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  1. August 12, 2013

    CVC nears deal to buy Campbell Soup’s European brands

    Campbell Soup is in “exclusive and final” talks to sell its soup and sauce brands in continental Europe to private equity...

  2. July 14, 2013

    Activist investors fuel event-driven returns

    Dell, Apple and Herbalife are just some of the companies to have come under intense activist-investor pressure this year....

  3. June 27, 2013

    Private equity groups suffer from lack of fresh deals

    After a robust start to the year, volumes of leveraged buyouts shrank in the second quarter, highlighting the erratic...

  4. June 2, 2013

    Cautious Wells Fargo reluctant to dash off to foreign lands

    Wells Fargo has been one of the biggest success stories of banking measured by the premium it is awarded in the market. With...

  5. May 30, 2013

    Warren Buffett / NV Energy: underpowered deal

    Warren Buffett says be greedy when everyone else is fearful. So it is no surprise that his utility MidAmerican Energy swept...

  6. May 29, 2013

    Berkshire spends $5.6bn on NV Energy

    Berkshire Hathaway on Wednesday agreed to buy NV Energy, a power company serving customers in Nevada, for $5.6bn, saying the...

  7. May 16, 2013

    Deal making: Lucrative business transactions help cash flow in both directions

    The day he announced his $28bn deal to buy Heinz, the US food group, Warren Buffett, known as the “Sage of Omaha”, waxed...

  8. May 1, 2013

    Warren Buffett pays $2bn for control of Israeli group

    Berkshire Hathaway, the $262bn conglomerate controlled by Warren Buffett, will pay $2bn to acquire the remaining 20 per cent...

  9. April 21, 2013

    Kames quits European periphery

    Kames Capital’s Phil Milburn is selling down the remainder of his peripheral European holdings in his £1.4bn High Yield Bond...

  10. April 9, 2013

    Junk bonds: music resumes

    It looked, for a moment there, like the post-crisis junk bond party was finally winding down. Sophisticated investors were...

  11. March 27, 2013

    M&A deal values hit by turmoil in Europe

    Four megadeals and a jump in initial public offerings have failed to drastically improve the fortunes of dealmakers over the...

  12. March 22, 2013

    US junk bond dash belies eurozone fears

    Sales of junk bonds in the US debt markets jumped to their highest level in 2013 this week even as renewed worries over the...

  13. March 18, 2013

    Food stocks: stay overweight

    Lardy, distended, porcine, obese. Or is the right word full-figured, voluptuous, Rubenesque? With food stocks, it’s hard to...

  14. March 15, 2013

    Fed sets up risk of future disappointment

    It feels almost indecent. This week, the S&P 500 came within two points of an all-time high even though the US unemployment...

  15. March 12, 2013

    Danone beats US rivals on nutrition index

    European food and drink producers led by Danone score higher on a new ranking of nutritious and affordable products than...

  16. March 10, 2013

    Spring is in the air, but frost may return

    Fund managers may be much cheered by recent fund flow data that suggests investors have finally recovered their appetite for...

  17. March 5, 2013

    Heinz chief could be entitled to $56m deal

    Heinz chief executive William Johnson will be entitled to a $56m “golden parachute” if the company’s new owners fire him...

  18. March 3, 2013

    Buffett sees opportunity in uncertainty

    Shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway hoping for a window into the future for the $250bn conglomerate in its chairman’s annual...

  19. March 1, 2013

    Buffett on safari for another big deal

    Warren Buffett said that his “subpar” investment performance in 2012 was a disappointment but that he and Berkshire Hathaway...

  20. March 1, 2013

    Goldman cuts legal loss estimate by $100m

    Goldman Sachs has cut its estimate of potential losses from lawsuits and other legal matters, in a fresh sign that it is...

  21. February 27, 2013

    Loans demand signals return of buyouts

    You wait years for a mega buyout deal to come along and then several arrive at once. But from Heinz to Virgin Media, it is...

  22. February 26, 2013

    LBOs and bonds: animal antidote

    Almost everyone is convinced that the back-to-back buyouts for Dell and Heinz have not rekindled the “animal spirits” of...

  23. February 25, 2013

    Yum Brands tightens Chinese supply chain

    Yum Brands is fighting to restore its battered image in China, vowing to tighten monitoring of its mainland supply chain...

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    February 24, 2013

    Week ahead, Feb 25 - March 1

    A look at the week ahead from beyondbrics, featuring: GDP data from South Africa, India and Nigeria; results from Heinz,...

  25. February 22, 2013

    Buyout firms must sell before buying again

    Private equity is a paradox. When financial markets rally, buyout activity picks up, and vice versa. Sure enough, with both...

  26. February 20, 2013

    A spa treatment for Brazilian corruption

    If 1,583,585 (and counting) people signed a petition saying how much they hated you, how would you feel? Stressed, probably....

  27. February 19, 2013

    HSBC bids farewell to Panama

    Panama is home to straw hats, General Noriega, and, at one time, death-faking “canoe man” John Darwin. But it will no longer...

  28. February 19, 2013

    Heinz deal puts 3G in limelight

    On the website of the Brazilian spearfishing confederation, Carlos Alberto Sicupira appears alongside his record Blue Marlin...

  29. February 19, 2013

    Checkout guy

    Quoted companies have to cope with unwanted shareholders, just as hotels have to accommodate unwelcome guests. But the long...

  30. February 18, 2013

    Buffett brand has more beans than Heinz

    By now the “Buffett deal” has become familiar: an investment by Berkshire Hathaway that includes high-yield preferred stock...

  31. February 17, 2013

    M&A: big boring buyouts

    We are witnessing the dullest merger boom of all time. Dell, Heinz, NBCU, Virgin Media and American Airlines are all set to...

  32. February 17, 2013

    Buffett tastes ‘quality’ not ‘value’ in Heinz

    It is always tempting to extrapolate too much from a startling data point or two. This week’s news that Warren Buffett, the...

  33. February 15, 2013

    Swiss account frozen over Heinz trades

    The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged a Swiss bank account was used to improperly buy derivatives contracts in...

  34. February 15, 2013

    Heinz deal set to shake up US food sector

    At an annual gathering of executives and analysts in sun-soaked Boca Raton last year, William Johnson, head of Heinz,...

  35. February 15, 2013

    Burger King: no special sauce

    Call it a combo meal. Earnings at Burger King, the fast food chain, doubled in the fourth quarter. A revamped menu and...

  36. February 14, 2013

    Call options jump before Heinz deal

    Derivatives traders sharply increased their bets on a rise in the Heinz share price in the hours before the deal was...

  37. February 14, 2013

    Baar necessities for JPM’s Gulati

    Relocation is so popular with hedgies and daytime TV that a collision is inevitable*: Amanda Lamb: Welcome to Escape from...

  38. February 14, 2013

    Heinz deal brings it back to its roots

    The $28bn acquisition of Heinz by Warren Buffett and 3G Capital is a landmark moment in the journey of a company that began...

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