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Sir James Dyson unknowingly held his promise: Brexit sucks!

First liar’s advantage In a nation whose citizens are very seldom asked to voice their opinion in a referendum, the UK “Brexit” campaign will be remembered as unprecedented in many ways: firstly, the reported reactions since the verdict of the referendum was officially declared show that many voters did not fully understand the implications of […]

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Ferrero and Thornton’s : the bitter sweet taste of M&A

Similar origins – different trajectories Ferrero’s bid for Thornton’s marks the end of just over one century of history, as yet another British chocolate household name will be swept up by a foreign group, following in the footsteps of Cadbury in 2009 and Rowntree in 1988.  This will leave the relative newcomer Hotel Chocolat as […]

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Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent: Wireless and Fearless

Broad smiles or an anxious rictus? On 15th April, Nokia announced its intention to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal.  Nokia’s Risto Siilasmaa and CEO Rajeev Suri were seen exchanging a warm hand shake with Alcatel-Lucent’s Philippe Camus and CEO Michel Combes, all four gentlemen displaying beaming smiles as the news of their forthcoming merger […]

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Coming to a breakfast bowl near you in 2015…

Corn flakes, or honey and pistachio puff pastries? After years of turmoil and instability in North Africa and the Middle East since the “Arab Spring”, the region is beginning to be seen my major western investors as again offering good long term potential, or at least worth taking a risk.  The fact that Coca-Cola is […]

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