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    1. May 3, 2015

      Warren Buffett forced to defend relationship with Brazil’s 3G Capital

      Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are expressing unease at the company’s deepening relationship with private equity group 3G...

    2. April 27, 2015

      Investor advisory group backs Peltz for DuPont board

      Nelson Peltz, the activist investor, won the backing of an influential shareholder advisory group in his battle for a seat...

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    1. March 30, 2015

      Dealmakers have fastest start since 2007

      Global dealmaking is off to its fastest start since 2007, with the value of mergers and acquisitions struck in the first...

    2. March 30, 2015

      US jobs report crowns active week ahead

      For investors the focus this week will probably switch from blockbuster corporate deals to economic and political...

    3. March 27, 2015

      Kraft Heinz will have to pass taste test

      Heinz ketchup, Oscar Meyer hot dogs, Kool-Aid, Jell-O and Kraft Singles processed cheese slices — it could be the perfect...

    4. March 26, 2015

      3G cost-cutters struggle over food sales

      “Costs are like [finger]nails; they always need to be cut,” is the business mantra of Beto Sicupira, one of the three...

    5. March 26, 2015

      Warren Buffett wins two ways on Heinz

      Warren Buffett won two ways on the leveraged buyout of Heinz in 2013, doubling his money on his equity investment and...

    6. March 25, 2015

      Brazilian 3G trio display their voracious appetite again

      Brazilian buyout group eyes Kraft The Brazilian trio behind 3G — Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto...

    7. March 25, 2015

      Kraft deal offers glimpse into Berkshire’s future

      Warren Buffett turned Berkshire Hathaway into the second-largest company in the US by buying businesses and letting their...

    8. March 25, 2015

      Ruthless operating focus behind 3G rise

      In just seven years, 3G has put the entire US consumer sector on alert. Founded in 2004 by billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann,...

    9. March 25, 2015

      Heinz/Kraft: debt of gratitude

      The archetypical private equity buyout takes a company with a stout, if conservative, balance sheet and piles on debt to...

    10. FT Alphaville

      March 25, 2015

      Tomato ketchup, mac n' cheese, kool-aid, private equity existential doubt and anomie

      Well, shouldn’t buyout firms be a little perturbed by things like this? PITTSBURGH and NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 25, 2015...

    11. March 25, 2015

      Kraft Heinz: The right ingredients for a deal

      The merger of Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz orchestrated by 3G Capital, the private equity vehicle of three Brazilian...

    12. March 25, 2015

      Heinz swallows Kraft in deal engineered by Warren Buffett and 3G

      Slideshow: Brazilian buyout group eyes Kraft Heinz is to take over Kraft Foods to create one of North America’s biggest food...

    13. January 27, 2015

      Bond markets rush to beat blizzard chaos

      Corporate borrowers rushed to raise funds on US debt capital markets on Monday ahead of a policy meeting by the Federal...

    14. January 16, 2015

      Pepsi and Peltz end two-year feud

      A two-year stand-off between PepsiCo and activist investor Nelson Peltz over whether the company should be broken up ended...

    15. October 21, 2014

      Ireland’s economy remains rooted in agriculture

      Over three days in late September, in glorious Indian summer weather, nearly 300,000 people turned out for the biggest...

    16. August 26, 2014

      Burger King chief takes aim at McDonald’s

      In 1985, when Daniel Schwartz was a child, Burger King introduced the Croissan’wich and entered into battle with McDonald’s...

    17. August 26, 2014

      Burger King: Doughnuts are sugary

      3G Capital, the Brazilian investment group that owns most of Burger King (and acquired HJ Heinz last year), is well known...

    18. July 18, 2014

      Tony O’Reilly, tycoon who gambled and lost

      Earlier this year, a discreet classified advertisement appeared in the pages of the Irish Times. “For sale. Private...

    19. May 30, 2014

      Hillshire bidding war sets up Wall St food fight

      Pickles may go with sandwiches, as Hillshire Brands chief executive Sean Connolly put it two weeks ago. But many were...

    20. April 10, 2014

      Boutique banks: Lex in-depth

      Small, simple and agile Shopping in the boutiques The bottom of the current merger cycle was marked by a moment of delicious...

    21. December 8, 2013

      Heinz bottom of food chain

      Burger King, Mars and HJ Heinz have been named as some of the worst offenders in a European benchmark that tracks how food...

    22. 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...

    23. 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....

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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