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  • The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC Capital Partners, has 267 gyms across nine countries including South Africa, home to the largest number of Virgin Active clubs, Thailand and Britain. Brait has proposed to take an 80 percent stake in Virgin Active for 682 million pounds, valuing the gym chain...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. It said in a statement the stake had been sold to a company controlled by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, an investor in coal mining and logistics assets, transportation and industrial processes.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. The stake has been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, Gunvor said in a statement. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in...

  • Gunvor says sells stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. It said in a statement the stake had been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, which is owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, an investor in coal mining and logistics assets, transportation and industrial processes.

  • CARACAS, April 14- Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has offered to buy oil and gas producer Harvest Natural Resources Inc's minority stake in its Petrodelta joint venture, a source close to PDVSA said on Tuesday. The news pushed shares of Texas- based Harvest up around 129 percent to their highest level since December on apparent relief the financially...

  • CARACAS, April 14- Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA has offered to buy oil and gas producer Harvest Natural Resources Inc's stake in the Petrodelta joint venture, a source close to PDVSA said on Tuesday. The company has twice been poised to sell its minority stake but said the OPEC country blocked the transaction. In 2013 a deal with Indonesia's oil company...

  • DUBLIN, March 31- Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings has sold half of its 5.8 percent stake in Bank of Ireland for more than triple what it paid for it in 2011, a source with knowledge of the deal said, pushing the share price down 6 percent. Bank of Ireland shares were down 6 percent at 36.2 euro cents at 0725 GMT following the sale, which was managed by Deutsche Bank.

  • ZURICH, March 30- Switzerland's Holcim said on Monday it had sold its 27.5 percent stake in Thailand's second-largest cement company Siam City Cement, in deals worth 655 million Swiss francs. Zurich- based Holcim, which plans to merge with France's Lafarge, said 24.9 percent of Siam City Cement was acquired by an affiliate of Hong Kong- based conglomerate Jardine...

  • PARIS, March 26- Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has tightened her control over Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V., and said solid 2014 results showed the trading group could take its time in its almost year-long search for a new chief executive. The Russian-born billionaire said on Thursday her family trust, Akira, had raised its stake in Louis Dreyfus Holding to 80...

  • LONDON, March 25- Borse Dubai, the biggest investor in the London Stock Exchange is selling its stake in the British exchange, which will raise around 1.5 billion pounds. The Dubai exchange became a major shareholder in Nasdaq in a complex deal in 2007, buying a 28 percent stake in the LSE from the U.S. exchange for 1,414 pence per share. Bank of America Merrill Lynch,...

  • *Pirelli shareholder says in talks with industrial partner. MILAN, March 20- Camfin, a key shareholder in Pirelli, said on Friday it was in talks with an international industrial partner to sell its 26.2 percent stake in the Italian tyre company. The investment firm said the deal under discussion envisaged the transfer of the whole of its stake in Pirelli to a new...

  • ISTANBUL, March 5- Citigroup has sold its nearly 10 percent stake in Turkey's Akbank for $1.2 billion, the U.S. lender said on Thursday, its latest disposal of overseas assets to cut costs and boost profits. New York- based Citi has been paring back in international markets in recent years, pulling out of retail banking in Turkey as well as long-established...

  • LONDON, March 4- Britain agreed to sell its 40 percent stake in the Eurostar rail link for 585 million pounds to a consortium of Canadian public pension fund Caisse de Depot du Placement du Quebec and British asset manager Hermes. The government announced the deal for its stake in the high-speed rail link between Britain and continental Europe on Wednesday...

  • SHANGHAI, March 4- Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has invested 2.4 billion yuan in TV program producer Beijing Enlight Media Co Ltd, Beijing Enlight said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. The move follows investments by Alibaba worth more than $3.1 billion in the entertainment industry last year as the company aggressively expands...

  • Feb 26- Offshore rig provider Transocean Ltd wrote down the value of its contract drilling business by $992 million in the fourth quarter as demand slumped due to a steep fall in oil prices. Transocean reported net loss of $739 million, or $2.04 per share, attributable to controlling interest for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of $233...

  • TORONTO, Feb 24- Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd on Tuesday agreed to sell the remainder of its stake in SouthGobi Resources, in an attempt to finally sever ties with the Mongolian coal miner that was once worth over C $3 billion. Turquoise Hill, a unit of Rio Tinto, in July agreed to sell the majority of its stake in SouthGobi to Hong Kong- listed National United...

  • PORT ALBERNI, British Columbia, Feb 20- A Canadian aboriginal community that has partnered with Steelhead LNG on a proposed major liquefied natural gas export terminal plans to decide within months whether to take an equity stake in the $30 billion project, one of its leaders said. "In order to be full partners in a business sense, you have to actually be full...

  • Hedge fund Third Point increases stake in Alibaba Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 13- Hedge fund Third Point increased its stake in Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba during the fourth quarter, according to a regulatory filing late on Friday. Third Point, run by Daniel Loeb, increased its stake in Alibaba by 38.9 percent to 10 million shares. Alibaba's record $25 billion initial public offering was met with great fanfare last year,...

  • ATHENS, Feb 11- Greece's government said on Wednesday it was sticking to plans to halt the sale of its two biggest ports, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, rebuffing reports it was having second thoughts. China's Cosco manages two of Piraeus port's cargo piers and had been shortlisted along with another four suitors as potential buyers of a 67 percent stake in the port...