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Paulson on Abbvie decision to ditch Shire deal

Thursday, 16 October 2014, 2:48 am

John Paulson's fund is clearly not happy about Abbvie's decision to examine backing out of the Shire deal. Here is what Paulson, who is a big shareholder in both Abbvie and Shire, has just told Bloomberg:..

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Ferrovial consortium said to be closing in on £1 billion airports deal

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 2:55 am

Here is an interesting snippet on the sale of three airports by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

I have been told that the consortium comprising Spain's Ferrovial, Australia's Macquarie and Singapore fund GIC are close to finalising the £1 billion acquisition of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

I know this story has been comprehensively covered in recent weeks but my sources tell me the deal might be announced at the end of this week. ..

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Village gossip - has Bootle called off £100m sale of Capital Economics?

Thursday, 9 October 2014, 6:53 am

What has happened to strategic review of Capital Economics, the economics consultancy founded by well-known economist and Daily Telegraph commentator Roger Bootle?

Readers might recall that in June 2013 I broke the story while working at Financial News that Capital Economics had hired advisers from Quayle Munro to work on a strategic review (banker parlance for a sale)...

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Whimper...or not - part 2

Wednesday, 8 October 2014, 12:16 am

I see Hewlett-Packard yesterday indicated that it is considering further dealmaking after confirming its demerger plans...

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Pub gossip - part 5

Tuesday, 7 October 2014, 2:07 am

Scribblers round at Goldman Sachs last Friday published a particularly bearish note on Marston's, the FTSE 250 pub company, and reiterated the shares are a "conviction sell". Ouch. ..

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Pizzas and burgers

Monday, 6 October 2014, 11:48 am

Old Russell Chambers got a mention in Dominic Walsh's diary column in The Times last Friday...

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Supermarket sweep

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 9:32 pm

Mike Ashley's multi-million pound punt on Tesco has certainly caused a stir in the London market this morning...

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Hikma Pharmaceuticals eyes $1 billion purchase of CorePharma

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 2:05 am

I realise most of the dealmaking community is currently focused on the risk that some large pharmaceutical deals may collapse. But I have stumbled across a potential pharmaceutical deal that is unlikely to be affected by the US government's attempt to clamp down on corporate "tax inversions"...

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Whimper...or not

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 4:19 pm

Well, it looks like my foray into reporting on US cloud computing deals has ended with a bit of whimper...

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