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    1. April 1, 2016

      Who’d be the referee? Takeover Panel under fire from all sides

      It is said that a referee has done a good job when the managers of both teams feel equally aggrieved. A similar...

    2. Fast FT

      March 17, 2016

      Takeover Panel clarifies bid deadlines for Home Retail

      UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s and South African retail conglomerate Steinhoff have been released from their...

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    1. Fast FT

      March 10, 2016

      Home Retail: 2015 has been 'rather eventful period'

      Another “rather eventful period” is how John Walden, chief executive of Argos-owner Home Retail summed up 2015, after...

    2. Fast FT

      February 22, 2016

      Home Retail up 12.6% on Steinhoff vs Sainsbury

      Shares in Home Retail Group have leapt 12.6 per cent this morning with Sainsbury’s and South Africa-based retailer...

    3. January 31, 2016

      Sainsbury’s pressed to raise bid for Home Retail Group

      J Sainsbury has been told that it must increase its takeover offer for Home Retail Group to at least 160p per share if...

    4. Fast FT

      January 19, 2016

      Ocado jumps 16% on Amazon tie-up report

      Ocado shares have jumped by 16 per cent this morning after the Daily Mail’s market report cited “rumours in the City...

    5. November 24, 2015

      Ladbrokes investors back Gala Coral deal

      Ladbrokes’ shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a £2.2bn merger with Gala Coral, despite a campaign by...

    6. November 10, 2015

      Molson sales paves way for AB InBev-SAB £68bn deal

      Anheuser-Busch InBev is poised to announce on Wednesday that it has clinched a deal to buy SABMiller for £68bn and sell...

    7. November 6, 2015

      UK’s Takeover Panel is a watchdog that badly needs teeth

      The Takeover Panel is a uniquely British institution. Staffed by dealmakers on secondment from their banks and law...

    8. November 5, 2015

      Even jumbos forget cases before Takeover Panel serves justice

      The mills of the Takeover Panel grind finely, but they grind exceeding slow. The City’s quintessentially English M&A...

    9. October 28, 2015

      AB InBev confirms it has financing for £68bn SABMiller takeover

      Anheuser-Busch InBev sought to reassure investors that its £68bn takeover of smaller rival SABMiller was on track on...

    10. October 13, 2015

      Takeover Panel rules help AB InBev agree speedy deal

      Maybe tough reforms of the UK takeover regime work after all. Changes to the rules — introduced in 2011 — contributed...

    11. October 2, 2015

      Law firms look for opportunities to enhance their client relations

      It was a sunny September day two years ago, and Michael Hatchard, a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom,...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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”....

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. May 21, 2014

      UK Takeover Panel: code game

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

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