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Transaction Tuesday

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:05 am

Forget merger Monday, it's all about Transaction Tuesday. Indeed, there were four major deals announced in London this morning - they were:

1. Zurich considering a £5 billion plus takeover bid for RSA.

2. Melrose selling Elster Group to Honeywell for £3.3 billion.

3. Hikma Pharmaceuticals buying Boehringer's generic business for £1.6 billion.

4. GKN purchasing Fokker Technologies for £500 million...

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Zurich smoked out

Tuesday, 28 July 2015, 4:17 pm

Great to see old school stock market reporting (with a new school digital twist) from Bryce Elder at the Financial Times smoke out a FTSE 100 takeover bid. Surely it's time for a pay rise, Ed...

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The Great Escape

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 6:21 am

The chaps over at McQueen, an advisory boutique set up by a bunch of former HSBC bankers, have been bought by American rivals Houlihan Lokey...

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Semantics

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 2:42 am

Huge hat tip to Dan Dunkley, the young M&A reporter over at The Sunday Times, for his story back in May about how Aveva was being circled by potential foreign predators. In case you don't recall, The Sunday Times ran the story on the front page (which means something in itself). Here is a link to the copy:..

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Friday fun

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 1:30 am

I see Lloyds Banking Group has announced it has set up a "responsible business committee" -..

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Squeaky bum time for Pathfinder Minerals

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 5:45 pm

I try to stay away from chat rooms for day traders as they tend be full of conspiracy theories that are impossible to stand up (for journalists) and lose long-term investors money. But as we slip into the quiet period of the summer I thought I would cast my eye over some of the forums - and low and behold it would appear one reader has actually stumbled across a genuine story...

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RARE alert: Shire's next deal could be "transformational" - part 2

Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 3:15 am

This (see below) well written interview with Shire chief executive Flemming Ornskov by the Wall Street Journal would appear to reinforce the idea that the FTSE 100-listed group is still on the hunt for a major acquisition - whether it be Actelion, BioMarin or another (US?) rival.....

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