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RARE ALERT: Atos said to ... - Part 17

Wednesday, 11 January 2023, 2:43 pm

Now Orange is interested in buying some or all of Atos, according to Les Echos.

Of course, this news won't be too much of a surprise to loyal readers of little old Betaville's content as Orange was previously reported by this website to be working with Credit Suisse on a potential acquisition of some or all of Atos...

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Canaccord Genuity's Quest bullish about takeover deals ... - Part 4

Wednesday, 11 January 2023, 2:14 pm

It's that time of the year when scribblers at Canaccord Genuity's Quest release a note with their UK M&A takeover tips - all 94 of them.

Graham Simpson who compiled this list of of potential takeover targets, writes: "UK companies continue to look materially undervalued, potentially making them takeover targets for both private equity and international corporates."..

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First Abu Dhabi Bank said to explore bid for Standard Chartered, reveals Bloomberg - Part 3

Monday, 9 January 2023, 7:45 pm

Are you still wondering what First Abu Dhabi Bank's fleeting tilt at FTSE 100-listed Standard Chartered was all about?

Well, so is little old Betaville. One piece of the jigsaw might be in a piece by the Financial Times about the Abu Dhabi-listed International Holding Company.

It has grown from a fish farm, food and real estate company to a $240 billion conglomerate with a 150,000 employees in the space of three years...

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Qatar said to be in talks to buy Tottenham Hotspur FC, Liverpool FC or, er, Manchester United, reports Bloomberg

Monday, 9 January 2023, 7:28 pm

Bloomberg has just reported the Qataris have held talks about buying Tottenham Hotspur FC, the Premier League football club.

According to the Bloomie report, Nasser Al-Khelafi - the chairman of Qatar Sports Investments - "recently held conversations" with Daniel Levy, the boss of Tottenham Hotspur, about the purchase of a stake in the north London club...

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First Abu Dhabi Bank said to explore bid for Standard Chartered, reveals Bloomberg - Part 2

Thursday, 5 January 2023, 2:19 pm

Well, that takeover bid for Standard Chartered wasn't much of a bid after all!

First Abu Dhabi Bank just released a statement after the Bloomberg scoop confirming the institution had been taking a look at Standard Chartered but now had decided against the idea. The shares have fallen back around 15pc...

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First Abu Dhabi Bank said to explore bid for Standard Chartered, reveals Bloomberg

Thursday, 5 January 2023, 1:36 pm

Arch rivals at Bloomberg have just started the new year with an M&A whopper.

According to Bloomie, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC has been exploring a takeover bid for Standard Chartered and has appointed advisers to work on the deal.

Standard Chartered have spiked almost 20pc on the scoop. Betaville assumes statements will be released shortly.....

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RARE ALERT: Atos said to ... - Part 14

Monday, 2 January 2023, 10:06 am

It's the first trading day of 2023 in continental Europe and already one of little old Betaville's RARE alerts has been followed by a rival.

Les Echos has this morning reported that Airbus is in talks about purhasing a stake in Atos as it is aircraft engine maker is interested in getting hold of beleguered Atos's cyber security unit. Below is the link to the piece in Les Echos:..

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Bloomberg said to eye takeover of The Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones and Washington post, reveals Axios

Friday, 23 December 2022, 2:12 pm

Axios has just reported that Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of financial media giant Bloomberg, is weighing an acquisition of Dow Jones, owner of the TheWall Street Journal, or TheWashington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

According to Axios, Mr Bloomberg would be interested in a potential acquisition of either property, but Dow Jones would be a "stronger target"...

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Deals, Deals, Deals ... in a bear market - Part 36

Thursday, 22 December 2022, 6:35 pm

Quite a few of little old Betaville's competitors are rolling out their deal prediction pieces for 2023 ahead the holiday period.

Reuters, in particular, has been very enthusiastic publishing a piece about a slowdown in dealmaking whilst two days earlier suggesting there could be a boom in pharmaceutical deals in 2023. Below are the links:..

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