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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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