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Dubens's firm Oakley hungry for Ed's Easy Diner - part 2

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 6:00 am

It would appear a takeover is Ed's Easy Diner (I'm not going to describe the chain as "tired" and "old" as last time the company spokesperson rang me to whinge so I will leave it the reader to decide what they think of the concept) is moving closer to completion...

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Sky's the limit - part 2

Friday, 4 December 2015, 6:55 pm

A lot has been made of the quote that James Murdoch gave to the Hollywood Reporter a few months ago.

Indeed, the quote appears to have triggered banker gossip - highlighted by the Financial Times yesterday - that perhaps the Murdochs/Fox are sellers of the 40pc stake in Sky.

I have pasted the quote below in case you don't remember or haven't read the relevant paragraph from the Hollywood Reporter article:..

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Flag pole alert - part 5

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 6:17 pm

Below is Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest piece of research on Imperial Tobacco, which appears to suggest China National Tobacco Corporation is the most credible suitor for the FTSE 100-listed company.
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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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