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If you have a spare moment over the weekend and are interested in the Cobham / Advent bid situation then do click on the link below for a follow up piece in the Mail on Sunday's business section by yours truly and Jamie "Nimmers" Nimmo...
Today is quickly turning into a "Merger Saturday"!
The Kleinmanator of Sky News has just popped up with a corking jackanory about Just Eat merging with Takeaway.com. Below is the link:
BREAKING: LSE in $40 billion merger talks to merger with Blackstone backed Refinitiv, according to the FT - Part 2
So, the Financial Times deals team nailed it.
Below is a link to the confirmation, which shows this mega merger is being structured with the LSE buying Refinitiv for $27 billion.
BREAKING: LSE in $40 billion merger talks to merger with Blackstone backed Refinitiv, according to the FT
The M&A chaps at the venerable Financial Times are on fire at the moment with another humdinger of a scoop about the LSE merging with Refinitiv as part of a $40 billion combination.
Below is the link:
I do wish Betaville's friends at Bloomberg would accurately aggregate content from my website.
To be clear, people claiming to be familiar with matter said Woodford has sold Woodford Patient Capital Trust's 5pc stake in Mercia Asset Management for around 30p but NOT the whole of the 24pc shareholding as suggested by the aggregated version of my story on Bloomberg...
Hardly a week goes by now without Neil "Woody" Woodford dumping a load of illiquid stock into the London market.
Indeed, the latest exit is from Mercia Asset Management, a "specialist asset manager focused on high-growth SMEs"...
Hat tip the FT deals team hacks who stayed laid at work last night to dig out the Advent Cobham bid scoop ahead of this morning's announcement. Below is a link to the deal announcement:
Betaville applauds the Evening Standard's excellent City Spy column yesterday sticking up for a young Finanical Times hack that just a couple of days ago was viciously attacked on Twitter by UBS for "agenda journalism"...
Betaville's chums on the Mail on Sunday's business section had a decent haul yesterday.
Indeed, Neil "Neily" Craven's scoop about Ray Kelvin looking at a take private of Ted Baker appears to be the most talked about story in the London market this morning...
Betaville takes a lot of stick from punters about my jackanories, so below is a link that effectively confirms this week's RARE Alert about Woodford Investment Management placing its near 17pc stake in wily old Richard Bernstein's Crystal Amber Fund...
Oh look: Inflexion Private Equity has just bought Estera, the firm linked to the 'Paradise Papers' leak, from Bridgepoint. See the press release below:
Betaville has been advised by a few men in dark glasses to "keep an eye on" Aim-listed BigDish, the online restaurant bookings platform.
Why? Well, to be clear the upcoming story has nothing to do with M&A, deals or takeovers.
According to Betaville's moles, there are some rather "interesting characters" that are on the verge of joining the company.
Last week it was Morses Club; this week Woodford Investment Management is selling out of Crystal Amber Fund, the activist investor run by wily old Richard Bernstein.
According to people claiming to be familiar with the matter, Neil Woodford's firm just dumped some or all of its 17pc stake in Crystal Amber Fund at around 190p.
That doesn't sound too good given the shares were trading at 223p in May, closed this evening at 196p and have a Net Asset Value of 249p...
It's happened again: Betaville publises a piece behind the paywall and before you know it the article is mis-represented/aggregated by the wires and twisted into something completely false by random (or maybe not?) punters on Twitter.
In case you are wondering what I am complaining about I am referring to yesterday's RARE ALERT about Plus500. Below is the link, which I have now made publicly available so people can see what I REALLY published...
Plus500 is rumoured to be eyeing a tie-up with US rival GAIN Capital but people familiar with the situation tried to pour cold water on the prospect of an imminent deal.
Industry sources claiming to be familiar with the matter said they had heard speculation the London-listed company is weighing a bid for GAIN Capital although it wasn't clear whether Plus500 has made a formal approach for the company...
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, appreared to definitively rule out any potential re-nationalisation of BT Group in yesterday's The Sunday Times following reports from Yahoo Finance a couple of weeks ago that Labour was looking at the possibility of taking the telecoms giant back into public ownership.
Below is the link to Oliver Shah and John Collingridge's fascinating piece in yesterday's business sections:..
Oh look - Morses Club has effectively confirmed this week's tale about Woodford offloading his shareholding in the lender. I have pasted a link below:
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