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.

Hotel buzz - part 2

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 12:33 pm

So, it would appear little old Betaville made the right call running the story about Starwood Hotels, Senator and InterContinental Hotels a couple of weeks ago.

Have a look at this:..

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Marlow cooks up another massive drugs deal

Monday, 27 April 2015, 9:25 pm

Ben Marlow's comment column in today's The Daily Telegraph caught my eye this morning. Not only is it a well written piece of prose but it also contains a story I myself had been chasing for the last month or so...

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A Stemcor snippet - mystery US trade buyer swoops on steel trader - part 2

Friday, 24 April 2015, 2:27 am

Some of my lending sources have got back in touch regarding the Stemcor story I wrote earlier this week.

Word is this "mystery US trade buyer" (see my previous post) has offered more for Stemcor's UK steel trading operations than what Apollo, the US vulture fund, is proposing as part of a debt-for-equity swap.

Don't, though, get too excited. Apparently, the value breaks in the company's debt, which is estimated to be more than $1.3 billion...

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A weekend review

Monday, 20 April 2015, 6:35 am

There were plenty of interesting business stories in the weekend newspapers this weekend but the ones that caught my eye were the tales involving Quindell, the controversial AIM-listed business...

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Hotel buzz

Friday, 17 April 2015, 11:50 pm

Here is an interesting speculative piece from Bloomberg on Starwood Hotels:..

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Burmese business

Thursday, 16 April 2015, 8:04 pm

Ping - an email arrives with the headline: "in the land of the internet virgins"...

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A newspaper review on a, er ... Thursday

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:02 pm

Unsurprisingly the Shell/BG Group £47 billion mega deal has dominated the front pages of the business press and, indeed, some of the main books (newsroom parlance for the front home news section of a journal). ..

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