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

Endless’s wait for stationery deal is over

Private equity firm buys office supply group for £19m plus debt


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

C&C shares slide after Spirit Pub approach

Spirit’s board has rejected the proposal and is awaiting a firm offer from Greene King

Ex-Glencore executive wins pay case

Elliston entitled to severance in addition to ‘transaction bonus’

Roger Beale

What happens to me in takeover deal?

Vet surgery could be bought out by a national chain

UK drugmakers show standalone strength

Record results for Shire; AstraZeneca wins backing for new drug


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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

Chiquita slips from Fyffes grasp

Deal with Brazilians looms as shareholders reject merger with rival

Private equity firms eye Portugal Telecom

Moves could delay plans by France’s Altice

Spirit Pub Company rejects C&C Group

Rejection leaves Greene King in lead to acquire company

Amazon: Muddy river

The group has a history of losing focus when times are good

Big pharma fights drug tardiness charge

Drug companies face ethical scrutiny on Ebola response

América Móvil’s profits tumble

Mexican telecoms group under pressure over antitrust rules

Lazard profits soar on merger activity

Bout of deal-making central to improved performance

RealPage interest shows tech M&A appetite

Property software company draws private equity approaches

Unilever sales growth at 5-year low

Sharp slowdown in China adds to Europe woes

Warren Buffett: A life of dealmaking

The key deals from the Sage of Omaha

Brazilian bidders lift offer for Chiquita

Bananas remain the world’s most traded fruit

Andrew Ballheimer, Sara Pickersgill and Claire Coppel (blonde hair) from Allen & Overy. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Three generations in one office

Millennial, Generation X and baby-boomer colleagues on their jobs

Norway consumed by Yara soap opera

Rare corporate drama plays out over collapsed merger talks with US rival CF Industries

Mylan tweaks $5bn ‘inversion’ deal

Drugs maker pushes on with Abbott unit purchase that will cut tax rate

China flexes its economic muscle

Turning point shows ongoing shift of global economic influence east

Twitter seeks developers and acquisitions

Social network looks to expand beyond messaging

BGC in hostile $675m bid for rival GFI

Interdealer broker acts after ‘delays’ in striking negotiated deal

Spirit revamp starts to pay off

Pubs group sets aside £75m to fund expansion of estate

Gorkana website

Media monitoring company Gorkana acquired

UK group under same umbrella as other PR organisations

Corporate writing stinks – blame the CEO

Standards have fallen and chief executives are responsible for what goes out in their name

Yahoo bites back as activists circle

Mayer mounts five-pronged defence of turnround efforts

Loeb urges Amgen to explore a break-up

Activist investor says biotech company is trading at a discount

Rail boss says worst ever gridlock looms

Canadian Pacific chief warns as quarterly net income rises 23%

How heavyweights took off overseas

The ambitious generation of 1970s and 1980s entrepreneurs took their start-ups to the top

Google leaps into new virtual reality

Technology group leads $542m investment in Magic Leap

Pacific Century Place Marunouchi

GIC sinks $1.7bn into Tokyo real estate

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund buys landmark office block

BAE Systems makes cyber security push

Defence company pays $232.5m to increase foothold in US market

Bertelsmann purchase boosts education arm

Biggest acquisition for publisher since Random House

Shire CFO jumps ship for Severn Trent

Departure adds to disruption for drugs group

Valeant hints at higher bid for Allergan

Pharma group plays down talks of split with Pershing Square

Rolls-Royce aims to rebuild investor confidence

CEO faces up to reality of second profit warning in eight months

AbbVie hits at Treasury as Shire deal dies

González calls for comprehensive US tax reform

Credit Suisse sued over Azerbaijan venture

Georgian businessman claims bank failed to get best price


Vincent Bolloré repositions for next move

Decision to take control of advertising agency could presage sale

Willis in London insurance deal talks

Move highlights drive for consolidation in wholesale insurance