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

Lancashire founder leaves with £80m

Package of cash and warrants hits shareholders’ return on equity


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

Lazard earnings hit record on M&A rebound

Bank gains from surge in deal activity back to pre-crisis levels

Fiat checks out Peugeot as partner

Tie-up would bring together groups with global ambitions

Corporate activists look into the cloud

IT sector’s messy transition to cloud computing draws raider attention

Elliott to push for Interpublic sale

Activist hedge fund takes 6.7 per cent stake in advertising group


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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

Peugeot and Fiat held talks on deal

Move would have created the world’s fifth-largest carmaker

Widodo to tackle fuel subsidy ‘gradually’

Investors told not to expect a drastic change in fiscal policy

Oil majors file Colombia exploration bids

Country’s licensing round is attempt to boost stagnating reserves

EasyJet lands at bottom of FTSE 100

Kingfisher leads losses for retail stocks

BSkyB nears deal to create ‘Sky Europe’

Push to acquire sister companies in Germany and Italy

China’s BlueFocus to enter US market

Marketing group to take stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

Food M&A: tasty morsels

Philippines deal shows acquisition fever unlikely to abate

M&A drives European leveraged loan market

Concerns grow over use of ‘financial engineering’ to generate returns

Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner threatens TV quality

The fact that once-dominant cable companies face new online and digital competition is good

South Africa deal puts Alstom on track

Orders double in first fiscal quarter thanks to contract

New CVC fund targets technology companies

Buyout group approaches investors to raise $750m

ABB remains calm over wind power losses

Swiss group calls for patience as power unit drags down profit

Japan groups look for Australia coal exit

Trading houses seek to offload assets amid sector shake-up

Fox-Time Warner bid worries Hollywood

Shake-up proposal is ratcheting up anxiety levels in the industry

Microsoft chief vows to sharpen focus

Nadella narrows efforts in mobile phones, Xbox and Bing

US warned of more company tax relocations

Senators attack ‘fast-buck artists’ encouraging deals

John Thain, CIT Group chief executive

Bank M&A: Strategically Important

Deal shows CIT aim to spread costs of Sifi compliance over larger company

John Thain, CIT Group chief executive

Thain’s CIT snaps up OneWest for $3.4bn

Deal creates Fed-regulated group with assets of $67bn

Cath Kidston sells stake to fund Asian push

Target of 100 shops selling designer’s chintzy prints eyed in China

Nick Leslau

Leslau sells Max Property to Blackstone

Entrepreneur says £448m deal is not calling top of property market

Time Warner changes rules as Fox circles

Defensive move designed to block any hostile bid from Murdoch

Yahoo buys Flurry for app analytics

Among the biggest acquisitions since Tumblr purchase

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BSkyB takes stake in ‘Bake Off’ producer

Pay-TV operator buys 70% of Love Productions

Autonomy ex-CFO challenges HP truce

Hussain seeks to block settlement with shareholders over merger

EMC / VMware: theory of relativity

Since the financial crisis, budgets have not fully recovered

Asean: Long on optimism

Foreign investors and a growing consumer class are driving the rise of southeast Asian nations

EY to merge with Parthenon Group

Union follows similar deals by other ‘big four’ groups

CBS Outdoor in $690m US billboards deal

Assets include signage in Times Square and Sunset Strip

Philips looks ahead after weak sales

Net profit falls 23% in second quarter for Dutch group

Julius Baer acquires Bank Leumi unit

Swiss private bank’s profits rise to SFr178.9m in first half

Allergan restructuring to cost 1,500 jobs

Botox maker steps up efforts to fight Valeant’s hostile bid

MMG approves purchase of Las Bambas

Glencore selling copper mine to Chinese consortium for $5.85bn

Babcock lifts order book after deal

Pipeline now £13.5bn, including £2bn from Avincis

Tesco tops FTSE 100 after chief quits

Profit warning from supermarket hits shares of rivals

Manchester united in model of governance

Pioneering “super council” pools resources of 10 local councils