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    1. December 17, 2014

      The trouble with dribbles

      Ladies do not sweat. They glow. Similarly, Her Majesty’s Treasury will not “dribble out” Lloyds shares worth some £3bn,...

    2. October 26, 2014

      John Caudwell: a billionaire on a budget

      John Caudwell, the mobile phone retail billionaire, is worrying that the readers of the FT will think him “stark raving...

    1. October 14, 2014

      EE agrees to acquire final part of Phones 4U

      EE has agreed a deal to acquire the Phones 4U mobile business, which has continued to operate across the UK after the demise...

    2. October 9, 2014

      UK high street store closure rate stays stubbornly high

      The rate of UK high street store closures remains stubbornly high, despite the strengthening economy. Some 16 stores a day...

    3. September 21, 2014

      EE and Dixons Carphone poised to acquire parts of Phones 4U

      More Phones 4U stores are set to be rescued as EE and Dixons Carphone closed in on deals to take over parts of the collapsed...

    4. September 21, 2014

      Private equity, not the mobile, killed Phones 4U

      When a high street chain falls down dead, it is never long before the accusations of murder start to fly. Last week, after...

    5. September 19, 2014

      Vodafone buyout of stores saves 900 Phones 4U jobs

      Nearly 900 jobs at Phones 4U were saved on Friday after Vodafone agreed to buy about a quarter of stores operated by the...

    6. September 19, 2014

      Week in Review, September 20

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Air France flights cancelled due to...

    7. September 19, 2014

      When buying bonds can damage your wealth

      Buying bonds can damage your wealth. Buying junk bonds . . . well, what does it say on the label? The buyers of the bonds...

    8. September 18, 2014

      Blow to Phones 4U debt-for-equity swap

      Plans for a debt-for-equity swap by the bondholders in Phones 4U have been dealt a blow after the retailer’s administrator...

    9. September 17, 2014

      Phones 4U bondholders seek debt-for-equity swap

      Bondholders in Phones 4U have proposed plans for a debt-for-equity swap that would keep the retailer in business as the...

    10. September 16, 2014

      Operators in talks to acquire Phones 4U

      Two of the mobile operators that contributed to the demise of Phones 4U by withdrawing their business in the past few weeks...

    11. September 15, 2014

      Phones 4U founder calls for probe

      John Caudwell, the outspoken founder of Phones 4U, has called for the markets regulator to investigate whether the “bully...

    12. September 15, 2014

      Accusations fly after Phones 4U collapse

      The abrupt collapse of Phones 4U, the British high street retailer founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell, has sparked a...

    13. September 15, 2014

      From Phones 4U to philanthropy: John Caudwell

      John Caudwell, the 61-year old billionaire founder of Phones 4U which collapsed into administration on Sunday night,...

    14. September 15, 2014

      Q&A: The demise of Phones 4U

      Why has Phones 4U collapsed? The withdrawal of telecoms operators EE and Vodafone in recent weeks left Phones 4U with no...

    15. September 15, 2014

      Tough questions over Phones 4U merit proper answers

      For John Caudwell to accuse Vodafone of ruthlessness in dropping retail distributor Phones4U is rather like Genghis Khan...

    16. September 15, 2014

      Junk 4 U

      It’s sad to see any business file for administration. Still, with the fall of Phones4U, you could argue that the days of...

    17. September 14, 2014

      Phones 4U owner clashes with mobile groups Vodafone and EE

      The abrupt failure at Phones 4U, the British retailer founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell, has sparked a heated blame game...

    18. September 1, 2014

      Phones 4U loses contract with Vodafone

      Phones 4U, the British phone retailer which is controlled by BC Partners, the private equity group, stands to lose a major...

    19. May 16, 2014

      Phones 4U valuation hit by Dixons-Carphone Warehouse merger

      The private equity backer of Phones 4U has written down the value of its residual investment in the mobile phone retailer by...

    20. May 15, 2014

      Carphone Warehouse deal with Dixons strengthens defences

      Sir Charles Dunstone has been in the vanguard of the electrical retail trade over the past two decades, managing to take...

    21. April 3, 2014

      Vodafone to add 150 retail outlets in UK

      Vodafone, the telecoms operator, will open 150 shops and create 1,400 jobs in the UK under plans for the largest capital...

    22. March 24, 2014

      Carphone buyer talk fails to ring true

      Carphone Warehouse had a wobble on Monday amid fears that it might be left on the shelf. The retailer dropped as much as 6.4...

    23. February 7, 2014

      End of the line for ‘Creme Eggs at the till’

      A few weeks ago, public health campaigners scored a victory when discount supermarket chain Lidl promised to stop selling...

    24. January 22, 2014

      Need for liquidity is key takeaway for Just Eat IPO

      Which do you fancy ordering – a high-tech business on a racy multiple or a restaurant-like company on a more mundane rating?...

    25. January 21, 2014

      BC Partners considers £1bn Phones4U listing

      BC Partners is considering plans to float Phones4U this year on the London Stock Exchange, where it would join a parade of...

    26. September 16, 2013

      BC Partners recoups cash used in Phones4U buyout

      BC Partners will recoup all of the cash used in the buyout of Phones4U after the UK phone retailer issued £200m of bonds...

    27. July 11, 2013

      The do’s and don’ts for two-wheeled commuters in the City

      “I’ve always cycled to meetings,” says John Caudwell, the entrepreneur who founded mobile phone retailer Phones4U. “I...

    28. July 3, 2013

      Mobile phone insurer fined £2.8m

      An insurance intermediary that administers mobile phone policies on behalf of Phones 4U has been fined £2.8m for poor...

    29. January 22, 2013

      Phones 4u taps EE’s superfast 4G network

      Phones 4u, the UK’s second largest phone retailer, will launch a mobile network business later this year that will use the...

    30. December 14, 2012

      BC Partners’ top dealmaker to quit

      One of the chief UK dealmakers at BC Partners is leaving after 12 years at one of Europe’s biggest private equity groups...

    31. August 13, 2012

      UK grapples with youth unemployment

      When Kimberly Roberts applies for jobs she slips a little red, white and grey card into the envelope with her CV that says:...

    32. April 2, 2012

      Morrison makes youth job creation pledge

      Morrison will offer at least 2,000 new jobs to young people under the government’s £1bn “youth contract”, which was launched...

    33. February 14, 2012

      Vodafone keeps its merger powder dry

      Vodafone appeared to be more interested in deals during the past few months than for the past several years, but the FTSE...

    34. October 27, 2011

      Cordea Savills to launch £250m property fund

      Cordea Savills, the asset manager, is looking to cash in on the rampant demand for luxury homes in London by launching a...

    35. October 12, 2011

      Caudwell buys Mayfair car park for £150m

      John Caudwell, the entrepreneur and founder of Phones 4U, is set to pay Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency close to...

    36. June 26, 2011

      Lack of big deals hits private equity

      UK private equity managers have tightened their purse strings in the first half of the year, as economic uncertainty and...

    37. March 24, 2011

      Dealmakers seek rapid high-yield bond sales

      European leveraged takeovers are increasingly being structured to allow for the immediate sale of high-yield bonds to reduce...

    38. March 18, 2011

      BC Partners snaps up Phones 4U

      BC Partners, the London buy-out group, has agreed to purchase Phones 4U, several months after talks to sell the UK...

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