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  • JUDGE IMPOSES DETROIT'S BANKRUPTCY PLAN ON TWO CLASSES OF MISCELLANEOUS UNSECURED CREDITORS.

  • DETROIT, Nov 7- A U.S. Court judge on Friday confirmed Detroit's plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. The ruling by Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the historic case, came more than two months after the start of a hearing to determine whether the plan was fair to creditors and feasible for the city to implement.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 7- U.S.-based Principal Financial Group Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy French insurer AXA SA's Hong Kong retirement savings business for $335 million in what would be the city's first pension M&A deal in more than a decade. HSBC Plc and Manulife Financial Corp control nearly half of all retirement savings assets in Hong Kong, according to...

  • Paul Glassman, San Bernardino's bankruptcy attorney, told the federal judge overseeing the city's bankruptcy that a rejection by voters on Tuesday of a pay-cutting ballot measure for police and firefighters was a "gamechanger" that had thrown the restructuring plan off track. Lawyers for San Bernardino's police and fire unions reacted with dismay and anger...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- General Motors said in a court filing on Wednesday that it should not have to face lawsuits based on safety issues in cars made before its 2009 bankruptcy, including a faulty ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.6 million cars earlier this year. The brief, filed in Manhattan bankruptcy court, lays out GM's legal arguments and is the opening...

  • *Banks owed are FirstRand, Standard, Barclays, Investec. JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5- Four of South Africa's biggest banks are owed $53 million by Ellerine, the money-losing furniture firm that African Bank Investments cut funding to just before the lender collapsed, documents showed. The restructuring plan shows Ellerine owes 241 million rand to FirstRand, 150 million...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5- South African miner Harmony Gold reported a further quarterly loss on Wednesday and suggested it might have to cut jobs as it contends with a depressed gold price and operational problems which include an escalating battle with illegal miners. Unveiling its results for the three months to end-September, the company said losses narrowed...

  • LONDON, Nov 4- A deal to rescue the UK's Milford Haven oil refinery has collapsed, operator Murphy Oil said late on Tuesday, forcing it to permanently shutter the plant as the latest victim of a deep slump in the European refining industry. Klesch Refining Limited, run by billionaire investor Gary Klesch, had agreed to buy the idled plant in July, but the deal was...

  • LONDON, Nov 4- The sale of the Milford Haven refinery and terminal assets to Klesch Refining Limited has been canceled, according to a statement by Murco Petroleum, a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Murphy Oil Corporation. Sources familiar with the matter said earlier on Tuesday that Gary Klesch and Murphy Oil had extended a deadline to later this week to negotiate...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 4- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's No. 1 household products maker, has no plans to lay off staff in Argentina despite having to suspend commercial operations in the country while it grapples with a tax fraud probe, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Argentina accused P&G on Sunday of hiding income and over-billing $138 million in...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 3- Chances of a deal to end Argentina's feud with holdout bond investors will improve in January when current restructuring rules expire, the economy minister said in comments published on Monday, raising some hopes for the country's stagnant economy. When it swapped 93 percent of its global bonds for new paper offering about 30 cents on the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- Sprint Corp announced on Monday it will fire 2,000 employees as the company attempts to cut costs and turn around several quarters of losses. Sprint reported a loss of 19 cents per share, well below analyst expectations of a loss of 6 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Sprint shares dropped 7.7 percent to $5.72 in after-market...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- LightSquared, the bankrupt wireless venture owned by Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, has reached a deal to bring the company out of bankruptcy under the control of its largest lender, Dish Network Corp Chairman Charles Ergen. Ergen would nab a controlling 60 percent stake, and provide $1 billion of a $2.2 billion post-bankruptcy...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 3- Chances of a deal to end Argentina's feud with holdout bond investors will improve in January when current restructuring rules expire, the economy minister said in comments published on Monday, raising some hopes for the country's stagnant economy. When it swapped 93 percent of its global bonds for new paper offering about 30 cents on the...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- LightSquared, the bankrupt wireless venture owned by Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, has reached a deal to bring the company out of bankruptcy under control of lenders, according to a person close to the matter. However, the deal would keep the company together while distributing equity to lenders including Charles Ergen, chairman of...

  • REFILE-Comcast spin-off to list on Nasdaq in 2015 Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    Oct 31- Midwest Cable Inc, the cable company to be spun off from Comcast Corp after it buys Time Warner Cable Inc, said it would list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol "GLCI" in 2015.. Comcast said in April it would divest 2.5 million subscribers across the U.S. This was part of a three-way deal between Comcast, Charter Communications Inc and Time...

  • JAKARTA, Oct 31- Indonesia's mining-to-telecoms conglomerate Bakrie Group will negotiate with creditors to restructure part of its $8 billion in debt rather than sell major assets, people familiar with its strategy say. Some creditors sued one Bakrie company in New York while a Jakarta supplier has asked an Indonesian court to supervise a debt...

  • Oct 30- A major RadioShack Corp lender is attempting to buy a bigger part of the electronic retailer's debt in exchange for backing the company's store-closing plan, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Salus Capital Partners LLC is seeking to buy as much as $465 million of the $585 million of loans arranged for affiliates of...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- A large group of creditors of MF Global Holdings Ltd's bankrupt brokerage unit will soon receive their first payout, as $518.7 million of checks start to be mailed out on Friday, the third anniversary of the company's Chapter 11 filing. James Giddens, the trustee liquidating the MF Global Inc brokerage unit, on Thursday said the payout to unsecured...

  • HELSINKI, Oct 30- Finnish mining technology company Outotec reported a lower-than-expected third-quarter profit on Thursday and said it would cut jobs because low metal prices and the Ebola epidemic in resource-rich Africa were affecting its business. The disappointing third-quarter performance prompted the company to trim its full-year revenue...