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

KBC winds up diamond finance arm

Yinren failed to submit takeover plan to Belgian regulators


Investment banking league tables
This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved

Put your money where your mouth is

Why director share buying is such an important indicator

Arkema seeks to bond with Blu Tack maker

French chemicals group offers oil major Total €1.74bn for Bostik

Evraz to spin off North American business

Russian steelmaker seeks to pay down pre-crisis debt

Coffee groups seek bids for French brands

Sale of Café Grand’Mère and L’Or units could fetch about €480m


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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

Strength in numbers

Smaller players can either give up and sell out or join bigger outfits

SAP buys software group Concur for $8.3bn

All-cash deal by German group comes as tech sector consolidates

Banks shun nations that need money most

Nomura’s Bennett warns on poor nations access to capital

GNC fields interest from buyout groups

Vitamin retailer has met with banks to discuss options

Ex-chief poses dilemma for Siemens

Löscher, chair of Sulzer, now in tie-up talks with Dresser-Rand

US Drugstores: Bitter pill to swallow

Drug retailing in the US is a race to the bottom

An employee of Siemens Charlotte Turbine-Generator Center inspects the inside of a stator core, which is the stationary part of a generator's rotor system. Siemens state-of-the-art generator manufacturing operations include new-unit generator manufacturing as well as service repairs for steam turbines and generators. The Charlotte NC manufacturing facility was founded in 1967 by Westinghouse Electric Corporation to manufacture nuclear low pressure turbines. Siemens Charlotte plant is the primary service center for generator and steam turbine equipment in the Americas, and the lead plant for manufacturing new electrical generators. Internationally, Siemens AG is Europe's largest engineering conglomerate.

Sulzer: pumped up

Expensive acquisition of Dresser-Rand might not add up

Liberty Global plays down ITV deal talk

Shareholders express concern over potential acquisition

Bayer: some of the parts

Demergers are popular whether they make sense or not

Europe struggles to catch US biotech bulls

The Nasdaq biotech index is on the rise again

Booker shrugs off supermarket price war

Falling commodity prices also fail to make impact

US law firms battle it out in London

Akin Gump to take 22 partners from Bingham McCutchen

Bayer plans plastics business flotation

Chemicals business IPO could be Europe’s largest float since 2000

UBM eyes US events group Advanstar

Fundraising plan expected if $900m merger move is to go ahead

Yield-hungry markets overlook credit risk

Investors appear to be ignoring weaker corporate balance sheets

Oi to sell stake in Africatel

Brazilian telecoms company to focus on fight for home market

Composite picture of Sinopec and Citic logos

China SOE reform no bonanza for bankers

Banks will keep busy but a rush of fees is uncertain

MPs say academy loopholes must be closed

Conflicts of interest are not being properly managed

Mail.ru deal firms control over VKontakte

Russian internet group tightens hold on social networking site

Operators in talks to acquire Phones 4U

EE and Vodafone talk to administrator about failed chain

Turkey’s Bank Asya dented by Erdogan call

Shares fall after watchdog urged to decide bank’s future

Publicis retains Lévy as board expands

New talent recruited as chief’s succession discussions delayed

Heavyweights lined up to look at sell-offs

Independent panel to examine value for money

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Orange / Jazztel: swing time

European telecoms M&A is turning into a raucous party

Greg Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald to retire from Galliford Try

Construction boss known for ability to call the housing cycle

SoftBank: playing the market

Group should sell stake in Alibaba bought for $20m in 2000 and is now worth more than $50bn

GFI to open its books to BGC Partners

Group is smallest of the five main global interdealer brokers

Cognizant rejects TriZetto price critics

Chief says deal will bring new business opportunities

Micro Focus to buy Attachmate for $1.2bn

Agreed deal helps lift UK software group’s share price by 10%

Accusations fly after Phones 4U collapse

Private equity owner and former partners point fingers

Rio gains as M&A spotlight approaches

FTSE 100 index flat in thin wider markets

SABMiller’s Heineken bid sparks rumours

Talk increases of wider consolidation among brewers

A SABMiller employee is seen working on the Hero lager bottling production line in Nigeria

Beer: drinking competition

Heineken’s shareholders have the right to be heard

Gemfields turns to Sri Lanka for sapphires

Aim-quoted miner buys majority stake in 16 exploration licences

Glasenberg ponders Glencore’s next move

Group gains from earnings diversity and lack of iron ore exposure