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  • UPDATE 1-Jefferies in talks to sell futures business Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    Dec 16- Investment bank Jefferies Group LLC, owned by Leucadia National Corp, reported a quarterly net loss and said it was in talks to sell its futures brokerage. Jefferies bought the business, formerly known as Prudential Bache, from Prudential Financial Inc in 2011 for $430 million to expand into a full-fledged investment bank. Leucadia, which models itself on...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hoteliers, has agreed to buy U.S.-focused Kimpton Hotels& Restaurants for $430 million to boost its exposure to the faster-growing boutique hotel sector. IHG, home to the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinenal brands, said on Tuesday that the cash acquisition would be earnings...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hoteliers, said it had agreed to acquire U.S.-focused Kimpton Hotels& Restaurants for $430 million to boost its exposure to the boutique hotel space. IHG, home to the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinenal brands, said on Tuesday that the cash acquisition would be earnings enhancing...

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Dec 16- Standard Chartered is selling its Hong Kong and Shenzhen consumer finance businesses to a consortium that includes a Chinese state firm, helping the emerging markets-focused lender to clinch its biggest asset disposal as part of a restructuring. In what is expected to be the first of many divestitures, Standard Chartered has...

  • Dec 15- GT Advanced Technologies Inc altered its settlement with former partner Apple Inc to produce more near-term cash to support its emergence from bankruptcy, a lawyer for the sapphire maker told a court on Monday. The new terms should be worth $50 million more than the original settlement, according to an attorney for GT noteholders, providing financing...

  • Dec 15- The trustee handling the liquidation of the brokerage unit of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of the business's cash assets awarded to Barclays Plc. Trustee James Giddens, who has been seeking to recoup money for the brokerage's creditors, said lower court rulings granting margin assets...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Dec 15- R estructuring experts will present different scenarios to overhaul Puerto Rico's troubled electric power authority to creditors on Monday, but will stop short of recommending job cuts, the president of PREPA's board said in a statement. The proposals, which will not be made public, were prepared by Chief Restructuring...

  • BUSINESS PLAN FOR PUERTO RICO ELECTRIC AUTHORITY TO BE. SAN JUAN, Dec 15- A business plan for PREPA, the troubled Puerto Rican electric authority, is to be presented to creditors on Monday, board president Harry Rodriguez said in a statement. The business plan of Chief Restructuring Officer Lisa Donahue is a working document that will present different scenarios...

  • Dec 15- Emerson Electric Co said it would sell its power transmission unit to Regal Beloit Corp, a maker of electric motors, for $1.44 billion as it streamlines its business. Regal Beloit's shares rose 6 percent premarket on Monday on the deal, the company's biggest acquisition. Regal Beloit was competing with ball bearings maker Timken Co, brake and clutch maker...

  • Dec 15- Emerson Electric Co said it would sell its power transmission business to Regal Beloit Corp, a maker of electric motors, for $1.44 billion. The deal comprises $1.4 billion in cash and assumption of certain post-retirement liabilities, Emerson said. The unit had revenue of more than $600 million in 2014 and employed more than 3,000 people, the company said.

  • Dec 11- Caesars Entertainment Corp has reached a tentative deal with senior bondholders over a debt restructuring plan for its largest unit, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The unit has about $18.4 billion in debt, mostly held by hedge funds that buy up debt of troubled companies,...

  • SeaWorld CEO to step down, company to cut jobs Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    SeaWorld did not say how many jobs it would cut, as part of its restructuring plan aimed at saving about $50 million by the end of 2015.. Negative publicity has hurt SeaWorld' s 11 park enterprises, with attendance rising only twice in the last seven quarters. SeaWorld shares closed at $16.09 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

  • Dec 11- Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack Corp said it expected its cost cutting to save more than $400 million annually but did not say when that would be achieved. RadioShack, which warned of bankruptcy in September, has been trying to turn around its business by closing unprofitable stores. Lenders refused to approve the 1,100 store closures...

  • Dec 10- The change atop United Technologies Corp has set off speculation the U.S. conglomerate may eventually shake up its diverse industrial businesses, including possibly divesting its Sikorsky helicopter unit. Shares of United Technologies have climbed 4 percent since the company announced on Nov. 24 that Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes replaced...

  • DETROIT, Dec 10- Detroit will officially exit the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy later on Wednesday, officials said, allowing Michigan's largest city to start a new chapter with a lighter debt load. The city will reissue $287 million of existing bonds and also borrow about $275 million from Barclays Capital to finance its exit from bankruptcy.

  • *Eneva says creditor protection plan to help preserve cash. *Eneva plan unlikely to hamper E.ON' s EBITDA, net income. SAO PAULO/ FRANKFURT, Dec 10- Eneva SA, the Brazilian power producer controlled by Germany's E.ON SE and tycoon Eike Batista, filed for creditor protection late on Tuesday after failing to refinance part of its 2.33 billion reais in debt.

  • UPDATE 2-BP to spend $1 bln on thousands of job cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 10- BP will cut thousands of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring programme announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices. "Given the recent position taken by OPEC and with oil prices where they are today, we will continue to review this further," BP head of upstream Lamar McKay...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- BP will cut hundreds of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring programme announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be cut in BP's main centres in Britain, the United States and elsewhere, sources said. The restructuring charge is part of...

  • *Bankruptcy protection petition will preserve cash- Eneva. SAO PAULO/ FRANKFURT, Dec 10- Eneva SA, the Brazilian power producer controlled by Germany's E.ON SE and Eike Batista, filed for creditor protection late on Tuesday, becoming the latest company founded by the tycoon to seek bankruptcy protection. E.ON gained control of Eneva, formerly MPX Energia SA, last...

  • UPDATE 1-Detroit set to exit bankruptcy on Wednesday Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    Dec 9- Detroit's odyssey through the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy will end on Wednesday when the city's debt adjustment plan will take effect, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office said on Tuesday. In a letter, Snyder accepted Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's declaration that the city's financial emergency is over and that it was time for his...