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Feb 11, 2015
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Sky’s insecurity helps Premier League net $8 bln

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By Quentin Webb

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

Sky’s insecurity has helped the Premier League net 5.1 billion pounds. With the pay-TV giant afraid to test what would happen if it lost its first place in English soccer, the big winners are the clubs.

Feb 11, 2015
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Sky’s insecurity helps Premier League net $8 bln

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By Quentin Webb

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

Sky’s insecurity has helped the Premier League net 5.1 billion pounds. With the pay-TV giant afraid to test what would happen if it lost its first place in English soccer, the big winners are the clubs.

Dec 29, 2014

Breakingviews: M&A spin doctors could get swept up in the action

By Quentin Webb

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – M&A spin doctors may get
swept up in the action. If anyone knows how to assess the
climate for takeovers, it should be financial public relations
advisers.

A $3 trillion-plus merger bonanza with plenty of hostile
bids and activist investors creates a timely backdrop for
sellers of all sorts. Three of the busiest deal whisperers -
Alan Parker’s Brunswick Group; Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer
Katcher; and Sard Verbinnen – remain tantalizingly independent.
In London, Andrew Grant’s Tulchan and Rory Godson’s Powerscourt
are, too.

Dec 29, 2014
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M&A spin doctors could get swept up in the action

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By Quentin Webb

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

M&A spin doctors may get swept up in the action. If anyone knows how to assess the climate for takeovers, it should be financial public relations advisers.

Dec 22, 2014

Breakingviews: Wall St’s $18 bln poker game has more rounds to go

By Quentin Webb

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – The ill-fated 2008 buyout
of Caesars has pitted plenty of high finance’s high rollers
against one another. Despite a couple of breakthroughs, Wall
Street’s poker game over the casino group isn’t quite over.

Things are moving fast. On Friday a steering committee of
senior bondholders gave its backing to a restructuring that
would slash some $10 billion of debt from Caesars Operating Co
(CEOC), the empire’s biggest unit. The division would be split
into an operating and a property company, the firm said. Then on
Monday, CEOC’s parent, publicly traded Caesars Entertainment Co
(CEC), bought another affiliate, Caesars Acquisition Co
, for $1.2 billion. Among other things, the company said
that deal would help fund CEOC’s restructuring.

Dec 19, 2014
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Review: An Icelandic tycoon’s sorry saga

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By Quentin Webb

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

Bjorgolfur Thor Bjorgolfsson embodies Iceland’s volcanic rise and fall. He made a fortune in Eastern Europe, lost a bank in 2008 and caused Deutsche Bank years of grief. His memoir, “Billions to Bust – and Back Again,” is self-critical – but unlikely to win him new friends in Reykjavik.

Dec 16, 2014
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European telecoms will dial up more deals

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By Quentin Webb

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

European telecoms will dial up more deals in 2015. With M&A sweeping the sector, BT’s mobile ambitions mean Britain is up next, and tie-ups could follow elsewhere.

Dec 12, 2014
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Binding Staples to Office Depot only easy on paper

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By Quentin Webb

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

A potential $13 billion merger of Staples and Office Depot looks great – on paper, at least. Activist investor Starboard has taken big stakes in each of America’s two remaining large office supply chains and, according to CNBC, wants to bind the two together.

Dec 4, 2014
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Cramer’s mad money: fair game for fellow blowhard

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By Quentin Webb

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

It’s a clash of Wall Street troublemakers: the biggest character in financial TV versus a poison-pen activist investor. The mad money Jim Cramer collects from TheStreet is, however, fair game for his fellow blowhard. Carlo Cannell wants Cramer, a CNBC stockpicker as well as founder of TheStreet, to help spur a sale of the company or take a big pay cut and quit TV.

Dec 1, 2014
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If Vodafone wants Liberty it has to get creative

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By Quentin Webb

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

Deals beget deals, as the cliche has it, but still: BT eyes a $15 billion takeover in UK mobile and Vodafone’s measured reaction is to plot a bid for European’s largest cable group, Liberty Global, worth $90 billion? That’s a strategically ambitious way for Vodafone to counter a new threat to its domestic wireless business. The financial logic is harder to see.

    • About Quentin

      "Quentin Webb is an Associate Editor at Reuters Breakingviews. He covers mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity in Asia. He joined the Hong Kong bureau in May 2015 after four years in London. Before becoming a columnist, he was a news reporter for Reuters, where his last role was as European M&A correspondent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Brussels and as a credit-markets reporter. Follow Quentin on Twitter @qtwebb"
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