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Jeffrey Skilling, the ex-Enron chief executive who was sent to prison in 2006 after being convicted for his role in the energy giant’s collapse, could be freed by the end of the decade after a US judge cut his sentence from 24 to 14 years.

The Investment Column: Hammerson offers a safe haven

Chaucer tells a good tale but hold for the full story - Profitable Bodycote is looking good value

Flying Brands back on the merger trail

Flying Brands, the flowers-to-plants mail order company, signalled yesterday it was back on the acquisition trail six years after its last attempt to expand ended disastrously with multiple profit warnings and trading hiccups.

Martin Broughton, British Airways Chairman: Lover of the jumps who is taking to the skies

Martin Broughton belongs to that new breed of super-chairman exemplified by the likes of Niall FitzGerald of Reuters, Dick Olver at BAE Systems and David Varney, who has just moved on from mmO 2 - highly paid but also highly pressured. Mr Broughton's new job at British Airways, which began this week, will entail a lot more than simply chairing the monthly board meeting, holding the ring once a year at the annual meeting and then picking up his director's fee (£250,000 in this case).

The energy giants who flew too close to the sun

It was the ultimate "perp walk" - Kenneth Lay, friend of two presidents and founder of the erstwhile seventh-largest corporation in America - was paraded yesterday in handcuffs on his way to the federal courthouse in Houston to be formally charged with "spearheading" the most spectacular fraud in modern US business history.

Kenneth Lay indicted in $67bn Enron scandal

Kenneth lay, the former chairman of Enron, has been formally indicted for his role in the accounting scandal which led to the $67bn (£36bn) bankruptcy of the energy trading group in December 2001 - at the time the largest business failure in US history.

Former Enron chief surrenders to FBI

The former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay surrendered to the FBI today to face criminal charges stemming from the 2001 collapse of the energy company he founded.

Government urged inquiry into impact of cap on auditors' liability

Jacqui Smith, the minister for Industry and the Regions, revealed yesterday that the Government had asked the Office of Fair Trading to consider whether limiting liability for audit firms would have an adverse impact on competition in the market.

Accounting overhaul brings £1.3bn Premier float closer

Premier Foods, the owner of Typhoo Tea and Branston Pickle, has changed its accounting policies, resulting in a restatement of its turnover figures for the past three years. It is also selling peripheral businesses as speculation mounts that it could announce a £1.3bn float within the next two weeks.

Cairn director buys £624,000 of company shares

The deputy chairman of Cairn Energy splashed out nearly £624,000 on shares in the company yesterday, following large share purchases by other company directors recently.

John Jones: Why one firm has no truck with violence

Meet the couple who set up a company to fight violent crime against lorry drivers

Tibbett & Britten chiefs share £5m takeover windfall

The directors of the haulage and logistics company Tibbett & Britten stand to share in a pay-off worth up to £5m, following the takeover of the business yesterday by its UK rival Exel.

Sykes report calls for new 'forum' to self-regulate financial services

Financial services companies must set up a system of self-regulation, with a "forum" of the great and the good to punish mis-selling, if it is to restore public trust, according to a wide-ranging critique of the industry.

Low-income lenders face wrath of Consumer Council

Shares in the two leading lending companies focused on low-income groups fell heavily yesterday after it emerged that the National Consumer Council is likely to make a "super complaint" about the £2bn industry to the Office of Fair Trading.

Investment Column: Too early to be optimistic for AWG

AWG, the owner of Anglian Water, was owning up to past mistakes yesterday and promising that it would do better in future. As a new(ish) chief executive, Jonson Cox was able to freely criticise his predecessors' decisions.

Shareholders vote down Aegis pay deal

Shareholders in Aegis, the media-buying agency, finally lost patience with the company and hit back at a £2.35m "payment for failure" enshrined in the contract of Doug Flynn, its chief executive.

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