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Feb 5, 2013

Europe’s convertible boom feeds on investor unease

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Rising European stock markets
tempted companies to issue record numbers of convertible bonds
in January, as investors worried about how long the rally will
last sought to reduce their level of risk.

Investors’ concerns about the outlook for stock markets,
coupled with the attraction of convertible bond returns of
around 16 percent in 2012, have led to strong inflows into funds
specialising in bonds convertible into shares.

Jan 29, 2013

Goodbye goodwill as European firms pay high price for M&A

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – European companies are having to
reassess the cost of a rush of takeovers in more buoyant times
as regulators call time on outdated asset values.

Companies are obliged to ensure the goodwill sums in their
accounts accurately reflect the future economic benefits of a
target. As recession bites, some are increasingly reluctant to
trim a figure that reflects the premium they paid.

Jan 28, 2013

Broker Tullett Prebon lets some staff delay bonuses

LONDON (Reuters) – Broker Tullett Prebon (TLPR.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is to let some senior staff delay bonus payments until April, meaning they can benefit from a tax cut for Britain’s best paid.

Although in no way unlawful, that could be controversial at a time British politicians and voters are focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and big businesses.

Jan 28, 2013

UK broker Tullett Prebon to let top staff delay bonuses

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – British broker Tullett Prebon
has offered some senior executives the opportunity to
delay receiving bonuses until April to take advantage of a cut
in income tax for top earners, a source inside the company told

Such an offer would not be unlawful, but could be
controversial at a time British politicians and voters are
focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and big

Jan 24, 2013

Investors grow cagey as Italy election nears

LONDON (Reuters) – As Silvio Berlusconi’s pre-election media blitz intensifies, so do fears of a costly detour from Italy’s road back to economic strength.

Yields on short-term Italian debt, which have fallen sharply, are creeping up again, reflecting concerns that the billionaire tycoon, who lost power at the peak of Italy’s fiscal woes in 2011, could have a big influence on the election outcome.

Jan 22, 2013

Schroders UK trader held in insider dealing probe

LONDON (Reuters) – British police have arrested a trader at asset manager Schroders and four other men and women in the latest swoop on suspected insider dealing as part of a regulatory crackdown on market abuse.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said on Tuesday two men, aged 37 and 62, and three women, aged 39, 51 and 63, were being questioned after police and prosecutors searched four properties in London and other parts of England.

Jan 20, 2013

Ethical investors step up focus on tax avoidance

LONDON (Reuters) – Growing anger at aggressive tax avoidance by big business has prompted ethical investors to consider shunning shares in companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax.

As governments struggle to balance massive budget deficits caused by the financial crisis, reports that big companies like Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Vodafone (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) pay minimal taxes in some big markets have sparked public protests in Europe and the United States.

Jan 17, 2013

Investors accept a share of the blame for Rio’s woeful takeovers

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Top shareholders in crisis-hit
Rio Tinto have identified an unusual scapegoat for the
hapless takeovers that triggered the company’s eye-watering $14
billion writedown – each other.

Chief Executive Tom Albanese, who led a top-dollar purchase
of the Alcan aluminium group, and Doug Ritchie, the executive
who secured Mozambican coal business Riversdale, both lost their
jobs on Thursday after Rio confessed how badly their deals had
turned sour.

Jan 9, 2013

Short-sellers circle stocks as confidence wavers

LONDON (Reuters) – How durable is the Wall Street bounce following last week’s U.S. budget deal? Not very, some speculators believe.

Hedge funds are betting that a rally in U.S. stocks after a retreat from the “fiscal cliff” will reverse as doubts grow that politicians are ready to sacrifice party interests to keep the world’s economic engine running, early data shows.

Dec 21, 2012

Apax Partners sets deadline for fundraising effort -source

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apax Partners LLP has told its private equity investors it will stop fundraising for its latest buyout fund in March and may not reach its initial 9 billion euro ($11.9 billion) fundraising target, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The London-based private equity firm has been trying to address investors concerns over fund performance as well as staff turnover, after Reuters reported in June that more than half of its senior dealmakers left over the last five years.