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RARE ALERT: GYG said to ...

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 3:17 pm

It's been a while since I had a story about beleguered fund manager Neil Woodford but one has just come in now from a loyal reader.

People familiar with the matter said Woodford has just sold his 20pc shareholding in GYG, the company that specialises in painting, supplying and looking after super yachts.

These people said Woodford has sold his entire stake in GYG at 40p a share following two weeks of tough talks with potential buyers...


Tags: GYG
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RARE ALERT: Inmarsat said to ... - Part 4

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:56 am

Yesterday Nicky Morgan - the culture secretary - declared she is minded to approve Apax and Waburg Pincus's £2.7 billion takeover of Inmarsat.

Now, that actually dissapointed some punters, who were rather hoping the regulatory authorities would carry out a more in depth investigation into the buy-out...


Tags: Inmarsat

Why is Moelis & Co the sole adviser to the Hong Kong exchange on its £32 billion bid for the LSE? - Part 5

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 6:21 pm

Alistair Osborne's analysis of Hong Kong's failed attempt to buy the London Stock Exchange in The Times is probably the best of lot from today's coverage in the national newspapers. Betaville particuarly enjoyed the pay off from Alistair, a former colleague and wind up merchant.

"Mr Li’s stock exchange adventure was almost as surreal as his book."..


Why is Moelis & Co the sole adviser to the Hong Kong exchange on its £32 billion bid for the LSE? - Part 4

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 7:32 am

The Hong Kong exchange did manage to drum up some other advisers alongside Moelis to join its bid for London Stock Exchange (HSBC and UBS) but in the end it was too late. Yes, this morning the Asian exchange said it is pulling out - quelle surprise. Below is the link to the company's statement:..


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RARE ALERT: SIG PLC said to ... - Part 3

Monday, 7 October 2019, 7:36 pm

So, it would appear Betaville's RARE sources were barking up the right tree several weeks ago when they highlighted that SIG had hired Lazard to find a buyer for its handling division.

Today, FTSE 250-listed SIG announced the sale of the business to France Air for just under £200 million. Below is the link:..


Tags: SIG

The resigners... - Part 3

Friday, 4 October 2019, 7:32 am

Betaville counts five this week. That's five bosses of Britain's top companies that have announced their departures or resginations, including this morning's news about the retirement of Bob Dudley, chief executive of FTSE 100-listed giant BP.

Below is the link:..


Tags: BP, Bob Dudley

Dealmaking, Brexit and the Rugby World Cup...

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:44 pm

Typically, autumn is when the City of London roars back into life as corporates, bankers and investors look to roll out flotations, fundraisings, mergers and takeover battles (think back to the Sky auction last year as a good example).

But it is unusually quiet in the London market. Bankers are blaming the uncertainty caused by the histrionics of parliamentarians around the Brexit deadline of October 31st...


Why is Moelis & Co the sole adviser to the Hong Kong exchange on its £32 billion bid for the LSE? - Part 3

Monday, 23 September 2019, 4:08 pm

This piece - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/09/21/hong-kong-enlists-help-banking-heavyweights-win-london-stock/ - in the Sunday Telegraph's business section about Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing hiring HSBC to bolster to its bid for the London Stock Exchange caught Betaville's eye...


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