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  • LONDON, Feb 2- The value of merger and acquisition deals worldwide soared 28 percent in January compared with the same month last year, with the Asia-Pacific region enjoying its best start to a year on record, according to Thomson Reuters data. Deals in the Asia-Pacific accounted for 43 percent of the total, up from 20 percent last January, beating both Europe and...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Some of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds are in talks to provide financial backing for Hutchison Whampoa's acquisition of Telefonica's British mobile business, the Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. The 10 billion pound move by Li Ka Shing's Hutchison to merge its Three Mobile network with Telefonica's O2 UK...

  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 2- Irish building supplies group CRH has agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • CRH to buy Lafarge, Holcim assets for $7.3B Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 1:42 AM ET
    Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

    Irish building supplies group CRH said it had agreed to pay $7.35 billion for assets Lafarge and Holcim had to sell ahead of their planned merger.

  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 1- Irish building supplies group CRH said on Sunday it had agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. The deal, proposed in December 2013, is seen as problematic because Sysco and US Foods are...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- Food distributor Sysco Corp and its biggest rival, US Foods Inc, have offered to sell a smaller competitor 11 facilities in order to convince skeptical antitrust regulators to approve their $3.5 billion merger, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. To overcome Federal Trade Commission concerns, the companies have offered to sell 11...

  • Big deals aside, Actavis CEO says it's R&D over M&A Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 9:07 AM ET
    Actavis Group headquarters is shown in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, April 20, 2006.

    The drugmaker has engaged in $100 billion of M&A in the last year, but CEO Brent Saunders told CNBC it is committed to innovation.

  • Why are Asian tech firms looking to Europe   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:33 AM ET
    Why are Asian tech firms looking to Europe

    Paul Haswell, Partner of Pinsent Masons, explains why more Asian technology players are seeking merger and acquisition opportunities in Europe.

  • My bet... media deals get done: Greg Maffei   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:09 AM ET
    My bet... media deals get done: Greg Maffei

    Greg Maffei, Liberty Media, shares his thoughts on media consolidation.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Supermarket chains Albertsons and Safeway agreed to sell 168 stores in eight states to win U.S. antitrust approval for their $9.2 billion merger, the Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday. Albertsons, which has 630 supermarkets under various brand names, and Safeway, which has 1,332 stores, will divest stores in Arizona, California, Montana,...

  • BEIJING, Jan 27- Multinational law firm Dentons and China's biggest legal practice Dacheng Law Offices said on Tuesday they had signed off on their merger, a move that will create the world's biggest law firm. The structure is necessary because China forbids foreign law firms and lawyers from practising law, and instead relegates them to advisory roles.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally on merger deal. *D.R. Horton up after results, lifting homebuilders. "There was a lot of trepidation in the market going into the Greek election... but by this morning the Syriza win was priced into the market already," said Robert Francello, head of equity trading for Apex Capital in San Francisco.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. In deal news, Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a packaging company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake. Rock-Tenn shares jumped 6.7 percent to $67.19 while MeadWestvaco rose 14.5 percent to $51.59 as the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainer.

  • Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp agreed to form a combined $16 billion company to take on market leader International Paper Co in the United States and abroad. Shares of MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn rose to record highs. MeadWestvaco shareholders will have a 50.1 percent stake in the new company, which will be named before the deal...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. The leftist Syriza party looked set to take on Greece's...

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 9:56 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stocks fell on Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. The leftist Syriza party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, though the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. While Greece is a relatively small economy that the...