Posts tagged: Ben Harrington

William Hill shenanigans - part 3

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 6:47 am

There is a piece of Deutsche bank research floating out there in the market speculating about the possibility of a fresh takeover bid for William Hill, the listed bookmaker.

Now, readers might recall I broke the story about 888 and Rank coming together to instigate a three-way merger with William Hill in The Sunday Times last summer. In case you don't recall here is a link to that piece:..


Revealed: secret name of consortium preparing £12 billion bid for National Grid distribution business - sources

Sunday, 30 October 2016, 1:22 pm

The £12 billion auction for National Grid's distribution business is hotting up and top M&A reporters are breaking stories left, right and centre.

Last week, for example, the Kleinmanator of Sky News published a good scoopette about how Hermes had joined a consortium of investors led by CIC, the Chinese state's sovereign wealth fund. Here is a link to Mark's piece:..


RARE ALERT: Meritage Homes Corporation said to be targeting William Lyon Homes; President and CEO says "no deal"

Thursday, 20 October 2016, 11:49 pm

It's been a while since I aired some random RARE on Betaville but I came across an intriguing tale that I thought might be of interest to readers, especially those on the other side of the Atlantic.

Word is US housebuilder Meritage Homes Corporation has been working with investment bankers on a takeover of smaller rival William Lyon Homes...


Chinese circle Fingerprint Cards - sources

Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 5:11 pm

Another day, another attempt by a Chinese company to buy a western business. This time the potential target is Fingerprint Cards, the Swedish biometric technology business.

According to three sources familiar with the situation, a Chinese company approached Fingerprint Cards this summer about a potential takeover deal that is likely to value the Gothenburg-based business at well over its current market capitalisation of SEK 33 billion (£3 billion)...


Is there a row brewing over the SAB Miller vote? - part 2

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 11:07 pm

This piece (click on the link below) from the Wall Street Journal on the upcoming vote on the £75 billion SAB Miller deal is eerily similar to a piece I wrote on little old Betaville a few weeks ago.

Here is the link to the Wall Street Journal article:


William Hill shenanigans - part 2

Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 4:06 pm

Here is more evidence that "people familiar with the matter" were talking utter codswallop when briefing journalists a couple of weeks ago that my scoop in The Sunday Times wasn't "quite right" because Rank and 888 Holdings weren't talking about a merger ahead of a bid for William Hill.

In today's statement Rank and 888 said:..