Honesty is best policy on mergers

Calling a deal a takeover instead of the oft-used ‘merger of equals’ can help avoid cultural clashes

India’s lender woes part of wider malaise

Nation has too many small, underperforming public banks that need to be merged or sold off

Bank executive ousting is back in fashion

Post-crisis stabilisation and regulatory pressure take toll on European bosses

The DRM is removed from its barge by the S-7000 and lifted onto the Mad Dog Rig on 13 March 2012.
Located in 4,500 feet of water some 190 miles south of New Orleans, Mad Dog has the capacity to produce up to 80,000 barrels of oil and 40 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Oil majors play a waiting game

The supermajors that bestride the industry believe a sustained period of lower oil prices lies ahead

China tech expansion in a new phase

Tsinghua’s interest in Micron evokes memories of Japanese chip onslaught of the 1980s

Balkan banks avoid a dose of Greek flu

Regulators and financial institutions had time to boost their immune systems against contagion

Bank of China aims to spread Asian wings

Beijing’s infrastructure spending will boost international ambitions

Asset managers need some tough reforms

The need to identify risks in the system has intensified

Martin Wheatley, CEO of the FSA, photographed at his office in Canary Wharf
©Charlie Bibby

Relief for banks as Osborne reins in FCA

It was clear any rules-based settlement could only work if it was enforced by steel-nerved regulator

Rethinking of the chip is needed

Warning over semiconductors highlights a set of forces that will have a deep effect on technology

Women still mind the gap on pay and power

A lack of women in the boardroom and pay differentials are linked

Investors in China not allowed to jump

In a crisis, shares are controlled by the Chinese Communist party

Budget does HSBC less harm than good

After his bullying over regulation, Gulliver escaped a caning

A twist on Barclays’ ringfencing plans

Lender might not be that interested in running a retail bank

Nadella needs pills for Microsoft’s ills

Despite taking the axe to the Nokia unit, the strategic overhaul looks incomplete

Maersk Line sticks to its leading course

Container shipping company maintains its edge over rivals through investment and cost-cutting

Peer-to-peer lenders make China fairer

Small enterprises now have alternative to loan sharks

Insurance M&A on track for record year

Cheap borrowing and efficiency seeking fuel a boom in M&A with 2015 on track to be a record year

Taylor Swift is fighting the wrong battle

Artists should take on record labels, not streaming services

Sharing economy starts to go mainstream

Companies that deliver a truly new service have a strong future

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