During the month of October, The Global 5000 companies announced 15 significant deals including M&A, IPO filings, private equity financing, and spin-offs. Focusing on the largest firms – The Global 5000 – there are generally more of these than in smaller companies. These activities and changes become important for Database Marketers as they have to continually update their internal systems that can feed sales prospects and account management.

Here’s the list of activities reported in October:

  • Abbott Laboratories will be splitting into two companies
  • ACI Worldwide is acquiring S1 corporation
  • AGCO agreed to buy grain storage systems maker GSI Holdings Corp
  • Banco Popular Espanol will acquire Banco Pastor
  • China Petroleum & Chemical (Sinopec) is acquiring Daylight Energy
  • Cigna Corporation is acquiring HealthSpring
  • Friendly Ice Cream filed Chapter 11
  • G4s will be acquiring ISS of Denmark
  • General Electric is selling China brokerage operations to Nomura
  • International Business Machines (IBM) is acquiring Q1 Labs
  • Kinder Morgan Energy is acquiring El Paso Energy
  • MF Global Ltd. filed Chapter 11
  • Pang Da Automobile Trade Co Ltd is acquiring Saab with Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. is being taken private
  • PTT Global Chemical amalgamated its businesses with PTT Chemical Public Company Limited and became a new entity