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  • KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13- Malaysia's proposed $20 billon bank merger to create the world's biggest Islamic bank will be scrapped, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The merger of CIMB Holdings, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd was expected to create a banking group with assets of about $190 billion. An announcement on the...

  • DETROIT, Jan 12- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said on Monday he is not in talks with another automaker on a merger, but that there needs to be consolidation throughout the industry to develop new products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is going to conduct a review of the targets by 2018, and Marchionne said he...

  • M&A: A surge in healthcare deals   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    M&A: A surge in healthcare deals

    As Shire announces that it will buy U.S. company NPS Pharmaceuticals, Suki Virji, analyst at SCRIP Intelligence, discusses whether it will be a good deal.

  • Jan 11- Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp agreed to buy Pennsylvania- based OnCore Biopharma Inc to focus on developing hepatitis B virus treatment by combining multiple therapeutic methods. The implied market value of the merged company is about $750 million, based on Tekmira stock's closing price of $15.70 on the Nasdaq on Jan. 9, the companies said in a...

  • Shire buys NPS Pharma in $5.2 billion deal Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    Shire said it will acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals in an all-stock transaction for about $5.2 billion, the companies said on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc, a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal. Family Dollar, the No. 2 U.S. discount retailer, had previously disclosed...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- Some 20 state attorneys general have joined the federal antitrust investigation of competing bids by Dollar General Corp and Dollar Tree Inc to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc, a development that potentially complicates the companies' efforts to win U.S. approval for a deal. Family Dollar had previously disclosed that state attorneys general...

  • Media mergers hit 'pause button': Dick Parson   Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 7:19 AM ET
    Media mergers hit 'pause button': Dick Parson

    Richard Parsons, former Time Warner CEO, checks out the media landscape. The FCC is trying to figure out where to chart its course, says Parsons.

  • Jan 8- Activist-investor Starboard Value LP has reiterated that Yahoo Inc should consider a merger with AOL Inc and cut costs to improve profits, spurred by media reports that Yahoo is exploring other large-scale acquisitions. Starboard, in September, urged Yahoo to consider merging with AOL on the grounds that a deal could create up to $1 billion in "synergies"...

  • BUZZ-YAHOO INC, AOL INC: STARBOARD KEEPS UP PRESSURE TO MERGE@** Yahoo's shares up 2.4 pct at $49.74; AOL's. **Starboard LP writes to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, saying company should explore combination with AOL and cut costs to improve profits. **Up to Wednesday's close, AOL's stock had risen 7.3 pct and Yahoo's stock had risen 24.7 pct since Starboard delivered its...

  • *Bourse merger speculation lifts Dubai's DFM. DUBAI, Jan 8- Gulf stock markets extended gains on Thursday after oil rebounded slightly from its Wednesday low and several companies made positive announcements. Supported by a fall in U.S. crude oil inventories, Brent futures traded above $51 per barrel on Thursday after briefly dropping below $50 in the previous...

  • Lavazza bids for two French coffee brands Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 6:02 AM ET

    MILAN, Jan 8- Italy's Lavazza has made a binding offer of more than 600 million euros for two French coffee brands as it seeks to bolster revenues outside its domestic market, sources close to the situation said on Thursday. The two brands, L'Or and Grand Mere, were put up for sale to ease a merger of Mondelez International's coffee business with D.E. Master Blenders...

  • LISBON, Jan 8- Portugal Telecom SGPS has said next week's shareholder meeting to approve the sale of its former assets by merger partner Oi will take place as planned, quashing media speculation the vote might be postponed and boosting its shares. It was also supported by a ban on short-selling in Portugal Telecom shares declared by the market regulator CMVM for...

  • *Europe stocks edge up, China ending year on a high note. The stand-out global equity performer has been China, where the CSI300 index looked set to end 2014 with gains of nearly 50 percent. Featuring on Wednesday were hefty gains for China's biggest train makers, China CNR and CSR Corp, after they confirmed a $26 billion merger.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- A U.S. judge has ordered Vivendi SA to pay nearly $50 million to resolve a shareholder lawsuit over a merger that occurred in 2000, but issued another order putting the money in escrow while the French media group appeals. On Wednesday, she issued a separate order that allows Vivendi to have the judgment's execution put on hold pending an appeal,...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 24- The proposed merger of Sysco Corp and US Foods Inc hinges on the top two U.S. food companies helping to turn a far smaller rival into a national player to ease antitrust concerns, but the gap may be too big, analysts said. Sysco and US Foods, the only two companies with national distribution to hospitals, restaurants and schools, have been discussing...

  • M&A: The way forward for 2015   Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET
    M&A: The way forward for 2015

    Mergers & acquisitions will have a major "surge" in 2015 says Daniel Ives, managing director at FBR Capital Markets whilst discussing his predictions for the tech sector going into 2015.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 22- U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday once again paused its review of the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, citing delays in getting documents from Time Warner Cable. The FCC said it learned this month that Time Warner Cable had improperly withheld more than 7,000 documents the regulators had...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 22- U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday paused until January 12 its informal 180- day countdown for the review of the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc over delays in document submission.

  • Fear factor fades as global M&A hits 7-year high Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:47 AM ET
    Merger M&A

    CEOs got their deal-making mojo back in 2014, emboldened by a clearer outlook for their businesses to take M&As to their highest level since 2007.