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Deals, deals, deals...in a bear market - Part 5

Monday, 19 October 2020, 8:34 pm

It's pretty gloomy out there given the current state of affairs but hasn't put a dampener on dealmaking.

Today in the US ConocoPhillips announced a $9.7 billion for shale explorer and producer Concho Resources while chip maker Intel Corporation is in talks to sell its memory-chip unit to South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc. for roughly $10 billion. That's two $10 billion deals in a day...

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Ferguson said to have appointed NM Rothschild to find a buyer for £500 million Wolseley UK - sources

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 7:32 pm

It sounds like blue-chip builders' merchant Ferguson really wants to get rid of Wolseley, one of Britain's largest suppliers to builders, plumbers and tradesmen.

According to Betaville's moles in the City of London, Ferguson has asked advisers from NM Rothschild to garner interest from buyers, such as private equity firms, for Wolseley UK...

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Brevan Howard said to have bought a 25pc stake in Eric Peters's One River Asset Management

Monday, 12 October 2020, 4:52 pm

The story is as the headline suggests - Brevan Howard has bought a 25pc shareholding in Conneticut-based One River Asset Management.

Indeed, the deal could be announced imminently, said one of Betaville's hedgie moles.

Betaville isn't sure how much Brevan Howard, led by wily Alan Howard, is paying for its stake but presumably it's in the multi-millions...

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Sunday review: BT Group and, er, that's it...

Sunday, 11 October 2020, 8:25 pm

There weren't too many public company deal stories that caught Betaville's eye this weekend but The Sunday Times interview chief executive stood out like a sore thumb.

Philip Jansen, the new (ish) boss of BT Group, offered himself up to Oliver "Shahsy" Shah and John "The Ridge" Collingridge, senior business hacks at The Sunday Times for a grilling. Below is the link if you didn't read it:..

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Formula One champion Vettel said to eye stake in Aston Martin, reports suggest - Part 2

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 10:01 pm

So, it would appear Sebastian Vettel has actually bought a stake in Aston Martin, according to the Formula One champion himself.

Speaking at a drivers' press conference ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix on the 11th of October Vettel said:

"If you are asking me if I have shares in the company, I have. How much? I think it’s a secondary thing and I won’t talk about."

Below is a link to a report from the press conference:..

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That Toscafund bid for Talk Talk...

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 12:24 pm

Betaville is in a grump. And it's not because I just discovered all my expensive Roderick & Charles suits are riddled with holes thanks to an infestation of moths during lockdown.

The main reason I'm so annoyed is because I got wind something was afoot with Talk Talk yesterday afternoon so I put a call in to one of the parties involved...

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Formula One champion Vettel said to eye stake in Aston Martin, reports suggest

Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 6:37 pm

For many fund managers Aston Martin is the stuff of nightmares: a stock that floated in 2018 at £19.00 and now trade at just below 60p.

That's a shocking amount of "value destruction".

But there has been a frisson of excitement around the share since Canadian billionaire wheeler dealer Lawrence Stroll put together a consortium of other racing affionados (Toto Wolff) and other multi-millionaires (Swiss-Italian Ernesto Bertarelli) to refinance the iconic marque...

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RARE ALERT: Natixis said to... - Part 7

Monday, 5 October 2020, 3:35 pm

Betaville predicted in his last post that after the summer the Natixis deal might come back onto BPCE's agenda and right on cue it would appear that it has.

French financial newspaper "of record" Les Echos is claiming French private banking group BPCE is "exploring options for its Natixis unit as it plans to unveil new strategic priorities along with third quarter results on November 5, 2020"...

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Fred Done said to have hired Lazard to work on £2.9 billion William Hill counterbid, reports The Sunday Telegraph - Part 2

Monday, 5 October 2020, 12:15 pm

Well, it didn't take long for The Sunday Telegraph's splash story about Fred Done's £2.9 billion counterbid to be quashed.

Rival papers, such as City AM and The Times, are quoting spokespeaople or "people close to the situation" as saying the bookie has no interest in mounting a bid for the whole company. Below are the link:..

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Fred Done said to have hired Lazard to work on a £2.9 billion William Hill counter offer, reports The Sunday Telegraph

Sunday, 4 October 2020, 12:56 pm

There are plenty of interesting stories in the British Sunday newspaper sections today, including Neil Craven's piece on the billionaire Issa brothers and their purchase of retail stalwart Asda. Below is the link to Neil's jackanory, which seems to be getting plenty of air time on Twitter this morning:..

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Sir Martin said to be cooking up a mega deal...

Friday, 2 October 2020, 8:12 am

Tucked away in yesterday's Evening Standard City Spy column is a little diary story about how Sir Martin Sorrell stayed in Belgravia during the summer months of the crisis instead of escaping to "sunnier climes" such as the South of France.

Apparently, according to the item, Sorrell spent most of his time at his central London pad growing and looking after "oranges and lemons" as it has a sun trap.

Really?..

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