Category: Blog

Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing’s bid for the London Stock Exchange Group showcases the UK’s still attractive takeover regime

Ten years after Kraft launched a somewhat sharp-around-corners hostile bid for Cadbury, triggering a decade long tightening of the UK’s takeover regime, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has made a £32 billion offer for the City’s cream egg, the London Stock Exchange Group. The cash and shares offer, at a 23% premium worth £84 a […]

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Will Stephen Kinnock rescue Boris Johnson?

I haven’t done a note for a while, partly because I was waiting until I had a meaningful signal to add to the cacophony of noise to which we are currently exposed. So here goes: I don’t agree with the current consensus we are being offered up in the media, and there are finally grounds […]

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Could Jeremy Corbyn be Prime Minister by the year end?

There is a reason the bookies now put Jeremy Corbyn as favourite to be next Prime Minister (7:2 from Ladbroke’s). It is certainly starting to feel we are now on tramlines heading towards a General Election. Don’t be fooled by the fact that under Conservative Party internal rules she has 12 month’s grace from the […]

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Theresa May is a genius – discuss?

There, that has caught your eye. We are accustomed to thinking that Brexit has degenerated into a shambles and Mrs May’s strategy of “kicking the can down the road” has been a disastrous humiliation. That is certainly a valid point of view. But from her own narrow self-interested perspective she remains in Downing Street and […]

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Are CDC pension schemes “a game changer”?

Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has announced a “revolutionary” new workplace pensions scheme – Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) – that she claims will result in improved investment returns for workplace retirement savers. This is a potentially significant development, which could ultimately involve billions of pounds and affect thousands of workers […]

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The EEA is a Brexit life boat for the City and the economy

The revelation [in the Telegraph on Saturday 9th March 2019] from George Eustice, the ex-fisheries minister, that Britain’s ambassador to Norway, was primed to hand in a letter giving notice that Britain was leaving the European Economic Area (EEA) single market treaty last March, but was mysteriously ordered by the Foreign Office not to do […]

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Busting the latest Brexit myths

Theresa May has told the House of Commons that she will now bring forward three votes: March 12th vote on her new revised deal March 13th if that doesn’t pass a vote for No Deal March 14th if that doesn’t pass a vote to extend Article 50 The pound has risen to its highest levels […]

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Time for a National Government? Lessons from 1931

It is an interesting question as to whether the formation of a National Government would help solve the current Brexit impasse. It has certainly worked in the past. In 1931 a National Government was formed to get us out of the Depression and overall it did a pretty good job. Britain recovered faster than any […]

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Get ready for the new EU Shareholder Rights Directive

The EU Shareholder Rights Directive II (updating a 2007 original) comes into force in June 2019. This is potentially one of the biggest and most positive developments in corporate governance across Europe, including for London listed companies, for many years. It will occur whatever happens with Brexit because the UK has already agreed to it. […]

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Christmas cheer from Thomas Chippendale – The 1721 Naval Store Act had unexpected benefits

Earlier this year Boscobel moved into new offices at 60 St Martin’s Lane, in Covent Garden, the historic creative hub of London. Some research about a talented previous occupant shows how unexpectedly good things can come if we have the wit to encourage enterprise and civility. A plaque by the door reminds us that it […]

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