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RARE ALERT: Atos said to ... - Part 12

Friday, 1 July 2022, 2:26 pm

I see that Capgemini appears to have issued a categorical on the record denial about its interest in buying some or all of Atos, the belegeured IT and cybersecurity business.

How bizarre!

I mean, Betaville approached Capgemini and offered the firm an opportunity to comment on the story and this was response from Victoire Grux, the spokesperson for the consulting firm:

"We are not commenting on market rumours".

What changed between then and now?..

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Zendesk said to be back in talks about potential $17 billion buy-out, reveals the WSJ - Part 2

Friday, 24 June 2022, 3:22 pm

So, the private equity consortium purchasing Zendesk is paying $77.50 a share for the business.

That's a lot less the rumoured price being touted by rivals Dealreporter in May. Back then Dealreporter claimed Zendesk was holding out for $140 a share after rejecting an offer from private equity pitched at between $127 and $132 a share...

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Zendesk said to be back in talks about potential $17 billion buy-out, reveals the WSJ

Friday, 24 June 2022, 8:01 am

It was on, then it was off - and now it is, according to the venerable Wall Street Journal, back on again.

That's the $17 billion leveraged buy-out of Zendesk, a US-listed company that builds software to improve customer relationships.

Earlier this month Zendesk said it would stay independent after holding talks with potential buyers because the choppiness in financing markets was making it harder to find the debt for private equity deals...

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Private equity firms weigh £1.6 billion swoop for Euromoney, reveals the Mail on Sunday

Sunday, 19 June 2022, 9:24 am

Most this weekend's Sunday newspaper business sections were dominated by stories about interest rates, stock market falls and cryptocurrency wipe outs.

But there was one deal story that caught Betaville's eye: a piece in the Mail on Sunday about how FTSE 250-listed Euromoney has drawn takeover interest from buy-out firms...

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RARE ALERT: Atos said to ... - Part 9

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 9:47 pm

So, Atos's new chief executive, Rodolphe Belmer, is quitting the company.

He only started in January and is leaving the company in Atos. This follows reports he fell out with Bertrand Meunier, the Atos chairman, over strategy.

The main point of issue between Belmer and his board was about the future of the company's crown-jewel cybersecurity unit. Belmer is rumoured to have wanted to sell it to the many suitors while Meunier was against such as idea, according to reports...

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

Monday, 13 June 2022, 9:59 am

Another day, another story about France-listed Atos from French media outlet BFMTV.

This morning BFMTV appears to be reporting that Atos will announce at tomorrow's stategy update a move to put its coveted cybersecurity business into a seperate legal entity, a sort of (non?) demerger despite several takeover approaches for the division. Below is the link:..

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OP Trust said to be in talks buy Go-Ahead, reveals Bloomberg - Part 2

Monday, 13 June 2022, 9:29 am

Go-Ahead has just released a statement confirming it is in bid talks but not with the party Bloomberg was suggesting.

It would appear the Australians have set their sights on ailing Go-Ahead. That is to say Kelsian Group, which is listed in Australia, and a consortium comprising Kinetic, another Aussie transport business, and a Spanish infrastructure firm called Globalvia Inversiones have submitted indicative offers...

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OP Trust said to be in talks buy Go-Ahead, reveals Bloomberg

Monday, 13 June 2022, 9:04 am

Go-Ahead, the London-listed rail operator, is in talks with OP Trust about a sale of the business to the Canadian investor.

According to Bloomberg, OP Trust is in "advanced negotiations about a deal to take Go-Ahead private and is arranging financing for the transaction".

A take private deal by OP Trust - which manages money for the Ontario public sector employees - could be reached in the next few days, the news agency claims...

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