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Stakes high as Big Four push for M&A work

Professional services groups are aggressively luring bankers


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This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved
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Trafigura lifts Pacific Exploration stake

Commodity trader controls more than 10 per cent of oil producer

Israeli gas companies hit by Egypt find

Shares hammered by Eni’s ‘supergiant’ discovery

Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO, Infineon

Infineon could be takeover target, says CEO

Ploss says chipmaker has attractive products for cars

Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China - August 17,2005 - Workers push a wheelbarrow with aluminum bindings in Baotou's Rare Earth Aluminum plant August 17, 2005. China's state information center reported recently that low-level investment in some energy-consuming and high-polluting industries has been curbed, with the investment growth rates in steel, cement and aluminum decreasing remarkably. Bloomberg/Natalie Behring

China to form top aluminium producer

Asset transfer plan would vault Chinalco above Rusal and Alcoa


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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

Transdev exits Jerusalem light rail plan

Campaigners claim victory but French group says move is strategic

FCA looks into Aviva-Friends Life tie-up

UK regulator concerned over possible leaks and share price moves

Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gasfield

Find said to be largest ever in the Mediterranean Sea

Moscow, russia, president of the uralsib financial corporation, nikolai tsvetkov, appears at the awards presentation ceremony of the darin national prize of the russian business and entrepreneurship academy. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

New age beliefs fail to help Uralsib bank

One of Russia’s top private banks searches for a buyer

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Fuganto Widjaja, Sinar Mas: a new start

The founder’s grandson has set out to modernise the family-run conglomerate

Week in Review

Week in Review, August 29

Zurich bid for RSA; Facebook, BHP Billiton and BlackRock also in the news

Stephen Hester

Pay can sometimes seem to reward failure

Hester is in line for £8.5m payout despite not turning round RSA

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Put the equality back into equities

The UK’s undemocratic nominee system needs an overhaul

Third time unlucky for Monsanto’s Grant

Chief executive has failed three times to buy Syngenta

Battle for Bwin reflects rising stakes

GVC and 888 must hold nerve in increasingly tense sector

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Oil crash opens way for services deals

Schlumberger’s proposed takeover of Cameron is an attempt to better serve deepwater oil explorers

Key Altice role for cost-cutter Combes

Alcatel-Lucent chief to be Drahi group’s chief operating officer

Rakuten to offer electricity online

Japanese ecommerce group weighs tie-up with Marubeni

CRH options not Manifold in a downturn

Irish giant might yet have cause to regret big deals

Offshore workers are to go ahead with a strike ballot over changes to working conditions. The GMB and Unite unions said progress had been made in talks but not enough to resolve the dispute. The Offshore Contractors Association said it was “extremely disappointed” that the ballot was to go ahead.

Amec Foster Wheeler’s profits fall 24%

Oil services company expects a deterioration in profit margin

Atlas Mara: Diamond in the rough

Shares in former Barclays chief’s African venture are struggling

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Playtech banks on omni-channel gambling

Israeli groups hopes for easy win with cross-platform products

Aaron Levie, CEO Box, talks about the his vision for the future of the company enterprise cloud company he co-founded at the Box offices in San Francisco, California, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Thor Swift for the Financial Times
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Lesson from Box for technology start-ups

The cloud storage unicorn has had a rough ride

Colm Piercy, CEO of Viatel, photographed at the company's west Dublin data centre.
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From Irish academia to telecoms

Colm Piercy’s studies of digital innovation led him to set up Digiweb

Abbott denies $25bn bid for St Jude

US pharma group had been preparing financing for a deal

Irish builder taps US housing recovery

CRH snaps up glazing company CR Laurence for $1.3bn

Homeplus retail store, a joint venture between Tesco and South Korea's top conglomerate Samsung
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Tesco eyes $844m Homeplus dividend

Payout would lower sale price of retailer’s Korean business

Betty Power makes Wm Hill the wallflower

Proposed Paddy Power-Betfair deal caps a year of frenetic deal-doing by gambling groups

Schlumberger to buy Cameron for $14.3bn

Oil services companies are consolidating amid crude price slide

This is an undated company photo of Schlumberger Ltd. operations. Schlumberger Ltd., the world's second-largest oilfield-services company, had third-quarter net income of $318.2 million after a loss a year earlier as oil topped $50 for the first time and producers boosted spending. Source: Schlumberger Ltd./ via Bloomberg News.

Schlumberger: pump and circumstance

Deal makes financial sense but the market seems less sure

Paddy Power Betfair backs ‘a winner’

Man with form at both groups is tipped to maintain a strong lead

Paddy Power to merge with rival Betfair

All-stock deal would create largest online gambling company

Monsanto gives up on $46bn Syngenta deal

Swiss group rejects third approach this year by US rival

an Indian Oil Corporation's Petrol Pump in New Delhi, India Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Shares of Indian Oil Corp., the nation's largest refiner and its state-run rivals may rise as the government prepares a plan to compensate them for losses incurred in selling fuels below the cost of production. (Amit Bhargava/Bloomberg News)

India’s LIC saves Indian Oil share sale

Life Insurance Corp buys nearly all stock in ill-timed offering

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Investment banking: Titans retreat

Post crisis, the biggest players turned to less risky activities, but those left still make good returns

Zurich’s RSA bid leaves Hester on move

Premium offered enables shareholders to make up some lost ground

Zeus poaches quartet from Canaccord

Smaller firms tread on toes of bigger rivals

RSA set to agree £5.6bn Zurich bid

Hester in line for £8.5m payout if deal goes through

Regulators reject $6.8bn US utility deal

DC rebuff to Exelon’s Pepco takeover sends chill through sector

Antofagasta: copper bottomed

Prospects are not as bad as the miner’s lacklustre market performance suggests