Simon Duke's tale on the front page of the business of The Times about RELX purchasing events organiser Mack Brooks for £200 million caught Betaville's eye this morning. Below is the link:
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Most British hacks, even business journalists, will be fixated on the politics of Brexit this evening but for those market watchers wanting a bit of light relief do read on.
So, there were plenty of media organisations claiming to have "smoked out" Millicom International Cellular's merger talks with cable cowboy John Malone today and yesterday...
Central bankers tend to come across as a straight-laced, staid bunch who speak in boring riddles so as not to freak out markets too much.
So, hat tip to the Bank of Jamaica, the central bank for the Caribbean island, for its latest short (music) video clip on "inflation targeting" that is a lot more fun and upbeat than the standard trite remarks (especially if they are from the Bank of England)...
Quelle Surprise - Altitude Group has confirmed Betaville's RARE ALERT from yesterday afternoon despite some "shenanigans" from people close to the company.
Below is a link to the announcement on the RNS in case you missed it:
Betaville got in touch with a few City of London bigwigs this week to see whether there was much afoot. Lo and behold it turns out the dreaded end of March Brexit deadline has put a bit of a dampener on top end dealmaking in the Square Mile, at least. Sad face.
There are, though, a few bits and pieces happening down at the lower end of the market...
Betaville stumbled across this rather curious piece on eFinancialCareers - https://news.efinancialcareers.com/uk-en/331360/morgan-stanley-london-office - about how brilliant Morgan Stanley's toilets are whilst trawling the internet this morning...
For most people working in the City today was their first day back in the office and many will be pleasantly surprised by the raft of deal announcements following a couple of torrid months in equity markets.
One that caught Betaville's eye was Arthur J Gallagher's acquisition of British high-end insurance broker Stackhouse Poland...
Oh look - it would appear Betaville's rivals over at Bloomberg are echoing last Sunday's piece by yours truly in the Mail on Sunday's business section.
Below is the link to yesterday's piece on Bloomberg:..
Yes! - seems to be the definitive answer to the question posited in the headline of this near 40 part series of stories.
In part, that's because Crispin's flagship Odey European fund finished the year top of the HSBC rankings with a gain of over 50pc.
Also, the charasmatic hedgie's "bear" thesis appears to now be playing out in world markets although not quite yet in its entirety of predicted doom...
On the cusp of the New Year Betaville thought looking backwards might be useful excercise to figure out what 2019 holds, especially for those bankers, lawyers and investors looking to get involved in dealmaking next year.
One thing that struck Betaville was the amount of attempted leveraged buy-outs of public companies, in particular UK-listed businesses, that failed to make it over the finishing line...
I see the follow up coverage of yesterday's Gatwick airport sale announcement to France's Vinci has already triggered fevered speculation about what Global Infrastructrure Partners plans to do next.
Indeed, a throwaway paragraph at the end of a piece in The Times speculates about the possibility of GIP selling Edinburgh airport next year. Below is the link:..
Apologies for the lack of posts in the last few days. Betaville has been enjoying a few days of merrymaking and eating chocolate.
Anyway, on arriving back at my desk this morning I was presented with the news that Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and friends have sold some of their shareholdings in Gatwick airport to French firm Vinci for an estimated £2.9 billion...
Oh look - CQS has now confirmed Betaville's snippet from last night. Below is a report based on the confirmation:
It just goes to show old school journalism is alive and well as this scoopette was obtained down the pub after one too many!..
It never ceases to amaze little old Betaville how one stumbles across jackanories about bigwigs in the City.
The latest whisper is that CQS, the $17 billion hedge fund run by Tory donor Sir Michael Hintze, is today expected to make a major "corporate announcement".
One can only presume that it's connected to the past reports that Xavier Rolet, former boss of the London Stock Exchange, has been approached about running the mega fund...
Betaville was just in the process of liasing with one of the institutional data providers for the deals numbers for this quarter to prove my own theory that the volume of announced public transactions had fallen off cliff for this period compared to previous years when: boom - Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline announce a £10billion merger of their respective consumer healthcare businesses. Below is a link to the news:..
Albert Edwards, the so-called City "Perma-Bear" and strategist at Societe Generale, tends to get in the neck for his predictions of doom over the last decade, especially as equities have been on a non-stop bull run since 2009.
And the cassandra was at it again when I wrote a piece about the state of the stockmarket for The Sunday Times business section late last year. He warned:..
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