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RARE ALERT: William Hill said to ... - part 2

Friday, 15 September 2017, 9:04 am

Hat tip to Dom Walsh over at The Times for managing to needle out a genuinly interesting "new" line out of Kenny Alexander, the boss of acquisitive gaming group GVC, about potential merger talks with rivals after the regulatory review of sector.

In today's City people column in the The Times Dom reveals that, other than Ladbrokes Coral, GVC also has an interest in a potential combination with William Hill. Here is the link:..

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Credit Suisse hires Telegraph Media Group's business supremo...

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12:16 pm

The journo/PR world has been trying to work out where James Quinn, head of the business section at my former employer The Daily Telegraph, was heading off to since he announced his departure on Twitter a couple of weeks ago.

Well, Betaville can reveal James Quinn - a jolly nice chap and former colleague during my time at the venerable newspaper - is joining Credit Suisse...

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Wizz Air - another share sale/placing from Indigo/Bill Franke on the way?...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 7:21 am

Last week, Tony Pidgley and a bunch of other Berkeley Group directors sold £45 million worth of shares in the London-focused housebuilder. And yesterday, Redrow founder Steve Morgan slotted 25.9 million shares or 7pc of the company to raise £153 million.

Who can blame them as markets/ equities prices are once again flirting with all time highs...

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Tags: Wizz Air
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RARE ALERT: Central Asia Metals said to ...

Monday, 4 September 2017, 8:18 am

Central Asia Metals, a copper mining company, is in advanced discussions about carrying out a large M&A deal in Macedonia.

This morning the AIM-listed company suspended its shares following an enquiry from Betaville on Friday regarding the deal talks.

It's not clear which company Central Asia Metals is in talks with but industry sources suggested the takeover target could be the Sasa mine, a Lead and Zinc producer based in North East Macedonia...

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Burmese Business - part 7

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 7:25 pm

The Chinese appeared to have lost some of their appetite for Western businesses after a couple of years of hoovering up some of America and Europe's largest companies. In fact, Betaville wrote a piece on the topic in the The Sunday Times a couple of weeks ago. Below is the link to that feature:..

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Estee Lauder said to ... - part 3

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 11:24 am

I see the top brass at Estee Lauder yesterday sent an internal "memo" to employees to quash the rather detailed takeover speculation aired in recent days, including by yours truly in The Sunday Times this/last weekend. Unsurprisingly, some financial media organisations ate it up in the usual manner of a pissing contest...

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