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.

Quindell close to appointing Peel Hunt as broker; figures/accounts expected to be unveiled immently

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 5:30 am

Loyal readers have probably been wondering when Quindell - whose shares have been suspended for the last few weeks following an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority - will come back to the market.

Well, I understand Quindell is on the verge of making Peel Hunt its broker.

I also understand the company is expected to unveil detailed trading figures and accounts in the near future, possibly as early as tomorrow morning. ..

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Hotel Buzz - part 5

Friday, 31 July 2015, 6:25 pm

So, the venerable Financial Times has gone big this morning on its Starwood/InterContinental Hotels merger tale, running it as the main story in its Company & Markets section. The story is carefully written, implying talks were held, it's early days and something may or may not happen etc. However, the fact that the Pink 'Un has given it some welly this morning implies FT hacks have properly stood this one up. ..

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A Reed & Mackay update...

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 6:03 pm

Wow - public market takeover deals are coming thick and fast this week, with another two announced this morning. They are: US-based Delphi Automotive's £1 billion purchase of cable maker HellermannTyton;  and Providence/WPP's £350 million approach for PR group Chime...

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Transaction Tuesday

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:05 am

Forget merger Monday, it's all about Transaction Tuesday. Indeed, there were four major deals announced in London this morning - they were:

1. Zurich considering a £5 billion plus takeover bid for RSA.

2. Melrose selling Elster Group to Honeywell for £3.3 billion.

3. Hikma Pharmaceuticals buying Boehringer's generic business for £1.6 billion.

4. GKN purchasing Fokker Technologies for £500 million...

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Zurich smoked out

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:17 pm

Great to see old school stock market reporting (with a new school digital twist) from Bryce Elder at the Financial Times smoke out a FTSE 100 takeover bid. Surely it's time for a pay rise, Ed...

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The Great Escape

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 6:21 am

The chaps over at McQueen, an advisory boutique set up by a bunch of former HSBC bankers, have been bought by American rivals Houlihan Lokey...

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