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Tchenguiz buys 9pc of Urban Exposure PLC - Part 3

Monday, 11 November 2019, 7:04 pm

The frothiness continues unabated with KKR coming forward to submit a formal takover proposal for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Click on the link to the Financial Times piece below for the latest on the deal:

https://www.ft.com/content/9824af60-049d-11ea-a984-fbbacad9e7dd

Now Betaville was a bit sceptical that a $70 billion leveraged buy-out of Walgreens Boots Alliance would actually happen...

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The millionaire, the row and the private jet company for celebrities...

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 8:32 pm

A good old fashioned dogfight is brewing in the skies above London’s junior stockmarket.

The legal battle between Gama Aviation - an AIM-listed private jet supplier to celebs, such as Lewis Hamilton before he ditched the mode of transport - and one of its customers, millionaire Andre Serruys, centres on allegations of false invoicing, dodgy deals for private jet parts and a failure to maintain Serruys’ plane, a Challenger 601 private jet...

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RARE ALERT: Alba Mineral Resources said to be working on an equity placing - sources

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 6:22 am

Alba Mineral Resources, the Aim-listed mineral exploration and development company, is said be working on an equity placing.

People familiar with the situation said advisers from First Equity are working on the fundraising for Alba Mineral Resources, which has a stake in the so-called "Gatwick Gusher", the oil exploration project just a few miles away from the airport...

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Tchenguiz buys 9pc of Urban Exposure PLC - Part 2

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 7:17 pm

It's getting frothy out there.

First off: it emerges Stefano Pessina is exploring a $70 billion plus leveaged buy-out of Walgreens Boots Alliance. The last time Italian took a company private was just before the credit crunch in 2007 when he acquired Alliance Boots for £11 billion with the backing of KKR, Wall Street's most powerful private equity firm...

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RARE ALERT: Capital & Counties said to ... part 11

Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 2:25 pm

So, it would appear Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund isn't involved in Nick Candy's £2.3 billion takeover bid for Capital & Counties after all.

According to some sources familiar with the matter, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Kingdom has just written to the residents of Gibbs Green and West Kensington to let them know that "I have been informed there is no involvment from the Saudi Public Investment Fund"...

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RARE ALERT: Capital & Counties said to ... part 10

Monday, 4 November 2019, 6:00 pm

Is Nick Candy planning to turn the former exhibition centre at Earls Court into a new stadium for Chelsea Football Club?

The reason I posit this question is because reliable sources have been in touch with Betaville claiming the well-known developer was looking at such a plan several years ago when he first started examining a takeover bid of Capital & Counties...

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Ratcliffe sniffed around Independent Oil & Gas's debt - sources

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 5:28 pm

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been sniffing around Independent Oil & Gas's debt.

People familiar with the situation said Ineos, Sir Jim's chemicals company, bid on Independent Oil and Gas's bonds before the North Sea oil explorer decided to repay some of the non-convertible debt held by failed outfit London Oil and Gas, which is associated with controversial City firm London Capital & Finance...

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Metro Bank calls the ... Police!

Friday, 25 October 2019, 11:04 am

Betaville always enjoys catching up with old colleagues as there is nothing like hack camaraderie down the pub.

Aside from the top banter Betaville did also glean some decent advice from fellow journos about how to run a story that involves a random punter making some pretty defamatory allegations on a video clip about Metro Bank, which has had a few issues lately...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Microsoft said to ...

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 4:31 pm

Microsoft and Alphabet have both been tipped as potential acquirers of wearable device maker Fitbit amid talk it has appointed an adviser to run a strategic review.

People following the situation said they had heard rumours Alphabet, the owner of Google, and Microsoft are both in the running to buy Fitbit...

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