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  1. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2014

    Amazon hopes for a union-free Poland and Czech expansion

    Amazon’s Christmas season was marked by labour unrest at its German warehouses, and as the US retail giant expands into...

  2. June 10, 2013

    Mayfair image proves a costly drain on RHJ International

    Even by Mayfair standards, 14 St George Street is plush. Behind the handsome, broad Georgian facade, the marble-clad...

  1. June 3, 2013

    RHJI hits back at activists over break-up campaign

    RHJ International, the investment company founded by private equity investor Tim Collins, has hit back at activist...

  2. May 27, 2013

    Hedge funds call for break-up of Kleinwort owner

    A group of hedge funds have called for the break-up of RHJI, the investment company founded by Timothy Collins, in a move...

  3. December 28, 2012

    Lobbyists call for wider register regime

    A compulsory register for lobbyists proposed by ministers should also include business groups or companies that deal...

  4. May 29, 2012

    Kleinwort parent pressured to spin off assets

    The parent company of Kleinwort Benson, one of the oldest names in British banking, is facing pressure from activist...

  5. March 25, 2012

    Cruddas case puts political funds in spotlight

    Andrew Feldman moved quickly on Saturday night to cauterise the damage caused by Peter Cruddas, demanding the resignation of...

  6. January 19, 2012

    Whitehall to consult on lobbyists’ register

    Proposals to force all lobbyists to join a compulsory register will be set out on Friday as the government moves to toughen...

  7. January 8, 2012

    Lobbying group hires former adviser to Cameron

    James O’Shaughnessy, David Cameron’s former director of policy and a key figure in drafting the last Conservative manifesto,...

  8. December 7, 2011

    Wikipedia probes edits by Bell Pottinger

    Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has suspended 10 accounts associated with Bell Pottinger, the firm at the...

  9. December 6, 2011

    Downing Street denies lobbying influence

    Downing Street has denied letting lobbyists influence government policy after it emerged one of the City’s top public...

  10. Westminster Blog

    December 6, 2011

    Tim Collins lands another Tory government in it

    The Independent has a terrific scoop today on how Bell Pottinger, the PR firm chaired by Lord Bell, Baroness Thatcher’s...

  11. October 16, 2009

    Banking on Kleinwort Benson

    Tim Collins - the founder of both private equity group Ripplewood and new Kleinwort Benson owner RHJ International - made...

  12. September 9, 2009

    Friend of Jacob

    Spencer House Partners - an advisory and investment management business backed by Lord Jacob Rothschild - has hired former...

  13. July 14, 2009

    RHJ in uphill battle to win political support for Opel-Vauxhall bid

    Leonard Fischer knows that if RHJ International, the Belgian-listed company he runs, is to successfully bid for carmakers...

  14. July 14, 2009

    Rocky road ahead for RHJ in race for Opel-Vauxhall stake

    Leonard Fischer knows that if RHJ International, the Belgian-listed company he runs, is to bid successfully for carmakers...

  15. July 13, 2009

    RHJ in battle to win support for Opel bid

    Leonard Fischer knows that if RHJ International, the Belgian-listed company he runs, is to successfully bid for carmakers...

  16. July 13, 2009

    RHJ to improve offer for GM's Opel

    RHJ International will present General Motors with an improved offer for a controlling stake in Opel today or tomorrow...

  17. March 15, 2008

    Don't mention Saddam

    In a series of short (10-minute) films, dramatic haikus to mark the five-year anniversary of the preparations for the March...

  18. October 13, 2007

    Notable list of predators consider potential bid

    Virgin Group joins a growing list of suitors for Northern Rock, which has not attracted a bid from the high street banks. So...

  19. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2007

    The Real Deal: A 'creative solution' for Northern Rock

    Adam Applegarth’s desperate pleas for a rescue of Northern Rock are being directed at the UK high street banks. He needs to...

  20. September 16, 2007

    Rock could bloom under Flowers

    Adam Applegarth’s desperate pleas for a rescue of Northern Rock are being directed at the UK high street banks. He needs to...

  21. August 16, 2007

    Flowers enjoys the sweet smell of success

    In May, shortly after Kaupthing approached NIBC about a possible deal, Chris Flowers seemed in no hurry to sell, writes...

  22. August 15, 2007

    Flowers enjoys the sweet smell of success

    In May, Chris Flowers seemed in no hurry to sell NIBC. Mr Flowers told the Financial Times he wanted to wait and see how the...

  23. November 17, 2006

    Ripplewood consortium to buy Reader's Digest

    Ripplewood Holdings, the US private equity group, yesterday led a consortium of investors that agreed to buy Reader's...

  24. October 14, 2006

    Blair seeks to counter general's attack over Iraq

    Tony Blair was last night fighting to limit the damage to his Iraq policy after Sir Richard Dannatt, the UK's top soldier,...

  25. June 20, 2006

    Fighter pilot

    Simone Kaern, a Danish pilot, read an article about Farial, a 16-year-old female student in Kabul whose ambition was to...

  26. March 21, 2006

    Once more unto...

    Colonel Tim Collins, best remembered for his emotional eve of war speech to troops in Iraq three years ago, has resurfaced...

  27. December 22, 2005

    The art of war and other management tools

    Excellence in recruitment is sometimes hard to define but if I had to single out the selection programme that left the...

  28. October 26, 2005

    Observer: Still got it?

    Have Christopher Flowers and Tim Collins lost their touch? Five years ago, the two Wall Street financiers teamed up to...

  29. October 25, 2005

    Observer - US

    Poor Viktor Khristenko. The Russian energy minister was having such a good day on Monday – until he was served with more...

  30. October 17, 2005

    Hopes high for encore from Flowers

    A history of the US financial services industry since 1990 would be incomplete if it did not mention Chris Flowers, a former...

  31. August 8, 2005

    Whirlpool in talks to reach deal with Maytag

    Whirlpool and Maytag, the two US appliance manufacturers, met yesterday afternoon in an attempt to hammer out the crucial...

  32. July 6, 2005

    Maytag to cut short takeover talks

    Maytag might end takeover talks with a consortium led by China's Haier earlier than expected, in a move that could ease...

  33. May 23, 2005

    Lex: Ripplewood

    Whoever is sending Maytag stock higher 7 per cent above Friday's bid has a stronger stomach than Tim Collins of Ripplewood,...

  34. May 7, 2005

    Could have done better, says Kennedy

    Charles Kennedy hailed the Liberal Democrats' gain of 11 seats as the best result for "many generations" but admitted the...

  35. May 7, 2005

    Could have done better, says Kennedy

    Charles Kennedy hailed the Liberal Democrats' gain of 11 seats as the best result for "many generations" but admitted the...

  36. May 2, 2005

    Student union pushes its members in marginals

    The National Union of Students is stepping up its campaign to persuade undergraduates to vote in key marginal seats where...

  37. May 2, 2005

    SCHOOLS MINISTER GETS HOSTILE RECEPTION FROM HEADTEACHERS ANGRY ABOUT LACK OF EXTRA FUNDING

    Labour's schools minister was hissed and jeered at by headteachers as he told them no extra funding would be provided to...

  38. April 28, 2005

    Tories plan 'marketisation' of schools

    A Conservative government would oversee a "radical deregulation and market-isation" of schools, says the party's education...

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