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Dr Martens awaits private equity tie-up

Private equity firms have put their best foot forward and submitted first-round bids of up to £120m for Dr Martens, the British footwear brand made famous by skinheads but now favoured by a trendier crowd.

Chinese swallow Weetabix Food Company for £1.2bn

One of China's largest food groups snapped up Weetabix Food Company in a £1.2bn deal yesterday.

Guy Hands cultivates interest in garden centres

The City financier Guy Hands is to get green fingers after his private equity firm agreed to acquire the Garden Centre Group in a deal worth £276m.

Coal giant set to oust Rothschild

Nat Rothschild is almost certain to be ousted tomorrow as co-chairman of Bumi Resources, the Indonesian coal giant he created 18 months ago.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 17 March 2012

Watchdog slams website Groupon

Rothschild's trust in link with cousin

Lord Rothschild's London investment trust has teamed up with his French cousin's private bank to form a joint asset management business.

Game starts the search for takeover as rent day looms

The beleaguered video games retailer Game Group will confirm to the stock market today that it is seeking a takeover to prevent it collapsing.

Spotlight On... Malcolm Walker, chief executive, Iceland

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Spotlight On... Nat Rothschild, co-chairman of Bumi

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Nathaniel Rothschild loses libel case

Banker Nathaniel Rothschild today lost his bid to win substantial libel damages over a Daily Mail story which he said portrayed him as a "puppet-master" who brought together Lord Mandelson and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Game zeros-in on bid deadline

Game Group has set a deadline of Friday for first-round bids to acquire its overseas business, amid speculation that it faces a combined payment to suppliers of up to £250m this month.

Goodwin in Nice, France in 2009

Andreas Whittam-Smith: Odious and harmful: honours must go

If the honours system is going to be used to punish people as well as to reward them, then it has become a nonsense. Fred Goodwin, who has just had his knighthood removed on account of his role in the banking crisis when he was chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has not been charged with any offence, let alone convicted of one. Nor has he been formally reprimanded by the banking regulators. He was regarded with severe disapproval, but nothing more than that. Notice, too, that this was a purely political decision. It was a way of diverting popular anger at bankers' bonuses towards a supposed scapegoat.

The oligarch, Oleg Deripaska: The Russian aluminium tycoon, who has an estimated £6.5bn fortune, is the centre of the story, with claims Rothschild tried to 'impress' him by bringing Mandelson to the dinner. Deripaska provided the jet which took Mandelson and Rothschild to Siberia

The billionaire, the banker – and a bit of birch-thrashing

A libel case is shedding light on the secretive world inhabited by the super-rich – and Lord Mandelson. Jerome Taylor reports

Robert Wiseman agrees £280m takeover by Müller

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

Germans swallow dairy giant Wiseman in £280m deal

The first big takeover of the year was sealed yesterday as Britain's biggest milk producer Robert Wiseman agreed a £280m bid from Germany's yoghurts and desserts giant Müller.

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