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  1. Cutting Competition: Biden’s Executive Order Aimed at Tackling Big Corporate Dominance

    14 July 2021 Cutting Competition: Biden’s Executive Order Aimed at Tackling Big Corporate Dominance

    Cutting Competition: Biden’s Executive Order Aimed at Tackling Big Corporate Dominance By Curtley Bale The Story This week, President Biden signed an Executive Order aimed at increasing competition in a variety of sectors across America. Through these measures, he hopes to improve...
  2. Inflation Infection: UK Sees Surging Levels of Inflation

    30 June 2021 Inflation Infection: UK Sees Surging Levels of Inflation

    Inflation Infection: UK Sees Surging Levels of Inflation By Curtley Bale The Story Late last week, the Bank of England sought to play down concerns about the UK’s rising inflation. The central bank believes the peak in inflation, expected to touch 3% in the coming months, is due to...
  3. Supermarket Sweep: Morrisons Rejects Private Equity Bid

    23 June 2021 Supermarket Sweep: Morrisons Rejects Private Equity Bid

    Supermarket Sweep: Morrisons Rejects Private Equity Bid By Curtley Bale The Story The UK’s fourth-largest supermarket chain, Morrisons, has rejected a bid from US private equity firm Clayton, Dubliner & Rice (CD&R). The unsolicited bid on 14 June 2021 valued the company at £8.7...
  4. G7 Gathering: Outcomes of The G7 Summit

    16 June 2021 G7 Gathering: Outcomes of The G7 Summit

    G7 Gathering: Outcomes of The G7 Summit By Curtley Bale The Story Over the weekend, the UK hosted the G7 summit at Carbis Bay in Cornwall. Leaders from the UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan descended onto the Cornish beachfront to discuss issues ranging from China and...
  5. Searching for a Saviour: Apollo Buys Yahoo and AOL from Verizon

    12 May 2021 Searching for a Saviour: Apollo Buys Yahoo and AOL from Verizon

    Searching for a Saviour: Apollo Buys Yahoo and AOL from Verizon By Curtley Bale The Story US private equity firm Apollo has bought Yahoo, AOL and other media assets from Verizon, in a deal worth $5 billion. Verizon, one of America’s biggest telecommunications companies, is selling...
  6. Taxing Times: Biden Announces Plan to Raise Taxes For Richest Americans

    5 May 2021 Taxing Times: Biden Announces Plan to Raise Taxes For Richest Americans

    Taxing Times: Biden Announces Plan to Raise Taxes For Richest Americans By Curtley Bale The Story Following a hectic first 100 days as US President, Joe Biden is looking to continue the trend of proposing legislation that will help the American people. After administering 200 million...
  7. When Fans Strike Back: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of the European Super League

    28 April 2021 When Fans Strike Back: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of the European Super League

    When Fans Strike Back: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of the European Super League By Curtley Bale The Story Last week, the international football community rode a wave of shock, fury, and eventual relief within the space of a few days. The initial shock and fury began last Sunday when...
  8. Dining In: EG Group Buys Leon

    21 April 2021 Dining In: EG Group Buys Leon

    Dining In: EG Group Buys Leon By Curtley Bale The Story EG Group, the company behind last year’s £6.8 billion takeover of Asda, has bought fast-food chain Leon for £100 million. Leon is a healthy, environmentally-friendly fast-food chain, whose mission is to provide sustainable...
  9. Taxing Times: The USA Proposes a New Global Corporate Tax

    14 April 2021 Taxing Times: The USA Proposes a New Global Corporate Tax

    Taxing Times: The USA Proposes a New Global Corporate Tax By Curtley Bale The Story This week, President Biden presented plans to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) for a new global corporate tax. His proposal involves a unanimous minimum tax rate...
  10. Mondelez buys majority stake in Grenade

    7 April 2021 Mondelez buys majority stake in Grenade

    Mondelez buys majority stake in Grenade By Curtley Bale The Story International snack food company Mondelez has bought a majority stake in Grenade, the UK-based company focussing on healthier, low sugar snack options. Grenade is best known for its market-leading protein bar, Carb...
  11. Stuck in the Suez

    31 March 2021 Stuck in the Suez

    Stuck in the Suez By Curtley Bale The Story On Tuesday 23 March 2021, a 400m-long shipping vessel ran aground in the Suez Canal. The cargo ship, the Ever Given, was grounded due to high winds, causing the vessel to splay diagonally across the canal. The Ever Given weighs 220,000 tonnes...
  12. Stars and Stripes: The $95bn Valuation

    24 March 2021 Stars and Stripes: The $95bn Valuation

    Stars and Stripes: The $95 billion Valuation By Curtley Bale The Story Online payment company Stripe has become Silicon Valley’s largest private company. This comes after a fresh round of fundraising has left Stripe with a valuation of $95 billion. This means the company surpasses...
  13. Cutting the Cake: Deliveroo Announces Intentions for IPO

    17 March 2021 Cutting the Cake: Deliveroo Announces Intentions for IPO

    Cutting the Cake: Deliveroo Announces Intentions for IPO By Curtley Bale The Story Deliveroo has announced its intentions to raise money via an Initial Public Offering (IPO), confirming it would do so in London. The IPO is expected to be worth around £7 billion but the date for the...
  14. Spring Tide: Square to Buy Jay-Z’s Tidal

    10 March 2021 Spring Tide: Square to Buy Jay-Z’s Tidal

    Spring Tide: Square to Buy Jay-Z’s Tidal By Curtley Bale The Story Jay-Z’s asset sell-off continues. This week, the rapper sold a majority stake of his streaming service, Tidal, to financial services and payments company, Square. The deal is expected to cost Square $297 million, and...
  15. Sole Trader: Birkenstock Agrees to Sell its Business to LVMH-backed L Catterton

    3 March 2021 Sole Trader: Birkenstock Agrees to Sell its Business to LVMH-backed L Catterton

    Sole Trader: Birkenstock Agrees to Sell its Business to LVMH-backed L Catterton By Curtley Bale The Story German sandal-maker Birkenstock has agreed a deal to sell its business to LVMH-backed private equity house, L Catterton. The deal is expected to be worth €4 billion. L Catterton...
  16. Supercharged: Car Manufacturers Set Ambitious EV Targets

    24 February 2021 Supercharged: Car Manufacturers Set Ambitious EV Targets

    Supercharged: Car Manufacturers Set Ambitious EV Targets By Curtley Bale The Story This week, multiple car companies set out significant and meaningful electric vehicle goals. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) committed to ditching the combustion engine within 15 years, with the brand becoming...
  17. Spurring Partners: CVC’s potential investment in the NBA

    17 February 2021 Spurring Partners: CVC’s potential investment in the NBA

    Spurring Partners: CVC’s potential investment in the NBA By Curtley Bale The Story Whilst the pandemic has led to a global economic slowdown, it seems to have ramped up private equity deal-making. Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners has entered into talks to buy a 15% stake in the...