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A late Sunday review

Monday, 5 October 2015, 6:28 am

The papers couldn't get enough of Glencore this weekend. No surprise, I guess, given the commodity group's travails last week...

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Bank rows

Friday, 2 October 2015, 11:55 pm

Are Britain's banks past the the worst of their fines and punishments following the financial crisis?

Well, it would appear so, according to Dutch information provider Wolters Kluwer.

Back in the real world, though, there are a whole spate of legal events related to British banks coming up over the next few weeks...

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Friday stuff

Friday, 2 October 2015, 5:34 pm

It struck me this morning while reading the The Times that it really is an excellent publication packed full of interesting jackanories...

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Spotted!

Friday, 2 October 2015, 12:11 am

What do Crispin Odey, the quintessentially English upper class hedge fund manager, and Kate Moss's hairdresser have in common?..

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Constituency engagement

Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 8:41 pm

I was slightly surprised to see Chuka Umunna, the former Labour business bod, wondering down Oxford Street (for foreign readers this one of London's biggest shopping boulevards) as I returned from another sumptuous lunch in Mayfair yesterday...

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Pizza deals

Thursday, 24 September 2015, 7:27 pm

Tucked away in the back of the The Times business section yesterday was a nib (journalistic parlance for a smaller filler piece in the sidebar) that piqued my interest - apparently Soho House Group has sold a 50pc stake in the London-based Pizza East chain to a mystery unnamed investor...

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Burmese Business - part 3

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 2:28 am

Shares in MySQUAR, the Burmese social media platform, have taken a bit of battering since the company floated on London's Alternative Investment Market in late Spring this year - like most stocks exposed to emerging markets...

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Back on Tip TV talking about Debenhams, SAB Miller, Imagination Technologies, Standard Chartered and Lanxess - part 2

Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 12:26 am

I see German chemicals company Lanxess has announced a deal to sell a stake in its German rubber division to Saudi Arabia's Aramco in a deal that values the unit at $3.1 billion.

Lucky I mentioned something was afoot with Lanxess during yesterday's session on Tip TV (although admittedly I didn't quite nail the story in all its gory detail).....

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Top of the market? - part 2

Sunday, 20 September 2015, 6:51 am

I was hoping to revisit the "top of the market" theme once things calmed down this weekend but it would appear Lina Saigol, the Companies Editor at the Financial Times, has beaten me to the punch (this often happened to me when I was a cub M&A reporter at the The Daily Telegraph in the mid-noughties)...

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Coincidence? - part 5

Saturday, 19 September 2015, 7:18 am

Apologies dear readers for banging on about this ad nauseam but I see Bloomberg revealed this evening that Anheuser-Busch Inbev "reached out" to Altria, SAB Miller's largest shareholder, before the Brazlian brewer's approach to the FTSE 100 company was announced on Wednesday...

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AA Osborne on top form, again...

Friday, 18 September 2015, 10:37 am

Acerbic Alistair Osborne really made me laugh this morning after I woke up in a bit of a grump (Twitter followers might understand why).

Alistair's lead item his column in the The Times on the Fed non-event was spot on and had me in stitches as I drank my morning cappuccino. Here is a link to his brilliant and amusing prose:

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Coincidence? - part 3

Thursday, 17 September 2015, 5:42 pm

Navel-gazing in financial journalism is reaching a new high.

Indeed, yesterday evening Bloomberg carried out its own investigation into why SAB Miller was forced to stick out a takeover announcement regarding a $250 billion tie-up with Anheuser-Busch InBev. Here is a link:..

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Coincidence? - part 2 - CORRECTED

Thursday, 17 September 2015, 12:20 am

Quelle surprise - Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the world's largest brewer, has finally coughed up to what I have been banging on about for the whole of 2015. That ABI wants to buy SAB Miller, the maker of Peroni and Grolsch, for almost £75 billion (that's a rough figure by the way)...

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