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  • EXCLUSIVE-LAW FIRMS BINGHAM, MORGAN LEWIS, AGREE TO MERGE. Sept 20- Leaders of two of the United States' largest law firms, Boston- based Bingham McCutchen and Philadelphia's Morgan Lewis& Bockius, have agreed to merge, according to three people familiar with the matter.

  • CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- As the Group of 20 leading economies meet to change no less than the "destiny" of the global economy, members remain divided on how to get there with Germany pushing back at U.S. calls for more government stimulus. That goal has seemed ever more distant as members from China to Japan, Germany and Russia have all stumbled in recent months.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 2 Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George gives welcome remarks at the Shift Innovation: Community Development Conference- 1330 GMT.

  • Greece: New bailout 'out of the question' Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's finance minister said Friday that his country will not seek additional rescue funds from other eurozone countries after bailout loans are completed this year, despite concerns from rescue lenders that an early general election could unravel years of painful cost-cutting reforms.

  • BERLIN, Sept 19- A European free trade deal with the United States may not be perfect but is the last chance for Europe to remain globally relevant, Germany's economy minister said on Friday.

  • *Alibaba prices IPO at top of range, bolstering sentiment. LONDON, Sept 19- World markets rallied on Friday as Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom lifted Europe and got investors over the latest in a recent run of tricky global political hurdles.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 19- European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

  • *Schauble insists Europe needs to keep on reform path. CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 19- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday called on the euro zone and Japan to do more to spur growth as the global economy continues to disappoint, highlighting what is sure to be a bone of contention as Group of 20 ministers gather in Australia.

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Sept 19- Nomura Holdings Inc and co-lenders spent nine months poring over the books, sizing up management and even checking out the factory floor at China's Ultrasonic AG before deciding in August to give the Frankfurt- listed shoemaker a $60 million unsecured credit facility.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- The European Central Bank saw far less demand than expected on Thursday for its new four-year loans to banks, raising doubts about a stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the euro zone economy.

  • Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG said Thursday it plans to spin off its polymer division with a separate stock listing. Bayer Material Sciences, or BMS, would have sales of 11.3 billion euros based on 2013 figures, and have a global workforce of about 16,800 employees, said Chief Executive Marijn Dekkers.

  • *Supply risks rise with Libyan setback, OPEC talk. Threats to supply as Libya's output fell and talk of OPEC production cuts limited the decline for global benchmark Brent, which hit a 26- month low on Monday after data showing a slowdown in China's factory output raised demand concerns.

  • Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more— but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy.

  • Hyundai to pay $10B for land in Gangnam district Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. offered more than $10 billion for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sept 30 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.

  • *Sulzer worth $4.6 bln, Dresser-Rand worth $5.6 bln. Sept 17- Swiss pump maker Sulzer said on Wednesday it is in talks on a potential combination with U.S. compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, a deal that would create a machinery company with a combined market valuation exceeding $10 billion.

  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Germany auctioned 3.34 billion euros Wednesday in two-year notes at an average yield of minus 0.07 percent. Expectation the European Central Bank will buy bonds has also driven down yields, which move opposite to prices. The European Central Bank has slashed its interest rate benchmarks in an attempt to spur growth and lift inflation.

  • Exodus hits U.S. law firm Bingham amid merger talks Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Sept 17- Twenty-two partners have jumped ship en masse from Bingham McCutchen's marquee restructuring practice, raising questions about the fate of the law firm's closely watched merger talks with the larger Morgan Lewis& Bockius.

  • BERLIN, Sept 17- Oliver Samwer and his brothers Marc and Alexander are on the brink of becoming Germany's newest billionaires with the flotations of Rocket Internet and the European online fashion site Zalando it helped launch in 2008..