Don’t blame the messenger, Jefferies

November 3, 2014

Top brass at the $45 bln Wall Street firm peed in cups and chastised the press for writing about salacious charges against one of its rainmakers. The response is not exactly confidence-inducing behavior for a business built as much on trust as the assets on the balance sheet.

Amgen investors gain from investment banker CEO

September 5, 2013

The biotech led by Bob Bradway, formerly of Morgan Stanley, made mincemeat of the value arguments put up by Onyx and its advisers, raising its offer only 4 pct to clinch a $10.4 bln deal last week. An M&A banker at the helm can work – when it’s negotiating prowess that matters.

Uruguay’s weed spoils could get even higher

December 12, 2013

The country is first to legalize marijuana trade, with production from co-ops, sales to locals only and prices fixed. Relaxing such restrictions, however, could really spark up the economy. The Dutch did well from cannabis tourism, but agribusiness could be the winner in Uruguay.

Merck woes show animal drugs are no panacea

December 31, 2013

Animal medicine, whether for livestock or pets, is booming. Pfizer’s spin-off, Zoetis, trades at a fat valuation premium. But controversy over Zilmax, Merck’s muscle-building feed additive, suggests that an increasingly complicated food chain comes with its own investment risks.