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  1. September 7, 2014

    Mad men get worked up over ad trading desks

    For the world’s largest marketing services companies such as WPP, Publicis and Omnicom, buying and selling online...

  2. August 31, 2014

    Yannick Bolloré: a buccaneer’s son at the helm of Havas

    The world according to Yannick Bolloré consists of two types of people: those who, faced with change, hunker down and try to...

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  1. August 26, 2014

    WPP: buying in bulk

    How WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell must have enjoyed that Friday back in May. As Publicis and Omnicom scrambled to...

  2. July 31, 2014

    RTL buys online video advertising group

    Europe’s largest broadcasting group, RTL, has made an unusual bet on the growth of online video, paying $144m for a majority...

  3. July 24, 2014

    Activist hedge fund Elliott to push for Interpublic sale

    Elliott Management, the activist hedge fund, has acquired a stake in Interpublic Group and plans to push the $8.5bn...

  4. July 22, 2014

    Omnicom profits up on advertising growth

    Omnicom eased worries over its failed merger with France’s Publicis as it reported better than expected revenue and profit...

  5. May 23, 2014

    David Abbott, advertising executive, 1938-2014

    David Abbott, copywriter Advertising may often be denounced as dull, irritating or misleading; its practitioners ruthless...

  6. May 16, 2014

    Letter from Lex: let’s make a deal

    Readers, Spring is in the air and M&A bankers are looking forward to a long, busy summer. Yes, last week’s collapse of the...

  7. May 15, 2014

    Dixons / Carphone: party line

    Argh. Another “merger of equals”. The collapse last week of the Publicis/Omnicom merger did not deter UK retailers Dixons...

  8. May 9, 2014

    Advertising titans call off ‘merger of equals’

    As John Wren stood on the rooftop of Publicis’ Paris headquarters overlooking the Arc de Triomphe last year, he turned to...

  9. May 9, 2014

    Publicis / Omnicom: myth and reality

    The tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, and the merger of equals. If you are an adult, it’s time to let go. DaimlerChrysler?...

  10. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE As news of defaults filter out from China, David asks: won’t somebody think of the...

  11. May 9, 2014

    Publicis-Omnicom entente cordiale ends in recriminations

    The feuding that derailed a $35bn planned merger of Publicis and Omnicom broke into the open on Friday even as the two...

  12. May 9, 2014

    Lévy blames takeover risk for Publicis-Omnicom merger failure

    The $35bn merger of Publicis and Omnicom collapsed after the deal to create the world’s largest advertising company started...

  13. April 29, 2014

    Tax avoidance: The Irish inversion

    The global headquarters of Endo International is so new that, apart from a few desktop computers, the most visible purchase...

  14. April 25, 2014

    Pending merger of Publicis and Omnicom gives WPP a boost

    WPP has suggested it is already benefiting from the pending merger of its rivals Publicis and Omnicom, saying it has seen a...

  15. April 22, 2014

    Tax issues threaten Publicis-Omnicom deal

    Unforeseen tax issues have thrown the $35bn merger of Publicis and Omnicom into jeopardy, threatening to torpedo plans to...

  16. March 10, 2014

    Facebook gains on analyst optimism

    Facebook climbed on Monday as analysts at UBS raised their price target on the world’s largest social networking site to...

  17. March 9, 2014

    WPP chief Sorrell receives £23m payout

    It’s been a tough 12 months for Sir Martin Sorrell, but £22.7m in shares should help. Sir Martin, the chief executive of...

  18. February 11, 2014

    China’s antitrust clearance holds up Publicis and Omnicom merger

    Delays in obtaining antitrust clearance from China for the $35bn Publicis and Omnicom merger, among other complications, are...

  19. September 15, 2013

    Automated ads aim to make marketing visions a reality

    The lights went out at the Super Bowl and minutes later Oreo posted a message to Twitter with a picture that said: “You can...

  20. September 1, 2013

    Dentsu chief open to further tie-ups

    Dentsu, the acquisitive Japanese advertising group that bought UK agency Aegis last year for £3.2bn, is positioning itself...

  21. August 29, 2013

    WPP raises its sights on revenues

    WPP lifted its expectations for annual revenue growth for 2013 as the group reported underlying sales up 5 per cent in July...

  22. August 29, 2013

    WPP weighs options as bigger rival emerges

    Sir Martin Sorrell has made his views clear. In the wake of the agreed merger between Publicis and Omnicom, which will...

  23. August 12, 2013

    US acquirers cut taxes by relocating to Europe after mergers

    A growing number of US companies are set to save hundreds of millions of dollars in tax by relocating to Europe after...

  24. August 7, 2013

    Emerging markets key to Publicis-Omnicom deal

    Part of the rationale behind the $35bn Omnicom-Publicis tie-up is an empire-building land-grab into emerging markets. Growth...

  25. August 4, 2013

    Publicis chief puts accent on loyalty

    Maurice Lévy, chief executive of Publicis Groupe, has revealed that the chances of agreeing a merger with Omnicom had become...

  26. beyondbrics

    August 3, 2013

    The Weekender, August 3

    The week in emerging markets, featuring: our top 10 most read; five things we have learned; our favourite long reads; the...

  27. August 2, 2013

    The joys of going it alone

    At first, when you scan the cultural landscape, it seems like everything is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Times are...

  28. August 2, 2013

    Better ways to play the merger mania

    Mega mergers are back. This week, advertising groups Omnicom and Publicis announced a $35bn tie-up. Just a day or two...

  29. August 2, 2013

    Maurice Lévy: not ready to face his swansong

    For someone who adores the spotlight, there can have been fewer sweeter moments for Maurice Lévy than when he entered a...

  30. August 2, 2013

    Letter from Lex: a fitting bit of spin

    Big deal. This week was defined by one, as the world’s second and third-largest advertising groups Omnicom and Publicis...

  31. August 1, 2013

    Publicis and Omnicom advisers to receive nearly $70m

    Financial advisers are in line to receive nearly $70m for their work on the $35bn merger of Publicis and Omnicom, the...

  32. August 1, 2013

    Publicis Omnicom Group lays out long succession plans

    Publicis and Omnicom have laid out succession plans as part of their $35bn merger plan that could see their current leaders...

  33. July 31, 2013

    CBS unfazed by Publicis-Omnicom deal

    CBS, owner of the top-rated US broadcast network, has “no great concerns” about the proposed merger of Publicis and Omnicom,...

  34. July 31, 2013

    Inside Business: Time for Publicis Omnicom Group’s PR firms to prove their worth

    In a 1988 foreword to Confessions of an Advertising Man – his indiscreet romp of an industry rule book – the late David...

  35. July 31, 2013

    Top Omnicom shareholders welcome Publicis merger deal

    Market reaction to Publicis and Omnicom’s transatlantic advertising and marketing merger plans has been cool, with shares in...

  36. July 30, 2013

    Publicis and Omnicom face antitrust hurdle

    For all the breezy talk of a regulatory greenlight for Christmas, Publicis and Omnicom must still navigate an often...

  37. July 30, 2013

    Publicis and Omnicom must fight for talent

    Alex Bogusky was the young superstar of adland. Called “Advertising’s Elvis,” the often long-haired creative legend graced...

  38. July 30, 2013

    A glimpse into the second golden age of advertising

    “Google and Facebook are attacking,” came the cry from Madison Avenue. “Circle the wagons,” was the answer from France. And...

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