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M&A in Spain on Up And Up in 2013

M&A in Spain on Up And Up in 2013

Spain has been a hub for M&A in 2013, a fact that is not surprising given the extent of deleveraging by its banks, forced to sell off assets to clean up their balance sheets and boost capital. But banks have not been alone in disposing of non-core assets.

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The Rise of Spanish Business Incubators

The Rise of Spanish Business Incubators

In the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis, business incubators are thriving, driven by high unemployment and the need to replace jobs in dying industries. Spain has seen a significant rise in these accelerators, as they are often called, and is carving out a reputation in this field.

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Spanish Healthcare Firm Grifols Leads European M&A

Spanish Healthcare Firm Grifols Leads European M&A

The global healthcare industry is seeing a wave of M&A as large drugmakers shed non-core activities, while also trying to boost their new drug pipelines by buying up smaller firms. Barcelona-based Grifols, the world’s third largest blood products maker, has just hit the headlines again with its $1.68 billion buy of Novartis’ blood transfusion testing unit.

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Crown Holdings Bets on Spain, Buys Canning Firm Mivisa

Crown Holdings Bets on Spain, Buys Canning Firm Mivisa

Philadelphia-based Crown Holdings is backing Spain’s manufacturing industry with its purchase of canning firm Mivisa. One of the world’s top packaging groups, Crown is banking on Mivisa to help grow its canned food business in Europe, focusing on Spain with its strong agricultural industry.

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M&A Stirs Up Spain’s Olive Oil Sector

M&A Stirs Up Spain’s Olive Oil Sector

Spain’s olive oil sector has long been a source of national pride and a major contributor to the state coffers via exports of bottled olive oil and table olives. And like most industries in the last few years, it has been no stranger to M&A. The merger approved earlier this year between Deoleo, the world leader in bottled olive oil sales, and cooperative Hojiblanca will strengthen Spain’s global dominance in the sector.

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Falling Unemployment Will Boost M&A Deals in Spain

Falling Unemployment Will Boost M&A Deals in Spain

Spain has begun to shrug off its economic woes and is on track to regain its former glory as an M&A powerhouse. So what’s behind the change in trend? Two main factors: the country has finally emerged from a two-year recession in the third quarter, and its sky-high unemployment rate is easing.

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Open for Business: Spain Exits Recession

Open for Business: Spain Exits Recession

It’s official: Spain has left its two-year recession behind, and the government’s bet on exports to pull the country out of the doldrums has proved to be right on the money. A dynamic exports sector and a dip in the country’s high number of unemployed were behind this long-awaited change of fortune.

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Bill Gates Backs Spain With Construction Investment

Bill Gates Backs Spain With Construction Investment

Fortune is smiling on Spanish construction company FCC – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has just become its second largest shareholder, buying a 6 per cent stake for 113.5 million euros. Gates’ investment in the builder is being hailed as a vote of confidence in the Spanish economy’s ability to return to growth after a two-year recession.

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Last-Minute Hotel Booking Apps Fuel M&A in Spain

Last-Minute Hotel Booking Apps Fuel M&A in Spain

Travellers have smartened up thanks to the crisis, and now they are not prepared to pay over the top for a hotel room. Last-minute booking companies that offer lodgings at discounted prices are finding success in Spain, fueling M&A activity.

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Spain’s Entrepreneurs Law To Fuel International Investment

Spain’s Entrepreneurs Law To Fuel International Investment

Spain is betting on entrepreneurs to drive a return to economic growth, and the government is keen to give them all the help they can. The country’s new Entrepreneurs Law offers small and medium-size enterprises incentives for reinvesting profits, amends existing patent laws and provides research and development tax breaks.The law has also been designed to encourage international investment by creating an attractive and beneficial environment for companies to set up shop in Spain.

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