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RARE ALERT: Sonova Holding AG said to be working with M&A bankers to examine 'strategic options'; could lead to sale

Friday, 29 May 2015, 10:36 pm

In case you hadn't noticed, there is a pharmaceutical/healthcare dealmaking frenzy at the moment.

And the latest tale doing the rounds is about a Swiss hearing aid manufacturer Sonova, whose market capitalisation currently stands at CHF 10 billion (circa £7 billion).

According to my people with the info, Sonova has started working M&A bankers JP Morgan on a 'strategic review', which may lead to a sale of the company. ..


de-RARED: Microsoft said to be in the early stages of examining multi-billion dollar takeover bid for BlackBerry - part 3

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 2:30 am

I have decided to "de-RARE" or rather remove the RARE tag from my Microsoft/BlackBerry story/series after speaking to a few more decent sources about the tale.

Don't, however, get too excited. I still believe Microsoft is in the "early stages" of looking at BlackBerry with its bankers at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

For readers that don't understand what RARE is, here is the definition:..


Weekend review

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 8:10 am

It's always good to see little old Betaville's stories backed up by prestigious national newspapers.

Regular readers might be aware that a couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about how FTSE 100-listed insurer Legal & General had hired specialist advisory firm Campbell Lutyens to divest its private equity arm, LGV Capital, and the buy-out group's stakes in portfolio companies, such as Snow + Rock.

Here is a link to my story:..


RARE ALERT: Microsoft said to be in early stages of examining multi-billion takeover for bid for Blackberry - part 2

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 4:17 am

David Faber of CNBC fame has just released an interesting report on how Microsoft held $50 billion plus takeover talks with Salesforce in early May that eventually fizzled out over price. Here is a link to Faber's piece:


I'm presuming the fact that the deal with Salesforce has fallen over paves the way for Microsoft to have a crack at Blackberry.....


Omnicare deal imminent?

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:24 pm

Omnicare's shares spiked into the US close last night. I have been told the market will see a deal announcement soon regarding the US-listed pharmacy services company...


Fireworks at Lloyds AGM

Friday, 15 May 2015, 6:18 am

Word reaches me this evening that the Lloyds Banking Group AGM was a fruity affair. Apparently, some chap called Keith Elliott, the owner of a company called Premier Motor Auctions, stood up and made some pretty punchy allegations.

I suspect we may be reading all about this in tomorrow's newspapers...

A spokesperson for Lloyds Banking Group said:..


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