Co-op: cannonade against the commissars

Revolution at the Co-op is needed to avert mutual’s assured dwindling

Leslau charges back into stock market lists

Laying the ghost of Knutsford to rest

Existential angst for Imperial Tobacco

L’infer, c’est les non-fumeurs

Diamond’s adventure with BancABC

Precious Ramotswe cautions Diamond in his African adventure

Myners puts Co-op in deeper hole

Mutual remains mired in difficulties largely of its own making

Pension charges under the spotlight

Some schemes end up paying 10 times more per member

Tech IPOs must address a more critical audience

Jury is still out on the high valuations of internet stocks

Pharma reform should go beyond GSK

Risk is ‘zero tolerance’ for bad ways may be lost in translation

Barnett, the David Moyes of investment

Neil Woodford winning mandate heaps humiliation on his successor

Sports Direct’s plan rebounds on Ashley

Debacle of £72.6m share bonus plan will deepen City froideur

BHP succumbs to an urge to demerg

Miner considers ways of shedding out-of-favour divisions

FCA boss should stay on

Wheatley was on front foot, now he is rocking back on his heels

Rusal is not a human being

The world’s largest aluminium company claims its rights were infringed

L&G’s Wilson trumpets Schumpeter

A chunk of L&G’s future earnings have become less predictable

Lombard: Twitter slapfest over Bumi

When it all goes wrong, you can retreat with minimal comeback

Contradiction now defines the Co-op Bank

£400m capital raising will take lender further from its roots

Ratcliffe’s Chinese IPR fight betokens a rapprochement

$1bn-plus claim looks like opening gambit from Ineos

The Next big thing

Retailer’s profits have overtaken those of Marks and Spencer

Partnership must show it still has a role

Budget speech destroys half of annuities specialist’s value

Habgood is the go-to grandee

Posh-sounding white men can still play key role in finance

ABOUT LOMBARD

Jonathan Guthrie Jonathan Guthrie is the City editor of the FT, writing and editing Lombard, the agenda-setting column on London-listed businesses and on finance. He has worked for the FT Group for 17 years. For eight years he contributed a weekly column on British business and politics that blended humour with serious comment. His posts have included enterprise editor, Midlands correspondent, UK companies editor, and magazine editor.

Jonathan has edited or contributed to books on eurobonds, derivatives, investment management and M&A published by The Economist, International Financing Review and Mercury Asset Management.

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Alison Smith


Alison Smith is the FT's Chief Corporate Correspondent and has worked at the FT for more than 20 years. Her posts have included political correspondent, financial services correspondent, Lex writer, UK companies editor and, most recently, leader writer.

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