Quentin Webb is an Associate Editor at Reuters Breakingviews. He covers mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity in Asia. He joined the Hong Kong bureau in May 2015 after four years in London. Before becoming a columnist, he was a news reporter for Reuters, where his last role was as European M&A correspondent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Brussels and as a credit-markets reporter. Follow Quentin on Twitter @qtwebb
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A $15 bln takeover of Telefonica’s O2 unit was key to making the Hong Kong tycoon’s costly bet on European telecoms pay off. If CK Hutchison cannot overturn a likely EU veto, his UK telco will either have to carry on as a disruptive fourth player, or find a fallback deal.
The world’s most aggressive central bank has wrong-footed investors by holding policy steady even as the backdrop weakens. There are reasons to hold back: a previous push into negative rates is still bedding down, for example. But markets could have been let down more gently.
The Japanese carmaker’s value has dropped by $3.4 bln since it admitted fiddling test data. Though uncertainties abound, that reaction doesn’t look excessive. If its cash pile halves, EBITDA drops by a quarter and already-low valuation multiples shrink, the decline is deserved.
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