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Mounties pension fund said to be sniffing around BBA Aviation

Friday, 4 March 2016, 6:49 am

PSP Investments has been circling BBA Aviation.

Good sources tell me PSP, a massive Canadian pension fund that looks after money for the Canadian mounted police, is in the early stages of examining a purchase of BBA Aviation.

I also understand PSP has been talking to potential partners in recent weeks about forming a consortium to buy BBA Aviation, which is listed in the FTSE 250 index...

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From predator to prey... - part 2

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 3:14 pm

So, loyal readers have got in touch following yesterday's item regarding the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's interest in buying Deutsche Borse to point out that there are clear, hard news reports about the former's interest in purchasing the latter.

Here is a link to what looks like a very well sourced Bloomberg piece from 2013:..

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From predator to prey...

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 11:58 pm

Most of today's coverage of ICE's confirmation of interest in the LSE focussed on how the owner of the New York Stock Exchange and rival Chicago Mercantile Exchange are weighing making counter offers for the London-listed company...

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The Times diary predicts Dobson to retire from Schroders; Helge Lund to BP next?

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 2:44 am

I seem to praising lots of rival journalists today - but credit where credit is due.

This time, The Times diary section, that day edited by Patrick Hosking, deserves to take a bow after suggesting in early February Michael Dobson, the veteran Schroders chief executive, was considering stepping down.

And today the Financial Times is reporting:..

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Saturday review

Saturday, 27 February 2016, 9:45 pm

There were plenty of interesting nuggets in the today's business sections...

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Coincidence? - returns

Friday, 26 February 2016, 9:24 pm

Here's an interesting snippet - Flowserve, the US pump manufacturer, yesterday abruptly cancelled plans to present at Gabelli's 26th Annual Pump, Valve and Water Systems Symposium in New York...

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Panmure Gordon shenanigans

Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 11:39 pm

So, I was just about to publish a story about how Phillip Wale, chief executive of Panmure Gordon, has held talks with rival brokers about merging when the company stuck this statement out:..

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Flag pole alert - part 7

Tuesday, 23 February 2016, 9:16 pm

Readers might recall the heightened speculation towards the back end of last year about British American Tobacco weighing a £50 billion break up takeover bid for Imperial Tobacco, now called Imperial Brands...

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A man and his view...

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 9:07 pm

It's a good to see another one man band provoke a statement from a multi-billion dollar company...

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