A cheeky website about deals, dealmakers and anything else I find interesting. Edited by Ben Harrington. If you have a tip or want to discuss a story please feel free to email Betaville at ben@betaville.co.uk.

Bull markets, activists and deals

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 6:27 pm

You can tell it's a bull market (and maybe the top of the market?) when an activist emerges on a company register, pushes for new independent board members and hardly anyone in the London market blinks.

The latest is Petrus Advisors, which has reportedly bought a 3pc stake in the listed German brick maker Weinerberger, and has proposed two new independent directors for the company's supervisory board...

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As(s?)bury - part 3

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 5:53 pm

Betaville assumes the venerable merchant bank NM Rothschild no longer works for long-time client Wm Morrison after emerging as the sole and lead adviser to Asda/Walmart on its £15 billion merger with J Sainsbury...

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As(s?)bury

Sunday, 29 April 2018, 11:50 am

So ... it turns out J Sainsbury is in merger talks with Walmart's Asda to create a £15 billion supermarket giant.

But who "broke" story, arguably one of the biggest UK deal scoops of the year?..

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Damaged Goods: The Inside Story Of...-part 3

Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10:25 pm

It's out!

Yes, that's the book being penned by a certain hack at The Sunday Times about a well-known retail tycoon.

For legal reasons, Betaville can't really get into the nitty gritty of the book but click on the link below if you want to know who the tome is about and how to order it on Kindle:..

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Breakfast at George...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 4:13 pm

As a freelance hack Betaville can't really afford to hang out in Richard Caring's uber smart eateries in Mayfair.

But maybe Betaville should because I was reminded today that so many big hitters frequent the retail entrepreneur's restaurants and clubs. Today, for example, at George - the Mayfair private members club - Betaville stumbled across a leading business journalist from a British national newspaper deep in converastion with a high-level contact...

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RARE ALERT: WPP said to ... part 4

Sunday, 15 April 2018, 3:28 pm

So, the WPP has finally announced that Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned!

But in another twist to this fascinating tale about the end of Sir Martin's reign the company decided to reveal this earth shattering piece of news late on a Saturday night, thereby screwing up the evenings of late reporters on Sunday newspapers...

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Tags: WPP

Another one bites the dust...

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 10:34 pm

Sad news: Iain Dey, business editor of The Sunday Times, is leaving business journalism for the world of financial PR.

His departure from the trade follows a long line of Betaville's former Telegraph colleagues - such as Damian Reece, James Quinn and Jonathan Sibun - joining the somewhat better paid (and, I suspect, better hours) world of corporate communications...

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Another day, another grump...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 9:50 pm

Betaville is another grump. After getting wind late in the day about an impending £1 billion takeover of bus and rail company First Group the company decided to announce an approach from American private equity house Apollo. Below is a link to First Group's announcement:..

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