IPL Plastics chiief executive Alan Walsh: current trading in the shares shows the market is pricing in a high probability of the deal going through, with little chance of  flushing  out a higher offer. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish boardroom doyenne Rose Hynes, a non-executive director at IPL Plastics, which makes everything from ice-cream containers to wheelie bins, is hol(...)

The pandemic’s impact has eclipsed problems – including an income squeeze from low interest rates, concerns over Brexit and a dysfunctional housing market – that had long had Irish bank shares trading at a discount to European peers.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On Saturday, March 14th, two days after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of schools and called for outdoor mass gatherings to be cancelled(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said he was working on a best-case scenario of two to three months in which flights would be grounded and revenues would vanish. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Having triggered the wiping of more than $25 trillion off the value of public companies globally in the past five weeks as it wreaks havoc on health s(...)

Factory workers separated by partitions as a precaution against infection as they take their lunch break on the roof of an electronics factory in Suining in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Dublin-based entrepreneur Maurice Healy says nobody from his “crew” in China has returned to work yet after the extended holiday for the lunar new yea(...)

A view of  the New York Stock Exchange on August 14th. Photograph:  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Stock markets globally were glad earlier this week to see that Donald Trump wasn’t prepared to cancel Christmas. Equities, which have had a bumpy ris(...)

MiFID II was introduced to ensure greater transparency in financial markets. Photograph: iStock

It was introduced in pursuit of greater transparency in public markets, but MiFID II clearly remains the unpopular kid on the block. At a conference(...)

The New Ireland Fund is  an actively-managed portfolio of up to 25 stocks run by Kleinwort Benson Investors in Dublin

The managers of a New York-listed fund focused on Irish equities, which is seeking to raise new money, expect Dublin will see further initial public o(...)

 KBI chief executive officer Sean Hawkshaw: “We have developed a truly international business over the last five years, with clients from Sydney to San Fransisco, and from the Shetland Islands to Seoul,”Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dublin based Kleinwort Benson Investors has been sold by its parent company Oddo to management and French asset manager Amundi, in a deal that’s under(...)

In the red: European banks head toward their lowest prices since August 2012. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

It was almost like 2008 all over again for the global financial sector this week as shares were routed. On Thursday, France’s Société Générale becam(...)

An investor looks on as a screen displays the circuit breaker mechanism in China: the fear is that China’s economy, the world’s second-largest after the US’s, is slowing down and affecting growth in other countries.  Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Some €2.4 billion was wiped off the value of shares listed on the Iseq in Dublin on Thursday on a day when global stock markets wobbled amid concerns(...)

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