Michael Pearson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals: His methods  proved he didn’t have much patience for research and development. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Valeant Pharmaceuticals is a sleazy company. Although it existed before 2010, it did a deal that year that put it on the map. The deal was with Biovai(...)

It has only been a week since the stunning revelation that the Volkswagen group equipped millions of diesel-powered cars with software designed to fool anybody testing their emissions, and just days since the company’s chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, resigned. (Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

It has only been a week since the stunning revelation that the Volkswagen group equipped millions of diesel-powered cars with software designed to fo(...)

An anti-EU protester burns an EU flag in front of the European Comission offices in Athens on July 2. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Louisa Gouliamaki

Chinese investors have long believed their government would not allow a bear market, only to discover Beijing’s powers are more limited than they thou(...)

Character flaw is a well-recognised concept in leadership with numerous examples of rogues at the top of major business corporations. Invariably, thes(...)

Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay: short-sellers tend to get a bad press but their defenders point to their exposure of questionable practices at companies like Enron. Photograph: Dave Einsel/Getty Images

Short-sellers profit from market declines, something that has long ensured their unpopularity with politicians, regulators and chief executives. Napol(...)

CORRECT ‘Politician has a Twitter event’: we learned last month that Gerry Adams is fond of trampolining naked. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Old Moore has spoken, and February is over. So how did he do in the predictions for Old Moore’s Almanac for the second month of the year?  (...)

Fighting Corporate Abuse – Beyond Predatory Capitalism by The Corporate Reform Collective. Pluto Press. ISBN: 9780745335162. 210pp. €23

The title of this book gives a clue to the stridency of the approach to the subject of poor corporate governance. The authors are mainly academic figu(...)

People buy their breakfast at a roadside snack booth in Beijing:  China’s consumer inflation slowed more than expected in September to a near five-year low, adding to concerns that global growth is cooling fast unless governments take bolder measures to shore up their economies. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Just as people in an earthquake zone wonder if every tremor is “the big one”, each time China’s economy wobbles, analysts debate whether it is the st(...)

The merger of the Kinder siblings, expected to be finished by the end of this year, will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with an 80,000-mile network of pipes that together would be long enough to circle the Earth three times.  Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg News.

Houston billionaire Richard Kinder is consolidating his pipeline empire to strengthen it for growth as the US shale drilling boom opens up $1.5 trilli(...)

President of Spanish wifi company Gowex, Jenaro Garcia, who announced on Twitter last week that the company’s accounts had been falsified for more than four years. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

To many, attempting to profit from stock market falls is immoral and parasitic. Short sellers, however, see themselves as the detectives of the stock (...)