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MICHAEL Grade, the former ITV chief executive and current chairman of soon-to-be floated online grocer Ocado will today be urged to resign as chairman of Pinewood Studios by one of the group’s larger shareholders. The embarrassing challenge to Grade, which will be made at today’s shareholder meeting, comes from the 18 per cent holder Crystal [...]
MICHAEL Grade has come under fresh fire for his performance as chairman at Pinewood Studios, with activist investor Crystal Amber calling another meeting at this week’s results announcement to discuss his departure from the firm. “We are meeting with the management team on Wednesday, and are in correspondence with other shareholders,” Crystal Amber chief executive Richard [...]
WOULD you believe it, but I hear London’s very first official poker club is only just preparing to open its doors to the public. The venture is the brainchild of Chris North, a former captain of the Harlequins under-21 rugby team before he joined the world of online gaming 12 years ago. It was while [...]
FUND management group Jupiter defied the odds earlier this year when it pressed ahead with a stock market flotation despite concerns that it was an injudicious time to do so. First there were general worries about market volatility and by June more than 30 companies had already shelved plans to float, including London Eye owner [...]
JUBILANT Energy, an Indian-based oil and gas exploration company, is considering a flotation on the London Stock Exchange, according to City sources. City stockbroker Evolution Securities, assisted by Renaissance Capital, is testing out the appetite for a money-raising in London, say the sources.? A spokesman for Evolution told City A.M. “Clearly it has been looking [...]
FINANCIAL TIMES EXXON ABANDONS ITS $4BN BID FOR GHANA OIL STAKE Following months of battle with Accra, ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest western oil company, has given up trying to acquire a share of Ghana’s giant Jubilee oil field from Kosmos, the American oil company. The $4bn deal was heavily opposed by Ghana’s government and its [...]
Stock exchanges continue to be a hot topic for debate both in the City and the wider global markets. Global equity issuance may be at its lowest point since 2005, with just $309bn (£198.2bn) raised in the first half of 2010 as sovereign debt fears weighed heavy, but interest in market developments and competition remains [...]
ALLEN & OVERY (A&O) is the first of the UK’s largest law firms to reveal financial results, posting a four per cent decline in turnover and a 10 per cent hike in profits. The “magic circle” law firm saw revenue for the year ending 30 April fall to £1.05bn from £1.09bn it posted the previous [...]
THAT time of year seems to have crept up on us again, when thousands of City runners take to the streets for the most popular race of the year – the Standard Chartered Great City Race. After a chilly, blustery day, the sun finally came out to shine on the gathered throng, who signed up [...]
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