A G4S security van is parked outside a bank in  England yesterday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

G4S, the world’s largest security services firm, raised £348 million (€405m) through a share sale, with more to come from asset disposals, as its new (...)

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in January at Government Buildings, Dublin. The investment has been made via his charitable fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

When a company is in trouble, savvy directors regularly scour the share register for signs of stake-building by potential predators, or for evidence t(...)