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Mega car park deal goes through

Mega car park deal goes through

Criteria Caixa has increased its stake in car park giant Saba Infraestructuras to 99 per cent after agreeing a deal to buy an extra 49 per cent of the company to add to its existing holding. Founded in 1966, Saba Infraestructuras has a staff of more than 1,500 people and is active in five countries in Europe and Latin America. Altogether, it has 210,000 actual car parking spaces spread across…

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Amplifon hears everything

Amplifon hears everything

Italian hearing solutions company Amplifon has acquired 100 per cent of Catalan company Gaes for 528 million euros. Amplifon is a global leader for hearing care in the retail sector with more than 14,000 employees and over 10,000 points of sale in 21 countries across five continents. For its part, the Spanish company has a staff of 1,800 employees and 600 points of sale located in Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Argentina,…

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Northwest looks to take investment north

Northwest looks to take investment north

Twenty million euros of financing were up for grabs at the fourth Northwest Investors’ Day, which took place early in June, catering for the regions of Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y Leon. Taking place at the LABoral Center for Art and Industrial Creation in Gijon, it welcomed a total of 60 startups, as well as 15 companies in the growth phase. And coming to see them and waiting to be…

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All time high for venture capital

All time high for venture capital

2017 was a record breaking year for venture capital and private equity in Spain with 4,958 million euro being put into 715 investments. This was the standout news from the annual conference for the Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – ASCRI – which took place at the beginning of June. Another record high was announced as international investment came in at €3,590.8 million euros throughout the year, accounting for…

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Madrid: a lightening rod for foreign investment

Madrid: a lightening rod for foreign investment

Madrid emerged as the leader for foreign investment in Spain last year, bringing in 14,520 euros, the greatest amount since 2011. That figure also represents 61.1 % of the total of this type of investment. The fourth quarter of the year saw an even greater proportion going to Madrid as 80.7 % of the total investment in Spain found its way to the capital. The figures come from data published…

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Spain’s economic graph continues its upwards trend

Spain’s economic graph continues its upwards trend

The Spanish transaction market is continuing to grow with the results seen in the latest findings from the monthly report of Transactional Track Record (TTR). In April of this year, the market recorded 131 mergers and acquisitions, totaling 5,080 million euros in operations. While this represents a 25.57 per cent decrease in the number of operations when compared to April of 2017, it actually comes to an increase of 7.86…

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New impetus for venture capital

New impetus for venture capital

A new programme has been launched to channel investment in venture capital funds. The objective is to spur on European small to medium enterprises to help them to increase in size to the point where they become attractive and competitive propositions in the world market. It comes from VentureUE, a joint programme from the European Commission and the European Fund of Investors. The hope is that from this platform, the…

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New bonanza for research and development

New bonanza for research and development

Research and development projects in Spain are set to receive an injection of 1,200 million euros of finance from the European Investment Bank. Among the areas to benefit from this will be maths, astronomy, biology, engineering and technology, and farming, as well as health sciences. This news has come from the Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Román Escolano, and was announced on his first visit to the Higher Council…

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Record levels for foreign investment in Spain

Record levels for foreign investment in Spain

This is according to data from the Foreign Investment Registry (RIE) of the State Secretariat of Commerce, as the total of foreign investment in Spain surpassed 36,000 million euros to reach 36,122 million. Seventy per cent of the investment came from the European Union and can be broken down further by country. Leading the way was Luxembourg with around 21 % of the total. Germany and the UK followed with…

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M&A activity figures steadily march on

M&A activity figures steadily march on

Mergers and acquisitions in Spain increased 11.3 % in February this year, when compared with the same month in 2017. This takes into account 116 mergers and acquisitions in that month with the total coming to an impressive 8,512 million euros. In total capital mobilized, this reads as an increase of 11.37 % on the same month of 2017. Operations were also bigger as a whole, the story of that…

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