A cheeky website about deals, dealmakers and anything else I find interesting. Edited by Ben Harrington. If you have a tip or want to discuss a story please feel free to email Betaville at ben@betaville.co.uk.

Breakfast at George...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:13 pm

As a freelance hack Betaville can't really afford to hang out in Richard Caring's uber smart eateries in Mayfair.

But maybe Betaville should because I was reminded today that so many big hitters frequent the retail entrepreneur's restaurants and clubs. Today, for example, at George - the Mayfair private members club - Betaville stumbled across a leading business journalist from a British national newspaper deep in converastion with a high-level contact...

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RARE ALERT: WPP said to ... part 4

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 3:28 pm

So, the WPP has finally announced that Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned!

But in another twist to this fascinating tale about the end of Sir Martin's reign the company decided to reveal this earth shattering piece of news late on a Saturday night, thereby screwing up the evenings of late reporters on Sunday newspapers...

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Tags: WPP

Another one bites the dust...

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:34 pm

Sad news: Iain Dey, business editor of The Sunday Times, is leaving business journalism for the world of financial PR.

His departure from the trade follows a long line of Betaville's former Telegraph colleagues - such as Damian Reece, James Quinn and Jonathan Sibun - joining the somewhat better paid (and, I suspect, better hours) world of corporate communications...

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Another day, another grump...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9:50 pm

Betaville is another grump. After getting wind late in the day about an impending £1 billion takeover of bus and rail company First Group the company decided to announce an approach from American private equity house Apollo. Below is a link to First Group's announcement:..

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Acerbic Alistair on WPP

Friday, 6 April 2018, 9:40 am

I see former colleague Alistair Osborne, now business commentator surpremo at The Times, has picked up on Liberum's note about the possbility of WPP spinning off its Kantar market research division...

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Tags: WPP, the times

The Greenhill conundrum...

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 7:08 pm

Anyone reading the maintream financial press could be forgiven for thinking that it's the end of the road for Greenhill, an M&A boutique that blazed a trail back in the 90s and early noughties by advising on some of the biggest takeover deals in the US and the UK.

In fact, below is a link to recent Bloomberg piece on the firm's recent demise to 52nd on the advisory league tables:..

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A Kiwi quelle surprise...

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11:13 am

Take a bow Dan Dunkley (who as far as I'm aware is down in New Zealand somewhere).

Dan, who Betaville had the pleasure of working with at several publications, last year revealed in The Sunday Times that GlaxoSmithKline was preparing to buy out its joint venture partner, Novartis, to get control of their consumer healthcare division. Below is a link to Dan's piece:..

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