Each 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 and these changes need to be reflected in your internal systems. For February 2013, we noted the following:

  • ACI Worldwide is acquiring Online Resources
  • Alpha Bank acquired Greek bank Emporiki from Credit Agricole
  • Charter Communications is acquiring Optimum West from Cablevision
  • China Resources Enterprise’s brewery division is buying Kingway Brewing
  • Comcast is acquiring the remainder of GE’s interest in NBC Universal
  • Daimler A.G. is acquiring minority stake in BAIC Motor of China
  • H.J. Heinz is being acquired by private equity
  • Iconix Brand Group is acquiring Lee Cooper denim
  • Liberty Global is acquiring Virgin Media
  • Linn Energy is acquiring Berry Petroleum
  • MDC Holdings is acquiring North American distribution business from Barnes Group
  • MetLife is acquiring Provida (Chile fund administrator) from BBVA
  • New York Times selling The Boston Globe
  • Office Depot is acquiring OfficeMax
  • Orix is acquiring Dutch asset manager Robeco from its Rabobank
  • Praxair is acquiring carbonated beverage firm NuCO2INC from Private Equity
  • Quintiles Transnational filed for an IPO
  • Royal Bank of Canada is acquiring Canadian operations of Ally Financial
  • Scientific Games Corporation is acquiring WMS Industries
  • Total Systems Services is acquiring NetSpend Holdings
  • Twitter is acquiring Bluefin Labs
  • US Airways Group is merging with AMR/American Airlines
  • Warner Music Group is acquiring Parlophone label from Vivendi’s Universal Music Group

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