LBOs to fly as activists poised to bring more M&A to Europe

As the shareholder acceptance deadline for German pharmaceuticals firm Stada’s €4.1bn buyout loomed on Thursday, there has been talk in the market about the rising influence of activist investors in Europe. Historically a largely US phenomenon, some market participants think Europe is set to experience a surge in shareholder activism of its own, shaking up the corporate landscape and inviting further leveraged buyouts, writes Max Bower.

  • By Max Bower
  • 22 Jun 2017

Bain Capital and Cinven’s planned €4.1bn public-to-private buyout of Stada was precipitated by a year-long campaign by activist shareholder Active Ownership Capital (AOC), which new Stada CEO Matthias Wiedenfels publicly thanked following the buyout agreement for its part in the deal.

Regardless of the Stada deal, however, Klaus ...

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Bookrunners of European Leveraged Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 11,614.39 49 7.38%
2 Credit Agricole CIB 10,789.94 46 6.85%
3 Deutsche Bank 8,986.23 33 5.71%
4 UniCredit 8,448.15 49 5.37%
5 HSBC 8,442.65 35 5.36%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
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1 BNP Paribas 3,365.73 40 7.14%
2 JPMorgan 2,943.35 32 6.24%
3 Deutsche Bank 2,871.30 26 6.09%
4 Credit Suisse 2,741.05 26 5.81%
5 Goldman Sachs 2,694.50 26 5.71%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 13,441.09 110 9.68%
2 Citi 10,547.56 89 7.59%
3 Goldman Sachs 9,401.85 75 6.77%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 9,320.56 87 6.71%
5 Barclays 9,314.40 70 6.70%