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Massenet leaves Net-a-Porter mid-merger

Yoox says ecommerce group’s founder will not join combined board


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

Fosun on the hunt despite share price dip

China conglomerate continues search for more ‘pearls’

Kleinwort seeks to fend off Fosun

Bank turns to France’s Oddo to beat Chinese group’s €675m bid

Minister slams Combes Alcatel-Lucent exit

Emmanuel Macron calls former CEO’s departure ‘unacceptable’

Court backs Burkard plan to sell Sika

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged move to sell holding


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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

Aeroflot to take stake in private carrier

Government-backed deal saves Transaero from bankruptcy

Combes golden parachute raises questions

Controversy over package for departing Alcatel-Lucent CEO

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Love affair with caravans drives merger

Private equity-owned Park Resorts and Parkdean Holidays to unite

Whirlpool makes approach for Aga

Board says it will recommend earlier bid from Middleby

Aga Rangemaster: marrying up

American bidders can offer more for the British brand

GE set to secure approval for Alstom deal

Brussels expected to clear transaction after GE made concessions

Deloitte appoints business psychologists

Firm buys leadership consulting practice as it moves beyond audit

Sue O'Brien

Ridgeway hires board diversity campaigner

Former Norman Broadbent chief Sue O’Brien chosen

Carlyle in £500m Innovation Group deal

Insurance claims tech specialist expects move to spark growth

China urges companies to shore up market

Regulators call for dividends, buybacks and M&A to help stop rot

Stakes high as Big Four push for M&A work

Professional services groups are aggressively luring bankers

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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

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

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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

Byline: John Hughman
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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

Transocean - Deepwater Championin U.S. Gulf of Mexico 2012

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