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.

Market caps

Friday, 20 March 2015, 5:22 pm
I see Birmingham-based manufacturer IMI snuck its out announcement about the appointment of Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin as its new chairman on Budget day - a good day to release information when you don't want to pesky hacks to dig into your press release as newsrooms are overloaded with economic and political stories from the Chancellor. See the link:..

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

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 5:17 pm

It's Budget day (here in the UK), so here is a piece of RARE that is completely unconnected to one of the busiest days in financial/political journalism.

I hear Shire's next deal is likely to be "transformational".

Since Flemming Ornskov took the helm of pharmaceutical giant he has carried out quite a few major deals, such as this year's $5.2 billion acquisition of NPS or the $4.2 billion purchase of ViroPharma in 2013...

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Beard

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 12:41 am

The Times business section had a cracking front page today, with Gideon Spanier landing a juicy scoop about how The Mirror Group, publisher of The Daily Mirror, is trying to buy The Daily Express and The Daily Star from Richard Desmond...

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BHS individuals - part 2

Sunday, 15 March 2015, 7:55 pm

It's still not clear who the "individuals" are behind the BHS deal despite the fact that several top Sunday newspaper business reporters had a good stab at trying to unveil their identities...

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BHS individuals

Friday, 13 March 2015, 5:25 pm

Looking over this morning's coverage of the BHS deal it's still not clear (to me, at least) who has actually bought the retail chain from Sir Philip Green.

Aside from the frontmen, reports suggest that Retail Acquisitions (the purchaser of BHS) is "backed by a group of eight to 10 individuals in different businesses, including oil and gas".

I'm guessing we will find out who some of these "individuals" are this Sunday.....

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World domination (by ex-Telegraph journos)

Friday, 13 March 2015, 1:07 am

Mark Kleinman over at Sky News appears to be on a bit of hot streak.

Kleinman, a former colleague/boss during my time at The Daily Telegraph / The Sunday Telegraph, has landed several big exclusives this week, including the £1 billion takeover bid for Domino Printing.

He is also got today's scoop about Spain's Sabadell making a £1.7 billion bid for TSB, the listed challenger bank. ..

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The party is still on at Bwin...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 2:51 pm

It looks like Bwin Party Digital Entertainment is still talking to potential buyers despite some news outlets claiming a few weeks ago negotiations had collapsed and the deal was off...

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Galling

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 9:26 pm

Remember how the soaring Swiss franc skittled almost everyone in the City?..

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Not another Weir Group story...

Friday, 6 March 2015, 6:48 pm

I have been getting a lot of calls this morning about Weir Group. Yes, Weir Group - the company that went berserk on me last year after I outed its interest in buying/merging with Finnish rival Metso...

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Who's the mug, now

Thursday, 5 March 2015, 5:29 pm

Ben Wright, one of the senior Telegraph business bods, has written a rather insightful and amusing comment piece on dealmaking entitled "when it comes to picking prices for buying and selling, we're all mugs". Here is the link:..

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Another thing on SAB Miller.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 3:16 am

I think I talked a bit about 3G and Warren Buffett on Monday on Tip TV, and how the sage of Omaha's comments about working with the Brazilian billionaires again had triggered another round of SAB Miller takeover speculation...

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Stalked

Tuesday, 3 March 2015, 7:59 pm

I was looking at my Linked In profile the other day and noticed that somebody from GDF-Suez UK has been stalking me on the social network.

I'm not quite sure why I have been stalked but the last piece I wrote that involved the French group was about the company rekindling its interest in Canadian oil company Talisman Energy.

Here is a link to the piece that was published in the The Sunday Times last October:..

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A Quindell update

Friday, 27 February 2015, 4:08 pm

Quindell has just put out a strategic update. In case you have missed it, I have pasted the announcement below.
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