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  • LONDON, March 24- Ukraine's debt burden cannot be restructured by just extending the maturity of its bonds, and creditors are unlikely to benefit if they "hold out" to maximize payments, Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko said on Tuesday. After a year of war and political upheaval that has seen its currency plummet and sent its economy into a tailspin, Ukraine agreed...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- German car producer Volkswagen said on Monday it would reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its Russian car plant in Kaluga, south of the capital Moscow. The carmaker said the Kaluga plant would work four days a week from April to July this year, while in May the number of shifts would decrease to two from three. It added that the production...

  • SHANGHAI, March 23- Laden with debt and struggling to make money as the world's No.2 economy loses momentum, China's steel mills do not appear obvious candidates for overseas expansion. In a draft of a revised restructuring plan for the industry issued late last week, Beijing included a line saying it would support mills' efforts to buy assets abroad, with...

  • NEW YORK, March 22- Government bond issuers are adopting new standards intended to thwart a strategy that's plagued Argentina for 13 years, in which buyers snap up distressed debt for pennies on the dollar and then hold out for full payment after other investors have agreed to restructure. Driving the move to change is the situation in Argentina, lawyers and...

  • LONDON, March 20- Greek government bond yields fell on Friday, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured European Union creditors that he would soon present a full set of economic reforms to unlock cash and stave off bankruptcy. The joint statement by the EU institutions spoke of a "spirit of mutual trust," but German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed no money...

  • 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...