Nestlé and Alcon - the Value of a Listing

Posted: 18 Aug 2006

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Mihir A. Desai

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: 2006


In response to a perceived undervaluation by the capital markets, Nestlé is considering divesting a part of its ophthalmology subsidiary, Alcon, and must decide on a listing location. In the process, students are challenged to wrestle with the valuation of a conglomerate, the tradeoffs involved in listing in the United States versus Europe, and the incentive and tax consequences of that listing decision.

Suggested Citation

Desai, Mihir A., Nestlé and Alcon - the Value of a Listing (2006). HBS Publishing Case No.: 9-205-056 Teaching Note No.: 5-206-135, Available at SSRN:

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