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,...» Read More
NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.
Shareholders of Rio de Janeiro- based Oi want to push Portugal Telecom to agree to have a smaller stake in CorpCo, as the company resulting from the merger is known, depending on the outcome of the debt negotiations later on Tuesday, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The family owns about 10 percent of Portugal Telecom.
*Debt owed to Portugal Telecom, which is merging with Brazil's Grupo Oi. By 2200 GMT Rioforte is supposed to repay 847 million euros in maturing debt to the country's largest telecom services provider, Portugal Telecom, currently in the throes of a tie-up with Brazil's Grupo Oi, which is likely to amend the terms of the deal in the event of a default.
July 15- Reynolds American Inc said it would buy rival Lorillard Inc for about $25 billion, merging two of the world's biggest cigarette makers amid a slowdown in sales. Reynolds, whose brands include Camel and Pall Mall, offered $68.88 per Lorillard share, representing a premium of 2.5 percent to Lorillard's Monday closing.
*Debt owed to Portugal Telecom, which is merging with Brazil's Grupo Oi. The debt is owed to the country's largest telecom services provider, Portugal Telecom, currently in the throes of a tie-up with Brazil's Grupo Oi, which is likely to amend the terms of the deal in the event of a default.
Reynolds American on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Lorillard in a deal the company valued at $27.4 billion.
Increasingly, drug makers and medical device companies have found a way to self-medicate when it comes to taxes and regulation.
TOKYO, July 15- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 1-1/ 2- week high on Tuesday after Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the U.S. healthcare industry lifted sentiment. The Bank of Japan's policy meeting outcome got a muted reaction from the market.
*Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony awaited. *Otsuka soars on new drug application to FDA. TOKYO, July 15- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed on Tuesday with all sectors rising, helped by gains on Wall Street on Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the healthcare industry.
The $6 billion buyout of Kodiak Oil & Gas is renewing attention on energy firms in North Dakota's Bakken formation.
*Citigroup up after earnings, settlement. NEW YORK, July 14- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, sparked by the latest flurry of merger activity and earnings from Citigroup, putting the S&P 500 on pace to climb for a second straight session.
One of the oldest and largest funds in this niche is the Merger Fund, which manages nearly $6 billion.
*Default risks hurting PT's planned merger with Brazil's Oi. LISBON/ PARIS, July 13- Investors in Portugal Telecom, and notably its Brazilian merger partner Grupo Oi, should know by Tuesday whether more than $1 billion it lent in April to a vehicle of the troubled Espirito Santo family is being repaid on time.
NEW YORK, July 14- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Monday after the latest flurry of merger activity and earnings from Citigroup, putting the S&P 500 on track to rebound from its worst weekly decline since April.
Mylan said it would buy Abbott Labs' generics business outside the United States in an all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3 billion.
NEW YORK, July 14- Smoking-related lawsuits against U.S. tobacco giants are leveling off, making it more likely that a merger between rivals Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc will go through, analysts who follow the industry said.
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.
*Reynolds, Lorillard not available to comment. LONDON, July 11- U.S cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc are in talks on a possible multi-billion dollar disposal to Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, as part of efforts to ease antitrust concerns over their planned merger.
LONDON, July 11- Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth-largest tobacco group, said on Friday it was in talks with Reynolds and Lorillard to acquire certain assets and brands that could be sold by the two companies. Reynolds and Lorillard are in advanced talks about a deal that would merge the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette makers, Reuters has previously reported.
PARIS, July 10- Unions representing thousands of European workers affected by the sale of assets proposed by merging cement groups Lafarge and Holcim have asked the pair for specific employment guarantees that would be binding for the buyers.