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It would appear buy-out baron Guy Hands is poised to lose control of care homes group Four Seasons. At least, that is what esteemed peers are reporting on Twitter this afternoon. In fact, Marlow over at The Daily Telegrah claims handing over keys could crysallise a loss of about £450 million for Terra Firma Capital Partners...
I broke the story back in January in The Sunday Times about 3i hiring NM Rothschild to flog Hobbs (see the link below), so it's good to see a deal with South African group Foschini has finally been confirmed.
Below is the link to the piece I wrote earlier this year:
CNBC's David Faber landed a great scoop today about Walt Disney's recent deal talks with 21st Century Fox. Below is the link:
The London market is all aflutter today after a couple of big IPOs (Bakkavor and Arqiva) were scrapped. But don't fret - Betaville has some upbeat news about new(ish) listing at the smaller end of the market.
Sources familiar with the matter said Nigel Wray, chaiman of Saracens Rugby Club and serial investor, has snapped up a stake in Sosandar, the womens fashion etailer that is gaining a listing by reversing into an Aim-listed cash shell called Orogen...
Aim-listed Sirius Petroleum is in talks with investors about raising between $10 million and $20 million.
Sirius - which Betaville revealed several months ago had secured an offtake agreement with FTSE 100 oil giant BP - is looking to raise up to $12.5 million via an equity fundraising, said sources familiar with the matter...
Ping! An email arrives from a retired City contact who is in a bit of grump about receiving a letter from Odey Wealth.
Betaville's chum hasn't heard from Odey Wealth for four years but suddenly the private client arm of Odey Asset Management has got in touch asking whether he would like invest in funds either managed or overseen by charming Crispin...
I see Bloomberg has written a piece about the upcoming sale of Texas-based mortgage provider Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. Betaville would paste the link to the Bloomberg story below but for some reason it hasn't made it available to readers that don't have a terminal...
Followers of my work might have noticed a piece in this weekend's The Sunday Times quoting Peter Hargreaves, the billionaire founder of Hargreaves Lansdown, with his views on where stock markets might go next given they are flirting with record highs. Below is the link in case you missed it:..
They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, Betaville is feeling rather flattered after reading today's City insider column in the venerable Financial Times.
One item in the column, written by senior FT hack Patrick Jenkins, is rather similar to tale about Matthew Greenburgh first aired on Betaville a few days ago. Below are the links:..
Betaville noticed the venerable Financial Times is today taking a pop at charming Crispin Odey, which must be rather galling for the old buffer.
In fact, the FT piece about Crispin's flagship fund losing assets was a rather good scoop by Miles Johnson, one of the best young financial hacks on the circuit.
There is a to the piece below in case you missed the tale and have an FT sub:..
I see the front pages of most of today's business sections are carrying the story about how Sir Hector Sants, the former boss of the City regulator, will give evidence in private at the High Court during £600 million Lloyds shareholder lawsuit.
Betaville wonders whether this is connected to last week's observation about how certain parts of claimants' opening arguments have been redacted?.....
Well, that took a while - a year, in fact. Readers might recall that Betaville first raised the prospect of Mediclinic instructing bankers at Morgan Stanley to look at buying the remainder of Spire Healthcare that it didn't own around about this time last year (see below)...
Court moles have got back in touch with an intriguing twist on the £600 million shareholder action against Lloyds Banking Group, Sir Victor Blank and Eric Daniels over their disastrous acquisition of HBOS at the height of the financial crisis a decade ago.
If one looks at the claimants' opening arguments readers should see certain parts have been redacted.
Betaville wonders (rather unsubtly out loud) why...?..
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