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How to tell whether a merger rumour will come true.....

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 1:01 am

A couple of US academics have just published some research on Merger & Acquisition (M&A) reporting (a subject close to my heart) in the US.

They have come up with some interesting theories on how to tell whether M&A stories will come "true".

I'm not sure I would agree with everything these academics espouse but they make a couple of valid points nonetheless.

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House of Ashley

Sunday, 6 April 2014, 7:59 pm

Being a rather self-deprecating chap (I'm half English, after all) I tend to avoid shameless self promotion. But on this occasion, I can't resist...

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JD...and Cognac

Friday, 4 April 2014, 1:12 am

In discreet Mayfair hotel bars men in dark glasses are talking about Remy Cointreau. But it's not because they like drinking expensive Cognac...

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Sweett Group is not so sweet after all

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 8:44 pm

Sweett Group shares have taken a hammering this morning, tumbling by almost 30pc.

This is because the company, one of Britain's oldest quantity surveyors, said it has discovered evidence that suggests "material instances of deception may have been perpetrated by a former employee or employees of the group during the period of 2009 - 2011".

As a result, Sweett Group has commissioned a further independent investigation by lawyers from Mayer Brown LLP...

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Whirlpool prepares takeover of Arsenal sponsor Indesit

Monday, 24 March 2014, 4:15 pm

American giant Whirlpool is closing in on a Euro 2.3 billion acquisition of Indesit, an Italian home appliances company that sponsors Arsenal Football Club.

According to a source familiar with the matter, Whirlpool has already approached Indesit's largest shareholder, Fineldo, about a takeover deal. Fineldo is the investment vehicle for the Merloni family, which founded Indesit in 1975...

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Italian companies and their difficulty with the truth

Tuesday, 18 March 2014, 12:34 am

Interesting to see Pirelli and Rosneft announce this morning the Russian gas giant has acquired a significant stake in the tyre group's holding company.

Back in January I came across a story about Rosneft and Goldman Sachs's private equity unit teaming up to back a management buy-out of Pirelli.

I checked the story out with Rosneft, Goldman Sachs (neither of whom commented) and Pirelli's spokesperson, who vehemently denied to the tale...

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Why wrestling is important for Newcastle United

Friday, 14 March 2014, 1:00 am

Here is a tale about a potential US deal that may have significant implications for Newcastle United Football Club.

Good sources tell me the American cable group AMC Networks has been sniffing around World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, the US-listed company behind those wrestling programmes, such as Raw and Smackdown...

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Agnelli family said to be in talks to buy 20pc of Swiss Re

Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 2:44 pm

I think I might have landed another genuine scoop. Here it is:

I understand a trust controlled by Italy's Agnelli family has been holding talks with Swiss Re about buying a 20pc stake in the insurance giant worth up to 8bn Swiss Francs.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Agnelli family trust is planning to buy the 20pc stake in Swiss Re by making a 'tender offer' to all shareholders with an agreement from the Swiss Re board...

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