The reason Betaville posits such a question in the headline is that yesterday it was suggested in The Times that Ian Osborne - a former adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron - is trying to buy Fortune magazine from publisher Meridith via his advisory firm/investment vehicle Connaught, which counts Sir Simon Robey as a director. Below is a link to yesterday's piece in The Times:..
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Loyal readers might recall Betaville has been following developments around Pembridge Resources, the London listed mining company, for several months.
Well, a reliable source has got in touch to inform me that some of the company's advisers have offered to invest their own personal money in the placing to raise $40 million for the acquisition of Minto Explorations, which owns a copper, gold and silver mine in Canada.
How regularly does that happen?.....
Comcast, the US cable company, is this week said to have approached some of Sky's largest shareholders about buying their shares to build a substantial stake in the London-listed broadcaster...
REVEALED: The company behind the London Vet Show is being lined up for a £300 million sale - sources
CloserStill Media, the company that puts on the London Vet Show, could be about to change hands for between £250 million and £300 million.
Sources familiar with the matter said Inflexion, the private equity firm that owns CloserStill Media, has appointed bankers from DC Partners to run an auction for the business.
It's thought Clarion Events, which is backed by US buy-out giant Blackstone, is likely to be one of the frontrunners for company...
Apparently, charming hedgie Crispin Odey, a vocal Brexiteer, is preparing to go into politics!
Well, that's according to a report in trade rag Financial News, which the publication splashed on earlier this week. Hat tip to intrepid FN hack Tom Teodorczuk for landing what would appear quite a scoop containing ON THE RECORD quotes. Below is a link:..
The dreaded "Brexit uncertainty" seems to be dominating every aspect of media business coverage at the moment, including deals and dealmakers.
But there is one private equity firm that appears to be keen to continue in buying UK businesses no matter what: Lloyds Development Capital, the private equity wing of Lloyds Banking Group...
There is an interesting juxtaposition of stories/threats on the front page of the excellent business section of The Times today...
Most of this morning's business sections lead on story about how Mike Ashley's Sports Direct "doest not intend to make an offer" for beleguered rival Debenhams.
So, clearly Sports Direct WAS looking at making an offer for Debenhams as former colleague Ben Marlow reported last month in The Sunday Telegraph. Below is the link:..
OneView Group, which was looking to carry out a £5 million equity fundraising earlier this summer, today announced a delisting. Below is a link to the statement:
I see Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, has resigned as chairman of Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce giant.
Betaville wonders (rather unsubtly) whether Ma has suddenly resigned because he has aspirations of owning a Premier League football club...?..
Revolution Bars Group is said to have rekindled talks with privately-owned Deltic about merger.
Sources claiming to be familiar with the matter said Revolution and nightclub operator Deltic have been holding amicable discussions over the last few weeks about striking a deal to combine...
So, there are a couple of "new" names of potential buyers of Chelsea Football Club floating around the London market at the moment.
Now, to be clear this information is very much UNCOOKED (see below for definition of UNCOOKED) as Betaville has spent all summer trying to corroberate the story for a WELL-DONE alert or front page splash in the paper but has so far failed to do so...
How modern day journalism works: the Evening Standard scoopette, the governor of the Bank of Engand and the BBC...
Any financial hack that has been around for over a decade in the UK market knows things have changed dramatically.
But the recent reporting of Mark Carney's potential extension to his term as the governor of the Bank of England demonstrates how ridiculous the situation has become.
Let's start from the beginning: the Evening Standard's excellent diary column runs a piece about how Mark Carney had been asked to stay on for a year by the Treasury. Below is a link:..
Boom! Coca Cola buys Costa Coffee out of Whitbread for over $5 billion.
Now, did anybody in the financial media see that coming?..
Pro European City types cook up new British advocacy group / political party - The Series Returns... - Part 3
This piece (see the link below) in the venerable Financial Times would appear to be connected to the series of stories Betaville has been running since last year about a bunch of pro European City types looking to back a new centrist, er, pro European political party.
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