A juicy tale of high-stake bids, mergers and bananas

As the Fyffes/Chiquita merger saga rolls on, the potential returns for shareholders are modest

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
5th October, 2014
Dermot Smurfit jnr, chief executive of GameAccount NetworkDavid Cantwell

Mergers are a fascinating business. Anyone who’s ever read Barbarians At The Gate, the book written by journalists Bryan Burrough and John Helyar on the merger in 1985 of tobacco maker RJ Reynolds and biscuit maker Nabisco, will know this.

In Barbarians, Burrough and Helyar detail the twists and turns in one of corporate America’s most famous mergers, painting a hitherto unimaginable cast of characters – some of whom were conniving and cunning, others...

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