It’s time to talk about takeovers

If the argument for a deal is strong, debate will endorse it

BAE marched back up the market hill

Fallon’s success in securing additional defence spending is good news for aerospace company

James Crosby, Andy Hornby and Lor dDennis Stevenson, all formerly of HBOS
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A little late for HBOS retribution

Trio that oversaw bank’s collapse will escape harsh penalties

DFS has Barclays bang to rights

Case illustrates a persistent fault in finance — the exploitation by banks to rip off customers

Iron man challenge at Openreach

High-profile opening offers a challenge for brave director

Monumentally wrong housing sell-off

Osborne could incur vengeance of George Peabody

Holliday’s gas sale shows perfect timing

Retiring National Grid chief will leave his successor quite a legacy

Lonmin: platinum pawn

South African miner at mercy of metals prices and social issues as it scrambles into rights issue

A Bumi coal mine

Panel would test an elephant’s memory

Sting from M&A’s rebuke over Bumi deals is drawn by the time taken to thrash out a ruling

Glencore sells the family silver

Cutting net debt now could come at a high price for future upside

Nuclear Winters sticks to script

New chief’s tough restructuring should satisfy critics for now

HSBC’s indecision is final

Lender has found that prevarication over relocation can have benefits all of its own

Barclays: the chariot swings low

Finance director Tushar Morzaria proves disappointing warm-up for new boss Jes Staley

Lloyds’ Teflon Dom

António Horta-Osório appears unscathed by the bank’s rising bill for the PPI mis-selling scandal

BP: Maxed out at $60 per barrel

A meeting on Fury Road after the oil-price apocalypse

Gilbert should display Aberdonian grit

Chief would need to sell at a better price than one currently ascribed by the market

Ladbrokes draws attention to bottom line

Bookie highlights punters’ use of smartphone app but it is not without cost

Credit Suisse’s new chief plays old tune

Thiam’s wealth management plans have a familiar ring

A guide to the UK for Chinese presidents

Staying with the Windsors, steeling yourself for criticism and shopping tips

ITV’s spot of housekeeping

Buying UTV’s TV business gives ITV the chance to buff up the broadcasting business


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Jonathan Guthrie Jonathan Guthrie is the City editor of the FT. He writes and edits Lombard, the column that dissects the big deals and bigger personalities dominating London’s financial centre. A popular read with senior City executives, Lombard blends analysis with humour. A veteran observer of British business, Jonathan has been an FT columnist since 2003, an FT staff member since 1993 and started as a capital markets writer in 1987.

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