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 Takeover Panel, generally a sound custodian of UK bid rules, is keeping the Magic Kingdom’s minimum buyout price for Sky at 14 pounds per share. Nudging it higher, in line with Disney’s Fox bid, would have set a better precedent for similar deals in the future.
The Gulf state wants to diversify away from oil and might help take the auto group private, reckons CEO Elon Musk. That’d be a mistake. Tesla could flop even if electric cars take off, and Musk’s buyout price is too high. There are cheaper ways to play the energy transition.
The ad group has yet to replace Martin Sorrell four months after his exit. External candidates are proving hard to come by. Best to appoint de facto interim boss Mark Read on a permanent basis. He’s tech savvy and has insider knowledge that will help unify the sprawling business.