Before joining CNBC Edwards worked in the European equities department at UBS. Specialising in the aviation sector, she analysed Europe's airlines for global clients through some challenging times. Prior to joining UBS Edwards spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Management Consultant, where she also qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.
Day 4 of the Warren Buffett European offensive, and expectations of an imminent bid have been managed down. Mr Buffett says he is not stalking targets, he wants companies that meet his criteria to call him. He even gave out his phone number on a number of occasions during the Lausanne press conference.
The Oracle of Omaha is looking for European businesses with pre-tax profits of at least $75 million, but he says the bigger the better. The tour began in Frankfurt, continues in Lausanne, Switzerland Tuesday and rolls on to Madrid and Milan later in the week.
The collaboration theme here never really hung together for me. You can see the logic in people working together to solve the world’s problems, which is what WEF wants to do. But in the context of the market turmoil it seems like most people (well, banks anyway) just want to batten down the hatches and get through it.
Tony Blair and Bill Gates have been doing their best to bring the Davos agenda back to the longer-term issues of climate change and development, but let’s face it, in the current U.S. economic climate, the slowdown in the U.S. (not to mention the 'R' word) has dominated the talk here.
The World Economic Forum's annual meeting always has a grand theme, but last year's topic of a shifting power equation could serve just as well this year as China's representation increases. Now the question is whether the U.S. still calls the tune when it comes to economic direction.