Quentin Webb

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Formula One drives hard bargain with Singapore IPO

Under the bonnet<p>Formula One’s owners are driving a hard bargain. Securing $1.6 billion from pre-IPO investors is a big boost as majority owner CVC …

Review: Why Polaroid faded away

Instant messages<p>Polaroid reinvented photography, but faded away. Christopher Bonanos’s “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” is a pacey history of the …

How merger momentum could explode past $4 trln

Acquired taste<p>The merger boom could really explode. With about $1.8 trillion of M&A so far this year, 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year since …

Lego clan beats Goldman in $1.5 bln ISS float

Block trade<p>Lego has trumped Goldman Sachs in the $1.5 billion flotation of cleaning giant ISS. The Danish toymaker’s owners, the Kirk Kristiansen …

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Buzzword visionaries will rightsize the lexicon

Taking share<p>Do executive thought leaders need best-in-class jargon? Can only visionary C-suiters move the needle at the investor day or the Davos …

Blackstone bets Versace can go up a few sizes

Couture investor<p>Blackstone is betting Versace can go up a few sizes. The U.S. private equity firm has bought 20 percent of the Italian fashion house …

Carlyle buys a shovel-maker for deal gold rush

Animal spirits logic<p>In a gold rush, it pays to sell the shovels. Carlyle, the U.S.-based private equity firm, is teaming up with British publisher …

Publicis overpays with $3.7 bln digital takeover

A killer app?<p>Publicis is overpaying for a digital reboot. Performance is faltering at the French advertising giant after a failed transatlantic …

European IPO wobble is about more than volatility

Wider issues<p>Europe’s IPO wobble is about more than volatility. With initial public offerings in France and Italy being pulled, companies and advisers …

Club Med auction returns to work refreshed

Final destination?<p>Club Mediterranee shareholders have been vindicated for refusing to throw in the towel. Last year, litigious investors held up a …

Sky Europe transforms BSkyB investment case

Blue-sky thinking<p>“British” Sky Broadcasting is no more. The group is buying sister Sky units in Germany and Italy for at least 4.9 billion pounds …

Life’s like a box of chocolates for Lindt owners

Mystery ingredients<p>For Lindt shareholders, life is like a box of chocolates. They didn’t know they were going to get Russell Stover, the Midwest …

Tim Cook’s pride may expand corporate talent pool

One more thing<p>Tim Cook’s pride may expand the corporate talent pool. The Apple chief executive’s decision to speak publicly about being gay should …

Review: No bets on Berkshire after Warren Buffett

B.E.R.K.S.H.I.R.E.<p>The question facing Berkshire Hathaway is life after Warren Buffett. And it’s a quandary worth $330 billion, Berkshire’s market …

Bank synchrony hints at right kind of collusion

All together now<p>Banks may finally be participants in the right kind of collusion. In recent days, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, …

Macau’s casinos worryingly reliant on high-rollers

Whale hunting<p>A drop in Macau’s high rollers may push the Chinese territory’s gambling revenue to its first annual decline on record. Forecasts for …

LabCorp deal tests positive for value destruction

Please call your doctor<p>Laboratory Corp of America’s $6.1 billion deal for Covance tests positive for value destruction. The strategic logic behind …

Hugo Dixon: Cameron mustn’t say “quotas”

Don’t say quotas<p>David Cameron may be on the verge of making a historic error. The UK prime minister is agonising over whether to set an annual cap on …

Rob Cox: Don’t blame the messenger, Jefferies

Handler’s handlers<p>In the weeks before Lehman Brothers went bust, Chief Executive Richard Fuld had taken to blaming the short-sellers betting against …

INSIGHT-How the wheels came off for Sanofi's CEO

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Chris Viehbacher speaks plainly. “We had somewhat of a mess in Brazil,” he told financial analysts in August 2013, “so that’s why I decided to change management.”<p>Fifteen months later he has gone the same way as the Brazilian employees he sacked so decisively - fired …

Edward Hadas: Robots can be our best friends

Let them make cake<p>The “konditorei” in Sankt Florian, Austria offers fine pastries and wonderful hot chocolate. It was the perfect location to …

Power of "France Inc" on display in Sanofi boardroom coup

PARIS, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Events at Sanofi this week cost a high-flying German-Canadian boss his job and global investors billions. They are also a reminder that corporate France carries the national interest in its DNA, and neglects its family duties at its peril.<p>Chris Viehbacher, sacked by a …

QE gave emerging markets brief gains, lasting pain

Chequered record<p>Six years of quantitative easing in the United States have brought fleeting gains to emerging markets, and more enduring pain.<p>The …

Deutsche Bank’s fixed income wager yet to pay off

Two Main problems<p>Deutsche Bank’s strategy is still on probation. The German group decided earlier this year not to follow Barclays, its largest …

Unhappy returns

China and India are no longer producing enough output for investors to risk their increasingly expensive capital in these large emerging markets. …

Sky-high valuations no match for earnings reality

Reality bites<p>Sky-high valuations are no match for the sober black-and-white of quarterly earnings. Investors knocked more than 10 percent, or well …

Sanctions bind Russia's energy elite to Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia’s political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis - an unintended consequence of the West’s punitive measures.<p>A general view shows the headquarters of …

Train merger could be China’s ticket to elite club

Town ain’t big enough<p>China’s bullet-train builders are on track for a tie-up that might help secure membership of an elite club. At first glance, …

UBS’ legal pain is beginning to look manageable

Swiss blotches<p>UBS investors can almost see past the bank’s legal woes. The Zurich-based financial group is still paying for past sins, with a 12 …

Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

No big deal, in Chinese<p>Mark Zuckerberg whipped up a media frenzy last week. It wasn’t quite as big a deal as inventing Facebook. But journalists, …