24 May
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Smurfit Kappa agrees Dutch paper deal, investors urge US bid talks

Smurfit Kappa agreed to acquire privately owned paper and recycling business Reparenco for approximately €460m following a competitive process, while facing mounting shareholder demands to revive talks with US suitor International Paper.

24 May
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Diageo in talks to sell portfolio of US spirit brands

Drinks colossus Diageo is said to be putting several US spirits brands up for sale and could expected to get between $0. 5-1bn for the lot.

24 May
NewRiver 'positioned well' for growth with Hawthorn acquisition

London-listed real estate investment trust NewRiver saw its net asset value grow around 28% in its last financial year and revealed that it will acquire the Hawthorn Leisure pub portfolio for £106m.

24 May
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Paddy Power to merge US business with fantasy sports operator FanDuel

Paddy Power Betfair has agreed to merge it US business with US daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel.

24 May
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TalkTalk to sell B2B business after sinking to loss

TalkTalk announced the sale of its direct business-to-business operation for £175m as falling revenue and rising costs drove the broadband operator to a loss last year.

23 May
Barclays casts eye over Standard Chartered as Bramson hovers

Barclays is reported to be considering a merger with Standard Chartered or another international bank as part of contingency planning prompted by the arrival of activist investor Edward Bramson as a shareholder.

22 May
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Terra Firma puts Wyevale Garden Centre up for sale

Private equity fund Terra Firma has put Wyevale Garden Centres on the block, offering a trade buyer a portfolio of 145 retail outlets across the UK ranging from horticultural centres to leisure destination venues.

22 May
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ICG eyes £1.2bn acquisition of software supplier Iris - reports

Intermediate Capital Group is reportedly close to reaching an agreement to acquire medical software supplier Iris in a transaction that is expected to value the group at £1. 2bn.

22 May
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DS Smith to buy US-based corrugated packaging company

Packaging business DS Smith has agreed to buy US-based Corrugated Container Corporation (CCC) for an undisclosed sum, in a deal that is expected to be immediately earnings-enhancing.

22 May
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Rank Group buys Spanish digital bingo business YoBingo.es

Rank Group has bought QSB, the owner of Spanish digital bingo business YoBingo. es, for up to €52m in cash.

21 May
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Culture Sec ponders Comcast bid for Sky

Sky's potential takeover by Comcast does not perturb the government, but Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said he had not yet reached a final decision.

21 May
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IAG prepping £1.3bn offer for Norwegian

International Airlines Group is reportedly set to make a third run at a takeover of low-cost carrier Norwegian, one, which if successful, would value the budget airline at £1. 3bn.

21 May
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Fifth Third Corp to buy Chicago-based MB Financial in $4.7bn deal

Fifth Third Bancorp has agreed to buy Chicago-based MB Financial in a deal valued at around $4. 7bn.

21 May
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GE's transportation unit to merge with Wabtec in $11.1bn deal

GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric, has agreed to merge with rail equipment maker Wabtec in a deal valued at £11. 1bn.

18 May
Marlowe acquires asbestos remediation firm Forest Environmental

AIM-listed support services group Marlowe has completed its acquisition of asbestos remediation firm Forest Environmental from its administrator for a cash consideration of £500,000.

18 May
PayPal to buy Swedish payments group iZettle for $2.2bn

PayPal has agreed to buy Swedish payments group iZettle for $2. 2bn, in a deal that will "significantly" expand its in-store presence.

18 May
Watchdog kicks off investigation into Sainsbury-Asda merger

The UK competition watchdog has invited all "interested parties" in the proposed merger between Sainsbury's and Asda to submit views on the impact of the deal on competition around the country.

16 May
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Smurfit slumps as International Paper says it won't make hostile bid

Shares in Smurfit Kappa slumped on Wednesday as US rival International Paper said it would not be making a hostile bid for the paper and packaging company.