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.

Another update on the missing skyscraper story

Thursday, 5 June 2014, 11:19 pm

I see Richard Berridge has been checking out my Linked In profile. For Betaville readers that don't recall, Mr Berridge is the chief operating officer of Ryan Corporation, the company behind last year's  proposed scheme to build a 74-story residential skyscraper in Canary Wharf...

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Double basement

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 10:53 pm

Here's a piece of advice for any hedge fund manager looking to substantially renovate their multi-million pound London pile: you are likely to irritate the other people that live in your street. ..

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Fancy a pint - part 3

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 6:38 pm

Huge hat tip to Dominic Walsh over the at The Times for his scoop on Mitchells & Butlers's "exclusive" discussions to buy the Orchid pub group for about £250m...

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Osborne begins new era

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 2:14 am

Great to see my old colleague and sort-of boss Alistair Osborne kick off his new job at The Times with a cracking column on the Pfizer/AstraZeneca takeover situation...

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AstraZeneca rejects latest Pfizer approach

Monday, 19 May 2014, 4:33 pm

Wow - AstraZeneca has rejected Pfizer's fresh £55.00 a share offer.

Now, I have to admit I didn't see that coming. I thought the raise would allow both companies to at least start talking and get an extension to the "put up or shut up" deadline.

Indeed, one of my good sources on this story always thought this deal would deal would happen despite the public rejections from AstraZeneca and browbeating from British politicians...

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The dealmaker, the bank and the missing skyscraper

Friday, 16 May 2014, 8:22 pm

I'm not a huge fan of Canary Wharf (I used to work there when I first started on the The Daily Telegraph) but I have just stumbled across a rather interesting tale about the financial district and one of the banks based there. ..

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Sunday review

Sunday, 11 May 2014, 7:26 pm

I'm surprised to see none of the rumours about Pfizer launching a hostile bid for AstraZeneca end up in the Sunday newspapers today...

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More Weir Group gossip

Saturday, 10 May 2014, 1:05 am

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple of days. I have been busy scurrying around in the undergrowth (mainly pubs in City of London and Mayfair hotel bars) trying to dig up some jackanories for loyal Betaville readers. ..

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