More problems for the "ethical" bank

Co-operative Bank announced it will have to ask investors for another GBP 400 million to cover more misconduct costs, dealing yet another blow to the beleaguered group.

It’s not an IPO window at the moment, it’s an IPO door!

This week has seen another flurry of well-known companies publicly disclosing their intentions to IPO, resulting in the first quarter of 2014 being the most active three months in relation to prospective and finalised IPO’s since…Q4 2013. Those in the know talk about “IPO windows” but there never appears to be any reference as to how long the “IPO window” will remain open for and the fear that it could shut at any point in time.

The bid to become "Top Banana"

Supply of the humble banana is set to become the latest market to be subject to a high profile M&A transaction with the announcement that Fyffes will merge with Chiquita.

Private Equity from the Down Under perspective

I have the pleasure of being in Sydney this week, meeting the deal makers and private equity community of Sydney and wider Australia.