Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO of French building materials giant Saint-Gobain, addresses the group’s general meeting in Paris on June 4th, 2015. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eric Piermont

French building materials firm Cie de Saint-Gobain may soon be able to focus all its energy on the battle to take over Swiss chemicals maker Sika afte(...)

Ardagh was vying with a number of private equity giants to buy St Gobain’s European glass-making unit, Verallia

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh’s decision to pull out of the race for St Gobain’s bottle and jar manufacturing division is good for its creditwort(...)

Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, chief executive officer of Cie. De Saint-Gobain SA. The building materials giant has launched a bid for Swiss company Sika. (Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

Cie. de Saint-Gobain SA, Europe’s biggest building materials supplier, offered 2.75 billion Swiss francs (€2.3bn) to buy a controlling stake in Sika A(...)

In July, the Federal Trade Commission warned that the takeover of Veralliato by Ardagh could result in US consumers paying higher prices for beers and spirits.

Packaging group Ardagh has to repay the $1.4 billion raised to pay for its proposed purchase of US rival Verallia having missed a deadline for appr(...)

Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson: if deal with the US Federal Trade Commission over the takeover of St Gobain’s US unit Verallia can’t be done by Monday then its funding becomes a headache. Photograph: Frank Miller

It looks like being a busy weekend for Paul Coulson and his fellow Ardagh executives. As of last night there did not appear to be any breakthrough in (...)

The Ardagh Group is in settlement talks aimed at saving a proposed $1.7 billion deal to buy  Verallia North America

The Ardagh Group, the Luxembourg-based packaging firm run by Paul Coulson, is in settlement talks aimed at saving a proposed $1.7 billion deal to buy (...)

Denis O’Brien. The Saongroup  deal is expected to be completed by the middle of September and could be worth up to €40 million based on industry averages. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

International recruitment business Stepstone is to buy the bulk of the assets of Saongroup, the online recruitment company owned by Denis O’Brien and (...)

Ardagh chief executive Paul Coulson

US regulators fear that Ardagh’s €1.3 billion takeover of rival glass bottle manufacturer Verallia North America will cut competition and result in hi(...)