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Apr 8, 2015
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Shell-BG highlights rise of the micro-boutiques

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Royal Dutch Shell’s bid for BG Group underscores two worrying trends for big merger shops. Bosses seem ready to use fewer financial advisers, and to turn to smaller outfits.

Apr 2, 2015
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Swiss say-on-pay bodes ill for rainmaker wallets

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Switzerland’s new say-on-pay could make it harder for investment banking stars at UBS and Credit Suisse to out-earn their bosses. All the country’s listed companies face binding shareholder votes on executive compensation this year. But the Swiss public’s hostility towards its banks means they could be first in the firing line.

Apr 2, 2015
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Swiss say-on-pay bodes ill for rainmaker wallets

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Switzerland’s new say-on-pay could make it harder for investment banking stars at UBS and Credit Suisse to out-earn their bosses. All the country’s listed companies face binding shareholder votes on executive compensation this year. But the Swiss public’s hostility towards its banks means they could be first in the firing line.

Mar 31, 2015
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Philips earns credibility with lighting selloff

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Philips has earned credibility with the sale of its lighting components unit. The Dutch electronics group agreed on March 31 to sell 80.1 percent of its LED components and car lights business to an Asian technology fund for $2.8 billion. Shedding the business, known as Lumileds, is a useful plank in a wider restructuring.

Mar 31, 2015
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Philips earns credibility with lighting selloff

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Philips has earned credibility with the sale of its lighting components unit. The Dutch electronics group agreed on March 31 to sell 80.1 percent of its LED components and car lights business to an Asian technology fund for $2.8 billion. Shedding the business, known as Lumileds, is a useful plank in a wider restructuring.

Mar 26, 2015
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Bumper European share sales carry risk of excess

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

There is little doubt that Europe’s equity capital markets are in a euphoric state. That is fine for now. But there is a risk of excess.

Mar 26, 2015
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Bumper European share sales carry risk of excess

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

There is little doubt that Europe’s equity capital markets are in a euphoric state. That is fine for now. But there is a risk of excess.

Mar 3, 2015
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Barclays’ trading woes offset pay restraint

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Barclays has got one thing right. Last year the UK bank found itself in the eye of a PR firestorm for hiking staff bonuses when profit fell. On the face of it, Chief Executive Antony Jenkins has managed to get things the right way round in his 2014 results, announced on March 3. Barclays’ investors shouldn’t celebrate just yet, though.

Mar 3, 2015
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Barclays’ trading woes offset pay restraint

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Barclays has got one thing right. Last year the UK bank found itself in the eye of a PR firestorm for hiking staff bonuses when profit fell. On the face of it, Chief Executive Antony Jenkins has managed to get things the right way round in his 2014 results, announced on March 3. Barclays’ investors shouldn’t celebrate just yet, though.

Feb 25, 2015
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UK jail-a-banker rules will hike board pay

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By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

New UK rules enabling the jailing of bankers could mean more pay for board directors. New reforms from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of England could see those with oversight duties at banks and insurers donning prison scrubs if they screw up. More detail published by the FCA on Feb. 23 only marginally lightens the load.

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      "Dominic is a London-based columnist covering investment banking. Prior to Breakingviews, he spent two years at moneydealer ICAP, where he brokered equity derivatives trades between investment banks, high-frequency trading firms and hedge funds. He has more than five years of financial journalism experience, including stints as news editor and investment banking editor at Financial News. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal Europe. Dominic holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Follow Dominic on Twitter @DominicElliott"
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