Liam Proud joined Breakingviews in 2016. He previously worked as digital content editor at the Natural History Museum, and as deputy business features editor at the London newspaper City A.M. Liam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 with a degree in philosophy.
The kingdom’s crown prince may back a tilt at the UK soccer club, reports the Sun. It sounds barmy, and a convenient distraction from the international storm over a journalist’s disappearance. Yet Saudi backing for a new elite club tournament means it could make financial sense.
Oil group Cepsa, LeasePlan and Tencent Music have delayed floats due to the stock market selloff. That reasoning is dicey when others have listed without much of a hitch. Tricky IPOs need buoyant investors. With rates rising and Brexit looming, they may have missed the window.
The French investment bank may merge its small payments arm with $4.5 bln compatriot Ingenico. That could help its lowly valuation since the sector is rated more highly by investors. Yet struggling Ingenico, whose shares have plummeted on growth concerns, looks an odd partner.