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UNCOOKED ALERT: KKR & Co said to ...

Friday, 7 February 2020, 8:43 am

KKR, the US-listed private equity investor, is said to be the buy-out firm that has most recently held talks with the NMC Health about purchasing all of the company.

People following the situation said senior financiers at KKR held discussions about a buy-out deal for the whole group with senior executives at NMC Health, the London-listed gulf hospitals operator, in the last two weeks...

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Agnelli family said to seek $7 billion exit for reinsurance giant PartnerRe, reveals The Insurance Insider

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 9:39 pm

The Scor, Covea soap opera took another twist today after Betaville's chums over at The Insurance Insider revealed that Exor is fed up with PartnerRe and is looking to sell out, possibly via a merger with the French mutual.

Below is a link to the super scoop from Adam McNestrie, the Lloyd's of London market's leading M&A scoopster and now boss of the well respected insurance rag...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: NMC Health said to ... - Part 3

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 3:03 pm

Private equity firms are said to be circling around NMC Health, the London-listed gulf hospital operator.

People following the situation said several of the world's largest buy-out houses have held talks with executives from NMC Health about a take private of the beleguered company.

However, it's not clear whether a formal written offer has been submitted to NMC Health, which has been the focus of a short selling attack from Carson Block's Muddy Waters...

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What have Unilever and Scor got in common?

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 7:39 pm

The answer to the question I posit in the headline is: a strange attitude to the truth.

Take, for example, French insurance group Scor, which repeatedly denied in August 2018 to enquiring journalists (including yours truly) it held talks with Covea or Partners Re about offers about a deal for the business...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Gain Capital said to ... - Part 3

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 5:32 pm

INTL FCStone Inc, the US-listed commodity trading house, is said to be the mystery acquirer stalking Gain Capital.

People following the situation said INTL FCStone has been sniffing around Gain Capital, the owner of London-based spread betting firm City Index, although it's not clear whether it has submitted a takeover approach for the business...

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The Genteel Hustler... - Part 5

Monday, 27 January 2020, 9:03 pm

There he is again. William Turvill, also known as the Genteel Hustler from his days working on the Mail on Sunday's business desk, turned up yesterday with another by-line in his former employer's publication.

The Huster's piece is not quite an interview with Megan Markle herself but rather a mini-profile/interview with a "friend" of hers - Beth Herlihy. Below is the link: ..

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Saudi Arabians said to be in talks to buy Newcastle United for £340 million, reveals the WSJ

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:49 pm

Scribblers at the venerable Wall Street Journal just landed a corker of a scoop about Mike Ashley's football (soccer) club.

According to the excellent newspaper, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund is backing another tilt at Newcastle United, the Premier League football club owned by the boss of Sports Direct...

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Former LSE CEO set to be named as CQS boss...- Part 3

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 9:27 pm

How odd: fomer LSE boss Xavier Rolet is stepping down as chief executive of Sir Michael Hintze's hedge fund CQS after just one year.

Now, readers might recall that Betaville was the first to unveil the timing of Xavier Rolet's appointment as the boss of Sir Michael Hintze's hedge fund CQS in late 2018 after learning about the story down the pub. See the link below:..

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Hedge Fund Intelligence-owner said to weigh £100 million sale - sources - Part 2

Wednesday, 22 January 2020, 1:13 pm

ICG is said to be the preferred bidder for Hedge Fund Intelligence-owner Pageant Media.

People following the situation said ICG, also known as Intermediate Capital Group, is now in "advanced talks" to buy Pageant Media for between £100 million and £150 million.

Bankers from DC Advisory are working with ICG on the acquisition said people familiar with the matter.

I expect a deal to be wrapped in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for announcement.....

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Quilter said to ... - Part 2

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 3:05 pm

So, it turns out Betaville's UNCOOKED ALERT from mid December on Quilter was barking up the right tree after all.

According to Bloomberg, Waburg Pincus has been in talks about buying Quilter for around $4 billion although the news organisation seemed to suggest discussions are no longer "live".

Below is the link to my original piece from mid December:..

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The Genteel Hustler... - Part 4

Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:08 am

Another day, another great tale from William Turvill, a former staff writer at the Mail on Sunday's business section that has joined the club of global jobbing freelancers.

Yesterday, Turvill - known as the Genteel Hustler for his extremely polite but dogged story-getting style - landed an interesting piece in the Mail on Sunday's business section about Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the billionaire founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei. Below is the link:..

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