Known for its healthy sandwiches and organic coffee,Pret A Mangerhas eaten one of its own. It announced lastweek that it had agreed to buyEAT, a fellow UK-based coffee-and-sandwich chain, following a report that the two were in talks to merge.
In keeping with the controversy that often accompanies him, Mike Ashley, CEO and 61%-owner of Sports Direct [LON:SPD], caused a stir with one of the more inflammatory stock exchange announcements likely to be issued this month. This time, he accused shareholders of backstabbing.
Geopolitical events continue to provide a challenging backdrop to M&A in Europe. In an effort to help give dealmakers clarity in navigating this new political era, attendees to Acuris events in 2017 events have benefitted from these first-hand views by government ministers and political commentators.