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Arsenal move closer to takeover

Arsenal today moved a step closer towards a takeover when the club's third-largest shareholder reportedly began the process of selling her stake.

Lib Dems' takeover pledge

The Liberal Democrats would be willing to increase the takeover timetable of listed companies from 60 to 90 days in exchange for massive reform.

Kroenke closes in on Arsenal takeover

American could sell NFL franchise on Monday raising funds for Gunners' buyout

ControlCircle to use £6m venture capital cash for worldwide acquisitions

ControlCircle, an internet hosting company, is to go on a spending spree to quadruple turnover to £100m within five years.

Babcock reels in rival VT with higher offer

Babcock’s pursuit of rival defense servces group VT Group could come to a successful conclusion as soon as today, the Independent has learned. VT’s board is understood to have accepted a bid of around 735p a share, valuing the company at just over £1.35bn. VT - which was once a naval shipbuilder but is now a support services operation focussed on the defence sector - twice rebuffed approaches from Babock last month, the most recent being a cash and share offer at 715p a share.

Blacks set to demand deadline for Ashley bid

Blacks Leisure is poised to ask the Takeover Panel to issue Mike Ashley's Sports Direct with a "put-up-or-shut-up" deadline after the sports equipment retailer said it was considering a takeover of the outdoor specialist earlier this week.

VT and Babcock inch towards merger deal

VT Group, a defence contractor and outsourcing business, yesterday softened its opposition to a takeover by Babcock International when it agreed to a "mutual exchange of information" between the two companies.

Mandelson backs takeover law reform

The next government should review Britain's takeover laws, Lord Mandelson said last night.

VT plans third bid for Mouchel

VT Group is expected to increase its takeover offer for Mouchel in a third attempt to get its support services rival around the negotiating table.

Live Nation rounds on watchdog over merger

The ticketing agencies Live Nation and Ticketmaster have hit back at the City's takeover watchdog, claiming the decision to block their proposed merger on anti-competitive grounds was undermined by "key legal flaws".

Kroenke moves step closer to Arsenal takeover

American Stan Kroenke has made another purchase of 10 Arsenal shares to move a small step closer to the takeover threshold.

New setback for National Express as Cosmens attack rights issue plans

National Express's biggest shareholder yesterday reacted angrily to the terms of a rescue rights issue, which the company hopes will put to bed worries about its £1bn debt pile.

Alcaraz sets up company to source corporate deals in support services

Top City banker Peter Alcaraz has set up a company to find corporate deals in the support services sector worth up to £200m.

Kroenke increases Arsenal stake

Stan Kroenke has purchased another 427 shares in Arsenal's parent holding company, at a cost of some £3.6million, as the American edges closer towards the takeover threshold.

David Prosser: Adonis still on the hook

Outlook The only people feeling even crosser than Stagecoach about the collapse of its merger talks with National Express yesterday will have been staff at the Department of Transport, lead by Lord Adonis.

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