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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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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to be working on US takeover deal

Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 8:14 pm

Regular viewers of my Tip TV slot will know that I have been working on a story involving London-listed Inmarsat, the satellite network operator.

Well, I haven't managed to completely get to the bottom of the story out but I think I am barking up the right tree, so here is the tale.

Well-placed sources tell me Inmarsat has been working furiously hard on an acquisition of a US-based business, with a view to closing a deal in the next few months...

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Commentariat raise doubts over Formula One "vanity buyers"

Saturday, 4 July 2015, 12:46 am

I'm sure many Betaville readers will be watching British Grand Prix this weekend. So, do get in contact if you happen to spot a representative from any of the potential bidders, such as Qatar Sports Investments, circling Formula One in the VIP boxes. A cheeky photo of the Qataris at Silverstone wouldn't go amiss, too...

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Enders predicts Murdoch may bid for Sky, again...

Friday, 3 July 2015, 2:56 am

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last 48 hours - I had to attend a few functions yesterday, including the Henley Royal Regatta. It was a fun event although the return train ride in a carriage whose air conditioning had broken down was not particularly pleasurable. ..

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