How SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son struggled with his crystal ball purchase
Four years ago, SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son bought UK chip designer Arm Holdings for $32bn, saying it would be a crystal ball when it came to making tech investments. Mr Son also convinced backers to pour billions of dollars into a $100bn fund, focused on start-ups. But in both cases, things haven’t turned out quite as he would have hoped.
Today about half of America’s newspapers are controlled by investment groups. But as the FT’s James Fontanella-Khan explains, one name stands above the rest: Alden Global Capital. Critics say it’s destroying local newspapers, but Alden says it’s saving th
Activist investors have had a quiet year, thanks to Covid-19. Even a group of investors renowned for their aggressive tactics were reluctant to publicly attack companies reeling from the impact of a global pandemic.
Due Diligence’s James Fontanella-Khan, US corporate finance and deals editor, explains why established companies from brick and mortar retailers to broadcasters are taking risky bets on big acquisitions.
With healthcare providers turning to digital to meet consumer demands, an increasing convergence of healthcare and tech companies could restore M&A activity for 2019. But is this emerging healthtech sector immune to global uncertainty?
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