UPS and DHL on the acquisition trail

Two of the world’s big three integrators have recently made significant acquisitions. UPS acquires Marken. UPS bought itself a Christmas present in the form of Marken, a privately-owned, US-based company that specializes in providing clinical trial logistics solutions to the life-sciences industry. The acquisition will provide a significant boost to UPS’ presence in the healthcare […]

Qatar Airways takes 10% stake in LATAM

On 28 December, Qatar Airways, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Qatar Airways Investments, completed the acquisition of 10% of Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group, reaching a total of almost 61 million shares at a price of US$10 per share. The two carriers already cooperate as members of the oneworld alliance, and whether the acquisition of the stake […]

Atlas completes acquisition of Southern

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) completed its acquisition of Southern Air Holdings, increasing its fleet to almost eighty aircraft and strengthening its relationship with DHL Express. Southern Air Holdings was a privately-held US company (majority owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners), and parent of two airlines – Southern Air and Florida West International Airways. You […]

Pssst… Wanna buy a forwarder?

Is DHL Global Forwarding up for sale? And, if so, who would/could buy it? According to a Reuters report, quoting “two people familiar with the matter,” Deutsche Post-DHL is considering selling its forwarding operations or seeking to move them into a partnership or joint venture. And the buyer? According to Reuters’ sources, one potential buyer […]

ASL to take over TNT Airways

  One of the biggest questions arising out of FedEx’s acquisition of TNT Express has been answered: Ireland-based ASL Aviation Group signed an agreement to acquire TNT’s airline operations, including both TNT Airways, and Spain-based Pan Air Lineas Aéreas. The agreement is conditional on the completion of FedEx’s acquisition of TNT, but regulatory authorities in […]

FedEx takeover of TNT enters Phase II

The European Commission has begun its Phase II review of FedEx’s offer to acquire TNT Express. As both companies have pointed out, this is a normal part of the legal process for proposed mergers and acquisitions in the EU, not an unexpected roadblock. In addition to the review in Europe, the proposed transaction is also being […]

Japan Post offers US$5.1 billion for Toll

In what will be one of the largest deals ever done in the logistics industry, the Board of Australia-based transportation and logistics services provider Toll Holdings unanimously recommended acceptance of a US$5.1 billion takeover bid by Japan Post. In addition to operating Japan’s postal service, Japan Post Holdings controls the world’s biggest insurance company (by […]
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