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    1. August 24, 2015

      Shares in RSA buoyed as Zurich talks progress

      Shares in the insurer RSA were buoyed on Monday as hopes rose that Zurich may yet salvage a deal to buy its UK rival,...

    2. August 23, 2015

      Zurich Insurance seeks more time for £5bn RSA offer

      Zurich Insurance has called on its bid target RSA to give it more time to table a formal offer for its UK rival after...

    1. June 1, 2015

      Cameron seeks to reward stealth Tories with Lloyds share sale

      Conservatism was the love that dared not speak its name in last month’s election. Stealth Tories confounded pollsters...

    2. May 14, 2015

      Adding ex-spy Sawers to BP board could spook nervous customers

      Different non-executive directors have different core competences. Some are good at passing the port with an avuncular...

    3. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2015

      Mum may be off the hook at New World, the board less so

      Two more announcements land from New World Oil & Gas, the tiny oil and gas exploration company at the center of a...

    4. FT Alphaville

      May 11, 2015

      New World: from the mother of short squeezes, to someone's actual mother

      Expanded? Loosened? Dumped? A market flooded? Whatever the opposite of a short squeeze is, it appears to have happened...

    5. April 16, 2015

      Takeover Panel picks Rothschild banker as next director-general

      Britain’s Takeover Panel, which governs mergers and acquisitions, has tapped veteran NM Rothschild rainmaker Crispin...

    6. March 1, 2015

      Takeover Panel takes aim at small-cap conduct

      The Takeover Panel has donned a Stetson, polished its sheriff’s badge and ridden into the small frontier town of Aim....

    7. FT Alphaville

      February 23, 2015

      Bad Bob Morton, censured

      Worth noting this, since Arthur Leonard Robert Morton (73), commonly known as “Bob,” has been a fixture at the smaller...

    8. January 30, 2015

      Seplat granted extension for Afren offer

      Seplat, the Nigeria-focused oil group, has been granted a further two weeks to make a formal offer for its distressed...

    9. November 18, 2014

      Salamander Energy shares fall as Cepsa turns away from bid

      Shares in Salamander Energy fell by over a sixth in value on Tuesday after a consortium led by Spanish oil company...

    10. September 18, 2014

      Escalating fines make banks red line countries that need money most

      Dangerous stuff, money. People can do literally anything with it, from building hospitals to blowing them up. Safer to...

    11. September 15, 2014

      Takeover Panel proposes tougher rules for deal promises

      The body that polices UK dealmaking has proposed strengthening its governing Takeover Code to address promises made...

    12. September 4, 2014

      HP failed to break free of English incubus

      Dispiritingly, some women newscasters have employment contracts containing a form of “material adverse change clause”....

    13. August 19, 2014

      BHP’s spin-off will go with the flow

      It is appropriate that BHP Billiton’s demerger, codenamed Operation River, will result in what looks like a run-off...

    14. August 18, 2014

      Balfour Beatty in talks to sell US arm to WSP for £700m

      Balfour Beatty is in advanced talks to sell its US design consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for £700m, as...

    15. July 14, 2014

      Quindell starts on long road back to favour

      Quindell has learnt its first lesson in the school of corporate penitence. Its unusually long update went a step...

    16. July 13, 2014

      Vince Cable plans to toughen up takeover rules

      Vince Cable plans to strengthen Britain’s takeover rules to make it harder for international bidders to renege on...

    17. July 9, 2014

      AbbVie retraction shows panel has teeth

      Perhaps Richard Gonzalez did not make it to page 190 of the Takeover Code. The inch-thick document, written by the UK...

    18. July 9, 2014

      Five examples of the UK Takeover Code in action

      AbbVie’s statement on Wednesday was not the first time that a company has been forced to clarify its position because...

    19. July 9, 2014

      UK Takeover Panel forces AbbVie to retract claims of Shire support

      AbbVie has been forced to issue an unusual retraction a day after the US pharmaceuticals company said Shire...

    20. July 8, 2014

      AbbVie avoids Pfizer errors in bear hug against Shire

      My pals are bigger than your pals. AbbVie has resorted to an old playground intimidation tactic, by implying a majority...

    21. July 2, 2014

      Board appointments for women show virtues of self-regulation

      Does self-regulation work? I think it is better than legislation for almost anything. Just look at the Takeover Panel,...

    22. June 27, 2014

      Reflecting on a 40-year investment

      I have just signed an irrevocable letter of acceptance for the 1.3 per cent of contractor and developer Pochin’s that I...

    23. May 29, 2014

      UK lesson for Stryker and Pfizer

      Twice in two weeks, US companies interested in buying UK groups have walked away after coming up against British...

    24. May 22, 2014

      Judging the panel on AstraZeneca

      Britain’s takeover rules exist to reassure investors that if a company they own is involved in a deal they will have...

    25. May 21, 2014

      UK Takeover Panel: code game

      Bidder and target issue clarifications; opacity increases. This week’s statements from Pfizer and AstraZeneca should...

    26. May 21, 2014

      Pfizer and AstraZeneca locked in war of nerves over merger deal

      By Andrew Ward, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent Dead or alive? With five days left before the deadline for Pfizer to turn...

    27. May 14, 2014

      Investors must have the final word on AstraZeneca

      The proposed takeover by Pfizer of AstraZeneca has engaged the public, enraged politicians and triggered, in some...

    28. May 13, 2014

      Unions call on ministers to block Pfizer bid for AstraZeneca

      Unions representing AstraZeneca workers are urging ministers to intervene to block a £63bn takeover by Pfizer, fearing...

    29. FT Alphaville

      May 12, 2014

      Circumventing Rule 19.4 of the Code...

      Back in the day, hostile takeover battles in the UK were fought, at least partially, through full page adverts in the...

    30. May 5, 2014

      Pfizer faces trickier takeover rules

      In its pursuit of its quarry, Pfizer will have to negotiate UK takeover rules that have become trickier to navigate...

    31. April 29, 2014

      Carphone Warehouse steps up expansion before planned Dixons deal

      Carphone Warehouse, the high street retailer of connected electrical devices, has stepped up its European expansion...

    32. March 14, 2014

      Essar Energy bid turns hostile

      The majority owner of Essar Energy has gone hostile with its controversial offer to take the Indian-focused oil...

    33. March 7, 2014

      AT&T chief cools hopes of Vodafone bid

      Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chief executive, poured more cold water on speculation that the US telecoms group might bid...

    34. January 27, 2014

      AT&T / Vodafone: telecoms deal on hold

      Britain’s Takeover Panel wants bids for companies to proceed in an orderly fashion and investors to be treated fairly....

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 21, 2013

      "This bank will remain the Co-operative Bank"

      That would be Euan Sutherland, chief executive of the Co-operative Group, announcing “we have been listening carefully”...

    36. September 13, 2013

      HR Owen board recommends £42m Berjaya bid despite probe

      The board of HR Owen has recommended a £42m takeover bid by investment group Berjaya Philippines, in spite of an...

    37. September 13, 2013

      M+W Group drops interest in Kentz

      The prospects for a takeover of oilfield engineer Kentz fizzled out on Friday when M+W Group, a German engineering...

    38. September 12, 2013

      UK regulators probe takeover bid for HR Owen

      Regulators are probing whether a Hong Kong-based company linked to the former chairman of ENRC is involved with a...

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