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.

Sunday review on a Monday: Luke Johnson on WeWork

Monday, 6 August 2018, 5:58 pm

Betaville wasn't too impressed with Luke Johnson's columns when he first arrived at The Sunday Times several years ago.

However, the entrepreneur, investor and now journalist has managed to turn it around, churning out some real humdingers in recent weeks.

Indeed, this website particularly enjoyed this weekend's cynical piece by Luke on WeWork, the shared co-working space. Below is a link to the column:..

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China outbound M&A. A second wave coming...? - Part 5

Wednesday, 1 August 2018, 8:47 pm

Betaville has been banging on about this second wave of China-backed interest in European businesses for the last month or so.

And today there has been further evidence to back this website's theories. A group of Chinese investors have snapped Irish stockbroker Goodbody for EURO 150 million. Below is a link to a Financial Times report on the deal:..

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Capital & Counties dust up rumbles on...

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 10:31 am

Ping!

An email arrives containing a letter Councillor Stephen Cowan wrote to the residents of the Gibbs Green and West Kensington housing estates about how Ian Hawksworth, chief executive of Capital & Counties, said he plans to return the estates to the Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

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RARE ALERT: Telit Communications said to ... - Part 11

Friday, 27 July 2018, 3:45 pm

Sierra Wireless is said to be circling Telit Communications, the Aim-listed Internet of Things device manufacturer.

Sierra Wireless, a Canadian IoT company, is thought to be interested in an all-share combination with Telit and is believed to have informally sounded out some of the company's shareholders about a deal, said sources claiming to be familiar with the matter...

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The London-listed litigation specialist, the super yacht and the oligarch...

Thursday, 26 July 2018, 9:01 pm

Has Burford Capital bitten off more than it can chew?

Readers might remember a piece I wrote in the The Sunday Times business section a few weeks ago about how Tatiana Akhmedova had enlisted Burford Capital, the Aim-listed litigation funder, to help her recover £453 million from former husband Farkhad Ahkmedov, including a 377 ft super-yacht called Luna. Below is the link:..

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Pro European City types cook up new British advocacy group / political party - The Series Returns...

Monday, 23 July 2018, 2:01 pm

Loyal readers will be aware that this website was one of the first "media organisations" to flag up the story about how powerful business people with cash and connections to politicians, such as Roland Rudd, are looking to back a Pro European centrist group interested in establishing a new political party following the dreaded Brexit. Below is a link to the original piece and follow up in the The Sunday Times...

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RARE ALERT: Prudential said to ...

Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:08 am

Prudential, the FTSE 100-listed insurance company, is said to have received a merger proposal for its UK and European operations ahead of the completion of its demerger into two separately-listed companies.

Earlier this week, the Financial Times suggested Germany's Allianz or a Chinese group is interested in buying the whole of Prudential...

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Damaged Goods: The Inside Story Of...-Part 6

Friday, 20 July 2018, 8:51 am

There is an intriguing little diary piece in today's The Times about how a mystery property tycoon with a penchant for the Latin phrase Veni Vidi Vici has bought 200 copies of Oliver Shah's new tome about Sir Philip Green and is handing them out to friends, business acquaintances and colleagues.

Below is a link to Dom Walsh's City people diary column:..

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Capita in focus after Goldman Sachs moves to "Not Rated"...

Monday, 16 July 2018, 11:19 pm

Goldman Sachs this evening restricted its equity research team from publishing a rating on Capita, according to sources familiar with the situation.

It's well known the Wall Street bank has been advising Capita and its (newish) chief executive, Jon Lewis, on the company's £700 million rights issue and the £700 million disposal programme, including the recent sale of parking management company Parkingeye to Macquarie and MML Capital for £235 million...

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Another day, another confirmation...

Monday, 16 July 2018, 8:20 pm

I see Bacanora Minerals (or is it Lithium?) has finally confirmed the piece I wrote in The Sunday Times the other week about how a secretive Omani fund is in talks to take a stake in the company as part of a major equity and debt fundraising. Below are links to the original piece I wrote and also today's RNS confirmation...

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REVEALED: David Cameron lined up for a senior role with ex Morgan Stanley banker's Greensill Capital - Part 2

Monday, 16 July 2018, 11:41 am

Loyal readers might remember this website's recent scoop about the former PM potentially joining Lex Greensill's outfit: Greensill Capital (now rebranded as just Greensill). Below is a link to the piece:

https://www.betaville.co.uk/news/revealed-david-cameron-former-pm-said-to-be-in-tal/..

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