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

Small-cap Week, January 31

Gem Diamonds, Matchtech, Gulfsands and Flowgroup featured


Investment banking league tables
This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved
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Crunch talks for control of Towergate

Battle intensifies as new group of bondholders comes forward

week in review

Week in Review, January 31

Apple, McDonald’s, oil majors and Deutsche Bank featured

How Qatar snared the Canary

Three shareholders sealed the deal for London’s Canary Wharf

British Airways takes delivery of its first A380 at Heathrow Airport, London this morning.

Qatar Airways buys 10% stake in IAG

Deal to strengthen ties with owner of BA and Iberia


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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

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

Seplat granted extension for Afren offer

Nigeria-focused oil group given two more weeks to bid for rival

Cadbury jobs to go in Bournville rescue

US owner to invest £75m in exchange for changes in work practices

An artist's representation of hydrogen protons going through a sheet of graphene

Morgan appoints CEO with high-tech focus

Pete Raby of defence group Cobham chosen to speed transformation

BT at bottom of FTSE after pension deal

Growing deficit overshadows third-quarter earnings

SHV raises offer to close Nutreco deal

Second increase aims to quell shareholder opposition

Generic pictures of airplanes including the A380 and Boeing 747 queuing at Heathrow Airport to go with Colin Mathews, CEO of Heathrow Airport I/V.

Q&A: Qatar’s swoop on IAG stake

Why the Gulf airline is seeking a closer alliance with BA owner

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Jay-Z bids for music streaming service Wimp

Rapper offers $56m for venture with more than 500,000 subscribers

Apple Pay revives mobile wallet drive

Google and PayPal race to catch up with payments app

Comcast-TWC $45bn deal faces new hurdle

Broadband redefinition makes cable companies look more dominant

Burberry lags FTSE on sales growth fears

EasyJet soars to top of main index after broker comments

ConocoPhillips’ earnings fall 57%

US oil and gas company makes further cut to capital spending

Sky to sell mobile phone contracts

Europe’s largest pay-TV operator moves into ‘quadplay’

China link boosts UK engineering group

Yongtai investment drives development at Covpress

Sino-Ocean Land in $1.2bn bond issuance

Dollar bond markets reopen to Chinese property groups

Clarity on ownership of Canary Wharf

Brookfield settles old score and claims glittering prize after an acrimonious battle

Qatar wins battle for Canary Wharf

Major shareholders in Songbird Estates accept £2.6bn offer

Brookfield eager to scale new heights

Joint QIA deal for Canary Wharf surprises City

BATS buys forex trading network Hotspot

US exchange makes first moves beyond equities

Bain Capital snaps up TI Automotive

US buyout group adds British car parts supplier to its portfolio

Lex in-depth: Glut feeling

The oil industry is struggling to cope with lower prices so what would happen if $50 per barrel became the new normal?

Pfizer chief says big deal not required

Strong dollar and loss of drug patents to weigh on 2015 results

Preserve competition in UK mobile market

Brussels should not approve another flawed telecoms merger

GFI head makes last call for CME backing

Michael Gooch says he and ex-wife will take cut price for shares

Snapchat goes into the news business

Disappearing photo messaging app in partnership with media groups

P&G hit by currency devaluations

Consumer goods company misses forecasts with 31% earnings drop

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig looks to become global star

Entertainment One to push brand in US, China, Japan and S Korea


Afren shares plunge on funding crisis

UK-listed oil producer blames woes on fall in crude prices

Medtronic: the tax deal that got away

Medical tech group says $49.9bn takeover is not just about tax


Novartis promises cost cuts

Swiss pharm group says currency effects will hit profits

Airlines top FTSE 100

Upbeat easyJet update gives sector lift

Siemens defends $7.6bn Dresser-Rand deal

Chief executive Kaeser faces investor grilling at AGM

Sika steps up fight against takeover

Court asked to rule on call for special shareholder meeting

ETP in $17bn deal to take on Regency

Tie-up between pipeline groups comes as crude prices plunge

Rock-Tenn/MWV: package deal

Avoid paying a deal premium, and both companies can soar

Lone Star checks into Jurys Inn

US distressed-debt investor swoops on Irish/British hotel chain