Here at ICIS we've been tracking progress towards an initial public offering for several months.
I suspect this may be getting closer, or if not an IPO then some sort of M&A (merger and acquisition) activity.
This is because the company has become exceptionally and unusually quiet in recent weeks. Brenntag is usually extremely keen to get coverage in the pages of ICIS Chemical Business and on our news website, www.icis.com/news .
We've been trying to tie them down to agree an interview on its strategy in Central and Eastern Europe and have been turned down.
My journalistic instinct smells a rat.
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