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When news broke of the Tim Hortons/Burger King merger, many investors cheered. But my immediate thought was somewhat lackluster. I didn't see the non-financial synergy. Instead, I saw huge potential issues for Tim Hortons (soon to be minority) shareholders.
M&A activity in the mining industry has been muted so far this year, especially in North America. But with valuations so low and good projects to be acquired, does anyone have the guts to buy them?
This month, the trial of Bernie Madoff’s former secretary Annette Bongiorno is expected to wrap up. Bongiorno is one of five former employees on trial for abetting Madoff's fraud. Bernie Madoff was sentenced in 2009 to 150 years in prison after his investment firm Bernard L. Madoff Investments Securities fell apart, costing investors an estimated $65 billion in losses – one of the biggest frauds ever seen in America.
We often highlight articles that would be interesting and relevant to the Firmex community. We thought you might find the following PwC research report insightful, analysing the top mining deals of 2012 and the deal outlook for 2013. Down But Not Out It...