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    1. October 15, 2014

      Inversions should not (hop) scotch healthy trend for tax competition

      We come not to bury tax inversions but to praise them. The news that US drugs group AbbVie of the US may back out of its...

    2. September 30, 2014

      Quarterly loss sends Walgreens down

      An unexpected quarterly loss from Walgreens weighed on shares of the largest US drugstore chain. The Illinois-based company...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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....

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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,...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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