Thursday, 4 February 2016

HSBC takeaway - part 2

Readers might recall that earlier this week HSBC was quick out of the blocks to boast how it was the "sole" financial advisor to ChemChina on its $43 billion purchase of Sygenta, sending out a release on topic in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Well, it turns out that might not be the case. According to Bloomberg, some chap called Ze'ev Goldberg was never "far from the side" of ChemChina chairman Ren Jianxin during the heated negotiations with Syngenta.

Here is a link to the Bloomberg story, which also claims Goldberg advised on ChemChina's acquisition of Pirelli: 

If I'm totally honest I had never heard of Ze'ev Goldberg but a quick "googling" of his name tells me he is a banker who works for boutique advisory firm Compass Partners. Before that he was in the Israeli Defence Force.

I wonder whether HSBC will share the fees/credit from the deal with Mr Goldberg? If so, the mega bank can hardly claim to be "sole" financial adviser.


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