The M&A Contenders List: 2018

This post was written by Zak Mir, a Technical Analyst, Events Host, Presenter, CEO Interviewer and established Market Commentator

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There is no detail at the moment on the list, just the names. Some are new contenders, others like ITV,  are as old as the hills.

However, there will be weekly updates on the M&A Markets blog here at, with colour and latest developments. If anyone has any further information on the names above, feel free to get in contact. The geographical breakdown is below:


Capital & Counties (CAPC) – Property Development

ITV (ITV) Media

Shire (SHP) – Pharma

Vectura (VEC) – Pharma



Altice (ATC) Netherlands – Telecom

Pernod Ricard (RI) France – Beverages

Temenos Group (TEMN) Switzerland – Software



Blackhawk Network (HAWK) – Payments

Bunge (BG) – Food

Fortinet (FTNT) U.S.A – Cybersecurity

Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) U.S.A – Pharma

Juniper Networks (JNPR)  – Producer / Wholesaler

KBR (KBR) – Engineering

Paratek Pharmaceuticals (PRTK) U.S.A – Pharmaceuticals

Vonage Holdings (VG) U.S.A – Telephony


The list can essentially be regarded as a what would have been described in the old days as “buy on weakness”, as the constituents are all undervalued situations which can be regarded as attractive to potential corporate buyers.

We look forward to ticking off the targets as they happen over the course of 2018

Disclaimer is a purely journalistic website – Zak Mir is a member of the National Union of Journalists. There is no intention here of providing financial advice. It is  recommended you seek an independent professional opinion before deciding whether or not to take any action with regard to anything written here.


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