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Krafty 3G / Coincidence - part 3

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 5:57 pm

Finally, SAB Miller announces a £70 billion plus recommended offer from Anheuser-Busch Inbev and confirms what I have been banging on about since the beginning of the year: that 2015 is the year ABI and 3G plan to bid for the FTSE 100 beer company. And in case you don't recall, here are links to some of my "exclusive" articles on the topic:..

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Dubens's firm Oakley hungry for Ed's Easy Diner

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 7:43 pm

Hip, high-end burgers - think Honest Burger, Dirty Burger and, possibly even, Byron Burger - are all the rage with British trendy, metropolitan types but it seems like the City's private equity firms are more interested in tired, old burger chain brands...

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Introducing Europe's "best" activist investor

Saturday, 7 November 2015, 1:25 am

Fortune magazine recently declared it Europe's "best" activist investor. That's Cevian Capital, the investment firm in which Lord Myners, the former Labour City minister, is a partner. Here is a link the Fortune magazine article:..

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It's M&A Friday!

Friday, 6 November 2015, 8:41 pm

Hat tip to Russell Lynch over The Evening Standard who just delivered a brilliant scoop about ICAP and Tullett Prebon holding merger talks of their broking businesses. Here are links to Russell's story and also the confirmation:..

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Tuesday review

Tuesday, 3 November 2015, 6:49 pm

I thought I would do a little newspaper review on a Tuesday as there were plenty of brilliant stories knocking about in the British business sections today...

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Dyax takeover rumour confirmed!

Monday, 2 November 2015, 9:34 pm

I take a lot of stick from readers, rival hacks and viewers of Tip TV when I talk about some of the more speculative bid stories towards the end of my segment...

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Flag pole alert - part 2

Monday, 2 November 2015, 4:50 pm

I guess it was worth raising the flag pole over the latest British American Tobacco for Imperial Tobacco rumour given the recent UK press coverage...

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Buying Britain

Sunday, 1 November 2015, 10:58 pm

There weren't too many deal scoops in the Sunday newspapers this weekend. But that's the way it goes in UK M&A journalism; sometimes reporters get a flurry of mega exclusives and then things dry up for a while. ..

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Flag pole alert

Friday, 30 October 2015, 2:31 am

Anyone heard the one about British American Tobacco going for Imperial Tobacco?

It's been run up the flagpole several times in recent weeks in the British newspaper stock market reports.

And I wouldn't be surprised if market watchers hear about it again soon.....

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The stock market report

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 4:16 pm

I have to admit I relished reading the stock market report in the The Times today as it was written by the deputy city editor, Simon English. Here is a link:..

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Bank rows - part 3

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 1:10 am

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to hang around some of London's courts as it's a great place to pick up tales about dusts ups that involve City characters, institutions and dealmakers.

And one court that has proved to be a particularly fertile environment for City hacks is Southwark Crown Court. In fact, there has rarely been a day over the last couple of months that the allegations being heard at Southwark haven't featured in British national newspapers. ..

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FT reveals Aberdeen Asset Management on the block - part 2

Monday, 26 October 2015, 2:59 am

mmmm - just had an interesting conversation with a "person familiar with the matter" who claims Aberdeen is "not in talks with anyone" about a sale to a rival.

That's bit of a non-denial, off-the-record denial (so not much of a denial, I guess) but the person also insists Aberdeen hasn't approached any rivals about a sale of the business.

So, I'm not quite sure what to make of the FT's scoop...

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