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    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...

  2. July 22, 2014

    Publicis eyes new acquisitions to help weather ‘difficult’ year

    Publicis, the French advertising group, is revising its five-year growth plan with a view to accelerate investment and make...

  1. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Peace. Love. Higher returns: If you’ve already bought your ticket for Camp Alphaville… well done. If not, click here. Out...

  2. May 19, 2014

    Time for a consigliere, not a vain alpha CEO

    Self-castration was such a popular path to a high-flying advisory career in China’s imperial court that the Ming dynasty...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. FT Alphaville

    May 14, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - No one (important) wants faster growth. - What the Economist forgot in its history of financial...

  6. 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...

  7. May 9, 2014

    Holcim / Lafarge: not so wholesome

    The Omnicom/Publicis deal died before completion, killed by internal contradictions. This early demise, embarrassing as it...

  8. Business Blog

    May 9, 2014

    Three merger lessons from the collapse of Omnicom-Publicis

    The collapse of the proposed Omnicom-Publicis merger, a bravado effort to override cultural differences, executive egos and...

  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. Business Blog

    May 9, 2014

    Omnicom-Publicis: car crash averted

    Graves at the Père-Lachaise-cemetery in Paris I’ve been wondering about the most suitable place to commemorate the death of...

  12. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2014

    The *ahem* 7am London Cut

    With apologies for the delay, we had tech issues… Markets: Asia-Pacific markets are ending the week on a mixed note after...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. FT Alphaville

    April 22, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Martin Wolf: a more equal society will not hinder growth. - Solar energy will keep on keeping on....

  18. 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...

  19. March 9, 2014

    UK mobile ad spend forecast to overtake newspaper expenditure

    UK advertising spending on mobile devices will overtake spending on newspapers this year for the first time, according to a...

  20. 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...

  21. February 13, 2014

    Publicis hit by postponed campaigns and emerging markets slowdown

    Advertising group Publicis ended last year with a sombre tone after campaign postponements and economic slowdown in China...

  22. 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...

  23. November 21, 2013

    Publicis in talks to buy Walker Media stake from M&C Saatchi

    M&C Saatchi is in talks to sell a majority stake in Walker Media to Publicis Groupe, the latest sign that media buying power...

  24. October 16, 2013

    Emerging markets slowdown depresses growth at Publicis

    Slowdowns in China, India and Russia depressed revenue growth at Publicis in the third quarter with the marketing services...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. August 6, 2013

    Is keeping an old office the way to preserve a legacy?

    THE PROBLEM Maurice Lévy has revealed that Publicis maintains the office of founder Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in the exact...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. August 2, 2013

    Facebook and Twitter race to siphon off TV ad budgets

    As families flock to their August holiday spots, Facebook is keeping advertisers on their trails. Facebook sales reps are...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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