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.

English back on top form in 2018

Wednesday, 10 January 2018, 9:58 am

Regular readers know well that there is nothing more Betaville likes to do than break an M&A scoop.

But from time to time Betaville also likes to read other columns from top journalists and curate their work on this website.

And yesterday one of Betaville's favourite City writers was back on top form for the first time this year...

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Revealed: MySQUAR draws takeover approach - sources

Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 1:25 pm

At least one mystery bidder is circling MySQUAR, the Burmese social media company.

According to Asian banking sources familiar with the situation, MySQUAR recently received a approach from a company interested in acquiring some or all of the business.

However, it's not clear which company is behind the recent approach or what price the offer values Aim-listed MySQUAR...

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Tags: MySQUAR, AIM

Cumming shakes up Aviva Investors on day one...

Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 6:27 pm

David Cumming isn't wasting any time.

The former Standard Life equities supremo has started his new role as chief investmne officer at Aviva Investors with a bit of a shake up. According to moles at the fund management of the insurance giant, Cumming declared after his first 58 minutes in his new job that the firm can't claim to be "global equity investor" if it is using delayed prices...

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Is the tide turning for Odey the Brexiteer? - part 30

Wednesday, 27 December 2017, 1:53 pm

Poor old Crispin. Now, hacks and hackettes at The Times are sticking the boot in with a piece about profits and performance fees have "plunged" at Odey Asset Management following a torrid few years of terrible performance. I have pasted the link to Deidre Hipwell piece in today's business section below:..

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Is the tide turning for Odey the Brexiteer? - part 28

Monday, 18 December 2017, 9:43 pm

Crispin Odey is falling in with the hedgies at Polygon by calling for a higher offer from 21st Century Fox or its new owner - the Walt Disney Company. Ben Martin, a former colleague from my time at The Daily Telegraph and now a reporter at Reuters, managed to get the old buffer to talk about it on the record today. I have pasted Ben's piece below in case you missed it...

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M&A hack walks into the sunset...or more like the other side of the world

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 8:05 pm

So farewell Dan Dunkley, The Sunday Times deals reporter who Betaville has had the pleasure of working with at several different publications.

Some of Dan's memorable M&A scoops include revealing: the detail of Mediclinic's bid £1.3 billion bid for Spire Healthcare; Aveva's merger Schneider Electric; and unveiling Li Ka Shing's attempt to buy O2 from Telefonica for £9 billion.

I have pasted the links to Dan's scoops below:..

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