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Ratcliffe sniffed around Independent Oil & Gas's debt - sources

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 5:28 pm

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has been sniffing around Independent Oil & Gas's debt.

People familiar with the situation said Ineos, Sir Jim's chemicals company, bid on Independent Oil and Gas's bonds before the North Sea oil explorer decided to repay some of the non-convertible debt held by failed outfit London Oil and Gas, which is associated with controversial City firm London Capital & Finance...

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Metro Bank calls the ... Police!

Friday, 25 October 2019, 11:04 am

Betaville always enjoys catching up with old colleagues as there is nothing like hack camaraderie down the pub.

Aside from the top banter Betaville did also glean some decent advice from fellow journos about how to run a story that involves a random punter making some pretty defamatory allegations on a video clip about Metro Bank, which has had a few issues lately...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Microsoft said to ...

Thursday, 24 October 2019, 4:31 pm

Microsoft and Alphabet have both been tipped as potential acquirers of wearable device maker Fitbit amid talk it has appointed an adviser to run a strategic review.

People following the situation said they had heard rumours Alphabet, the owner of Google, and Microsoft are both in the running to buy Fitbit...

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RARE ALERT: Avacta Group said to be working on £7 million equity fundraising

Friday, 18 October 2019, 8:48 am

Avacta Group, the Aim-listed biotechnology company, is close to announcing a multi-million pound equity fundraising.

Sources familiar with the matter said Avacta is tapping up investors for up to £7 million, possibly via a placing.

It's believed Avacta is looking to raise the new capital at around 15p a share, said sources familiar with the matter...

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Griffiths builds big stake in Telit Communications...

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 8:36 am

Is the end game for colourful Telit Communications fast approaching?

Well, there has been talk about interest in a combination with Canada's Sierra Wireless for the last twelve months but so far no formal confirmation has emerged.

Meanwhile, Telit's shareholder register becomes increasingly eclectic, with Richard Griffiths recently declaring he now has a stake of 7.5pc in the "Internet of Things" chip company. Below is the link:..

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A 500 percenter...

Monday, 14 October 2019, 11:15 pm

It's not often you see a share price leap 500pc in a day on heavy volume - even on London's junior market.

But NF Energy Saving Corp - a Nasdaq-listed Chinese designer of "energy efficient systems" for thermal and nuclear power plants - has just leapt 508pc to $9.

Earlier today NF Energy Saving Corp announced the completion of the acquisition of Boqi Zhengji Pharmacy Chain Co, which has more than 300 pharmacy stores in China...

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