Following his success at CSX, press is reporting that Paul Hilal and his fund Mantle Ridge are now contemplating a move at food service/uniform giant Aramark. I'm joined by Nomura analyst Dan Dolev to discuss the possible outcomes. Later I interview Cowen's John Kernan regarding the Jana stake in ELY. Other companies mentioned include RRGB, QURE, CIR and BKS
Aaron and I sit down to discuss the latest with Sprint/T-Mobile, speculate on the trade's war potential impact on Mellanox, weigh if the potential for HUM to disrupt the CNC/WCG deal is more smoke then fire, and lastly speculate on HOME, AVYA and MGLN
I'm joined by merger-arb and event trader Joshua Goldberg to discuss the various scenarios and possible outcomes in the current battle for Anadarko Petroleum. Does Chevron need to match the OXY bid to win the deal? How much room to bump does OXY have? Why haven't we heard public discontent among OXY holders?
APC/CVX, BMY/CELG, and BBT/STI are three mega-deals of 2019 with one common denominator: No major media outlets managed to scoop the story before it was press released. So what's changed in the world of m&a journalism in the last few years? Greg Roumeliotis reflects on a 13+ year career with Reuters news covering deals and deal speculation. We discuss "bad" journalism, competition among peers and dig into why media intervention can often disrupt the entire deal process.
On this week's According to Sources, I sit down with Brett Buckley and James Dileva of Wallachbeth Capital. We discuss how event funds are coping with the current drought of deals, and later analyze AABA, COTY, and DELL
After lots of internal back and forth, I've removed CELG/BMY until further notice. The rest of the episode touches on BKS, the latest at ZAYO, WBC, RCII and why I've initiated a small position in SFLY
The possibility of a China/US trade agreement draws closer each day. Is this an overhang removed to be bought or a sell the news event? Henrietta Treyz of Veda Partners joins me to discuss the details around enforcement and how funds seem to be positioned. In addition I'll give some thoughts on BMY/CELG
The Merger Masters Podcast series continues with Drew Figdor of TIG Advisors. We discuss his views on activism, his methods for assessing risk, and the role that both ego and fear play in the minds of fund managers. In addition I begin the podcast by weighing in on BMY, ZAYO, NLSN and BKS.
5:10 Drew Figdor interview begins
36:40 “Five Questions”
The Merger Masters podcast series continues with John Bader.
1:25 Evolving as an investor
7:40 "I'm a seller of most asset classes"
10:05 Early career
12:40 Lessons learned from Martin Gruss
15:55 Other people's money
17:50 Examining new deals
27:35: Avoiding "scary" industires
36:15 Five questions for John Bader
2:28 It takes a sixth-sense
4:05 Choosing which deals to participate in
6:30 SKY ltd / Comcast / Disney
7:45: Early career
17:00 Hedge fund vs. family office
18:34 PFE/ AGN
25:17 BMY / CELG
32:08 Detour Gold
40:02 Merger -arbitrage post The Big Short
45:30 Puerto Rico
50:09 6 questions for John Paulson
1) President Trump
2) Fannie / Freddie
3) When you seek an opinion that lies outside of Paulson funds, who is your first call?
4) If you could only invest in 1 outside hedge fund, who would it be?
5) Word association: cannabis, bitcoin, Elon Musk, CNBC Television
6) If you'd never become a fund manager, what would you have become?