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FT launches M&A newsletter Due Diligence

The Financial Times last week announced the launch of Due Diligence, a newsletter for premium subscribers that will cover the biggest news and topics in the world of mergers and acquisitions.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 18 April 2017 08:30

FT launches M&A newsletter Due Diligence

James Fontanella-Khan: "We’re creating a service that helps our readers find their way through the increasingly complex world of mergers and acquisitions."

Written by a team of FT reporters based in London, New York and Hong Kong, Due Diligence is delivered to readers Tuesday to Friday by email at 5am UK time each morning. The writing is led by the FT’s M&A correspondents Arash Massoudi and James Fontanella-Khan, who together with the FT’s global network of corporate reporters have broken a number of the biggest deal stories of the last few years, say the publishers.

The writers will curate Due Diligence so that it features the most important stories and themes on any given day. It will highlight the best of the FT’s M&A reporting as well as insightful work from other outlets. There will be sections dedicated to job moves in the industry, smart reads and also a news round-up. Where appropriate, says the FT, the reporters will insert exclusive reporting.

James Fontanella-Khan said: “The idea with Due Diligence is simple: news is coming at us all at an unprecedented pace. It’s hard for people to keep up. We’re creating a service that helps our readers find their way through the increasingly complex world of mergers and acquisitions, using our expertise to curate the most important news related to deals and dealmakers anywhere.”

Arash Massoudi said: “We believe there is an opening for a sharp briefing that communicates with our readers – who range from students to CEOs – in a more conversational way about M&A. What distinguishes the FT’s M&A coverage is our newsrooms ability to work together on complex situations to not only uncover the scoop, but also cover every important aspect of a deal thoroughly and authoritatively. With Due Diligence, we hope to give our readers an even deeper glimpse into what we learn daily doing our jobs.”

Due Diligence joins a stable of more than 20 newsletters from the FT, a dozen of which have launched in the past two years alone. These include Authers’ Note, Brexit Briefing, fintechFT and FirstFT. The FT’s eight subscriber-only newsletters have claimed open rates reaching 50 percent.

Andrew Jack, head of curated content at the FT, said: “Due Diligence enhances our range of specialist newsletters, providing busy decision makers with original insights, analysis and a selection of articles that matter.”

Due Diligence is only available to Premium FT subscribers. Financial Times Premium gives readers unlimited access to the FT, including extra analysis and comment from the FT’s columnists.

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