M&A

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

Lock-up expiries will unlock IPO demand

Bolt cutters won’t be needed for 23 main market businesses

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This quarter’s global mergers and acquisitions activity and the deals and dealmakers involved

Samsung pushes ahead on restructuring

Engineering unit to merge into shipbuilding

South Africa’s Bidvest mulls London IPO

Potential listing follows flurry of African flotations in UK

Financial reforms will not help crises

Unlike a bailout, bailing in creditors will inflict losses on other institutions, writes John Plender

Iliad and allies eye fresh T-Mobile US bid

CFO says several groups have made overtures

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

Guerra exits Luxottica with €45m package

Founder Leonardo del Vecchio takes over as executive chairman

Perform surges on Blavatnik offer

Access Industries bids to control sports media group

Klipspruit South Africa, BHP Billiton

BHP promises growth at spin-off

Miner vows assets it is shedding will gain leadership

Private equity’s oil interests go global

Private investors pile into virgin fields beyond North America

NADL expresses no regret for Rosneft deal

‘It’s business’ says Norwegian executive on rig sale to Russian group

Masterplan images for the £3bn Imperial West campus in White City show the £200m research and translation hub (left) which will unite data science start-ups with the medical arms of big tech companies. The philanthropist Michael Uren has bequeathed £40m to develop a biomedical engineering building (centre) and the foot of a planned 34-storey residential tower is shown to the right.
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Imperial College London’s new head welcomes political promotion of science

American professor Alice Gast takes up post in London

Buyout groups invest in UK North Sea oil

Blackstone and BWE’s $500m cash infusion

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Daniel Schwartz, an expert at the quick flip

Burger King’s chief has displayed both self-belief and financial wizardry

LSE cash call supports underwriting cartel

Rights issue fees should be tackled by the exchange, not endorsed

Wanda, Baidu and Tencent in $814m tie-up

Venture aims to loosen Alibaba’s hold on China’s ecommerce market

Tax rise fails to daunt Stock Spirits

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

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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

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

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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
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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