Merger News - written by Hanna Sharpe

Shares in French car manufacturer Renault have surged 5.4 per cent following the release of a report that suggests the firm is negotiating a merger with Nissan with a view to creating a global automotive giant. [more]
Berg, a small law practice based in Manchester, has negotiated a merger with international law firm Kennedys. [more]
A Yorkshire-based waste management company has acquired a competitor, increasing their customer base to 4,000 and strengthening their position in the York and North Yorkshire districts. [more]
Environmental consultancy firm RSK has purchased KMGP, which provides architecture and structural engineering services, in the latest in a series of acquisitions. [more]
Estate agency Halls has merged with the property consultancy Fisher German, which is expanding its commercial, residential and rural offering. [more]
Plymouth energy firm IU Energy has merged with Amer, the mechanical and electrical engineering specialists, to create a new integrated power firm for the UK. [more]
Two housing groups in Staffordshire and Shropshire have merged forming one new housing provider. The merge between Severnside Housing in Shropshire and Housing Plus in Staffordshire will employ around 600 people in the new group, Housing Plus Group. The housing group, which comprises Care Plus, Severn Homes, A [more]
Gambling firms 888 and Rank Group have approached William Hill to discuss a potential merger. [more]
Two online pharmacies, Chemist Direct and Pharmacy2U, are merging, forming a 1.5 million-strong customer base in the process. [more]
Two of Belfast’s largest accountancy practices have announced a merger plan to consolidate their expertise and client bases, reports the Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast division of ASM Chartered Accountants, which is based on Rosemary Street, has announced that it is to merge with fellow Belfas [more]
Engineering firm WEC Group has acquired subcontract manufacturer HTA Group in a multimillion-pound deal to create a “major new force in the UK’s laser-cutting and fabrication se [more]
Two of the world’s financial information powerhouses have announced a merger worth more than £9 billion, with the headquarters of the combined company to be based i [more]
Annuity firm Just Retirement Group is to undergo an all-share merger with rival Partnership Assurance Group to create a new group called JRP Group. [more]
The brand agency to Thomas Cook, Thompson Brand Partners, has bought digital agency What Creative with a view to merge the two together. [more]
The Myers Group, a building products provider in Yorkshire, has snapped up Bulk Builders Merchants as part of its quest to expand. [more]
Turkish food giant Yildiz Holdings has grabbed a tin-full of sweet and savoury biscuit brands in its purchase of United Biscuits. [more]
Irish drinks maker C&C has made a move to wrangle Greene King’s arrangement to purchase pub operator Spirit with a highe [more]
The food producer behind Bodega and Weight Watchers, Cranswick, has purchased a rival poultry product maker, Benson Park. [more]
Patient transport firm Medical Services (North East) has been purchased by a very similar business - ERS Medical - both of which offer transport services to the healthcare sector in the North East region. [more]
US medication provider Omnicell, Inc has completed its purchase of UK-based Surgichem Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bupa Care Homes plc, after gaining approval from the industry regulators. [more]