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  • IBM WORKING WITH TWO INVESTMENT BANKS TO DEFEND AGAINST POSSIBLE ACTIVIST ATTACK- SOURCES.

  • WARSAW, April 2- Poland plans to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Deputy Finance Minister Artur Radziwill said on Thursday. "Poland sent to the secretary of the newly created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank the so-called endorsement letter," Radziwill said in a statement. The AIIB has been seen as a potential rival to the World Bank and Asian...

  • April 2- Global investment banking fees fell 8 percent to $20 billion in the first quarter, the poorest start to the year since 2012, hurt by weak deal activity in Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. Fees for deals done fell 28 percent in Japan, 14 percent in Europe and 18 percent in Asia Pacific, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting.

  • The Los Angeles- based firm, whose co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is renowned investor Bill Gross's fiercest rival in the bond market, said the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, the firm's largest fund by total assets, also saw inflows in March. The DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, with $45.8 billion in assets under management, invests primarily in...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- A New York judge on Wednesday rejected a request from prosecutors to delay the scheduled trial of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who is charged with stealing code from the investment bank. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser ordered the trial to move forward immediately in the long-running...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- Simon Property Group Inc's failed bid to buy U.S. upscale shopping center operator Macerich Co is unlikely to crush either company's stock price for a simple reason: No one is building any more "Class A" malls. Macerich late on Tuesday rejected Simon's sweetened cash-and-stock offer, which was valued at $95.50 a share, or $23.2 billion including...

  • *Dan Cochran steps down as chief of staff. NEW YORK, April 1- Two members of UBS AG's Wealth Management Americas' executive committee have stepped down, while Robert McCann, the Swiss bank's most senior executive in the United States, is among six officials whose titles have changed from chief executive to president. Dan Cochran, 68, who joined in 2010 to coordinate...

  • April 1- California's state treasurer sent a stern letter to the state's teachers' pension fund on Wednesday, asking that the fund's managing partner, Cerberus Capital Management, fully divest from the assault weapon manufacturer, Freedom Group. Chiang asked that Cerberus' leadership attend CalSTRS' Investment Committee meeting on Friday "to explain why the...

  • First-quarter deal-making activity was more robust in Mexico than anywhere else in Latin America for only the second time in a decade. Thomson Reuters data shows the value of announced mergers and acquisitions in Mexico reached $8.64 billion, above Brazil's $8.51 billion. Illustrating how the tables have turned, $13.93 billion worth of M&A deals were...

  • BOSTON, March 31- Billionaire Steven A. Cohen's investments gained 7.5 percent in the first three months of 2015, according to a person familiar with the numbers, helping the former hedge fund manager extend his string of market-beating returns. The average hedge fund has gained 2.18 percent this year, research firm Hedge Fund Research reported.

  • *Shore Capital's equity capital markets profit up 60 pct. LONDON, March 30- In the land of the investment banking giants that stalk Europe's equity markets, a group of lesser-known advisory firms are treading on the toes of the big boys. Coming in at No.9 in terms of money raised, Cenkos has climbed above Barclays and tucked itself just behind Citigroup.

  • The first quarter is typically the strongest period of the year for investment bank income, and revenues for the top firms in the three months is likely to be up 7 percent from a year ago, analysts at JPMorgan said this week. FX volatility is up 30 percent in G7 currencies and volumes with it, and higher rates volatility is leading to higher trading volumes and...

  • WASHINGTON/ ZURICH, March 31- Swiss bank BSI has become the first of what is expected to be several dozen Switzerland- based private banks to reach a deal under a voluntary disclosure programme for tax-related offenses being run by the U.S. Department of Justice. Under a non-prosecution agreement signed on Monday, Lugano-based BSI will pay a $211 million penalty...

  • LONDON, March 31- Elliott Advisors, the rebel shareholder seeking a boardroom shake-up at Alliance Trust, rejected the trust's defence of its performance, costs and dividend policy on Tuesday, and reiterated calls for the election of three new directors. Using data from third parties including AIC, Bloomberg and MSCI, Elliott said that over all relevant return...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is "one of the most important things" he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife has caused "enormous...

  • Ackman says shutting Herbalife down is key to him Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BOSTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is the most important thing he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife preys on a "vulnerable population"...

  • BEIJING, March 30- Egypt will apply to become of member of the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China's Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website Monday. China has set a March 31 deadline to become a founding member of the AIIB, which is seen as a significant setback to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia Pacific region and...

  • *Pension funds move some hedge funds into equity portfolios. *Seeking protection from overheated equity markets. LONDON, March 30- Pension schemes are changing their attitudes to hedge funds, bringing some into their mainstream equity portfolios in order to access products that offer protection in overheated markets.

  • PARIS, March 30- U.S. hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has accused French media group Vivendi of giving too much leeway to chairman and largest shareholder Vincent Bollore to boost his stake at "undervalued prices". PSAM, which says it owns 0.8 percent of Vivendi, is trying to rally other shareholders to vote for two resolutions at an upcoming annual...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Fidelity Investments, a major investor in DuPont, has put pressure on activist fund Trian Fund Management LP and the chemical conglomerate to reach a settlement in what it sees as a detrimental proxy fight, according to people close to the matter. Fidelity, whose 2.5 percent stake makes it DuPont's sixth largest shareholder, has not publicly...