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.

Daisy Group

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:10 pm

Will the uber-acquisitive Liberty Global/Virgin Media step in with a £500 million plus counter offer for telecoms and IT company Daisy Group?..

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InterMune said to be working with Evercore on strategic options

Tuesday, 12 August 2014, 4:15 am

It sounds like this InterMune situation is heating up.

Good sources tell me InterMune - a US-based bio-pharmaceutical company that specialises in making a drug to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - has begun working with bankers from Evercore alongside long-standing financial adviser Goldman Sachs to look at 'strategic options' for the business.

It is believed the appointment of Evercore may lead to a formal auction of InterMune...

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Something afoot with Boots - part 3

Thursday, 7 August 2014, 8:30 pm

Alistair Osborne, one of my former colleagues and bosses from The Daily Telegraph, is clearly refreshed after having some time off.

Indeed, Osborne's column today in The Times is highly entertaining and worthwhile a read, especially the item about Walgreen and Boots.

If you haven't looked at it already, here is a link to Osborne's column:..

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What's up with Evotec?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 1:45 am

I have been hearing some pretty interesting things recently about a German drug developer called Evotec AG.

To be honest, it's not clear to me exactly what is going on with this stock.

Geoff Foster, though, recently suggested that a British pharmaceutical company was lining up a EURO 5 a share offer for the business...

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Ouch!

Monday, 4 August 2014, 5:30 pm

Things are going from bad to worse at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's European investment banking team...

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BAT sits on the sidelines...for now

Thursday, 31 July 2014, 7:05 pm

Looking over this morning's coverage of British American Tobacco's recent figures, I see a couple of newspaper reporters tried to tempt Nicandro Durante, CEO of BAT, into spilling the beans about whether the tobacco giant has any plans to consolidate its position in the US...

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O3b internet spat

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 6:49 pm

As chief executives, entrepreneurs and City dealmakers slope off to the Mediterranean for August
(islands off the Italian coast appear to be particularly in vogue at the moment), I am going to look at a few more "off-beat" stories. ..

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Bear hug

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 3:43 am

Quelle surprise - another Bank of America Merrill Lynch bear hug has fallen over.

This year the Wall Street investment bank has advised several companies trying to buy rival businesses using a "bear hug", an aggressive tactic used in M&A to force the the target company to the negotiating table by making an indicative offer public.

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Laughing stock

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 8:50 pm

It looks like Pepsi's long-only shareholders are really piling the pressure on the company to give Nelson Peltz seats on the consumer giant's board...

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Surprise

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 9:22 pm

I see Apple chip maker Dialog Semiconductor and AMS have called off their SFr4 billion merger...

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Bitter Sweet(t) moment for WSP

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 3:40 am

I bet property consultant WSP is feeling rather relieved that it didn't press ahead with the purchase of Sweett Group at the beginning of the year.

For readers that don't recall, I had a story that WSP - which is owned by Canada-based Genivar Inc - was on the verge of buying Sweett Group in early January but pulled out of the deal around the time the Aim-listed business made this announcement:
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