Mergers and Acquisitions

Does mental toughness have any place at work?

Dominic Irvine | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

With the recent news of AB InBev's takeover deal being accepted by the SABMiller board, there will be many in both businesses who will be anxious about their futures. Expressions such as 'Toughen-up' or 'deal with it' hardly seem helpful. And yet, surviving what will be an intense period of uncertainty surely requires some sort of mental resilience?

Britain's Biggest Chemist Boots To Fall Into US Hands

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK

Britain's biggest pharmacy chain Boots is set to fall into US ownership today when drugs store giant Walgreens unveils a deal to buy the part of the b...

Acquisition Angst

Christian Toon | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Obviously, signatures on a contract will never be enough to turn two different workforces into a strong single entity with a single culture. This kind of change does not happen overnight and is particularly the case when the employees of one of the firms involved feel like a conquered people whose roles and ways of getting things done are about to change.

Labour MP Urged To Quit For Calling Pfizer 'Rapists'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics

Labour MP Austin Mitchell has dismissed calls from Tory MPs to resign after branding US drug giant Pfizer "rapists" on Twitter. Speaking to the Huf...

US Drug Giant Pfizer 'Doesn't Need A PR Man, They've Got The PM'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron was accused of acting as "PR man" for US drug giant Pfizer in its controversial multi-billion pound takeover of its UK rival AstraZeneca...

Pfizer Takeover 'Could Delay Life-Saving Drugs', MPs Told

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics

Plans by US drugs giant Pfizer to take over rival AstraZeneca could delay the production of life-saving medicines, the boss of the UK company told MPs...

US Drug Giant Pfizer Reveals What It Promises To Do In Takeover Plan

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics

Pfizer has revealed the legally-binding guarantees it has offered the UK government as part of its planned takeover of UK-based rival AstraZeneca, as ...

5 Reasons Why Pfizer's AstraZeneca Takeover Plans Should Worry You

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK

Pfizer's interest in taking over AstraZeneca has left politicians up in arms as they fret about what the US drugs giant could do once it has gobbled u...

Clegg Demands 'Binding' Pledges To UK From US Drug Giant Pfizer

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Politics

Ministers are putting pressure on US drug giant Pfizer to show that commitments to Britain will be "binding" in the case of a takeover of AstraZeneca,...

Cable Could Wade Into Massive Pfizer-AstraZeneca Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has suggested that the government could wade into the prospective takeover by US drugs giant Pfizer of its UK rival AstraZeneca, which loo...

US Giant Pfizer Set For Massive Hostile Takeover Of UK's AstraZeneca

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer could imminently launch a hostile takeover of its UK rival AstraZeneca after its £63 billion takeover offer was spurne...

Astrazeneca Rejects Even Bigger Bid From Drugs Giant Pfizer

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK

US drugs giant Pfizer's £63 billion bid to takeover UK rival AstraZeneca has been rejected. The American firm's latest attempt has sparked fevered...

This US Drugs Giant Tried The Biggest Takeover Yet Of A UK Firm

PA | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK

US drugs giant Pfizer today publicly disclosed details of a multi-billion pound bid approach for UK rival AstraZeneca. The American firm revealed i...

Why Merger Manners Matter in Legal Services

Peter Watson | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Peter Watson

Terms like honesty, discretion and confidentiality are loaded with meaning but they can ensure trusting business relationships and the foundation of a good market reputation.

Jammie Dodgers Maker Bought By Canadian Firm For £350m

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Burton's Biscuits, which make Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels, has been sold for £350 million to a Canadian pension fund investor, equivalent to the ...

Which Company Wants To Gobble Up Peperami?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK

Peperami, the British meat snack, could be gobbled up by Irish food giant Kerry Group in a deal that could raise "tens of millions of pounds". Ker...

Millions Down The Drain! What Were The Biggest Mistaken Mega-Deals?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Telecoms giant Vodafone's prospective £84 billion ($130 billion) of its stake in Verizone Wireless, set to be confirmed this afternoon, would mark th...

Charlie Thomas

Has The Shine Come Off Online Gambling? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

Has the shine come off online gaming? One leading company in the field, Sportingbet, has been hit by £46 million of losses in the last financial y...

Too Big To Regulate?

Charlie Thomas | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

A £56bn mega-merger between a mining giant and a commodities trader moved one step closer today after Xstrata recommended its shareholders accept the...

BAE Confirms Merger Talks With EADS

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.09.2012 | UK

Following days of media speculation, defence giant BAE systems has confirmed it is in talks about a potential merger with Airbus manufacturer EADS. ...

Potential Cinema Merger Gets The Go-Ahead

Posted 06.09.2012 | UK

Cinema giant Odeon is one step closer to acquiring one of Birmingham's key cinemas after the Office For Fair Trading said it would not refer a takeove...

Charlie Thomas

Bid For Goals Soccer Centres Gets The Red Card | Charlie Thomas | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK

A bid to take over Goals Soccer Centres, which runs more than 40 five-a-side football centres in the United Kingdom, has seen rejected by shareholders...

Jobs At Risk As BMI Sold To BA Owner For £175m

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 22.12.2011 | UK

British Airways' parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) has agreed a £172.5m deal for BMI from Lufthansa, in a move that could see hundred...