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Buffett buys insurer Alleghany for $11.6 billion

Monday, 21 March 2022, 9:59 am

Warren Buffett is splashing out over $11 billion on US-listed property and casualty insurer Alleghany Corporation.

Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway is paying $848.02 per in cash for Alleghany and follows a period in which the billionaire old timer has complained about the lack of acquisition opportunities.

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Sycamore Partners said to weigh £200 million plus takeover bid for Ted Baker, reveals Sky News - Part 2

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 8:13 pm

It would appear The Kleinmanator of Sky News wasn't the only City hack onto the Ted Baker bid rumour.

Last week, Bryce, "The Flying Scotsman", Elder of the venerable Financial Times got into the story in his excellent City Insider column, pointing out that there was talk circulating the London market of a £300 million plus takeover offer. Below is a link to Bryce's piece:..

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Sycamore Partners said to weigh £200 million plus takeover bid for Ted Baker, reveals Sky News

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 7:39 pm

Mark, "The Kleinmanator", Kleinman of Sky News has landed a decent scoop this evening about American private equity firm Sycamore Partners weighing a takeover bid for Ted Baker, the London-listed retailer.

According to Kleiny, Sycamore has hired Numis to advise on the possible takeover, so one assumes the firm's interest is relatively advanced and a statement should be appear soon. Below is a link:..

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Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 11

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 4:11 pm

Oaktree Capital is the newest participant in the £3 billion Chelsea FC sale process.

According to the Financial Times, the $166 billion asset manager - led by Howard Marks - "is preparing an offer for Chelsea" ahead of this Friday's bid deadline. Below is a link to the FT piece:

https://www.ft.com/content/c031e021-9b76-45e6-be61-62ddec48c36a..

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Foxtons said to ... - Part 5

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 10:48 am

Another activist is trying to persuade London-listed estate agency Foxtons to sell itself.

According to a report in the Financial Times, Montreal-based Converium Capital has built up a stake of 2pc in Foxtons and is arguing the company should find a buyer after failing to take advantage of a red hot London property market. Below is a link to the piece in the FT:..

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Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 10

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 10:40 am

Betaville is adding Tilman Fertitta to the list of suitors lining up trying to buy Chelsea FC.

That's because, according to Mark "The Kleinmanator" Kleinman at Sky News, Fertitta is in the data room going over Chelsea FC's books.

Fertitta owns the Houston Rockets NBA team and runs Landry's, a gaming and hospitality group.

Anyway, below is updated list of Chelsea suitors:..

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Nielsen Holdings PLC set to be taken private by private equity consortium for $15 billion, reveals the Wall Street Journal

Monday, 14 March 2022, 5:33 pm

The venerable Wall Street Journal has just published a whopping deal scoop.

According the publication, a consortium of private equity firms that includes Elliott Management, the hedge fund giant led by Paul Singer, are in talks to take Nielsen Holdings, the TV ratings company, private for around $15 billion. Below is the link to the tale:..

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Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 8

Friday, 11 March 2022, 5:15 pm

The Guardian have just published an intriguing article about the on-off sale of Chelsea Football Club.

Most of the market seemed to think the sale was off yesterday following the news about the British government sanctioning Roman Abramovich.

But now hacks at The Guardian are reporting that a select group of potential buyers are being considered as potential owners by the UK government (is that Nadine Dorries?)...

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Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 7

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 10:57 am

Forget about days; it would appear there is a new bidder interested in buying Chelsea Football Club every hour.

Last night it emerged Josh Harris - the former Apollo dealmaker that owns a stake in Crystal Palace - and Jamie Reuben, the son and nephew of billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, have both thrown their hat in the ring to buy Chelsea FC from Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch...

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UNCOOKED ALERT: Albioma said to ... - Part 3

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 9:12 am

This week the story confirmations for little old Betaville are emerging as quickly as the bidders for Chelsea Football Club.

Last Thursday Betaville published an UNCOOKED alert suggesting France-listed renewables company Albioma may have been in takeover talks, possibly with a private equity firm. Below is the link:..

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Tags: Albioma

Chelsea FC on the block; Abramovich said to be seeking £3 billion, according to reports - Part 6

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 9:30 am

Another day, another bidder - or two - for Chelsea FC, the Premier League football club put on the block by Roman Abramovich.

Reports emerged yesterday that Robert 'Woody' Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, is keen on taking a look at the winners of the Champions League.

Also, a shadowy Saudi group called Saudi Media is sniffing around Chelsea FC, according to football website Goal...

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

Tuesday, 8 March 2022, 8:52 am

Well, it didn't take too long for rivals at Bloomberg to follow up little old Betaville's UNCOOKED alert about a potential takeover bid for France-listed renewable energy company Albioma.

This morning the financial media behemoth is reporting that KKR, the American private equity giant, is weighing an offer for Albioma. Below is a link the Bloomie piece and Betaville's alert from last week:..

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Tags: Albioma, KKR

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