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City standards watchdog is roasted by MPs over ENRC

The company is under investigation from the Serious Fraud Office amid allegations of corruption after an unhappy few years on the LSE

Emeny to take the helm at Fuller, Smith & Turner

Fuller’s, brewer of London Pride, was set up 160 years ago and has over 400 pubs

Rolls-Royce selects Gold to lead probe

Rolls-Royce has named Lord Gold, the City lawyer investigating the cash-for-access scandal in the Tory party, to investigate its compliance practices after the company last month revealed possible corruption in China and Indonesia.

Rolls-Royce inquiry into Chinese bribery claims

Rolls-Royce has named Lord Gold, the City lawyer investigating the cash-for-access scandal in the Tory party, to investigate its compliance practices after the company last month revealed possible corruption in China and Indonesia.

Herbert Smith in tie-up to form new legal giant

A new legal giant emerges today as London-based Herbert Smith and Australian group Freehills start formally trading under the same banner.

SMEs weigh in on Cameron's copyright fight

Google says UK laws are outdated and hamper innovation, but many smaller companies are not so sure. Nick Clark reports

Takeover Panel tables M&A code overhaul

The Takeover Panel has moved a step closer to drastically overhauling its code as it seeks to remove the "tactical advantage" for hostile bidders targeting UK companies.

A licence to print money, but De La Rue still can't make any

De La Rue might have a licence to print money – but it is having a hard time making it and last night the crisis-wracked banknote printer's shares plumbed fresh depths amid fears of that one of its biggest customers is preparing to cash in its chips.

The make-or-break power of ratings agencies

Moody's, Fitch and S&P can shake up the markets and change a country's fortunes – but is it time to curb their influence, asks Nikhil Kumar

JJB cash call 'on track' despite malicious rumour

FSA to be handed dossier on rumour which derailed share issue on Friday

A gate too far: Broadgate sale collapses

MGPA, the Macquarie Group-backed Australian fund, is understood to have abandoned plans to purchase Broadgate, the City office scheme owned by Ftse 100 property giant British Land.

Tait lacks Smith's conviction

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London Pride helps cheer sales at Fuller pubs group

Fuller, Smith & Turner, the pubs group with a major presence in the City, has heralded an upsurge in drinking activity in London's financial district.

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