Robert Venes is assistant editor of equities and structured equity at IFR. Robert joined IFR in late 2009 from sister title Acquisitions Monthly, where he focused on private equity transactions and fundraisings. He was previously associate editor at Private Equity International and, before that, editor of Venturedome.
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After several months of preparatory work, bankers pushed the button on Tuesday night for the first leg of equity financing for Bayer’s US$66bn acquisition of agrochemicals company Monsanto, raising €4bn via what is Europe’s largest ever mandatory convertible bond. The deal was also the largest equi
European ECM bankers were advising issuers to be patient last week, particularly those with deals currently in the market, after the surprise election of Donald Trump as US president.
Potash mining company Sirius Minerals got funding for its North Yorkshire mining project last week, but not without suffering substantial pain in the aftermarket.