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  1. August 20, 2014

    What next for M&A now the bubble has burst?

    Tuesday August 5 was a bad day for all those hoping the mergers and acquisitions boom had further to run. Investment bankers...

  2. August 8, 2014

    US groups ponder the great tax escape

    Walgreen’s decision to keep its domicile in the US will not deter other US healthcare companies from striking transatlantic...

  1. August 8, 2014

    Letter from Lex: let’s call a halt

    It was a week to feel the pain of the M&A banker. In the space of a few hours on Tuesday, the bonuses promised by two huge...

  2. August 6, 2014

    Walgreens: Boots made for walking

    What is the value of a tax inversion? About $8bn, if Wednesday’s fall in Walgreens’ market capitalisation is anything to go...

  3. August 6, 2014

    Pharma shares slide on fears of ‘tax inversion’ clampdown

    Investors fled global healthcare stocks on Wednesday after the Obama administration threatened action to halt the wave of...

  4. August 6, 2014

    Walgreens presses ahead with £10bn Alliance Boots deal

    Walgreens is to press ahead with the acquisition of the remaining 55 per cent of Alliance Boots that it does not already...

  5. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Mainland China shares led a sell-off across the region after tensions in Ukraine sparked a decline on Wall Street....

  6. August 5, 2014

    Walgreens drops plans to relocate its headquarters

    Walgreens has ruled out relocating its headquarters from the US for tax purposes as the US pharmacy chain is set to announce...

  7. July 22, 2014

    US warned of up to 25 groups eyeing foreign switch to cut tax

    Up to 25 more US companies are considering relocating overseas to cut their tax bills this year, a Democratic senator has...

  8. June 24, 2014

    Walgreens: true love

    The string of recent tax inversion tie-ups reeks of awkwardness. The buyer and seller profess their deep compatibility. Yet...

  9. June 17, 2014

    UK officials reject tax complaints against Alliance Boots

    British officials have rejected complaints by two campaign groups over the taxation and disclosure of transactions...

  10. May 19, 2014

    US drugstores boosted by tax move speculation

    Shares of US drugstores were lifted on Monday on reports one of the country’s largest chains would use a takeover to...

  11. May 15, 2014

    Alliance Boots benefits from Walgreens tie-up

    Alliance Boots, which operates the UK’s largest chain of pharmacies, posted a 31 per cent jump in net profit after gaining...

  12. May 6, 2014

    Alliance Boots buys into Latin America with Farmacias Ahumada deal

    Alliance Boots, the retailer and pharmaceutical wholesaler partly owned by Walgreens of the US, has taken its first step...

  13. April 13, 2014

    Walgreens urged to leave US to gain tax benefit

    Walgreens has come under pressure from an influential group of its shareholders, who want the US pharmacy chain to consider...

  14. March 25, 2014

    Walgreens gets boost from Alliance

    Walgreens shares rallied after the US retail pharmacy chain began to show signs of benefiting from acquiring a chunk of...

  15. February 16, 2014

    UK’s top retailers speak out against Scottish independence

    The UK’s largest retailers have voiced overwhelmingly hostile views about Scottish independence and the impact it could have...

  16. November 28, 2013

    Alliance Boots under pressure on tax bill

    Alliance Boots, which owns one of the UK’s oldest and most trusted high street brands, has come under fresh pressure from...

  17. November 28, 2013

    Alliance Boots sees focus turning to debt deals

    Alliance Boots, the pharmacy company that underwent a £12bn leveraged buyout in 2007, has long faced hostility from...

  18. November 27, 2013

    Alliance Boots can dispel WoW factor with disclosure

    Alliance Boots has all the characteristics a tax campaigner could ask for in a target. It is a trusted healthcare retailer,...

  19. October 16, 2013

    Employers urged to amend job application forms to help ex-offenders

    Employers are being urged to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from job application forms in an attempt to...

  20. October 15, 2013

    Unite intensifies fight over corporate tax avoidance

    Britain’s biggest trade union has stepped up its campaign against private equity groups’ efforts to limit corporate taxes,...

  21. August 6, 2013

    Zero-hours work kept down dole queues, says CBI

    The UK’s dole queues would have topped 3m during the recession had it not been for zero-hour contracts, the CBI said on...

  22. Westminster Blog

    June 18, 2013

    Osborne, the G8, tax transparency and high street retailers

    George Osborne this morning raised hopes of an imminent G8 deal on a new tax “register” showing the ownership structure of...

  23. June 17, 2013

    Anger at Alliance Boots tax breaks

    Alliance Boots has accumulated a tax credit on £5bn of profit in the past six years, prompting calls by unions and MPs for...

  24. May 15, 2013

    Alliance Boots chief defends tax payments

    Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, defended the amount of tax paid by the retailer and pharmaceutical...

  25. May 6, 2013

    Alliance Boots aims to be in the vanguard of China consolidation

    Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, is looking to China for his next big deal, nine months after...

  26. May 6, 2013

    Stefano Pessina has his eye on a global goal for Alliance Boots

    Less than a year after pulling off the deal of a lifetime – to sell the whole of privately owned Alliance Boots to Walgreens...

  27. March 28, 2013

    The lady doth protest too much

    It must have felt a bit like being mugged by Angela Rippon. Laura Ashley, the chintzy frocks ‘n’ furnishings retailer,...

  28. March 20, 2013

    Walgreen: empire building

    How hard can it be to move a bunch of pills around? Hard. Pharma distribution is a big business because the inventory is...

  29. March 19, 2013

    Boots and Walgreens add to pharma empire

    Alliance Boots and Walgreens have added another element to their health and pharmaceutical empire in a deal to buy more...

  30. March 19, 2013

    Cyprus levy concerns weigh on US stocks

    Wall Street reversed early gains and closed mainly lower on Tuesday as fears over the imposition of a levy on bank deposits...

  31. March 3, 2013

    KKR rejigs European dealmaking team

    KKR, the New York-based private equity group, is rejuvenating its team of European dealmakers as it seeks a fresh start...

  32. February 25, 2013

    MasterCard moves into mobile payments

    MasterCard unveiled its long-awaited foray into the mobile payments market at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on...

  33. January 29, 2013

    Virgin Care opens clinic in Boots outlet

    Virgin Care, part of Sir Richard Branson’s business empire, has opened a sexual health clinic in an outlet of Boots, the...

  34. January 20, 2013

    European buyouts suffer winter freeze

    The emergence last week of a potential $20bn private equity “mega-buyout” in the US is a slap in the face for the European...

  35. January 7, 2013

    ‘Mega deals’ help UK to buck M&A trend

    There was a nearly 5 per cent rise in the value of UK mergers and acquisitions in 2012, driven by the largest number of...

  36. November 12, 2012

    Businesses encourage worker involvement

    The heads of some of Britain’s largest businesses are to launch an initiative to persuade others to take employee engagement...

  37. October 26, 2012

    KKR falls short on N America fundraising

    KKR has raised only $6.2bn for its latest North American buyout fund, short of an expected $8bn, as investor enthusiasm for...

  38. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Sberbank plans $5.4bn share sale * Top Chinese bank targets Europe * US to launch WTO action against China * India:...

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