Oil & Gas

Mega deals activity among UK firms jumps to 15-year high in 2015

Mega deals came back into fashion in the City last year, with chief executives becoming more confident as the drama of the financial crisis faded into the background. Mergers and acquisition activity involving UK firms jumped almost 63% to $565billion, a 15-year high involving 3,385 deals, according to data firm Dealogic. The biggest of these acquisitions saw London-listed Peroni and Grolsch group SABMiller bought by Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev for £71 billion in a deal finalised last month.

Oil & Gas

Total chief exec tells oil majors to “be patient” around mergers and acquisitions

Total's chief executive said oil majors are well positioned to grow during the oil price downturn but should "be patient" when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. Patrick Pouyanne made the comments after it was revealed Anadarko had become the latest company to launch a takeover bid for Apache, following in the steps of Shell and BG and Halliburton and Baker Hughes.