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easyJet should merge with Wizz Air, argues Davy

Monday, 25 April 2022, 8:40 am

It's been over six months since Wizz Air abandoned its takeover bid for rival budget airline easyJet, so I guess it isn't a surprise that brokers are pushing the idea again.

According to scribblers over at Davy, an easyJet - Wizz Air merger should be "revisited". That's an interesting opinion!

Anyway, I have pasted the main thrust of the analyst at Davy's argument below in case you are interested:..

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Blackstone and KKR said to eye Ubisoft Entertainment, reveals Bloomberg

Monday, 25 April 2022, 8:19 am

Betaville is rather grumpy this morning.

That's because arch rivals at Bloomberg scooped little old Betaville on a story I was chasing late last week.

The tale was about French video games publisher Ubisoft Entertainment, which is attracting takeover interest from a variety of buyers.

According to hacks at Bloomberg US buy-out giants Blackstone and KRR are two of the big private equity funds circling Ubisoft...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG said to ... - Part 13

Friday, 22 April 2022, 4:01 pm

A fourth US-based private equity firm is circling THG, the e-commerce company.

People following the situation have heard Carlyle has been studying THG, which is led by Matt Moulding, with a view to making an offer for the business.

Carlyle is rumoured to be working with advisers from Bank of America on the potential deal, said these people following the situation.

However, it's not clear whether Carlyle has made a formal approach for THG...

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Tags: THG Group

Bain Capital said to be circling Solutions 30 with takeover bid, reveals Bloomberg

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 10:29 pm

Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is "weighing a deal" for Solutions 30.

Well, that's according to Bloomberg hacks, who this evening revealed that the buy-out firm has been speaking with advisers about the potential investment in the embatted European technology services company, which been targeted by some the short seller types amid some very fruity allegations...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: RWS Holdings said to ... - Part 2

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 10:17 pm

Another day, another confirmation for little old Betaville's UNCOOKED Alerts.

This time Baring Private Equity Asia has confirmed it is considering a takeover offer for RWS Holdings, the London-listed content management and intellectual property services provider. Below is the link to the confirmation and the original UNCOOKED alert by yours truly:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: THG said to ... - Part 12

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 7:52 am

Several weeks ago Betaville and some rivals reported that THG, the controversial London-listed company formerly known as The Hut Group, has received takeover interest from several private equity firms, including Advent International and Leonard Green.

That was met by silence on all sides, giving the usual Betaville sceptics an opportunity to sling mud...

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Tags: THG Group
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UNCOOKED ALERT: Just Eat Takeaway said to ... - Part 2

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 8:18 am

Just Eat Takeaway has this morning announced it is looking at a full or partial sale of Grubhub.

In case you don't recall Just Eat Takeaway bought the US-based online food delivery two years ago for £5.75 billion, which is almost the same amount as the London-listed company's market capitalisation. Below is the link to this morning's annoucement about the sale alongside a trading update:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Affirm Holdings Inc said to ... - Part 2

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, 11:33 am

Gordon Haskett was yesterday piggybacking of little old Betaville's hard work.

Don Bilson at the "research advisor" set off a round of speculation about Goldman Sachs taking an interest in Affirm Holdings Inc, the US-listed lender, after publishing a note pointing out that David Vinlar is stepping down from the Block board "due to increasing potential for competitive overlap with other boards"...

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

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 4:07 pm

Ideagen, the London-listed compliance software company, remains at the centre of takeover speculation amid talk at least one private equity firm is interested in buying the business.

People following the situation have heard talk Cinven has been studying the possiblity of buying Ideagen, possibly as part of a consortium with another private equity firm...

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Tags: Ideagen

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, the boutique investment bank firm and, er, insert anything they are both involved with here... - Part 7

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 3:51 pm

I see Sir Simon Robey is attempting to deal with the fact that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer he hired almost a year ago has so far failed to land a role on an announced takeover deal.

In a rare interview with Aaron Kirchfeld, Bloomberg's global deals editor, Sir Simon - one of the City of London's top dealmakers - says: "There is no point in having someone like George in the building unless you support them in winning new business."..

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Elon Musk may launch Twitter bid, claim reports

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 8:24 am

There has been plenty of coverage over the last few days about Elon Musk's stakebuilding in Twitter and what it could mean for the micro-blogging website.

Several newspapers, including the Daily Mail, even went so far to report rumours that he may interested in launching a hostile takeover. Below are the links to their articles:..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Ideagen said to ...

Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 8:02 am

Ideagen, the London-listed compliance software company, has come under the spotlight amid takeover talk.

People following the situation have heard rumours Ideagen may have attracted a suitor interested in purchasing the business.

However, people following the situation said the identity the company interested in acquiring Ideagen is unclear...

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Tags: Ideagen

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