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Outlook Billionaire Thomas Sandell is making it quite clear that it will take more than a couple of paracetamol to handle the headache he is causing for FirstGroup.

London link to $50bn Lehman cover-up

Damning report reveals how doomed bank hid its debts from the world

Leading article: Lehman's dodgy figures

"Rep 105" is not perhaps the phrase that trips most often from ordinary people's tongues. That may well be about to change after yesterday's report by a US court-appointed examiner into the collapse of Lehman Brothers – the world's biggest bankruptcy and the primary cause of the credit crunch that brought the global financial system to a juddering halt in September 2008.

Banks seize control of car wash firm in landmark case

A landmark court ruling yesterday that gave senior lenders full control over a struggling business could have major implications for the leveraged buy-out industry and junior mezzanine lenders to distressed companies.

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More sickening news for Citigroup

An internal memo from Citigroup HQ in New York reaches our desk. Apparently, a member of staff has contracted swine flu and the bank's staff have been instructed to watch out for any symptoms they may develop themselves. As if the credit crisis-hit bank doesn't have enough to worry about.

Tim Tookey: 'Two days with no sleep, but the endurance test was worth it'

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Wanless made first move to lure Sandler to NatWest

DEREK WANLESS, the former group chief executive of National Westminster Bank, tried to lure Ron Sandler, the former chief executive at Lloyd's of London insurance market, to the bank just days before Mr Wanless was ousted last month.

City law boom is creating the UK's first pounds 1m a year solicitors

LEADING LAWYERS in the City of London are earning salaries approaching one million pounds, according to new figures published today.

Law: The transatlantic merger that is making waves

City law firm Clifford Chance's merger with both a German firm and a New York firm has sent shock waves through London - who is next? Is this radical development about to become a trend? By Jonathan Ames

Fresh bid to block Punch

WHITBREAD YESTERDAY admitted it was trying to delay Punch's bid for Allied Domecq's pub estate out of sheer "bloody-mindedness", and because it did not see why Punch should be allowed to take advantage of months of costly work done on Whitbread's behalf.

pounds 800,000 And Up...The Men At The Top Of Corporate Law

Nigel Boardman at Slaughter and May is believed to be one of its senior partners, earning around pounds 900,000 a year. He is a corporate finance expert at this traditional law firm, which has a reputation for paying top salaries but is seen as unwilling to commit itself to an international merger strategy.
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