Hat tip to Betaville's friends over at The Insurance Insider who just about managed to publish their scoop about the Hanover Insurance Group preparing to sell Lloyd's of London insurer Chaucer for up to $1 billion...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betaville is in a grump. Why? Well, this website prides itself on breaking the top M&A scoops but unfortunately I completely missed the exclusive about Takeda weighing a £35 billion takeover bid for FTSE 100-listed Shire...
Anyone reading the maintream financial press could be forgiven for thinking that it's the end of the road for Greenhill, an M&A boutique that blazed a trail back in the 90s and early noughties by advising on some of the biggest takeover deals in the US and the UK.
In fact, below is a link to recent Bloomberg piece on the firm's recent demise to 52nd on the advisory league tables:..
Take a bow Dan Dunkley (who as far as I'm aware is down in New Zealand somewhere).
Dan, who Betaville had the pleasure of working with at several publications, last year revealed in The Sunday Times that GlaxoSmithKline was preparing to buy out its joint venture partner, Novartis, to get control of their consumer healthcare division. Below is a link to Dan's piece:..
Audioboom, the podcast platform backed by property developer Nick Candy, said to be close to completing the £135 million fundraising it needs to fund its merger with US rival Triton Digital...
Ping! An email arrives from a friendly market observer who has picked on the fact that Simon Rowlands, a senior advisor to private equity firm Cinven, has been buying shares in takeover target Spire Healthcare. I have pasted the link to today's RNS announcement below, which shows Rowlands paid around 218p a share for 114,000 shares:..
I see the Colombia Threadneedle has finally decided to make a decision to back GKN (I have pasted the link below to the excellent article in today's The Times).
Ben Marlow went big in yesterday's The Sunday Telegraph about the prospects of a bid battle for Nex Group, tipping owner the of the New York Stock Exchange (also know as the Intercontinental Exchange or ICE) as the most likely counterbidder for the company founded by Michael Spencer. In case you missed it, I have pasted link below to yesterday's splash story in the business section:..
Betaville has won its first award.
This week ADVFN, another financial website, named yours truly as financial blogger of the year. The news came as a bit of shock to Betaville as there had been no indication ADVFN was even considering Betaville for an award. In fact, Betaville has never even met anyone from ADVFN...
So, it would appear Sebastian Shakespeare of the Daily Mail was quicker off the mark than Betaville readers.
The gossip columnist figured out pretty quickly which retail tycoon is the focus of the new page turner and led his top diary column with the story in the newspaper today. I have pasted a link below:..
Which retail tycoon is set to be the main focus of a ground breaking new book that begins with the title - "Damaged goods: the inside story of..."?
If you think you know, get in touch via the usual channels, such as email@example.com.
p.s. If you need a clue, sources say some of the characters include Neville Kahn, the well known Deloitte administrator, and Everton and Tottenham Hotspur Football Clubs...
David Cumming, head of equities for Aviva, today stated he is supporting Melrose's fresh £8.1 billion offer for GKN.
The question is whether other big GKN shareholders - such as Colombia Threadneedle or Standard Life Aberdeen - will publicly back the turnaround investor's bid for GKN?
I see Bloomberg has attempted to aggregate Betaville's paywall protected Betaville Intelligence article from earlier in the week on Charter Communications by attempting to second guess what the actual piece says without actually knowing what it says.
As Betaville has pointed out before, this is a dangerous game to play.....
It was good to see former colleague Graham "Ruddy" Ruddick land a cracker jack story on the front page of the main book of today's The Times.
Graham, who Betaville worked with at The Daily Telegraph, effectively broke the story about the unfortunate goings on at the Institute of Directors (although Betaville is sure the Kleinmanator will claim it). I have pasted a link Graham and Alex Ralph's story below:..
The reason Betaville posits the question is reliable sources suggested the fund manager, one of the larger GKN shareholders, may be willing to support Melrose if it bumps its hostile offer a tad.
However, when Betaville put this to a spokesperson for Colombia Threadneedle last week the official response from investment firm was:
“We have not made a decision yet.”
If your still intrigued by the collapse of Beaufort Securities then no look no further than today's business section in The Times.
Former Telegraph colleagues Harry "the Hurricane" Wilson and "Acerbic" Alistair Osborne are doing some cracking work following last week's news about the FBI investigation and the FCA's move to put the company into administration.
I have pasted links to their pieces in today's business section below:..
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