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Flag pole alert - part 4

Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 5:38 pm

It does now appear unlikely British American Tobacco will pounce on Imperial Tobacco given last night's BBC Panorama allegations. At least, I wouldn't expect a deal in the near future.....

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Shell/BG Group worries - part 2

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 6:15 pm

I guess merger arb funds don't need to worry after all about the Royal Dutch Shell / BG Group deal falling apart as the The Times business section has this morning revealed the Qataris (who have been selling out of both companies recently) are backing the deal...

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Flag pole alert - part 3

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:35 pm

The broker upgrades are coming thick and fast following Bryce Elder's piece on Imperial Tobacco late last week...

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Shell/BG Group worries

Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 9:54 am

Risk arbitrageurs (otherwise known as the hedge funds that bet on takeover deals) have been getting increasingly nervous about Shell's £43 billion bid for BG Group following a series of bearish articles on the transaction by my old employer, The Telegraph Media Group, publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph...

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Krafty 3G / Coincidence - part 3

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 5:57 pm

Finally, SAB Miller announces a £70 billion plus recommended offer from Anheuser-Busch Inbev and confirms what I have been banging on about since the beginning of the year: that 2015 is the year ABI and 3G plan to bid for the FTSE 100 beer company. And in case you don't recall, here are links to some of my "exclusive" articles on the topic:..

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