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Rothschild warring with Bakries to preserve Bumi

Nat Rothschild is fighting to preserve Bumi as a London-listed, Indonesia-focused coal miner, through a proposal that attempts to derail the Bakrie family's attempt to buy the group's assets and leave it as cash shell.

Nat Rothschild launches a late $1.2bn bid to grab miner Bumi

Billionaire prepares offer as he turns up the heat against his rivals the Bakries

James Moore: Bumi affair reflects appallingly on London, so give the box tickers more bite

Outlook One consequence of Nat Rothschild's abrupt resignation from the board of Bumi is that it finally complies with a key provision of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance: independent (at least by the company's definition) non-executive directors are now in the majority.

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Rothschild quits Bumi as he loses confidence in board

Chairman Samin Tan accused of being 'complicit' in the oppression of minority shareholders

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New Supreme Court chief Lord Neuberger sworn in

A 64-year-old former merchant banker was sworn in as the UK's most senior judge today.

Market Report: Rothschild miner Bumi hits a slump

More bad news has been dug up for Nat Rothschild at his coal miner Bumi. Shares in Indonesia's Bumi Resources hit a three-year low in Jakarta after Asia's top thermal coal exporter posted a first-half loss at the weekend.

Dr Martens rebuffed bids

The boot maker Dr Martens has said it abandoned plans to sell the business recently for up to £200m after bids received from private-equity firms failed to match its valuation.

Ex-lawyer Anthony Salz to head Barclays inquiry

A top lawyer-turned-investment banker is to lead a far-reaching review into the culture at Barclays in the wake of the rate-rigging scandal, the embattled banking giant announced today.

Rothschild fees beat giant rivals

Fee income at Rothschild, the privately owned and independent advisory firm, came in at just under $1bn (£644m) last year.

Doc Martens bovver boots aim for £200m

The owners of Dr Martens, the British footwear brand, are seeking a price tag of as much as £200m from suitors, which is significantly more than was first expected.

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Rockefeller and Rothschild dynasties team up for deal

As if they weren't already well-connected enough, the world's two greatest dynasties joined forces yesterday as Europe's Rothschild banking clan bought a stake in the Rockefeller group's wealth and asset management business to gain a foothold in the US.

Transatlantic alliance between Rothschilds and Rockefellers for wealth management

As if they weren't already well-connected enough, the world's two greatest dynasties joined forces yesterday as Europe's Rothschild banking clan bought a stake in the Rockefeller group's wealth and asset management business to gain a foothold in the US.

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