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.

Beaufort Securities hit by FCA restriction - part 2

Monday, 5 March 2018, 6:24 pm

The demise of Beaufort Securities gripped the City last week. But regular readers of this website would have known that something wasn't quite right at the firm after it emerged the FCA had slapped a restriction on the broker's discretionary fund management business. Here is a link to last year's article:

https://www.betaville.co.uk/news/beaufort-securities-hit-by-fca-restriction/..

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"Exclusive": Inflexion poised to buy stake in Welsh builders' merchant Huws Gray

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 6:07 pm

Here is a little deal "exclusive" for readers interested in mid-market private equity deals.

Betaville understands that Inflexion, a London-based private equity firm, is in advanced talks to purchase a stake in Huws Gray, the Welsh builders' merchant based on the Isle of Anglesey.

Huws Gray hired HSBC last year to run a "strategic review" of the business, which generates almost £180 million in turnover...

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Beach defence...

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 9:43 am

Does anybody else think it odd that Mike Turner went on holiday to the Caribbean in January after the opening scuffle in the GKN/Melrose bid battle?

Betaville realises that everybody is entitled to a holiday. However, according to reliable senior banking sources who aren't advising on this takeover battle (as far as Betaville is aware) Turner, chairman of GKN, headed off to the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados after Melrose made its approach in early January...

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Tags: GKN, Melrose

Sky News: Polgyon pushes for £13.00 a share; Daily Mail/CBNC say Comcast is preparing a counter for Sky - part 3

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 8:05 am

So, the London market is buzzing as Comcast has made a £22 billion counterbid for Sky pitched at £12.50 a share.

Hat tip to the CNBC and Matt Oliver of the Daily Mail who both broke the story of a potential counterbid from Comcast for Sky back in early December last year. I have pasted a link to the Daily Mail's story below:..

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LSE to reveal new CEO?

Monday, 26 February 2018, 10:58 am

This morning's business comment column by the excellent Katherine Griffiths, a former colleague from our days at The Daily Telegraph, caught Betaville's eye.

That's because top bankers suggested to Betaville last week that the London Stock Exchange - whose chairman has been having a bruising row with TCI's Sir Christopher Hohn, the exchange's biggest shareholder - may soon announce the appointment of a new chief executive, possibly as soon as this week...

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Sexy Elephant - part 2...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 5:34 pm

£100,000.

Apparently, that's how much it costs to become a super, uber premium member to Richard Caring's members' clubs and restaurants, such as Mayfair-based Annabels, George and Harry's Bar.

It's not clear, though, whether the super, uber membership - which supposedly guarantees no queues and immediate tables - is for a year, a decade or a lifetime...

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RARE ALERT: Reabold Resources said to be working on another equity fundraising

Friday, 16 February 2018, 10:06 pm

Reabold Resources is said to be working on another equity fundraising.

According to sources claiming to be familiar with the matter, Reabold and its advisers have been talking to investors about raising up to £10 million.

The potential fundraising, which could be done via a placing, comes just a few months after the company raised almost £4 million last September...

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Sexy Elephant...

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 7:34 pm

That's supposed to be the name of Richard Caring's latest restaurant venture.

Yes, you read it correctly - Sexy Elephant. According to top sources, Caring - the British retail tycoon behind Mayfair eaterie Sexy Fish, where I suspect many of Betaville's loyal readers regularly dine out - is rumoured to be planning to open an Indian food-themed restaurant...

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