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  • *PartnerRe says Exor's offer price is "unacceptable". MILAN/NEW YORK, May 22- Bermuda- based reinsurer PartnerRe will ask its shareholders to vote on a merger with Axis Capital Holdings agreed in January, after rival bidder Exor refused to further sweeten its $6.8 billion offer. Exor has become PartnerRe's largest shareholder after acquiring a stake of 9.9...

  • Staples sales dip as stores close ahead of merger attempt Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Staples suffered a 36 percent decline in first-quarter earnings as businesses increasingly go digital, a shift that has compelled its attempted merger with Office Depot. Staples had been under pressure from the private equity firm Starboard Value LP to attempt to combine its business with Office Depot and earlier this year it did just that.

  • Liberty, Vodafone merger would make sense: Analyst   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Liberty, Vodafone merger would make sense: Analyst

    Ian Whittaker, media equity research analyst at Liberum, says Liberty Global's chairman, John Malone is "absolutely right" on the benefits of merging with Vodafone.

  • Altice enters US cable market with Suddenlink buy Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    French telecommunications group Altice said it agreed to buy Suddenlink Communications in a deal valuing the company at $9.1 billion.

  • May 19- French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter. Time Warner Cable has a market capitalization of $44.5 billion. Since Time Warner Cable's merger with Comcast fell apart last month, Time...

  • Charter, Bright House Networks say merger on track Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    May 18- Cable operator Charter Communications Inc's planned buyout of Bright House Networks is on track, the companies said, defying expectations that the deal would fall through after the collapse of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Charter, the No. 4 U.S. cable operator, clinched the deal with Bright House in March contingent on completion of Comcast...

  • NEW YORK— Exelon and Pepco said Monday that they will work to meet the 46 conditions set by Maryland regulators in order for the two energy providers to combine, even though the companies said completing them will be a challenge. "It poses some stringent conditions that will be difficult to fulfill," said Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane, "but all of us at Exelon...

  • Why the FTC is wrong about our merger: Sysco CEO Friday, 15 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET
    Sysco tractor-trailers sit parked outside the company's distribution center in Louisville, Ky.

    Sysco's CEO says the FTC, which is suing to block the company's merger with US Foods, has it all wrong.

  • Chile's CorpBanca says Itau merger deal undervalues it Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 9:38 PM ET

    SANTIAGO, May 13- Chilean bank CorpBanca said a deal with Brazil's Itau Unibanco last year now considerably undervalues it, casting fresh doubt on the troubled merger between the two Latin American lenders. In a letter to the local regulator on Wednesday evening, CorpBanca said that solid results over the last year, plus a weak performance at the local arm of Itau,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 13- Dish Network Corp, Cogent Communications Holdings Inc and advocacy groups are asking U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc's power over online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase of DirecTV. Reviewers at both the Justice Department and the FCC are nearing a decision that is poised to clear the deal with some conditions,...

  • *Vimpelcom CEO says no guarantee deal will be reached. AMSTERDAM/ MILAN, May 13- Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom is in talks with Asia's Hutchison Whampoa about merging their mobile phone businesses in Italy as a joint venture, Vimpelcom Chief Executive Jean-Yves Charlier said on Wednesday. But hammering out terms has proven difficult given the interests of...

  • LONDON/ BERLIN, May 13- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure and tourism company, expects annual profit growth of more than 10 percent over the next three years and said it will retire the Thomson brand in Britain as part of its post-merger shake-up. In its first strategy update since last year's merger of London- listed TUI Travel and German owner TUI AG, the...

  • LONDON/ BERLIN, May 13- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure and tourism group, expects profit growth over the next three years to exceed 10 percent annually, as the merger that created it six months ago bears fruit. In its first strategy update since it was formed from the combination of London- listed TUI Travel and German majority- owner TUI AG, TUI said on...

  • 5 things we like about Verizon-AOL hookup Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion.

    Here are five things Michael Yoshikami likes about Verizon's $4.4 billion purchase of AOL.

  • What's next for Yahoo after AOL/Verizon deal? Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 2:41 PM ET
    Marissa Mayer

    The Verizon/AOL deal may force another legacy company from the early days of the Internet to act.

  • A Greek drama for M&A?   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    A Greek drama for M&A?

    Greece is reportedly tapping into emergency funds to pay IMF debt. Elaine Green, senior deputy editor at Mergermarket, explains the impact on M&A.

  • UPDATE 1-Verizon to buy AOL in $4.4 bln deal Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    May 12- Verizon Communications Inc said it would buy AOL Inc in a deal valued at about $4.4 billion to gain access to AOL's digital advertising service and content. The deal, which includes about $300 million of AOL debt, will take the form of a tender offer followed by a merger, with AOL becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon upon completion.

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- Supermarket groups Ahold and Delhaize are in merger talks to create a top 20 global retailer with a major presence in the United States, the two firms said on Tuesday, confirming recent media reports. The company will communicate material updates, if any, in accordance with regulatory requirements, "both Ahold and Delhaize said.

  • Rabobank: Strong rationale for Ahold, Delhaize tie-up

    Reports of a potential merger between Ahold and Delhaize saw shares jump. Patrick Roquas, senior equity analyst at Rabobank, explains why it makes sense for the companies to merge.

  • European stocks mixed as Airbus leads France lower Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    *Airbus shares fall after military plane crash in Spain. *Delhaize, Ahold shares surge on merger reports. LONDON/ EDINBURGH, May 11- European stock markets were mixed on Monday, with French stocks among the worst performers after the crash of a military plane caused Airbus shares to drop.