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  • March 19- Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia sued Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, saying the U.S. iron ore miner had breached terms of a loan agreement when it filed for creditor protection for its Canadian operations. Cliffs in January stopped production at its Bloom Lake mine in Quebec, where costs exceeded expectations, and started restructuring the Canadian...

  • DUBLIN, March 19- Irish cement firm CRH is assuming the merger of rivals Lafarge and Holcim will still happen, its chief said after CRH shareholders approved an asset purchase that depends on the deal. CRH has agreed to buy a number of mostly European assets from Lafarge and Holcim for 6.5 billion euros so the French and Swiss firms can get antitrust clearance for...

  • DUBLIN, March 19- Irish cement firm CRH is working on the basis that the troubled merger of industry giants Lafarge and Holcim will happen, its chief executive said as his shareholders approved asset purchases that depends on it. CRH has agreed to buy a chunk of European assets from the pairing to help Lafarge and Holcim get antitrust clearance for the creation of...

  • *Restructuring costs to total over 200 bln yen- source. TOKYO, March 19- Japan's loss-making Sharp Corp intends to cut 12 percent of its workforce in a global restructuring expected to cost more than $1.7 billion, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The job cuts will total around 6,000, half of which would come in Japan through early retirement while...

  • March 18- Sharp Corp is cutting more than 10 percent of its Japanese workforce starting in April, according to a Nikkei report. The embattled electronics manufacturer will slash about 3,000 jobs through voluntary retirements and expects to book about 30 billion yen in retirement-related expenses for 2015, the business daily said. The company could also cut...

  • MONTERREY, March 18- Wal-Mart de Mexico, the country's biggest retailer, will expand more slowly this year, and instead focus on making sure new stores generate more money, Chief financial Officer Rafael Matute said on Wednesday. Walmex, which is controlled by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, opened 132 outlets last year, and expanded its total shop floor area by 3.9 percent,...

  • NEW YORK, March 18- Bankrupt wireless venture LightSquared has filed a new restructuring plan that would pay the full $1.5 billion claim of its largest creditor, Dish Network Corp Chairman Charles Ergen, in cash, with interest. The plan, filed late on Tuesday and outlined on Wednesday morning in court papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, depends on $1.515...

  • COLUMN-U.S. student borrowers need relief in bankruptcy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, March 18- Two changes to the U.S. consumer bankruptcy process could help some of the most trapped student loan borrowers free themselves from a modern-day debtors' prison. President Barack Obama last week directed three U.S. government agencies- the Department of the Treasury and Education as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau- to...

  • March 18- Casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp, whose operating unit is in bankruptcy, warned on Monday that the litigation stemming from its restructuring efforts could hamper its ability to continue operating as a going concern. Creditors have brought numerous lawsuits alleging fraud over transfers of assets out of the operating unit, Caesars...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 17- Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC Ltd, said on Tuesday it will cut about 400 jobs in North America and the United Kingdom in response to plunging global oil prices. Nexen, which was bought by state-controlled CNOOC in 2013 for $15.1 billion, has begun to cut some 340 employees in North America, and started...

  • NEW YORK, March 17- Cerberus Capital Management and Solus Alternative Asset Management on Tuesday proposed a new plan to restructure bankrupt wireless venture LightSquared, with the support of billionaire Charles Ergen, LightSquared's largest lender. The plan is designed to compete with a LightSquared-backed one whose fairness is the subject of an...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 17- Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC Ltd, said on Tuesday it will cut about 400 jobs in North America and the United Kingdom in response to plunging global oil prices. Nexen, which was bought by state-controlled CNOOC in 2013 for $15.1 billion, will cut approximately 340 employees in North America and 60 at its UK...

  • House Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank in budget plan Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 17- Republican lawmakers took aim at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would gut regulators' authority to manage the collapse of big banks and give Congress direct control of the U.S. consumer finance bureau's budget. The proposal, led by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, pledges to make "great strides...

  • March 16- Buyout firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire most of the assets of Digital First Media, publisher of the Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News, for around $400 million, according to people familiar with the matter. Apollo has so far prevailed over rival Cerberus Capital Management LP in the auction for Digital First Media, the...

  • Customers of Banco Madrid, which caters for wealthy people, rushed to empty their accounts after parent group, Andorran lender Banca Privada d' Andorra, was described by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as an "easy vehicle" for criminal gangs in Russia and China to funnel their profits. Banco Madrid had 15,000 clients with assets under management of about 6...

  • March 13- Revel Casino's hard luck continues after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge rejected its agreement for a sale to a Florida developer for $82 million, marking the third failed deal for the shuttered hotel in New Jersey's struggling seaside resort of Atlantic City. Revel was one of four casinos to close last year in Atlantic City, which is struggling with a...

  • Bankruptcy Court judge on Friday declined to approve the proposed sale of the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for $82 million because she said she lacked jurisdiction. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey, said she could not approve the sale because it would interfere with an appeal being pursued by casino tenants who argue that the...

  • March 12- A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Thursday ordered an independent examiner to investigate transactions by the operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, which filed for Chapter 11 this year. Creditors have alleged that the operating unit is unable to pay its debts because the parent company looted it for the benefit of its controlling private equity...

  • UPDATE 1-Greece, OECD, sign cooperation deal on reform Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 1:52 PM ET

    PARIS, March 12- Greece is turning to the OECD group of industrialised nations to help reform its economy, but Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his country will still have to restructure its debt to overcome its woes. Greece signed an agreement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Thursday aimed at helping Athens carry out a...

  • WASHINGTON, March 12- Exide Technologies has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of hazardous waste. As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's central district, Exide also...