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Walgreens-Boots LBO

By Thor Höfs and Jakob Jones Initially posted on the BSPEC blog With a market capitalization of over $52 billion and a prominent position in the American, British, and global pharmaceutical market, the Walgreens Boots Alliance is now at the center of what could be the largest leveraged buyout in history. The

The Abraaj Group Scandal

By Dorina Barna and Jakob René Initially posted on the BSPEC blog The Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm, is a narrative of success turned dark comedy. Founded by Arif Naqvi, Abraaj became one of the most influential emerging-market buy-out firms after 16 years of operations with more than $14 billion

eDreams: Take Off and Crash of Private Equity

By Carla Costa and Camilla Cameroni Initially posted on the BSPEC blog Introduction Founded in February 1999 by Javier Pérez-Tenessa de Block and James Hare, two young marketing professionals, the online travel agency eDreams took up rapidly. The idea was not original, but they were positioning their venture differently from the others, offering

Leasing and Speciality Finance Companies Part II: Element Fleet Management Case Study

Element Fleet Management Primer (TSE: EFN) Element Fleet is the largest publicly traded fleet management company in North America. Element Fleet also has operations in Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. The company primarily provides vehicle leasing along with a range of other services such as vehicle financing, program management, analytics and remarketing

Investment Banking Teaser

Investment Banking Teaser Overview The teaser is a document sent out to potential investors in an opportunity. Teasers are used in many sorts of marketing roles, but most prominently in investment banking and commercial real estate. Investment banks will mail out teasers to parties they feel would be interested in a

How to Analyze REITS – Case Study: RioCan

Stock Pitches

This is a post constructed in the format of an equity research report on a REIT. What are REITs? Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT, pronounced REET) are companies that own, and in some cases operate, income-producing real estate assets. REITs offer investors a regular income stream (corporate tax-free dividends), diversification (theoretically should have