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RARE ALERT: William Hill said to ... - part 2

Friday, 15 September 2017, 9:04 am

Hat tip to Dom Walsh over at The Times for managing to needle out a genuinly interesting "new" line out of Kenny Alexander, the boss of acquisitive gaming group GVC, about potential merger talks with rivals after the regulatory review of sector.

In today's City people column in the The Times Dom reveals that, other than Ladbrokes Coral, GVC also has an interest in a potential combination with William Hill. Here is the link:..

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Wonder Wilson and bank rows...

Tuesday, 22 August 2017, 7:34 pm

Hat tip to my old Telegraph colleague Harry Wilson, now City editor at The Times, who today landed a rather good scoop about Eric Daniels, chief executive of Lloyds during the bailout, suing his old employer for hundreds of thousands of pounds of unpaid bonuses.

Below is a link to Harry's story, which was splashed across the front page of the The Times business section:..

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Top of the market - the series returns - part 6

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 5:23 pm

Stockmarket cassandras at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan were out in force yesterday, warning of impending market crash.

So, several leading British newspapers, such as The Times, took those warnings seriously by splashing their business sections on the strategists' gloomy predictions. Here is a link to today's piece in the The Times: ..

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Those Ocado bid rumours...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 6:42 pm

I see almost all of the business sections of the quality British newspapers ran with the Amazon-for-Ocado bid rumour today, with some publications even dedicating a whole page lead to the takeover speculation.

No surprises, there, I suppose. Amazon's sensational $13.7 billion move on Whole Foods in the US late last week has got tongues wagging in the Square Mile about how the American online retail giant plans to take on the British grocery market...

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Polls - part 2

Friday, 9 June 2017, 7:46 am

So, this morning's election result shows the polls got it spot on after all! Hat tip to the The Times for running the front page piece last week about You Gov poll data showing the election tightening.

From now on, though, I think little old Betaville is going to stick to reporting around what he knows best - stock markets, M&A and private equity...

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Sportingbet owner GVC said to be gearing up for next major takeover deal; spokesperson denies interest in £5 billion Playtech merger - part 2

Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:49 am

I see one of my favourite ex-Telegraph colleagues, Harry Wilson of The Times, has also noted GVC appears to be preparing for its next major deal by putting debt financing in place.

In case you missed it, here is a link to Harry Wilson's excellent market report column in today's The Times:..

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Reuben Brothers approached about backing Emerald Investment Partners' rival Punch bid - sources - part 2

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 6:47 pm

Combing through my copy of The Times this morning I noticed Dom Walsh's story on Punch Taverns corroberated little old Betaville's piece from a few weeks ago about how Alan McIntosh's Emerald consortium had approached the billionaire Reuben brothers to back his consortium bid for the pub company.

Here is a link to the piece in The Times:..

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Saturday review

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10:36 am

Clearly today's newspapers are dominated by you know who.

However, there was one story in The Daily Telegraph's business section that caught my eye: Ashley Armstrong's piece on how Ranjit Boparan, the entrepreneur known as "The Chicken King", has received a takeover approach for Party Ring, the maker of Fox's Biscuits, from a mystery suitor...

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Emerald Investment Group in talks with C&C Group over Punch counter bid, according to The Times

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 9:42 am

Dom Walsh, one of the best leisure reporters knocking about the UK national newspaper scence, had an intriguing line in his diary column in today's The Times about how Alan McIntosh's consortium hasn't given up on Punch is in talks with C&C Group, maker of Magners, to launch a joint rival bid for the pub company...

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Top of the market? - the series returns...-part 2

Saturday, 31 December 2016, 1:48 pm

It looks like I was barking up the right tree when I re-introduced my "top of the market?" series late last week.

Today, the The Times splashed its business section with a piece about how City analysts fear a major stockmarket sell off in 2017.

In case your interested, I have pasted a link below to the piece, which was written by my former colleague Katherine Griffiths, one of the hardest working hacks I had the pleasure to work with:..

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M&A round-up: FT says flurry of big deals fires M&A activity to second highest level since 2007 crisis but, er, The Times says M&A deals fall by half amid global trade fears

Friday, 30 December 2016, 10:52 am

It's that time of the year where the data providers go into a a bit of PR frenzy to convince M&A hacks to write stories to use their data for end-of-year round up pieces. It's also that time of the year when M&A hacks unlucky enough to find themselves still in the newsroom are scratching about for a half decent story idea after their boss has yelled at them for copy to fill large, blank spaces on their pages...

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Hat tip

Friday, 2 December 2016, 6:13 pm

Apologies if this a bit late in the day but I think its worthwhile flagging up a rather good scoop written by one of my old colleagues from my time at The Daily Telegraph.

Katherine Griffiths, now Banking Editor at The Times, landed the splash in this morning with her exclusive tale about how the regulators are looking to find a buyer for Manchester Building Society, reminding the world of the British building society crises in 2008/9...

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British American Tobacco confirms Reynolds American scoop (s?)

Friday, 21 October 2016, 8:04 am

It's taken two years but British American Tobacco has finally got round to confirming a piece I wrote in the The Times a couple years ago about the giant cigarette group hiring Deutsche Bank alongside UBS with a view to making a $47 billion bid for Reynolds American.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/consumer/article4086903.ece..

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SFO battered - again...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 3:08 pm

The Serious Fraud Office is once again coming under fire.

This time the business section of The Times splashed on an intriguing tale from Katherine Griffiths - a former colleague from my time at The Daily Telegraph and now Banking Editor at The Times - about how the SFO has, so far, failed to go after the "higher ups" involved in the whole Libor fixing affair.

Here is a link a to Katherine's excellent piece, which is well worth a read:..

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Airline shenanigans

Saturday, 20 August 2016, 2:44 pm

I see the most of the British newspaper market reports ran the easyJet bid tale for a second day in a row.

However, the likes of Bryce Elder of the Financial Times and Martin Waller of The Times put a somewhat cynical spin on the jackanory, alluding to the gossip as a "silly season" story that typically come about during the dog days of August...

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Retail titbits - part 4

Monday, 6 June 2016, 12:00 am

Oh look - I see another one of little old Betaville's stories has been confirmed this morning with the announcement that Radley has been sold to Bregal Freshstream, a new (ish) private equity firm.

In case you don't recall, little old Betaville was the first global media outlet to "exclusively reveal" that Bregal Freshstream, which is backed by a wealthy Dutch family, was participating in the Radley auction...

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