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Stefan Kirk


As principal of M&A advisors Glenboden, Stefan Kirk has 25 years' experience in merger & acquisition transactions in the food & beverages sector. 

Articles by Stefan Kirk

Will Stock Spirits look to Hungary for its next M&A play?M&A Watch - Who should Stock Spirits Acquire in Central & Eastern Europe ? 23 March 2015

With Stock Spirits still keen to increase its footprint in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), which companies should it have on its shopping list? We present the case for Hungary's Zwack Unicum.

Will shareholders call time on Refresco Gerber?M&A Watch - The Time is Right for Refresco Gerber Shareholders to Exit 16 December 2014

While unlikely to slip under the net before the year is out, Stefan Kirk from M&A practitioner Glenboden believes Refresco Gerber's shareholders will spend Christmas and New Year mulling a sale of the European soft drinks bottler.

It's unlikely that the likes of Diageo would be interested in acquiring Finland's Altia CorpM&A Watch - Who's in the Running for Altia Corp? 4 September 2014

Earlier this year, the Finnish Government announced plans to privatise Altia Corp, as part of its programme to raise funds for budget spending.

The Coca-Cola Co announced its purchase of a stake in Monster Beverage Corp earlier this monthM&A Watch - Monster gets the Better of Coca-Cola Co in Alliance Deal 26 August 2014

There's no doubt about it, the Coca-Cola Co - Monster Beverage Corp deal is a smart strategic partnership, aligning the two parties in an optimal way in the energy drink category.

Has the second bid for Treasury Wine Estates sealed its fate?M&A Watch - Counter-Bid Seals Fate for Treasury Wine Estates 11 August 2014

Earlier this Summer, I argued that TWE's shareholders should sell out to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), on the basis that long-term structural changes in the global wine market are unfavourable to TWE's business model.

M&A Watch - What's on the M&A cards for San Miguel Brewery? 10 July 2014

An undisclosed bidder has apparently offered around US$6bn for San Miguel Corp's majority stake in San Miguel Brewery. The 'elephant in the room' is surely that the bidder in question is Kirin Holdings. Stefan Kirk examines the potential valuation of a potential deal, and the possible add-on consolidation of Mahou San Miguel in Spain.

M&A Watch - Treasury Wine Estates Shareholders Should Grasp Opportunity to Sell 23 June 2014

Last month, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) turned down a US$2.85bn takeover bid from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR). While an improved bid has not yet materialised, Stefan Kirk from M&A practitioner Glenboden believes that the wine firm's shareholders should ponder selling up sooner rather than later.

What options is Cott Corp considering for the future?M&A Watch - The Options Available to Cott Corp 11 February 2014

On the back of weak results in the first nine months of 2013, Cott Corp confirmed last week that it has appointed Credit Suisse to evaluate all strategic options that “would enhance shareholder value". Stefan Kirk, from M&A practitioner Glenboden, examines some of these options, including geographic diversification, consolidation and private equity.

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