Thomson Reuters, EMEA M&A Correspondent
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Business unit: UK Financial Team, Reuters News
Reuters is looking for an experienced scoop-driven M&A reporter to break stories on high-profile deals, one of the newsiest, most market-sensitive parts of the file.
The successful candidate will regularly break news on the biggest M&A deals in EMEA, from the bidding war between Comcast and Twenty-First Century Fox for control of Sky in Britain to industry changing mergers like Bayer’s $62.5 billion purchase of U.S. agrochemicals giant Monsanto.
Dealmaking activity has hit an unprecedented record in 2018, driven by cheap debt and poor organic growth, with Europe having its strongest year since 2007.
He or she will break news on the political and regulatory hurdles that transformational deals typically face and will contribute to some of Reuters’ biggest scoops such as Saudi Arabia’s decision to call off the historic listing of state oil giant Aramco.
Major Responsibilities / Accountabilities:
We need someone who can hit the ground running and create news rather than react to it.
You will be responsible for landing market-moving scoops that will catch the attention of a global audience and trigger immediate responses from companies executives and dealmakers around the world.
The successful candidate will be expected to have a track record of M&A scoops and possess excellent source-building skills to deepen their relationships with M&A sources in Britain and/or across Europe including banking sources, investors and company insiders.
They will win exclusive stories on live and expected deals and follow them throughout their life cycle, working closely with Reuters’ M&A team in London and its network of financial reporters in the region.
He or she will have an inquisitive personality, strong source-building skills and a deep understanding of public takeovers as well as private equity auctions.
As part of a broader UK Financial Services team based in Reuters’ UK headquarters in London, you will be expected to co-ordinate closely with a global team of company reporters and industry specialists. You will also need to coordinate with other financial correspondents in European and U.S. bureaus on regional and cross-border stories.
Technical / Professional skills:
- Ability to break major market-moving news on live and expected deals across EMEA
- First class source-building skills and a good base of existing relationships with M&A bankers, lawyers, investors and company insiders
- Good understanding of public takeovers and the unique regulatory environment in Britain as opposed to Europe
- Excellent interviewing technique for secretive bankers and investors and tenacity in confirming tips and market rumours
- Ability to cover deals in a timely fashion when news breaks and write with accuracy in accordance with Reuters standards
- First class news judgement and ability to spot trends and generate innovative story ideas
- Ability to explain complex takeovers in a way that works for both an audience of investment bankers and Reuters media clients
Desired Skills and Experience:
- Another European language
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