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.

Semantics

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 2:42 am

Huge hat tip to Dan Dunkley, the young M&A reporter over at The Sunday Times, for his story back in May about how Aveva was being circled by potential foreign predators. In case you don't recall, The Sunday Times ran the story on the front page (which means something in itself). Here is a link to the copy:..

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Friday fun

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 1:30 am

I see Lloyds Banking Group has announced it has set up a "responsible business committee" -..

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Squeaky bum time for Pathfinder Minerals

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 5:45 pm

I try to stay away from chat rooms for day traders as they tend be full of conspiracy theories that are impossible to stand up (for journalists) and lose long-term investors money. But as we slip into the quiet period of the summer I thought I would cast my eye over some of the forums - and low and behold it would appear one reader has actually stumbled across a genuine story...

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RARE alert: Shire's next deal could be "transformational" - part 2

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 3:15 am

This (see below) well written interview with Shire chief executive Flemming Ornskov by the Wall Street Journal would appear to reinforce the idea that the FTSE 100-listed group is still on the hunt for a major acquisition - whether it be Actelion, BioMarin or another (US?) rival.....

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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to be working on US takeover deal

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 8:14 pm

Regular viewers of my Tip TV slot will know that I have been working on a story involving London-listed Inmarsat, the satellite network operator.

Well, I haven't managed to completely get to the bottom of the story out but I think I am barking up the right tree, so here is the tale.

Well-placed sources tell me Inmarsat has been working furiously hard on an acquisition of a US-based business, with a view to closing a deal in the next few months...

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Commentariat raise doubts over Formula One "vanity buyers"

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 12:46 am

I'm sure many Betaville readers will be watching British Grand Prix this weekend. So, do get in contact if you happen to spot a representative from any of the potential bidders, such as Qatar Sports Investments, circling Formula One in the VIP boxes. A cheeky photo of the Qataris at Silverstone wouldn't go amiss, too...

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Enders predicts Murdoch may bid for Sky, again...

Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:56 am

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last 48 hours - I had to attend a few functions yesterday, including the Henley Royal Regatta. It was a fun event although the return train ride in a carriage whose air conditioning had broken down was not particularly pleasurable. ..

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