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.

The Financial Times and J Sainsbury

Friday, 12 September 2014, 6:23 pm

Bryce Elder, the stock market reporter over at the Financial Times, has this morning touched upon quite an interesting theory whistling around the London market...

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The auction of the auctioneer

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 7:34 am

It's a bit quiet in the world of public company M&A in the London market so I thought I would write a quick post on the auctioneer Bonhams following my piece in the Mail on Sunday last month...

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One last moment of smugness for Dixons Carhpone

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 7:30 pm

Apologies for the blatant self promotion and backslapping but I thought I would take this moment to point out that index compiler FTSE yesterday confirmed that Dixons Carphone will be promoted to the FTSE 100 index as part of the next quarterly reshuffle...

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Livening up

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:43 am

If you are based in the UK and into deals, there are couple of interesting jackanories floating around the inter web this afternoon...

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Head scratching

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 7:00 pm

Huge hat tip to Ed Hammond and Arash Massoudi the M&A reporters over at the Financial Times for their scoop on CSR this morning. It's not easy landing these types of jackanories during August when most of the dealmaking community is away sunning themselves in the Med...

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That ASOS tale

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 11:50 pm

I have had a fair few calls this morning about this ASOS takeover story that was doing the rounds in the market yesterday and today...

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Fancy that - Roche agrees to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 5:37 am

Good evening Betavillers!

I would have posted yesterday but I was taking a day off, enjoying the Notting Hill Carnival (for international readers unfamiliar with the Notting Hill Carnival, it is one of the biggest street parties in Europe held in the area of London where I live).

Anyway, I'm sure most of you have noticed that Switzerland-based Roche has agreed to buy US biopharmaceutical company InterMune for $8.3 billion...

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Parky on Betaville

Friday, 22 August 2014, 7:01 pm

Betaville has made it into Gary Parkinson's stock market report today as being the original source of the story behind China Mobile's interest in Vodafone...

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The latest M&A "boom" - part 2

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 12:23 am

Wow - the op eds on M&A are coming thick and fast over at the venerable Financial Times. Sarah Gordon, Europe business editor, has just published her view on what happens next in M&A now that several big deals have collapsed during the summer...

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Daisy Group

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:10 pm

Will the uber-acquisitive Liberty Global/Virgin Media step in with a £500 million plus counter offer for telecoms and IT company Daisy Group?..

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