx. US$ 1.859 billion) by Gerhard Fasol EPCOS becomes part of 100% owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation On July 31, 2008 TDK launched an offer to buy all outstanding shares of EPCOS, thus acquiring 100% of EPCOS. Value of the acquisition transaction was on the order of YEN 200 Billion… Continue reading TDK acquires passive electronic component maker EPCOS

Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH

Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH

Yamaha Corporation acquires Vienna based 170 year old piano manufacturer Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer: Vienna piano manufacturer L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH founded in 1828 L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH was founded in 1828 in Vienna (Austria), and is one of the world’s most respected piano manufacturers. Bösendorfer was sold to a US wood manufacturing company, later by… Continue reading Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH

Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) acquired by Sumitomo Chemical

Sumitomo Chemical to acquire CDT for US$ 285 million in cash Sumitomo Chemical (住友化学株式会社) acquired Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) under a merger agreement, paying an acquisition price of US$ 285 million in cash. 1998: Sumitomo Chemical starts P-OLED development 2001: Sumitomo Chemical and CDT Ltd (fully owned subsidiary of CDT Inc) enter into a cooperation… Continue reading Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) acquired by Sumitomo Chemical

Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation acquires Dorlastan fibers business from Lanxess

Lanxess continues refocussing following spin-out from Bayer Textiles business moves to Asia On 17 November 2005, Lanxess (Köln, Germany) and Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation (Osaka, Japan) announced the planned sale of Lanxess’ Dorlastan business to Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation. Lanxess’ Dorlastan division includes production sites at Dormagen, Germany, and in Bushy Park, South Carolina, USA:… Continue reading Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation acquires Dorlastan fibers business from Lanxess

Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC) and KONE enter into capital alliance

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Toshiba Elevators and Finnish KONE invest in each other by Gerhard Fasol Toshiba Elevators sends one Director to KONE’s Board, and KONE sends two Directors to Toshiba Elevator’s Board On December 20, 2001, Toshiba Elevator and KONE announced, that in March 2002,: TELC will issue new shares and increase its capital, and KONE will acquire… Continue reading Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC) and KONE enter into capital alliance

Yamaha Motors Europe

Yamaha Motor Group and Mitsui Trading Group establish Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH and Yamaha Motor (UK) Limited In 1971-1972 Yamaha Motor Group and Mitsui Group establish Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH in Germany and Yamaha Motor (UK) Limited in UK to import, market and sell Yamaha motor products in UK and Germany: Yamaha Motor Deutschland GmbH:… Continue reading Yamaha Motors Europe