The Brief
In the wake of the recent mega-merger between Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Co., people are looking at the relationships between Kraft, the deal’s advisors—Centerview Partners and Lazard—and Heinz owners Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. Is it possible that board overlaps and other connections made it more likely these firms would advise the deal, rather than the usual major players? 

Using RelSci data, we looked at the relationships between and across the organizations. We’ll let you decide what they mean and if behind-the-scenes connections played a role in 2015’s biggest merger to-date. 

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Relationship Summary

Kraft and Centerview also worked together during Kraft’s split from Mondelez. Are their firms’ relationships a reason they keep working together?
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Lazard advised Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital previously in their 2013 acquisition of Heinz. Lazard also worked with 3G Capital on the 2014 Burger King and Tim Hortons deal. But what mutual relationships brought them together now? Here are Berkshire’s paths to Lazard. 
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RelSci is a technology solutions company that helps create competitive advantage for organizations through a crucial yet vastly underutilized asset: relationship capital with influential decision makers. Learn more about our leading relationship mapping software at relsci.com.
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