LONDON, Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies to find new business. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday.» Read More
*Shire accepts Abbvie takeover offer. *London- listed drugmaker Shire Plc succumbed to an increased 31 billion pounds takeover offer from Abbvie Inc, ending a long-running courtship largely motivated by tax rates. U.S.-listed shares of Shire rose 2.4 percent to $255.10 while Abbvie shed 0.7 percent to $54.56 in premarket trade.
July 14- Generic drugmaker Mylan Inc said it would buy Abbott Laboratories' specialty and branded generics business in developed markets outside the United States in an all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3 billion.
*Kuehne& Nagel, Sports Direct advance. *Banco Espirito Santo falls for 6th session. London- listed drugmaker Shire rose 2.2 percent after saying it was ready to recommend a new 31 billion pound takeover offer from AbbVie, entering talks after receiving a fifth bid from the U.S. firm.
*AbbVie raises bid to 53.20/ share from 51.15. *Bid comprises 24.44 stg cash and 0.8960 new AbbVie shares. LONDON, July 14- London- listed drugmaker Shire Plc succumbed to an increased 31 billion pounds takeover offer from Abbvie Inc on Monday, signaling the conclusion to a long-running courtship largely motivated by tax.
July 13- Whiting Petroleum Corp said on Sunday it would acquire Kodiak Oil& Gas Corp for $3.8 billion in stock, to become the largest producer in North Dakota's Bakken shale oil formations, eclipsing Harold Hamm's Continental Resources Inc..
July 13- Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corp on Sunday said it would pay about $4 billion to acquire engineering and construction services firm URS Corp. AECOM in a news release said it would pay $56.31 a share in cash and stock for URS. URS stockholders will receive $33 in cash and 0.734 share of AECOM common stock for each URS share.
July 13- Whiting Petroleum Corp said on Sunday it would acquire Kodiak Oil& Gas Corp for $3.8. Bakken/ Three Forks oil formations. The formations, within the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana, are among the largest oil plays in the United States.
July 13- Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corp on Sunday said it would pay about $4 billion in cash and stock to acquire URS Corp, an engineering and construction services company, to create a combined company with about $19 billion in annual sales and more than 95,000 employees.
July 13- Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corp on Sunday said it would pay about $6 billion in cash and stock to acquire URS Corp, an engineering and construction services company, to create a combined company with about $19 billion in annual sales and more than 95,000 employees.
NEW YORK, July 12- Shire Plc is seeking a higher takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc that would value the company at about 31 billion pounds, according to people familiar with the matter.
NEW YORK, July 12- The enduring popularity of menthol may be a big motivator behind Reynolds American Inc's interest in buying smaller rival Lorillard Inc, which has the best-selling U.S. cigarette brand with the additive.
July 11- Walt Disney Co, Discovery Communications Inc and CBS Corp are being asked for information by U.S. antitrust officials probing Comcast Corp's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
U.S. generic drugmaker Mylan is said to be in advanced talks to buy a multibillion-dollar portfolio of established products from Abbott Laboratories.
NEW YORK, July 11- Barclays Plc's planned sale of its index business could yield close to $1 billion for the British bank, more than double what had been expected, according to people familiar with the matter.
FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, July 11- German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's takeover offer for rival TRW looks unlikely to draw rival bids for the U.S. company but could trigger further deals down the line, bankers and analysts said on Friday.
*Reynolds, Lorillard marriage seen making $500 mln savings. LONDON, July 11- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would reshape one of the world's biggest and most profitable tobacco markets, the companies said on Friday.
*EU regulators cleared German part of Cemex, Holcim deal early this month. BRUSSELS, July 11- Europe's antitrust regulator has objected to Cemex's plan to acquire Holcim's Spanish units, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, denting the Mexican cement producer's hopes of getting EU approval without concessions.
July 11- Nordion Inc, a Canadian supplier of medical isotopes, said it had cleared a U.S. antitrust hurdle, paving the way for the company to be acquired by Sterigenics. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission terminated the waiting period for the acquisition under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, Nordion said in a statement.
*Lorillard market value is $22.9 bln. LONDON, July 11- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is in talks to acquire rival Lorillard Inc in a multi-billion dollar deal that would include the sale of some brands to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, the companies said on Friday.
NEW YORK, July 11- General Electric Co's second-quarter earnings report next Friday comes soon after it prevailed in a two-month fight to acquire the power assets of France's Alstom.