A cheeky website about deals, dealmakers and anything else I find interesting. Edited by Ben Harrington. If you have a tip or want to discuss a story please feel free to email Betaville at benharringtonw11@gmail.com.

The dealmaker, the bank and the missing skyscraper series returns - Credit Suisse hires one of London's top QCs as defence barrister ahead of trial

Friday, 3 February 2017, 3:15 pm

Remember the tale little old Betaville broke a couple of years ago about how investors are chasing Thomas Ryan, a mystery Irish property developer, and (ex) Credit Suisse private banker Hans-Olav Eldring in the commercial courts in London after the pair of scallywags concocted a scheme to build a £1 billion residential tower in Canary Wharf that eventually vanished into thin air?..


Reuben Brothers approached about backing Emerald Investment Partners' rival Punch bid - sources - part 2

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 6:47 pm

Combing through my copy of The Times this morning I noticed Dom Walsh's story on Punch Taverns corroberated little old Betaville's piece from a few weeks ago about how Alan McIntosh's Emerald consortium had approached the billionaire Reuben brothers to back his consortium bid for the pub company.

Here is a link to the piece in The Times:..


Fake denials - part 2

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 2:59 pm

I got a bit caught up yesterday afternoon but I did want to reflect on what appears to be another example of a blatant "fake denial", which seem to be becoming increasingly prominent these days.

Last summer hacks at CNBC TV 18 landed a brilliant "exclusive" about how Aditya Birla / Idea Cellular and Vodafone were in the early stages of exploring a combination of their Indian operations. Here is the link:..


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FT airs Axa and Generali merger rumours...-part 3

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 5:44 pm

Perhaps the FT's Axa / Generali merger rumours were just a load of hot air after all?

Yesterday, Reuters reported that Axa's CEO is "not interested in Generali" although if you read the story carefully the chief executive doesn't quite say what the headline claims.

Anyway, I will let readers decide what they think by providing a link to the Reuters piece below:..


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A digital (Actelion) "scoop" dissected - part 3

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 9:26 am

Johnson & Johnson has finally announced its $30 billion takeover bid for Swiss pharmaceutical company Actelion.

As a result, the Bloomberg clan are out in force this morning on Twitter reminding the business world about how the financial media organisation late last year "broke" the story about Johnson & Johnson's multi-billion dollar takeover approach for Actelion...


Flag pole alert - the series returns - part 5

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:08 am

The scribblers over at French broker Exane BNP Paribas were pushing the Japan Tobacco for Imperial Brands line hard this morning although I have still not unearthed any new facts (it's called journalism) that might substantiate their theory.

Obviously, I will let loyal readers know when I do but for the time being I have pasted Exane's note below...


Saturday review

Saturday, 21 January 2017, 10:36 am

Clearly today's newspapers are dominated by you know who.

However, there was one story in The Daily Telegraph's business section that caught my eye: Ashley Armstrong's piece on how Ranjit Boparan, the entrepreneur known as "The Chicken King", has received a takeover approach for Party Ring, the maker of Fox's Biscuits, from a mystery suitor...


Fake denials

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:35 pm

A lot has been written about "fake news" over the last month so but how about ruminating on the growing amount of duff - or perhaps we should call them "fake" - denials.

Today, for example, French aerospace company Safran announced it is buying rival Zodiac Aerospace for EURO 8.5 billion...


Today on ITV - part 2

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:01 am

So, here is that curious piece of gossip about ITV I mentioned was I looking into earler in the week. However, to be up front and clear, this gossip really is RARE!

I have been told that back in early December a boutique broker called LionTree organised a big dinner in Denver, USA for a bunch of institutional investors that wanted to meet Liberty Global's management team, including chief executive Mike Fries...


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