VC-A Summer 2017 Newsletter


The Eurozone is Back

According to a slew of economic data released this first week of May, the eurozone's economy is performing much better than its American counterpart. Euro economic area growth accelerated to a six-year high at the start of the second quarter, signalled the Markit Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index.
The election of Emmanuel Macron in France warded off the ghost of Frexit and suffocated the fear of seeing the European Community (EC) disintegrating itself in the wake of the Brexit.

Paradoxically, the Brexit itself seems to be doing the eurozone a favour.

Indeed, by creating a common enemy to the EC members, namely, the United Kingdom, the Brexit is helping the governments of the eurozone focus on their common threads and set aside their differences.

There are still uncertainties on the horizon, the Italian election remains a risk... but all the sudden, the sailing looks a lot smoother for investors.


A key milestone in the development of Value Creation - Alternative. Indeed, we have invested a lot of time an effort to develop a VC-A M&A Suite platform adapted to our business model. Our M&A Suite includes not only a powerful CRM but also business intelligence on the M&A mid-sized market.
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This quarter, we have launched a new blog.

The VC-A blog is accessible from the website and designed in WordPress. It is web responsive and integrates the latest best-in-class SEO and anti-spam techniques to improve VC-A's digital footprint.
Please contact us if you wish to become an Editor and publish Thought Leadership articles.

The Value Creation - Alternative Network

If you run a business, use this group to share ideas around new business development strategies, alternative sources of money, alternative growth strategies and new business models.
VC-A Members, Investors, Company Owners, CxOs, Directors and Managers are invited to join.

CTIP acquires part of GAA

The Council for Trade and Investment Promotion (CTIP) acquired 40% of the Global Academy for America (GAA).
The objective of the acquisition is to create a school campus in New Jersey to deliver training and special courses on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), import-export trades and finance.
VC-A Member, Mr Anastasios Avranas, will be coordinating the academic content of the courses on finance, whereas Mr Christophe Schwoertzig will be teaching courses on M&A.

Decommissioning Oil and Gas Installations

ABERDEEN- The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) estimates that there are around 250 fixed installations, 250 subsea production systems, over 300 pipelines and approximately 5,000 wells which need to be decommissioned in the UK Continental Shelf at a mid-point cost estimate of £47 billion.The safety of personnel involved in such activities is high on the agenda, and as a major part of that, the provision of a safe and cost-effective method of transferring personnel is essential, particularly during the decommissioning of offshore installations.
Even for an industry where large numbers are not unusual, this is a staggering sum of money. The phasing of the expenditure is expected to gather pace through the 2020s but there is a long way to go before we cut steel.
Strategic decisions surrounding decommissioning financing, insurance, risk sharing models and innovative project execution strategies are all welcome topics of conversation at the dinner table.

SolarCoin versus NRGCoin

A SolarCoin is minted when 1MW of solar energy is produced, whereas a NRGCoin is minted with 1KW is injected into the smart grid.

SolarCoins can eventually become an alternative source of income for households.
NRGCoins are created only when energy production is greater than private consumption. The mechanism is designed to incentivise renewable energies and based on blockchain technology.
Blockchain technologies and smart contracts are enabling new business models the like of Sharge or Open Energy Monitor that are starting to disrupt the energy sector.
After the newspapers (Wikipedia), the hotels (Airbnb) and the taxis (Uber), digitalisation is now threatening utilities.
We are of the opinion that lagging energy backbone companies and governments will passively wait until the first WhatsApp-equivalent to the sector snatches billions of dollars from their market share. The fist ones will then cry out for more regulation and threaten with job-losses while the second ones will reengineer their tax scheme in a pathetic intent to secure a share of the pie.

About Value Creation - Alternative

Value Creation – Alternative is a Strategy and Investment Advisory firm. We help companies to develop their business through acquisition and organic growth. We accompany our clients throughout the entire life cycle of their corporate development programme: strategy definition, target search, due-diligence, negotiation, transformation map, change management and digitalisation.
We are a worldwide network of more than 1,000 seasoned professionals with more than 45,000 contacts and have collectively advised M&A projects worth in excess of US$100B.
We support complex strategic and operational business decisions with deep analysis and robust processes. Our methodology is a combination of desk research, interviews and application of our internal know how.

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