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BoE ‘could loosen’ bank buffer requirement

Senior financiers expect rainy day fund will be halted post Brexit


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This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved
Week in Review

Week in Review: July 2

Ikea recall, Goldman in BHS spotlight, Europe banks fail US stress tests

Hershey looks too sweet for Mondelez to resist

A tie-up would see group overtake Mars as largest confectioner

EasyJet plots HQ move to mainland Europe

Airline eyes switch after Brexit vote threatens EU access

China property: rules and exceptions

When state capitalism wins


illustration of a private bank by Øivind Hovland ©Øivind Hovland

Switzerland, strategies, competition, crisis fallout, technology, emerging markets, recruitment, consolidation

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Insight into M&A in the technology, media and tele-communications sector


Mondelez/Hershey: bitter and sweet

Anachronistic chocolate group may be ready to modernise

Hershey rebuffs $23bn bid by Mondelez

Rival chocolate maker says approach has no basis for discussion

BRITAIN-MEDIA-POLITICS-TRIAL...Former Head of News International Rebekah Brooks (L) and her husband Charlie Brooks prepare to give a statement to members of the media in the wake of the phone-hacking trial, in London on June 26, 2014. Former Rupert Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges in a dramatic end to Britain's marathon media trial on Tuesday June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

News Corp buys Wireless Group

Move is part of a longer-term strategy to diversify

Nigeria unveils energy deals with China

Doubts over whether $80bn oil and gas upgrade will be implemented

Rio Tinto: this could yurt a bit

Chinese economics, not Mongolian politics, matters most for Rio

Outlander Starz television Different values

Lions Gate buys Starz in $4.4bn deal

Hollywood film studio builds scale as media industry consolidates

AB InBev faces antitrust probe in Belgium

Regulator to examine if brewer ‘abused its dominant position’

Pension watchdog rules out deal clearance

Regulator says mandatory requirement would be ‘disproportionate’

Rio gives away PNG copper mine stake

Shuttered mine holds reserves worth billions of dollars

Oil price rise lightens mood in Texas

Dallas Fed’s economic survey shows rise in business activity

Questions of Brexit for a financial adviser

Don’t put off key decisions just because of the uncertainty

Diversity push drives SGX-Baltic tie-up

The Asian bourse had just one significant IPO last year and is losing ground to regional competitors

Stagecoach warns of post-vote uncertainty

Transport operator generates £104.4m in pre-tax profit

CIBC in $3.8bn deal for PrivateBancorp

Canadian lender acquires US group to expand south of border

HK’s shares watchdog growls at BofA

Bank failed to disclose its trading in two companies it was advising

Sungevity to list while sector shines

Easterly merger comes as competitor faces uncertain outlook

Monsanto in strategic talks beyond Bayer

US agribusiness eyes options after rejecting German group’s bid

Alcoa in legal battle over break-up plan

Joint venture partner claims right to block the separation

Chart: China M&A data

China’s megadeals fail to offset slowdown

M&A activity falls in US and Europe amid political instability

M&A hit by Brexit and Trump uncertainty

Advisers say companies have pressed ‘pause’ button on deals

Deutsche Börse insists LSE merger is on

Growing reservations among German politicians and regulators

Japan oil refiners wrestle over merger

Attempt to block deal between Idemitsu Kosan and Showa Shell Sekiyu

Autonomous Haulage Trucks operating at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas mine in the Pilbara. (Photo provided by Rio Tinto)

Rio Tinto cuts exposure to tax havens

Miner bows to pressure over avoidance by multinationals

Kuka wins concessions in Midea deal

Chinese suitor commits to hands-off approach

German regulator casts doubt on LSE-DB deal

Planned London headquarters ‘hard to imagine’ after Brexit

Liquid Telecom buys Neotel from Tata

London-based group expands fibre cable network across Africa

Nestlé signals willingness to adapt

Appointment of outsider from medical group underscores ambitions

Wang Shi - Chinese Banker (holding the flag) for Property

China Vanke chief Wang raises the stakes

High drama in developer’s boardroom puts Beijing’s embrace of market forces to the test

Wanglaoji tea

China tea makers wage IP war

Rival makers wrestle for control over herbal canned drink

Goldman back in focus of BHS probe

MPs to question ‘nature and history’ of bank’s links to Green

Unicorns: Between myth and reality

Silicon Valley’s next phase is focusing on viable business models over rapid growth

KazMunaiGas EP: father does not know best

A parent gets it wrong

UK technology groups: Texit

There are not many British companies for the US heavies to buy

BHS Philip Green composite for UK Front

PwC faces investigation over BHS audit

UK accountancy watchdog will look at year before sale of retailer

Israel’s Harel seeks stake in gasfield

Harel in talks with Noble Energy for up to 4 per cent stake