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Intelligence to Improve Corporate Hotel Rate Projections

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 novembre 2019

HRS, the leading Global Hotel Solutions end-to-end technology provider in business travel, today introduced innovative hotel rate projection technology powered by Augmented Artificial Intelligence (AAI). HRS is the first technology company using AAI in support of corporate hotel programs, and one of the few companies using AAI today. Managed travel programs of any size are challenged to ensure the preferred hotel rates they negotiate are competitive. Yet, most of the benchmarks used today are general averages, with other data options often overwhelming or insufficient for final sourcing determinations. As a result, too many companies leave potential savings on the table. HRS, which already sources more global hotel room nights than any travel management company or other outsourced provider, now deploys a higher level of benchmarking and precise rate projection on behalf of its clients. With AAI driving new insights, programs have more leverage in typical hotel negotiations, helping corporations save ten percent or more in their top business destinations. Procurement leaders working with HRS have newfound, more accurate insight as they build 2020 lodging budgets, finalize preferred rates, and integrate those rates into search and book channels.

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Magellan Jets ELEVATES their Corporate Membership Program

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 novembre 2019

Magellan Jets, an elite private jet travel provider for the country’s busiest executives, has ELEVATED their Corporate Membership Program. The updated membership comes in response to a surge in business travel among Magellan Jets customers. ELEVATE is a risk-free private jet membership with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, the first of its kind in private aviation. Whether you need primary or supplemental lift, for a minimal initial investment. you can now access five categories of aircraft all at a fixed price, with as little as six hours’ notice. This includes flying multiple aircraft on any day of your choice, if needed. The prices are all-inclusive of fuel and catering. It’s a CFO’s dream program.
ELEVATE delivers flexibility and simplicity with a comprehensive risk-free aviation solution. With the freedom to use any aircraft in the program 365 days a year with no black out days or peak surcharges, Magellan is eliminating the stress and ambiguity from travel planning and giving their members complete control of their flight schedule.

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First Financial Corporate Services, Inc. to Join JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. Family of Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 giugno 2019

First Financial Corporate Services, Inc. (FFCSI) a major independent provider of equipment leasing and financial solutions in the U.S. and Canada today announces the signing of a definitive acquisition agreement with JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. Under the agreement, JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. (JAML), headquartered in Tokyo, through its subsidiary JA Mitsui Leasing USA Holdings, Inc. will acquire 100 percent of First Financial Corporate Services, Inc. and the majority of its holdings.JA Mitsui Group (JAMG) is expanding operations in North America, and will combine FFCSI’s infrastructure, expertise, and people with JAMG’s financial strength and customer network to expand leasing services offered in North America.Established in 2000, FFCSI helps customers acquire new technologies in three key markets: Healthcare, Warehouse Automation, and Information Technology. “Over the years, our dedication to these core markets has proven that we have the knowledge needed to provide our customers with creative solutions while evolving in these dynamic markets,” said Tom Slevin, FFCSI’s Co-Founder & Co-President. “Our new relationship with JA Mitsui will provide tremendous opportunities for us to expand our presence while exploring new opportunities to reach a broader customer base.” Richard Stebbins, FFCSI’s Co-Founder & Co-President added, “we are very pleased to join the JA Mitsui leasing family and serve as the cornerstone of their growth strategy throughout the U.S. and Canada. Upon completion of the acquisition, our current management and team will remain in place, and the company will continue to use the First Financial Corporate Services, Inc. brand we have built. Our customers, vendors and partners will continue to receive the same outstanding service and support that have been the building blocks of First Financial for almost 20 years.”
“Ours is a people-based business and our long-term success truly belongs to our remarkable team who continually elevate the customer experience and are experts in their respective industries,” noted John Sandoval, FFCSI’s CFO & COO. “During this integration, I look forward to growth opportunities as we extend our services into new markets and leverage JA Mitsui’s great people, customer relationships and brand recognition.”

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The evolution of the Italian corporate venture market: last trends and potential developments

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

Milan Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 Piazza Borromeo 12, 17:30 – 19:00 Seminar.The event intends to provide a general overview of the Italian corporate venture capital market from a legal and business point of views.The experiences of big companies like Enel and Generali and the testimony of startups that have received investments from strategic partners will open the discussion on the main forms of corporate venture investments, their current deficiencies and strengths.
The analysis will be completed with a glance at the Israeli venture capital environment, that is considered as one of the most advanced and sophisticated markets, with the purpose of getting inspirations on possible future improvements of the Italian system.
Maria Ameli, Head of Corporate, Real Estate and Art Advisory at Banca Generali
Andrea Cotrufo, Chairman Quantum Investments and G20/B20 Italian Delegate
Sharon Gazit, Head of Corporate and Technology Department at Goldfarb Seligman & Co, Law Offices in Tel Aviv.
Fabio Tentori, Head of Innovation Hubs and Startup Initiatives at Enel
Antonia Verna, Partner at Portolano Cavallo – Moderator The seminar will be held in English.

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The evolution of the Italian corporate venture market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 marzo 2019

Milan Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 – Piazza Borromeo 12, Milan 17:30 – 19:00 Seminar. The event intends to provide a general overview of the Italian corporate venture capital market from a legal and business point of views.The experiences of big companies like Enel and Generali and the testimony of startups that have received investments from strategic partners will open the discussion on the main forms of corporate venture investments, their current deficiencies and strengths.The analysis will be completed with a glance at the Israeli venture capital environment, that is considered as one of the most advanced and sophisticated markets, with the purpose of getting inspirations on possible future improvements of the Italian system.The panelists:
Maria Ameli, Head of Corporate, Real Estate and Art Advisory at Banca Generali
Andrea Cotrufo, Chairman Quantum Investments and G20/B20 Italian Delegate
Sharon Gazit, Head of Corporate and Technology Department at Goldfarb Seligman & Co, Law Offices in Tel Aviv
Fabio Tentori, CEO at Enel Innovation Hubs
Antonia Verna, Partner at Portolano Cavallo – Moderator
The seminar will be held in English.

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Xylem Named to The JUST 100 America’s Best Corporate Citizens List

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

Global water technology company, Xylem (NYSE:XYL), has been included on Forbes 2018 “JUST 100” list, a ranking of 100 companies that have made a significant economic and social impact through their core business strategy. Xylem was recognized in the category of Company Leadership and Shareholders, where Xylem ranked second overall and first in its industry.
Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem, said, “We are honored to be recognized by Forbes and JUST Capital for what all of our colleagues do every day to make a difference. This reflects Xylem’s commitment to creating economic and social value through our mission to solve water – by making water safer, affordable and more accessible for people around the world. This guiding principle is core to our business, and will also have a lasting impact on communities. We will continue to share our collective knowledge, expertise and passion to help build a more water-secure world.”Now in its third year, the Forbes “JUST 100” list measures and ranks companies on issues that are deemed most important to the American public and linked to important stakeholder groups – Workers, Customers, Products, Environment, Communities, Jobs, and Company Leadership & Shareholders.Notable Xylem initiatives recognized by Forbes include the Company’s use of local products and resources (+55.8 difference from industry average), leadership acts and communicates with integrity (+50.21 difference from industry average) and use of natural resources efficiently and reduction of waste (+44.89 difference from industry average).Over the past year, Xylem has received a number of recognitions for its leadership in sustainability. Fortune included Xylem in their Companies Changing the World list and Barron’s ranked Xylem in the top 10 on its inaugural list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies headquartered in the United States. Xylem also received an Engage for Good Gold Halo Award in 2017 for the Company’s Watermark employee volunteerism efforts.

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USG Corporation Recognized as Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 novembre 2018

USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), an industry leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, has been named a 2018 ‘Top Workplace’ by the Detroit Free Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune.USG received these awards as a result of its employees’ responses to a survey about company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits.“We are proud to be recognized by our employees as a Top Workplace again this year. Our people are the foundation of our success and we remain committed to investing in opportunities for our employees to continuously learn, grow and thrive at USG,” said Brian Cook, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, USG Corporation. “We strive to foster an innovative and inclusive culture and this honor is a testament to the contributions of our incredible workforce who have made USG an industry leader.”This marks the fifth year that the Detroit Free Press has named USG as a ‘Top Workplace’ in Michigan, and the second year the company has received the award in San Diego from The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces program is administered annually by independent research firm Energage, in partnership with 30 of the most prestigious publications in the country. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and Energage, visit and

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APICS Honors Weir Group and Novartis with 2018 Corporate Awards of Excellence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 ottobre 2018

APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, honored Weir Group and Novartis as this year’s corporate winners of the prestigious APICS Awards of Excellence. The APICS Awards of Excellence are for corporations and individuals demonstrating superior performance and dedication to advancing the field of supply chain management. Awards were presented at the annual APICS 2018 supply chain conference.“The APICS awards program is designed to recognize exemplary organizations that show dedication to the high standards APICS sets for supply chain organizations and ingenuity in the implementation of supply chain solutions,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “Weir Group and Novartis are not only dedicated and creative supply chain organizations, but also wowed our judges with impressive business results. We’re thrilled to recognize their hard work at APICS 2018.”The 2018 APICS Award of Excellence in Education was presented to Weir Group. This award recognizes an organization’s commitment to productivity and advancement based on the effective and ongoing application of the APICS body of knowledge. With employees in many different countries, divisions and business units, it was critical for Weir to develop a common understanding of supply chain terms and practices. Weir turned to APICS to provide a full supply chain body of knowledge that would enable the organization to advance its value chain excellence program and heighten overall company performance. As a result of the initiatives, one Weir business reduced its lead time by 45 percent, another decreased inventory by 20 percent, and Weir’s Oil and Gas division realized a 67 percent increase in orders compared to the previous year.The 2018 APICS Award of Excellence in Transformation was presented to Novartis. This award recognizes organizational transformation that elevates the business and its overall supply chain performance. Novartis leaders wanted to achieve best-in-class levels of customer service, ensure patients have access to the medicines they need and improve operating efficiency in order to maximize overall business success. With executive support, Novartis enhanced processes, defined key-performance indicators based on APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) principles and systematically drove process and performance improvements. These initiatives led to a commercial-service-level performance increase of 3 percentage points, to a sustained 99.8 percent level; supply on-time, in-full improvement of 50 percentage points, to a sustained 90 percent level; supply lead time reductions averaging 22 percent; and substantial reductions in waste across the entire supply chain.A panel of judges composed of members of the Editorial Advisory Board selected the APICS Awards of Excellence winners. This panel based its evaluations on the applicants’ originality of supply chain strategies, effectiveness of implementation and overall impact on business results. In addition to their recognition at APICS 2018, the winners will be featured in a 2019 issue of APICS magazine.

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Intel Promotes Three Corporate Officers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 luglio 2018

Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has promoted three corporate officers.“These promotions recognize the expanded scope and significance of the organizations for each of these proven Intel leaders,” said Intel CFO and interim CEO Bob Swan. “These leaders are helping us achieve our transformation from a PC-centric to a data-centric company, and I look forward to their continued contributions.” Michelle Johnston Holthaus was promoted from corporate vice president to senior vice president. Holthaus is the general manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group and the interim chief marketing officer. She is responsible for global sales and revenue at Intel and leads the company’s efforts to foster innovative sales and marketing approaches that broaden Intel’s business opportunities and enhance customer relationships worldwide. Holthaus joined Intel in 1996 and is based in Hillsboro, Oregon.Daniel (Dan) McNamara was promoted from corporate vice president to senior vice president. He is the general manager of the Programmable Solutions Group at Intel. He is responsible for the P&L, strategy and execution of the company’s programmable hardware, IP, and software solutions and power product portfolio. McNamara joined Intel in December 2015, upon the close of Intel’s acquisition of Altera Corporation, and is based in Santa Clara, California.Allon Stabinsky was promoted from corporate vice president to senior vice president. He is the chief deputy general counsel of the Law and Policy Group at Intel. He currently leads the global Intel Legal department. Previously, Stabinsky was the deputy general counsel for the Solutions Legal Group and chief compliance officer, with leadership responsibilities for legal support of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group and Sales and Marketing Group. Stabinsky joined Intel in 2005 and is based in Santa Clara, California.

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Posiflex Launches North American Corporate Office

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 Mag 2018

Taiwanese Global Point-of-Sale Terminal Brand Leader, Posiflex Technology, Inc., announced today the launch of a North American Corporate Office (NACO), implemented to drive strategic solution synergy and enrich product and service offerings in the market. Having acquired North America’s top kiosk solution provider, KIOSK Information Systems in late 2016, and more recently Embedded Computing Leader Portwell in 2017, Posiflex has now established a unique and powerful industry position with strongholds in point of sale, self-service, embedded/industrial computing platform, and field and managed services. CEO Owen Chen states, “The vision in this very specific acquisition strategy was to bring three best-in-class companies together to provide the most complete and sophisticated computing solutions from on-line to off-line (O2O) applications in this high-growth Service IoT era. The NACO Leadership Team is now in place and will be very actively guiding the cross-implementation of our collective development, product, and service assets to provide the market with an enhanced product-family portfolio, paired with industry-leading deployment support.” NACO has named Tom Weaver as Chief Strategy Officer to lead the Solutions and Sales implementation for the organization. Tom was the CEO of KIOSK Information Systems for over five years, and is a 15-year career veteran in the Self-Service Industry. He will be leading in-depth value cross-selling efforts for each company’s products and services across the entire customer base. Mr. Weaver states, “This effort will accelerate the introduction of very logical, high-value product and service extensions from all three companies. Ultimately, it enables us to meet literally every product and service requirement necessary for a successful self-service, POS, or embedded computing platform deployment; and that’s exactly the value proposition our Sales Teams will be presenting to our valued clients and channel partners.” Among others, Doyle Ledford, VP of Posiflex Business Machines, has been named Regional Channel Director of NACO. His extensive knowledge and success building channel sales and partners will be an integral part of NACO’s overall growth strategy.The product and service technology offerings built out by NACO will be a continually evolving effort. First in line will be a focused product initiative in the fast-growing Digital Signage and HMI/Panel PC market segments. The three companies each hold respected market leadership positions in key vertical markets including hospitality, retail, government, fintech, industrial automation, medical/healthcare, and network/communication. NACO is in place to facilitate the widest and highest value customer solution offerings within these verticals, while simultaneously penetrating new strategic growth segments.

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PVH Corp. Named No. 1 Apparel Company on CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 Mag 2018

PVH Corp. [NYSE:PVH], parent company of iconic internationally and nationally known brands including TOMMY HILFIGER, CALVIN KLEIN, Van Heusen, ARROW and IZOD, today announced it was ranked No. 1 among apparel companies and No. 48 overall on CR (Corporate Responsibility) Magazine’s 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. The ranking recognizes the standout environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) performance of public companies across the United States.“We are proud to receive this honor and be recognized as a leader in our industry,” said Emanuel (Manny) Chirico, Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp. “As one of the world’s largest apparel companies, we recognize our responsibility to address our social and environmental impacts and contribute to a fair healthy future for all. Further, we acknowledge our great opportunity to make positive impacts – from source to store – by empowering the people in our value chain, preserving the environment and supporting our communities.” The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List documents 260 ESG data points of disclosure and performance measures – harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy and community support. The list ranks the companies in the Russell 1000 Index.“CR Magazine is proud to present the only ESG ranking list that doesn’t rely on self-reporting,” said Dave Armon, publisher of CR Magazine. “Each year, the 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking measures the success of the Brands Taking Stands movement by celebrating the most successful, most transparent companies that report on their responsible practices. We congratulate those honored on this year’s list for their commitment to corporate responsibility.” PVH’s Corporate Responsibility program is structured with ten commitments across three key focus areas: empowering people; preserving the environment; and supporting communities. The commitments support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, covering issues such as building safety, chemical management, greenhouse gases, inclusion and diversity, and supporting the needs of women and children. Visit to learn more about PVH’s commitment to Corporate Responsibility.

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Brandsight Announces Beta Release of Next-Generation Corporate Domain Name Management Platform

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 febbraio 2018

Brandsight, a provider of next-generation corporate domain management solutions, announced today the beta release of their corporate domain name management platform. The beta version is currently in use at some of the world’s most well-known brands. Feedback obtained from beta users will be used to further enhance the platform. Leveraging today’s technology, the new platform is designed to meet the needs of corporate domain name portfolio managers who are responsible for tracking domain industry updates, registering new domains, pointing assets to relevant content, and managing workflow surrounding the renewal process.With Brandsight Domain Name Management, corporate domain portfolio managers can:
Stay informed with an at-a-glance dashboard highlighting current portfolio status, required actions and important news and industry updates
Streamline registration processes and ensure accuracy with an intuitive, simplified and predictive user experience. Understand website resolution status and ensure that domains are driving visitors to relevant content Phil Lodico, Brandsight CEO, commented, “After meeting with some of the world’s largest corporate domain portfolio owners, we’ve taken a fresh look at domain name management, and built a solution that ensures data integrity, streamlines processes and provides greater insight.” Lodico added, “We are just getting started; our vision is to continually innovate by partnering with our clients and building solutions that meet their needs, especially as the domain name environment continues to evolve.”

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CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Set to Retire

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Anne_SheehanThe California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Director of Corporate Governance, Anne Sheehan, announced that she will retire March 30, 2018 after 10 years at the helm of the division.
Ms. Sheehan was hired in 2008 as CalSTRS’ first director of corporate governance by Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman—the Monday after Lehman Brothers went over the cliff. Her mission was to both protect and advance shareholder rights as a result of the financial crisis. One of Ms. Sheehan’s first steps was to form a financial reform working group with fellow pension funds. This group set to work securing corporate governance process changes to subsequent Dodd-Frank legislation, passed in 2010.Ms. Sheehan built a team which manages a $4.1 billion portfolio. While managing a staff and a multi-billion dollar portfolio, she was board chair of the Council of Institutional Investors and served on the boards of the International Corporate Governance Network and the NASDAQ Listing Council. She is currently the chair of the SEC Investor Advisory Committee. Ms. Sheehan is also a founder of the Investor Stewardship Group that launched the Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance principles.“Anne has been my most unconventional, best hire,” said Mr. Ailman. “She’s conversant in the language of the regulatory, legal, corporate and investment worlds. Her networking and leadership abilities know no bounds. Anne relates well no matter what an individual’s ideology is—labor versus management; conservative versus liberal; Democrat versus Republican—whatever it takes to get the job done.”
“It has been an honor and a privilege to advance the fight for stronger shareholder rights on behalf of California’s teachers,” said Ms. Sheehan. “The success of our board diversity, majority vote and executive compensation efforts was really the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I wanted to accomplish here. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to propel environmental, social and governance disclosure into the mainstream of shareholder issues.”Mr. Ailman continued, “I am so very proud of all that Anne has done. I gave her a mission and then got out of her way. Anne’s energy, acumen and passion for our mission have not only propelled CalSTRS to the global forefront of corporate governance, it has also trickled down to her staff. She’s leaving behind a solid team ready to step into her shoes—or at least one shoe—she really is irreplaceable. Anne is extraordinary and has positioned CalSTRS at number one in the US and top in the world in corporate governance.”CalSTRS will begin a search for Ms. Sheehan’s replacement via a competitive recruitment process. (photo: Anne Sheehan)

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Erik Lommerde è il nuovo Corporate Vice President di Novo Nordisk Europe South

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 novembre 2016

erik-lommerdeComprende Italia, Spagna, Grecia, Portogallo, Malta e Cipro. Erik Lommerde, 46 anni, olandese, vanta un Master of Science in Biologia e un Executive Master in Business Administration. Inizia la sua carriera come Informatore Scientifico prima di ricoprire posizioni manageriali nell’ambito delle vendite e del marketing. In Novo Nordisk Erik Lommerde ha assunto posizioni di Direttore Vendite in Olanda, Direttore Marketing in UK e Irlanda e, per 4 anni è stato General Manager in Olanda. Dal 2013 ad oggi è stato Corporate Vice President di Spagna e Portogallo, area che ha riorganizzato seguendo un approccio focalizzato sul paziente. I risultati ottenuti nel corso della lunga carriera fanno di Erik Lommerde un leader che punta al risultato, capace di ragionare tanto a livello globale quanto su scala locale. L’esperienza in diverse aree di lavoro lo rende capace di condurre il team verso obiettivi fortemente focalizzati sulle corrette priorità e di proseguire con lo sviluppo della Business Area Europe South in maniera agile ed efficiente.
Novo Nordisk è un’azienda farmaceutica internazionale con oltre 90 anni di ricerca, innovazione e leadership nella cura del diabete. Questo patrimonio di conoscenze ci ha dato la consapevolezza di poter aiutare altre persone afflitte da gravi malattie croniche: l’emofilia, disturbi della crescita e l’obesità. Con sede in Danimarca, Novo Nordisk ha circa 40.300 dipendenti in 75 paesi e commercializza i suoi prodotti in più di 180 paesi. Per ulteriori informazioni, visita, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube (foto: Erik Lommerde)

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Six new employees join Catella’s Swedish Corporate Finance operations

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 ottobre 2016

robertCatella enhances its Swedish property advisory services with six new analysts at the offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg to meet increased demand for both transaction advisory and capital-market related advisory services. “The underlying market for property transactions remains strong. Even if the economy weakens, real estate will be highly attractive in relation to other asset classes. An investment in property combines the opportunity for attractive returns with inflation protection,” says Arvid Lindqvist, Head of Research at Catella.“We are seeing many initiatives related to the capital markets, and interest from international investors remains high, both in Sweden and throughout the Nordic region. A number of institutions also wish to increase their exposure to property. To meet the increased demand for both transaction advisory and capital-market related advisory services, we are enhancing our Corporate Finance team with a number of new employees in commercial roles. Following these recruitments, our Swedish team numbers almost 40,” says Robert Fonovich, Head of Catella’s Swedish Corporate Finance operations.Elin Ericson, a newly graduated real estate economist, Max Doherty, who joins us from Swedbank, and Dan Taranets from Capman have been employed at the Stockholm office. Gustaf Knall has been recruited internally to the Corporate Finance team. In November, Catella will also welcome Sophia Ångström from Credit Agricole to the Stockholm team. Marcus Lotzman, a newly graduated economist, has been employed by the team in Gothenburg.Catella’s Corporate Finance operations provide transaction advisory services in sales and acquisitions to national and international investors in Europe, with a focus on complex transactions. Catella also offers market analysis and strategic advice, as well as advice on financing, to companies in the real estate sector.

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Rapporto Open Innovation e Corporate Venture Capital

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 ottobre 2016

Milano.milanodavedere Martedì 25 Ottobre 2016, Ore 14.00 SMAU, Fieramilanocity Viale Scarampo, Porta Colleoni – Gate 4 Sala Plenaria. Italia Startup e SMAU ti invitano alla presentazione del primo Rapporto sui modelli italiani di Open Innovation e di Corporate Venture Capital, promosso da Assolombarda, Italia Startup e Smau, in partnership con Ambrosetti e Cerved, che si terrà nell’ambito di SMAU martedì 25 ottobre alle ore 14.00.
Una ricerca che punta a 2 obiettivi, condivisi nel contesto dell’Industry Advisory Board di Italia Startup, in coordinamento con il progetto Startup Town di Assolombarda:
– dare una prima dimensione al fenomeno del Corporate Venture Capital italiano, inteso come investimento finanziario e industriale in startup innovative italiane;
– individuare modelli concreti e replicabili di Open Innovation, includendo nell’analisi l’identificazione delle esigenze aziendali, gli incontri conoscitivi, i vantaggi per il business, la costruzione di reti innovative, fino alle vere e proprie acquisizioni.Questi gli argomenti che verranno presentati, con il supporto di testimonianze per le diverse tipologie di modelli individuati.
Programma: Apertura Pierantonio Macola, Smau Stefano Venturi, Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza
Marco Bicocchi Pichi, Italia Startup
Interventi di: Alessandro Braga, Ambrosetti, Guido Romano, Cerved
Tavola Rotonda: Emilio Paccioretti, Arti Grafiche Boccia; Ettore Botto, Reda; Paolo Costa, Spindox; Paolo Penati, QVC Italia; Antonio Grioli, Zucchetti.
Moderatore: Alvise Biffi, Vice Presidente Piccola Industria Assolombarda Confindustria Milano Monza e Brianza e coordinatore Industry Advisory Board Italia Startup

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Catella strengthens its Finnish corporate finance activities as part of an integrated pan-Nordic strategy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 Mag 2016

catellaIn order to strengthen its Finnish activities within value-added and capital markets-related services in the property sector, Catella has appointed Antti Louko to head its Finnish operations and to establish a new corporate finance unit in Helsinki. Antti Louko will join Catella as managing director of Catella Property Oy and head of the new corporate finance unit, from November 2016. Antti has extensive experience from real estate related transactions and corporate finance in the Finnish market working with leading Companies.“We are truly happy to welcome Antti back to Catella. Antti will be important in strengthening our presence in Finland, a market experiencing increasing activity levels and increased international cross-border activity. We also warmly welcome Antti to our Nordic team, where he will take an important role in our determined strategy of further integration of our pan-Nordic corporate finance activities,” says Jesper Bo Hansen, head of the business area Corporate Finance at Catella.Antti Louko joins Catella from a role as head of real estate at Advium Corporate Finance Oy. For the past approximately 7 years Antti has headed the real estate team of Advium Corporate Finance Oy, which has consistently been market leader in major real estate transactions and real estate-related M&As in Finland. In addition to Advium, Antti has previously worked as the director responsible for transactions at SRV Group, and at Aberdeen Property Investors. Antti has also previous experience from Catella, where he started his career in real estate advisory in the early 2000s. During his career, Antti has been involved in real estate-related transactions worth several billions, including a large part of the biggest transactions carried out in Finland during the past decade.
“Investing in strengthening our activities in Finland is an important step in our strategic efforts to secure a true leading position in the property sector across the Nordic region. We will increase our capacity within value-added and capital markets-related services, in line with our strategy for our Nordic and European corporate finance activities,” says Jesper Bo Hansen.“Catella has for many years been consistently named by Euromoney as the leading overall real estate advisor in Finland. The present managing director of the Finnish operations, Erkki Hakala, has been an important driver in our decision to strengthen our corporate finance activities in Finland. Erkki will continue as managing director until November 2016, and will remain in a key position within Catella thereafter,” says Jesper Bo Hansen. (foto: catella)

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Seven new employees at Catella’s Nordic Corporate Finance

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 settembre 2015

catellacatella1Catella is enhancing its Nordic property advisory services with seven new commercial project managers and analysts at its offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. “We are strengthening our Corporate Finance activities with new employees in commercial roles in order to address increasing demand for both advisory services related to capital markets and transaction advisory services. The transaction market is as strong as last year, and we are seeing a large number of initiatives in the capital markets. In addition, there is substantial interest from international investors, both in Sweden and around the Nordics. Our ambition is to make further recruitments in the autumn,” says Jesper Bo Hansen, head of Catella’s Corporate Finance operations in the Nordics.Carl Wingmark and Magnus Lange have been signed to the operations in Stockholm, and will both work in senior commercial roles. Carl has nearly 15 years of experience in property transactions and advisory services, and joins us from PwC, where he has held several senior roles in PwC’s property advisory services. Magnus has more than 20 years of experience in property transactions with both national and international investors, and joins us from a role as head of Swedish operations at Cushman & Wakefield.Additionally, Gustaf Kullenberg, formerly at Nordea Corporate Finance, and Marco Nilsson, Cass Business School in London, have been recruited as analysts in Stockholm. Jesper Greitz, PhD in physics, bolsters Catella’s research department.Erik Sveder, a new graduate with a specialisation in finance, joined us in August as an analyst at Catella’s Gothenburg office, and Filip Hansson, a new graduate in land surveying with a specialisation in property finance, has been hired as an analyst in Malmö.
Corporate Finance at Catella provides transaction advisory services for sales and acquisitions to national and international investors in Europe, with a focus on complex transactions. Catella also provides market analysis and strategic consulting as well as advisory services relating to financing for companies in the property sector.

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Debito corporate emergente: un investimento possibile

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 aprile 2015

asset1Quando il colosso cinese dell’e-commerce Alibaba si è affacciato per la prima volta sui mercati finanziari a novembre 2014 con un’emissione in USD da 8 miliardi, la domanda era così elevata che avrebbe potuto raccogliere sette volte tanto. Per alcuni, l’enorme successo dell’operazione è stata l’ennesima conferma dei progressi fatti dal debito corporate emergente. Per altri invece si è trattato delle prime avvisaglie della formazione di una bolla. Da allora, gli scettici si sono fatti più insistenti, ma non per questo la loro tesi è più robusta. L’elenco dei dubbi e dei timori si è sicuramente allungato. L’apprezzamento del dollaro americano, l’attesa di un rialzo dei tassi USA e lo scandalo che ha investito il gigante del petrolio brasiliano Petrobras potrebbero rendere la vita difficile agli emittenti corporate delle aree in via di sviluppo. Senza contare l’aumento delle emissioni in USD lanciate soprattutto da aziende latinoamericane e asiatiche. Dal 2000, il volume di obbligazioni dei Paesi emergenti denominate in dollari è raddoppiato toccando quota USD 4,5 miliardi, in parte proprio grazie ai bond societari.Tuttavia, a uno sguardo più attento, questo segmento non è così rischioso come potrebbe sembrare. Innanzitutto, sostenere che gli emittenti corporate dei Paesi in via di sviluppo saranno penalizzati da bilanci asimmetrici (caratterizzati da una non corrispondenza fra passività denominate in USD e proventi e attività denominati per lo più in valuta locale) è una generalizzazione eccessiva.La debolezza delle valute locali non implica necessariamente una maggiore instabilità finanziaria degli emittenti. Anzi, diverse aziende delle aree emergenti beneficiano del rialzo del dollaro. Le più avvantaggiate sembrano le società asiatiche, che rappresentano un’ampia fetta del mercato obbligazionario dei Paesi emergenti. Studi recenti rivelano infatti che circa il 22% del debito di tali società è denominato in USD, ma è espresso in dollari anche il 21% degli utili.Più in generale, le imprese attive nel settore minerario, nella produzione di zucchero e carne bovina e nell’industria della carta e della cellulosa generano i propri ricavi in dollari a fronte di una base di costi prevalentemente in valuta locale. Per tutti questi soggetti, un dollaro più forte può significare margini di profitto più alti.Ma persino le aziende con ricavi prevalentemente in valuta locale non sono necessariamente destinate a incontrare maggiori difficoltà nell’onorare i propri debiti.La maggior parte delle società dei Paesi emergenti che attingono al mercato obbligazionario in USD appartiene alla categoria investment grade. Ciò significa che molte adottano (con successo!) politiche di copertura valutaria difensive e trasparenti. Inoltre, parecchie aziende in cui investiamo sono in grado di riversare i maggiori costi del debito sui propri clienti senza subire un calo di fatturato.Oltre alle questioni valutarie, i detrattori dell’asset class citano anche la recente ondata di riduzioni dei rating e di casi di insolvenza. Eppure, anche in questo caso, non bisogna fare di tutta l’erba un fascio. L’aumento dei default e dei declassamenti ha riguardato per lo più Paesi e settori esposti alla debolezza dei prezzi delle commodity (Brasile, Russia ed energia).Inoltre, le riduzioni dei rating societari sono per lo più una conseguenza del downgrade degli emittenti sovrani o quasi-sovrani. In altre parole, diverse aziende russe sono state declassate solo perché la Russia è stata retrocessa alla categoria ‘junk’ (per maggiori dettagli si veda ‘In Wintry Russia, signs of a thaw’, marzo 2015 su Lo stesso vale per le società brasiliane: alcune sono state penalizzate dallo scandalo Petrobras. Escludendo l’effetto dei downgrade sovrani, i rialzi dei rating hanno superato i ribassi (1,6 : 1). Questa tendenza positiva è confermata anche dai parametri del credito. (foto asset)

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Business Travel: Significant Restructuring Underway to Achieve Convergence of Fleet and Travel Management Functions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2015

martinLondon, UK Online webinar 3:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015SPEAKERS: Frost & Sullivan Industry Principal Mobility, Martyn Briggs as well as Consulting Director, Graeme Banister. The corporate mobility market is witnessing a shift in products and services being provided to business travellers and the way in which companies set up their mobility administration. Organizations are realigning their fleet and travel management processes, and adopting new integrated technology solutions to combine new functions alongside travel and expense management functions.In line with those developments the mobility team at Frost & Sullivan has undertaken a two-phased detailed customer survey on latest trends in the corporate mobility space and will present key findings during its upcoming analyst briefing “The Future of Corporate Mobility – Will Fleet and Travel Management Functions Converge?” The complimentary online briefing will take place on Tuesday, 21st April 2015, at 3:00 pm GMT.

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