Every month we track the corporate activity for the Global 5000 companies as they acquire new businesses or divest of various operations.  These ‘comings and goings’ are interesting and shape markets over time. In the short run, there are real implications for companies serving these large organizations and national account programs where various teams are responsible for the business results.

Keeping the databases up to date is a continuous effort. For November, 2012 we noted the following:

  • Abbott Labs completed splitting into 2 companies with the new firm called AbbVie
  • Apollo Global Management is acquiring McGraw Hill’s education division
  • Archstone, Inc. is launching an IPO after spinning out of private equity ownership
  • ASL Aviation Group is acquiring the aviation group out of TNT Express in The Netherlands
  • ConAgra Foods is acquiring Ralcorp
  • Diageo plc is acquiring 53% of United Spirits of India
  • Gulf Oil acquired Houghton International (a specialty chemical firm)
  • Hostess Brands is liquidating (and as we know shutting down Twinkie production to the dismay of many)
  • Leucadia National is acquiring Jefferies Group
  • Li & Fung is acquiring Suhyang Networks
  • Living Social is announcing significant layoffs amid shrinking sales and will drop out of The Global 5000
  • London Metal Exchange acquired LCH Clearnet
  • Maus Freres acquired Lacoste
  • Metinvest agreed to buy the Slovakian subsidiary of U.S. Steel Corp .
  • Onex acquiring USI insurance
  • Osram is spinning off from Siemens as a separate company
  • Priceline.com, Inc. is acquiring Kayak
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group is acquiring Schiff Nutrition
  • Starbucks is acquiring Teavana Holdings
  • Whirlpool is acquiring controlling interest in Alno of Germany

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