All the latest news on deals and dealmaking from around the world

Tax rise fails to daunt Stock Spirits

UK-based distiller’s first-half sales fall 10%


Investment banking league tables
This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved
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Vivendi chooses Telefónica for GVT unit

French group selects Spanish operator over Telecom Italia

Amazon’s play for Twitch poses a dilemma

Group has little choice but to experiment though it may prove expensive

Chipmaker CSR rejects Microchip offer

Shares surge 36% after approach by US rival

Burger King’s way is no longer mine

My beef with such ‘inversion’ manoeuvres is that they can lead to greater burdens on the taxpayers


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Switzerland, strategies, competition, crisis fallout, technology, emerging markets, recruitment, consolidation

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Insight into M&A in the technology, media and tele-communications sector

PetroChina behind in China’s shale race

Company planning to produce 2.6bcm of shale gas next year

James Williams, 32, owner of Campion Ale, opened a brewery/pub in December 2013 in Tokyo
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Crafty expats take the home brew to Japan

Westerners slake Tokyo’s thirst for brewpubs and craft beer

Mark Selway

IMI’s new chief Mr fixit

Selway to focus on ‘lean manufacturing’ techniques

China issues non-state group crude permit

Import licence granted to Guanghui Energy

Seplat Petroleum Development Company workers on one of their faciulities in Nigeria

Locals tap oil majors’ Niger delta retreat

Homegrown companies taking growing share of country’s assets

Rivals raise the heat in Brazil telecoms

Oi eyes Telecom Italia’s $8bn stake in Tim Brasil

Brazilian telecoms: Oi vey

Two big deals in a year is a lot to digest

Shale finances lift growth hopes

Excess cash flow forecast of $2.4bn in 2015 fuels expansion talk

Shell nears sale of Nigeria oilfields

$5bn deal with domestic buyers is double initial estimates

Milk supplier Fonterra in China tie-up

NZ dairy group to tie up with Chinese baby milk maker Beingmate

Balfour Beatty portfolio exceeds £1bn

Public-private revaluation released after deal failure

Thai tycoon back on acquisition trail

Charoen in talks with OCBC to buy United Engineers stake

American pulls Orbitz fares in fee row

The airline has halted sales, with US Airways to follow suit

Burger King takes aim at McDonald’s

Daniel Schwartz to challenge fast food group with Canadian deal

HP takes aim at Deloitte UK over Autonomy

US group intends to sue auditor of British company

Amazon steps into the video game frame

Retailer squares up against Google with Twitch purchase

Former Porsche executives to stand trial

Two charged in 2012 over attempt to acquire VW

Buffett defends Burger King’s tax deal

Food group to buy Tim Hortons and move to Canada

China investigates VW executives

Watchdog claims unspecified violations in First Auto Works probe

China and India balk at state sell-off

Beijing lacks urgency and Delhi fears losing family silver

Ex-BayernLB executives settle court case

Lack of evidence for overpayment for Hypo Alpe Adria

Amazon buys Twitch to woo gamers

$970m deal is a bet on live video game streaming

MBK lines up $2.4bn Taiwan TV exit

South Korean private equity group’s second sale attempt

Peru to be world’s second biggest in copper

Pipeline of Chinese projects now worth $20bn, officials say

BK and Tim Hortons soar on merger news

Shares surge for groups after talks revealed over possible tie-up

Gloves are off for Sprint and T-Mobile US

Customers bombarded with aggressive offers

Hutchison China Meditech

Chinese pharma R&D marks step forward

Patients enrolled for study into homegrown cancer treatment

S&P 500 passes 2,000 for the first time

Index propelled by stimulus comments from Draghi

Dealmaking shakes up consumer products

M&A in sector at highest since height of credit boom

Obermann joins Warburg Pincus as partner

Private equity groups looking for targets in telecoms sector

Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons

Merger would allow US company to relocate its tax base

Pfizer weighs options on AstraZeneca bid

Three months after deal collapsed, rules allow possible renewal

Locusts descend on Australian vineyards

Concern that country’s wines could lose their identity

Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3bn

Latest example of feverish pharma deal activity

Dominion eyes control of Diavik mine

Rio Tinto and Dominion jointly own the Canadian mine