Saab gasps and splutters

GM says is now evaluating not just a revised offer from Holland’s Spyker, but several new expressions of interest as well. It says that since Friday’s announcement that it would start the orderly wind-down of Saab, it has received inquiries from several parties. Perhaps GM calling it a day its Saab brand was a negotiating tactic meant to draw Spyker out on some of the finer points in their presumed-dead negotiations over salvaging the Swedish car maker.

Spyker said its renewed offer included an 11-point proposal addressing issues that arose during the due diligence process, one that eliminates the need for a European Investment Bank loan approval prior to the end of the year. That would allow it to beat GM’s deadline end-of-year deadline.

Ok. So we may have been premature in pronouncing Saab’s demise.  GM’s deadline – to keep this ghastly metaphor running – is more like a ventilator. Having already gone through its bankruptcy, GM executives may feel they have less reason to pull the plug than they did when they were themselves facing the end of the road. But is the prospect of a deal going to be enough to convince them to keep loss-making Saab alive for another month or more?

Phew! Due diligence done at last

Lloyds’ deal to buy HBOS was sealed in the time it takes to sup a few cocktails with Gordon Brown. But poring through the gung-ho mortgage lender’s books took nine whole months and many thousands of man hours.

Lloyds Banking Group on Wednesday admitted it had finally completed due diligence on HBOS, after agreeing to buy it in a shotgun marriage last September.

“Nine months after agreeing to purchase HBOS, it has finally completed its review of the assets at HBOS. This means … it has completed its due diligence of HBOS,” said Hank Celenti, analyst at Royal Bank of Canada.

from Funds Hub:

Relocation, relocation

It would appear that where to live is the hot topic for hedge fund managers at the moment.


Star manager Crispin Odey of Odey Asset Management is "seriously considering leaving" the UK over higher taxes, the Sunday Times reported, while Krom River moved to Zug from London for lower tax and a better lifestyle, the Financial Times reported last year.

But there is traffic into London too.

Last month Hedge Hub reported that Auckland-based 36 South's founder Jerry Haworth was moving to London to be closer to investors, who are now keen to do as much due diligence as possible in the wake of the Madoff fraud -- but are not always able to fly to New Zealand.