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Punch-up in a brewery as Tennent’s faces legal challenge from “Nordic” beer minnow

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 11 October 2015 London-based drinks business Kolson has accused Glasgow-based Tennent Caledonian Breweries of damaging its business after a contract-brewing deal between the two firms turned sour. Tennent’s owner C&C Group, though, counter claims that Kolson’s actions are simply a “smokescreen” designed to avoid payment to Tennent’s. The war […]

October 11th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Businesses trashed by RBS ‘vampire unit’ refuse to co-operate with FCA appointed sleuths

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 October 2015 Businesspeople who claim to have been ruined by RBS’s Global Restructuring Group are refusing to co-operate with a firm hired by the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the scandal, potentially derailing the probe into the bank’s so-called “vampire unit”. The RBS GRG Business Action Group […]

October 4th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

CLEANING UP

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Treasurer Date: 1 October 2015 Corruption, scandal and bribery are commonplace in the world, but what action is being taken to eradicate these crimes? And what can treasurers do to avoid them? Ian Fraser reports In September 1977, Sir Richard Dobson made some off-the-cuff remarks he would come to regret. […]

October 1st, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Pressure grows on RBS as victims of restructuring scandal cry foul at “conflicted” advisors

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 30 August 2015 A former Aberdeen oil firm owner who accuses RBS of “stitching up” his business has criticised the bank for appointing the accountancy firm that handled his firm’s administration to review alleged wrongdoing by RBS’s global restructuring group (GRG). Rod Coffey, former chief executive of Stable […]

August 30th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

RBS lawyers fail in attempt to distance themselves from Fred Goodwin as trial approaches

Fred Goodwin and Tom McKillop. photo: Standard

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 2 August 2015 The Royal Bank of Scotland has lost a fight to have its former chief executive, Fred Goodwin, excluded from the coming trial over its ‘misleading’ £12.3 billion rights issue. Sonia Tolaney QC, the bank’s lead barrister, told the High Court in London last week that […]

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The Moldovan Connection

Of the 438 firms registered at 18/2 Royston Mains St, two are named as having facilitated a $1bn Moldovan bank fraud

By Ian Fraser and Richard Smith Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 June 2015 How modest homes in some of Scotland’s poorest areas became prolific ‘company factories’. The inside story by Ian Fraser and Richard Smith. (Photo: Google Street View) It’s a humble ground-floor flat in Royston Mains Street in Pilton – the Edinburgh housing estate […]

June 21st, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Lawsuit threatens to spoil Osborne’s RBS share sale celebrations

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 7 June 2015 George Osborne’s plan to sell the government’s 80 per cent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland, the expected highlight of this week’s Mansion House speech, looks set to fall short of Treasury expectations as leading investors baulk at buying shares in the state-rescued bank. Sources […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Breakthrough in RBS trial as judge orders bank to produce Fred’s emails

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 29 March 2015 Note: This is an unedited version of the article that was published in the Sunday Herald on 29 March 2015. This draft dates from 20 March 2015. The published version is available here. The Royal Bank of Scotland has been rapped over the knuckles by a […]

March 29th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Man group boss says computers are future for asset management

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By: Ian Fraser Published: Financial Times Date: 15 March 2015 Automation and computerisation are creating “a brave new world” for the asset management market, says the chief executive of the world’s largest listed hedge fund group. Man Group’s Emmanuel “Manny” Roman told delegates at the National Association of Pension Funds investment conference in Edinburgh he finds […]

March 15th, 2015 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

The dog that eats up debt

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 21 December 2014 [Note this the unedited version of a business focus article published in the Sunday Herald on 21 December 2014] Banks including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group have found a new way of freshening up their balance sheets and ridding  themselves of business customers […]

December 21st, 2014 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

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