Brian Bollen

Brian Bollen has written on international institutional finance, from corporate and M&A to the back-office functions of custody and settlement. He cut his teeth on a FT newsletter covering the international syndicated loan and capital markets and edited FT Mergers & Acquisitions International.



The overall quality of UK auditing remains unchanged, but...

The overall quality of auditing in the UK remains unchanged. This is the primary thrust of a new report from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

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How an unwanted offer can boost value

Sometimes there is nothing quite like the arrival of an unsolicited and unwelcome offer to boost management performance and therefore shareholder value.

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A small rise in price is the story in oil this morning

A small rise in price is the story in oil this morning. Brent Crude is trading above US$50 per barrel, according to data from

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Talk of Bitcoin fork sparks varied reactions

Suggestions that Bitcoin - the grandparent of so-called alternative currencies - might experience a fork in the next few days have generated much comment.

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Cash is king as investors walk the line: BAML survey

Cash is king as investors walk the line. This is one of the eye-catching headlines in the just-published global fund manager survey from Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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From condoms to condiments: RB confirms McCormick deal

UK-based global consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser Group has this morning confirmed that it plans to sell its food business

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Sector analysis: Patterns in US, European and UK commercial construction output

Patterns in commercial construction output vary in the UK, Europe and USA, a number of recent official reports indicate

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The unstoppable rise of alternative assets in asset allocations

The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4.0 trillion, according to tWillis Towers Watson

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Global infrastructure construction: a sector overview

Global infrastructure construction industry has been thrust firmly into the headlines. The award of contracts to build the first phase of HS2

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A sector analysis: commercial construction output mixed

The direction of commercial construction output in the UK, Europe and USA differs, according to a range of official reports

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UK housebuilder Barratt continues strong performance

The trading update issued this morning by UK housebuilder Barratt Developments PLC for the year ended 30 June boasts of continued strong performance

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Venture capital investment dominates the headlines

Venture capital investment is dominating headlines this morning. A new report issued by Invest Europe complements neatly the PitchBook US National Venture Capital Association

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Post-Brexit arms race escalates with PM Philippe speech

The arms race to attract financial sector jobs post-Brexit has been escalated this week.

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Media coverage of monetary policy has become hysterical

Media coverage of monetary policy has become hysterical. The acreage of news and comment being devoted to the tiniest hint of movement in official interest rates

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Venture Capital Sets New Record In Second Quarter

The venture capital-backed deal market has recorded its largest ever quarter, as 2,062 deals worth a combined US$47bn were announced in the second quarter.

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UK Housebuilder Persimmon Enjoys Excellent First Half Year

UK housebuilder Persimmon plc reports that it has had an excellent first half of the year. It announced details in an update ahead of its half-year results to 30 June 2017.

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Sweden leaves central bank repo rate unchanged at -0.50%

Sweden has confounded investor expectations and left its central bank repo rate unchanged. Economic activity is strong and inflation is approaching 2%,

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Basel Committee updates G20 leaders ahead of summit

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a report for the G20 Leaders at their summit in Hamburg on 7-8 July.

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Eurex derivatives exchange unlocks new hedging tools

Eurex, Europe’s largest derivatives exchange, says it has reached another important strategic milestone offering futures and options on all major MSCI indices.

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The world expects investment excellence from New Zealand

Investment excellence is something the world has come to expect from New Zealand. It has become almost as much part of the country's DNA as excellence in rugby union.

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