Lending to small groups must be simpler

European businesses are still struggling to get credit

Techs would be weaker without banks

Bankers are more important than the tech chieftains realise

Valuations grow for apps that offer less and less

The ability to lure new users and keep them using is vital

Telecom triopolies set off US alarm bells

FCC watchdog resists ‘four-to-three’ mergers of major groups

Clawing back bonuses easier said than done

UK lawyers have warned clawbacks would be difficult to enforce

Chiefs should tackle succession head on

Last-minute planning can mean high price for poor choices

Playing the IPO numbers game

Is a single banker better than a roomful in promoting an issue?

Time to let other investors in on secrets

Institutions in UK access pre-IPO documents ahead of others

Ignore the whistleblower at your peril

GSK case shows why leaks should be taken seriously

Law chief turns spotlight on dark pools

Schneiderman follows controversial predecessor Spitzer

Find ways to love the shadow banks

Some critics think the biggest global banks are too big to manage

UKLA’s Quindell ruling was tough but fair

Regulator’s job is to help investors make informed decisions

War of words on BNP Paribas reaches roar

Hollande and Dijsselbloem attack ‘excessive’ US crackdown

Hannam’s loss is investors’ gain

There are real benefits to having and enforcing clear rules

Pfizer’s guide for Takeover Panel’s class

Study tips for US group’s pursuit of AstraZeneca

Google and the chance to rewrite history

US tech group and rivals are receiving thousands of requests

Barclays’ St Antony slays the Red beast

Bank’s chief finally takes an axe to unit founded by predecessor

Brighter prospects for women CEOs

Study makes optimistic interpretation of dispiriting figures

Poisoning debate is a poor strategy

Sotheby’s case an opportunity to encourage challenges

BlackRock chief preaches tech spending

Fink’s call to boost capex has yet to convince investors

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