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Qataris and Blighty

Friday, 30 January 2015, 5:47 pm

Wow - the Qataris really have got an affinity for old Blighty!

Qatar Airways has just said it has bought a 9.9pc stake in our very own British Airways, also known as IAG.

The move comes after it emerged this week the Qatari sovereign wealth fund looks to have secured Canary Wharf owner Songbird Estates for £2.6 billion.

Here is a link to the Qatar Airways announcement:..

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Sunday review

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 11:41 pm

Huge hat tip to Oliver Shah over at The Sunday Times for his scoop about Sir Philip Green putting BHS on the market. Here is a link to Oliver's piece:..

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Ruddy on Ashley

Friday, 23 January 2015, 7:04 pm

Graham Ruddick has written a particularly good viewpoint piece in this morning's Telegraph.

Graham - a jolly nice chap, a former colleague and one of the best young hacks I have ever worked with - attempts to unravel what maverick Mike Ashley is up to by shuffling his shareholdings about in Sports Direct.

Here is a link a link to Graham's piece, which is well worth a read:..

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Aussie lawyers Slater & Gordon in exclusive talks to buy Quindell's legal services division - part 2

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 7:24 pm

So, here are some of the (eye-popping) numbers being talked about for Slater & Gordon's purchase of Quindell's legal services division.

To start with, when talks first began I am told by sources that Slater & Gordon said it will pay a non-refundable £15 million to enter into exclusive discussions with Quindell.

Since then, the Australian law firm has been crawling over of Quindell's legal services (QLS) business, doing due diligence...

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Aussie lawyers Slater & Gordon in exclusive talks to buy Quindell's legal services division

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 3:53 am

Here is a juicy jackanory - top sources inform me that listed Australian law firm Slater & Gordon is in exclusive discussions to buy Quindell's legal services division.

I understand Slater & Gordon, one of the first law firms to go public, has been working with advisers from Greenhill on the purchase of QLS.

Codex, an advisory boutique, is one of the firms working for Quindell's board, according to my sources...

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A remarkable coincidence

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:02 pm

I see Reuters is reporting US pharmaceutical company Salix has hired bankers from Centreview Partners to look at strategic options. Here is a link:..

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Volatile Afren - part 2

Friday, 16 January 2015, 6:31 pm

ZhenHua Oil. That is the name of the "mystery" Chinese company I referred to in yesterday's blog post, according to my reliable sources...

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Catlin snippet

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 8:43 pm

Here is an interesting snippet on XL Group's £2.7 billion takeover of Lloyd's of London insurer Catlin...

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