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Sunday review

Monday, 21 December 2015, 5:24 am

I thought dealmaking in the UK was about to slow down until the New Year but today it would appear I may have been proved wrong.

Jon Rees, deputy business editor on the Mail on Sunday, reveals that Comcast, the US media giant, is weighing an £11 billion pound takeover bid for ITV after holding talks with the FTSE 100-listed broadcaster.

Here is a link to Jon's cracking story:..

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Stryker returns?

Saturday, 19 December 2015, 1:11 am

The Stryker for Smith & Nephew rumour has returned roughly a year after Bloomberg was putting it about the market...

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Mega consortium comes together for London City Airport; China's HNA also rumoured to have submitted first round offer

Monday, 14 December 2015, 11:37 pm

I have a little update on the sale of every City dealmakers' favourite airport.

Ever since news of the £2 billion sale of London City airport broke in the Financial Times this summer bidders have been circling the asset.

Well, first round bids are in and Global Infrastructure Partners is now in the process of drawing up a shortlist of potential acquirers that will be taken into the next round...

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Top of the market? - part 3

Saturday, 12 December 2015, 2:51 am

Equity, high yield debt and corporate bond markets might be tumbling today but there is one asset class that is flirting with levels not seen since the great credit boom of the mid-noughties - leveraged loans...

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Flag pole alert - part 6

Friday, 11 December 2015, 5:58 pm

Bryce Elder's stock market report column in the Financial Times caught my eye this morning.

The intrepid hack led his column with a juicy market tale about how UBS - British American Tobacco's longstanding corporate broker and financial adviser - had decided to stop carrying out equity research on the tobacco sector despite recently poaching a top sector analyst from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Here is a link to Bryce's piece:..

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Deals, deals and...er...lack of UK deals

Friday, 11 December 2015, 12:30 am

Ping! Another email arrives containing a press release celebrating the fact that it's been a "record" year for global dealmaking. The latest missive comes from Deloitte, whose release is entitled:..

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Dubens's firm Oakley hungry for Ed's Easy Diner - part 2

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 6:00 am

It would appear a takeover is Ed's Easy Diner (I'm not going to describe the chain as "tired" and "old" as last time the company spokesperson rang me to whinge so I will leave it the reader to decide what they think of the concept) is moving closer to completion...

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Sky's the limit - part 2

Friday, 4 December 2015, 6:55 pm

A lot has been made of the quote that James Murdoch gave to the Hollywood Reporter a few months ago.

Indeed, the quote appears to have triggered banker gossip - highlighted by the Financial Times yesterday - that perhaps the Murdochs/Fox are sellers of the 40pc stake in Sky.

I have pasted the quote below in case you don't remember or haven't read the relevant paragraph from the Hollywood Reporter article:..

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Flag pole alert - part 5

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 6:17 pm

Below is Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest piece of research on Imperial Tobacco, which appears to suggest China National Tobacco Corporation is the most credible suitor for the FTSE 100-listed company.
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