Dasha is a columnist in London writing about the consumer goods sector, as well as Russia and Turkey. She has been at Reuters since 2012 as deals reporter in London and Turkey correspondent, covering the 2016 coup and the war in Syria. Prior to that she produced business news on BBC radio and worked as an investment banking analyst.
She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
The activist investor objected to China Three Gorges’ offer for the Portuguese utility. The deal was struggling, and Elliott’s plan, to invest in renewables, isn’t controversial. But the Chinese group’s large shareholding could still be a problem for Paul Singer’s fund.
The Swiss consumer giant’s 2018 results show the Kit Kat maker is on track to meet its modest operating margin goal. That is the minimum to keep activist Third Point at bay. Speeding up disposals and aiming for more ambitious targets would be bolder – and achievable.
The world’s two mega-brewers are aggressively wooing customers to pay up for higher-quality, and craftier, suds. The Dutch brewer’s full-year results suggest it’s managing the shift well despite - or perhaps because of - the increased heft of its $129 bln competitor.