Chris started his career as a researcher in BBC Television’s documentaries department and then became a financial journalist. He was previously Investment Banking Correspondent and Senior Corporate Reporter at the Financial Times, Financial Editor of The Independent and a companies writer at the Investors Chronicle. Chris has also worked at communications consultancy Financial Dynamics (now FTI), as an Associate Partner.
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Canada’s Onex has bought Swiss packager SIG for up to $4.7 bln in a secondary buyout. It’s one of Europe’s biggest LBOs in five years and deploys pre-crisis levels of leverage. Private equity restlessness and a shortage of big targets created the conditions for a landmark deal.
A fall in the UK insurer’s shares has cut the value of its possible paper offer for domestic peer Friends Life. The premium is now well below the 15 pct first mooted. Forced early disclosure means Aviva has to set out the key strategic and financial details of a tie-up – fast.
The UK insurer wants to buy its peer for 5.6 bln stg in shares, bulking up in its challenged home market. For a 15 pct premium, Friends would get a surer future. Aviva gets some cash flow. Yet Friends’ entrepreneurial backers add complexity - and it may attract an interloper.
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