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  1. 23 hours ago

    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 vehicle....

  2. 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 the...

  1. 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 towards...

  2. 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 promises...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 of the...

  5. 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 shareholders...

  6. 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 of...

  7. 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, which...

  8. 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 own....

  9. 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 takeover...

  10. 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 the...

  11. May 21, 2014

    UK Takeover Panel: code game

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

  12. 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 its...

  13. 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 quarters,...

  14. 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 any...

  15. 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 press....

  16. 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 since...

  17. 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 plans...

  18. 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 refining and...

  19. 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 for...

  20. 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. Very...

  21. 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” to...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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 hostile...

  25. June 23, 2013

    ENRC founders stand firm behind terms to take miner private

    The oligarch founders of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) have stood firm behind the terms of a conditional...

  26. June 11, 2013

    LongRiver withdraws bidding interest in Severn Trent

    LongRiver Partners has withdrawn its interest in bidding for Severn Trent, following the UK water company’s refusal to enter...

  27. June 10, 2013

    Severn Trent shares tumble as Takeover Panel deadline looms

    Shares in Severn Trent dropped below £20 on Monday as LongRiver, the consortium that has had three conditional offers...

  28. June 3, 2013

    Fraud claim puts pressure on ENRC unit head

    The head of a Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation subsidiary hit by whistleblower allegations of impropriety is expected...

  29. June 2, 2013

    ENRC founders request extension on deadline to submit takeover

    The oligarch founders of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) have asked for more time to make a formal offer to...

  30. May 26, 2013

    Severn Trent bidders inch up to £5bn

    A consortium of investors including funds from Canada, Kuwait and the UK is likely to revise its offer for Severn Trent to...

  31. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2013

    A Kazakh muddle

    London’s Takeover Panel has clearly thrown a murphy… MESSRS CHODIEV, IBRAGIMOV AND MACHKEVITCH AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE...

  32. May 19, 2013

    Takeover Panel takes aim at smaller companies

    The long arm of the M&A police just got longer. This week the UK’s Takeover Panel reached out to draw all Aim companies,...

  33. FT Alphaville

    May 17, 2013

    Re-setting ENRC (updated)

    On Markets Live on Friday we offered some speculation on the level ENRC’s controlling shareholders might table to take the...

  34. May 13, 2013

    CVC-Betfair takeover talks break down

    Talks over a CVC-led takeover of Betfair broke down despite the private equity group twice raising its offer for the betting...

  35. May 12, 2013

    Decision time looms over ENRC move

    In the next week, the seven men who form the independent board of Eurasian Natural Resources will need to make their first...

  36. April 11, 2013

    M&S plays down Qatar bid talk

    Marks and Spencer played down speculation that it was a bid target for Qatar on Thursday as it posted fourth-quarter sales...

  37. March 18, 2013

    M&S shares rise on bid speculation

    Shares in Marks and Spencer rose 7 per cent on Monday, as investors bet on the high street chain becoming the subject of a...

  38. February 22, 2013

    Prokhorov sells gold stake for $3.6bn

    Mikhail Prokhorov has sold his 38 per cent stake in London-listed Polyus Gold to two Russian investors for $3.6bn, a...

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