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

Balfour shares fall on final Carillion rebuff

Board rejects change in value of revised offer


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

M&A boom must evolve to create growth

Expansion in labour and investment must be the aim of mergers

Glencore plans $1bn share buyback

Move steals a march on rivals BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto

Condé sells Women’s Wear Daily group

Jay Penske to pay under $100m for Fairchild Fashion Media assets

BHP Billiton, Mt Arthur Coal Australia Mt Arthur is the largest individual coal production site in the NSW Hunter Valley.

BHP split calls time on mining boom years

Changing mood reflects demand for better returns


illustration of a private bank by Øivind Hovland ©Øivind Hovland

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

BHP’s spin-off marks a turning point

Productivity rather than diversification is preferred path

Evraz climbs as sanctions risk downplayed

FTSE 100 rose 0.6 per cent, or 38.06 points, to 6,779.31

Cairn Energy outlines cost cuts

Tax dispute still prevents oil explorer from selling Indian stake

AirAsia has ‘no interest’ in Skymark

Chief executive calls reports of bid for Japanese carrier ‘rubbish’

Chinese builder buys game-maker for $960m

Conglomerate joins others moving into middle-class entertainment

BHP Billiton / Carillion / Imps

Imagination is not going to be greatest asset for new group

OCBC seeks China opportunity with deal

Singapore bank looks to tap trade deals with Wing Hang acquisition

AirAsia weighs bid for struggling Skymark

Shares in Japanese carrier soar 28% on reported Malaysian interest

Balfour in talks to sell US arm for £700m

Potential WSP deal comes as Carillion urged to up bid for rival

Dollar stores: no knockouts

Dollar General’s vacillation has led to a pricey bidding war

Chugai shares soar on Roche buyout talk

Swiss group already owns 61.5% of Japanese drugmaker

Dollar General bids for Family Dollar

Discount retailer’s $9.7bn offer tops rival bid from Dollar Tree

European dividends: yield day

Yields on European stocks are unlikely to grow much from here

‘What-if’ musings that drive leaders mad

The heroic all-or-nothing strategic decision is largely a fiction

Global exchanges line up for KRX stake

CME, D-Börse and S&P seek 2.5% slice of Korea Exchange

Blackstone and TPG near Kensington deal

Possible purchase of UK subprime mortgage lender

Energy drinks: the Monster mash

Coke can help energy drink perk up its international results

Brazilian telecoms: crowded line

Telecom Italia will need creativity to win Global Village Telecom

BHP and Glencore set for cash return

Cash for investors would mark a milestone in recovery

Singapore state funds blaze ecommerce trail

GIC and Temasek emerge as biggest state-backed investors in sector

Lanxess risks becoming takeover target

Chief executive warns company is vulnerable during restructuring

Roche to bid $10bn for control of Chugai

Japanese drugmaker denies any talks with Swiss group

Brazilians in new move in banana wars

Filing urges Chiquita investors to choose $1.25bn offer over rival’s

BT and Sky kick off fresh round of rivalry

Big telecoms groups already eyeing Premier League crown

Small-cap week, August 15

Featuring President, Huntsworth, Fyffes, African Minerals, XLMedia, Ladbrokes, Bet365, Graphene Nanochem and Aqua Bounty

Cinemas evolve to compete for audience

Operators use technology to provide more than just a blockbuster

BHP Billiton to push ahead with demerger

Spin-offs preferred option for radical restructuring

Joe Cummings illustration

Joseph Safra, the man behind banana bid

The Brazilian took many aback when he set out to buy Chiquita

IRS to probe Valeant tax returns

Agency examines tax affairs of Allergan bidder

Chiquita/Fyffes: banana republic

A new Brazilian bid at $15 for the US company – against the existing $13 – would be fair

Premier Oil rises on share buyback hopes

FTSE ends 3.82 points higher at 6,689.08

Week in Review

Week in Review, August 15

Featuring cybersecurity, China probe, Serco, Kinder Morgan and RBS

Austria’s Signa buys Karstadt for €1

Move ends weeks of speculation over the German group

Balfour rejects Carillion savings claims

Builder says bid is opportunistic and would cut UK exposure

BHP Billiton: inception

Anglo-Australian miner should keep demerger simple