Sport A view of Elland Road

The terms of a buy-out were agreed last year

Examine Brunel artefacts in your lunch break

If you work in Bristol and you find yourself looking for something to do on a Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtime you can now pop into the new Brunel Institute, next to the ss Great Britain, and see rare photographs and diaries normally kept under wraps in the National Brunel Archive explained by experts from the museum.

Cooper abandons Laird takeover bid

Cooper Industries, the Dublin-based electrical products company which has been attempting to buy London-listed Laird since June, has abandoned the £537m takeover after failing to strike an agreement on the price.

Cooper to give up on Laird takeover

Cooper Industries appears set to withdraw its planned $875m acquisition for British rival Laird, the electronics components group, after both parties were unable to agree on a price.

Merger rules are toughened

The takeover Panel has adopted tougher merger rules, tipping the balance of power back towards acquisition targets.

Fuller's told to bid for Capital or walk away

Fuller, Smith & Turner has been given a "put up or shut up" deadline by the City's Takeover Panel to table a formal bid for its Aim-listed rival Capital Pubs Company.

Rank investors accept Guoco's unwilling bid

Investors selling shares in Rank, owner of Mecca Bingo, are set to ignore an extraordinary plea from the Guoco Group to turn down its 150p-a-share takeover offer.

Top men resign from Rank's board

The chief executive and finance director of Rank both stepped down yesterday, a day after the bingo and casino operator changed its recommendation for the second time on a takeover offer from its largest shareholder Guoco Group.

Capital Pub rejects £54m takeover from Fuller's

Britain's embattled pubs sector sparked into life yesterday after Fuller Smith & Turner said it had made a £53.9m cash takeover proposal for the Capital Pub Company, its smaller London-based rival.

Bradford deny takeover report

Bradford Bulls chairman Peter Hood has played down reports of a takeover bid. Businessman Steve Parkin wants to buy both Bradford City and the Super League team to form a joint sporting club in the city, with the aim of constructing a purpose-built stadium for them to share.

Album: Nico Muhly, Seeing Is Believing (Decca)

The American wunderkind's latest release focuses on linked commissions by the Aurora Orchestra, with Thomas Gould's acquisition of a six-string electric violin prompting the 25-minute title-track, a piece reflecting man's compulsion to map the heavens.

BDO censured over Shore Capital listing

BDO has become the first firm to be publicly shamed for failings in its advice when it acted as a sponsor of a listed company.

David Prosser: Why takeovers should address pensions

Outlook The Takeover Panel tends to move slowly in updating its rules: it is still working out exactly what amendments should be made to the regulations governing M&A following the inquiries prompted by Kraft's controversial takeover of Cadbury last year. So it seems unlikely that a last-minute suggestion for tougher rules on disclosure on pension issues during bid processes will make the cut.

Ayre upbeat about 'new era' at Anfield

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes losses like the £20m reported by the club in their latest set of accounts can now confidently be consigned to a different era.

Murray questions Rangers takeover deal

Rangers non-executive director Paul Murray has insisted Craig Whyte's imminent takeover is not the right move for the club.

Whyte moves a step closer to Rangers takeover

Craig Whyte's Rangers takeover bid appears to be back on track after he moved closer to winning over the independent committee of the club's board.

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